Brazil Pushes Illegal Miners Out of Yanomami Indigenous Territory

Armed government officials with Brazil’s justice, Indigenous, and environment ministries pressed illegal gold miners out of Yanomami Indigenous territory Wednesday, citing widespread river contamination, famine, and disease they have brought to one of the most isolated groups in the world.

  • Feb 9, 2023
  • 10:40 AM

Brazil Recognizes 6 Indigenous Areas in Boost for Amazon

Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Friday granted official recognition of nearly 800 square miles of Indigenous lands, most of it in the Amazon, in a move that seeks to safeguard critical rainforest from the unchecked exploitation that marked his predecessor’s administration.

  • May 1, 2023
  • 10:32 AM

Musk Brought Internet to Brazil’s Amazon; Criminals Love It

Starlink, a division of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has almost 4,000 low-orbit satellites across the skies, connecting people in remote corners of the Amazon. The lightweight, high-speed internet system has also proved a new and valuable tool for Brazil’s illegal miners.

  • Mar 15, 2023
  • 12:27 PM

Brazil Hit With Devastating Floods as Support for Former President Washes Away

With thousands of Bolsonaro supporters either in jail or under investigation for plotting against democracy in Brazil, the nation’s attention has shifted to the defense of the Amazon rainforest and its Indigenous peoples and the policy shifts under President Lula.

  • Mar 6, 2023
  • 4:33 PM

Brazil: 2023 Starts With Coup Attempt, News of Genocide Against Indigenous in the Amazon

January has proved that Bolsonaro’s defeat last year was far from a game over for the far-right. We also look at the genocidal policies against the Yanomami people of the Amazon, who are dying of treatable diseases and starvation due to illegal mining on their lands.

  • Jan 30, 2023
  • 2:52 PM

Brownlisted: ‘Las Playas Son del Pueblo!’

A wrap-up of this week’s most important and interesting Latino news and views from around the world and the across the internet.

  • Jan 27, 2023
  • 6:18 PM

Trump Designates New Member to Puerto Rico Oversight Board

Justin Peterson is a managing partner at DCI, a public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. 

  • Oct 8, 2020
  • 10:47 AM

COVID-19 Cases Grow in Brazilian Amazon

COVID-19 continues to make inroads into the Brazilian Amazon, and the New York Times reports that health workers may be partly responsible.

  • Jul 20, 2020
  • 1:12 PM

COVID-19 Cases Swell in Latin America as Worldwide Infections Reach 10 Million

The Financial Times reported that the region accounted for half of the world’s deaths from COVID-19, even though it has only 8% of the world’s population.

  • Jun 29, 2020
  • 1:22 PM

COVID-19, Isolated Indigenous Peoples and the History of the Amazon

The current situation of a global pandemic invites reconsideration of similar situations that happened in the past, such as the great plague in Europe in the 14th century, or the successive and devastating influenza and measles epidemics (amongst others) which decimated indigenous populations in the post-Columbian era in Latin America, and especially in the Amazon.

  • Apr 28, 2020
  • 5:05 PM

After Standoff with Mexico, OPEC Agrees on Production Cuts

The deal aims to bring up oil prices after a crash brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • 12:53 PM

Brazil Teen’s Death Raises Virus Alert for Indigenous Groups

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A teenager from the Yanomami indigenous tribe has been killed by the new coronavirus in Brazil, the Health Ministry said Friday, raising alarm about the spread of the virus into protected lands.

  • Apr 11, 2020
  • 1:33 PM

Indigenous People May Be the Amazon’s Last Hope

Brazil’s divisive President Jair Bolsonaro has taken another step in his bold plans to develop the Amazon rainforest.

  • Mar 4, 2020
  • 2:04 PM

ACLU: Nearly 1,000 Child Migrants Separated at Border Since 2018

The ACLU filing states that “systematic” separations occurred based on minor criminal history, dubious allegations of unfitness, and “errors identifying bona fide child-parent relationships.”

  • Jul 31, 2019
  • 12:01 PM

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