Xingu, the clamor coming from the forest in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival

By Barbara Arisi & Felipe Milanez * Much to the chagrin of ranchers and agribusiness, one of Rio de Janeiro’s popular samba schools, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, is making visible the terrible consequences of agribusiness and hydropower dams on the Xingu Indigenous Park in this year’s Carnival. It’s the biggest party on earth. The greatest multitude of … Continue reading Xingu, the clamor coming from the forest in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival

International Conference of Agrarian Reform: Marabá Declaration

A declaration by 130 representatives of La Via Campesina member organizations and allies against agribusiness and towards a global land reform for landless peasants, the working class and for all of society. Signed on 17 April 2016, Day of Peasants' Struggle in Marabá, Brazil. Who are we? People who struggle for territory We are more than … Continue reading International Conference of Agrarian Reform: Marabá Declaration

Letter from the Munduruku in the Brazilian Amazon

"We Munduruku, descendants of our ancestors, who survived and still survive these days, are still subjected to genocide. Without the land rights that guarantee our survival, we are left with only the right to die. Our blood shed on this sacred land cries out for justice until the new millennium." The international conference 'Undisciplined Environments' organized … Continue reading Letter from the Munduruku in the Brazilian Amazon

‘Never seen it so bad’: violence and impunity in Brazil’s Amazon

Violence has been legitimized as a normal part of politics. It has become informally “acceptable”. I’ve never seen, working for the past 10 years in the Amazon, a situation so bad.  Last week ENTITLE fellow Felipe Milanez was interviewed by the Guardian regarding the persistent wave of violent dispossession and the ensuing “humanitarian catastrophe” taking … Continue reading ‘Never seen it so bad’: violence and impunity in Brazil’s Amazon

War and cover up in the Amazon

FUNAI, Brazil's National Indigenous Foundation, is accused of ignoring a serious conflict between two indigenous tribes in the Amazon.  Two hours after the original version of this text was published in Carta Capital, FUNAI informs about first contact omitting information about massacre. A “tribal war,” following the omission of the state, reportedly provoked a massacre of members of the … Continue reading War and cover up in the Amazon

The role of pedagogy in the struggles of Brazil’s MST

By Rita Calvário, Marien González Hidalgo & Sara Mingorría* "The difficult part is to maintain the struggle, the easy part is to attract workers", states Simona Silva, speaking about the role of pedagogy and political training in the struggles of Brazil's Landless Rural Workers Movement. Simona Silva, the pedagogic and political coordinator of the MST's national school called … Continue reading The role of pedagogy in the struggles of Brazil’s MST

A strange mirror in the Amazon frontier

I was born in Jacundá, but I did not know these stories. I did not know my story, the story of the place I came from. Each film has shocked me in a unique way, terrified me and made me want to know more of the land I came from. (Mainara, student in the region of Pará, … Continue reading A strange mirror in the Amazon frontier

Decolonisation and the Munduruku Protocol: It’s time to listen and to respect

by Felipe Milanez International conventions, in particular the International Labor Organisation Convention 169 (ILO169), establish that local communities should be consulted when a planned project will affect their territory. Consultation with indigenous peoples, as written in Article 6, should be undertaken through appropriate procedures, in good faith, and through the representative institutions of these peoples. This statement is followed … Continue reading Decolonisation and the Munduruku Protocol: It’s time to listen and to respect