‘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

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 by the article … Continue reading Decolonisation and the Munduruku Protocol: It’s time to listen and to respect