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Current regulations unable to ban products from slave labor, expert says

Miners in Ghana, fishers in Bangladesh and loggers in Brazil have two things in common: many are vulnerable workers often submitted to slave-like conditions while engaging in an activity destructive to forests, rivers and oceans. Another common element is that they...

Repórter Brasil at 15

According to an old São Paulo University (USP) professor, journalism should be independent, but never impartial. After all, how can impartiality be maintained in the face of poverty, hunger, suffering, exploitation? Born in Portugal, Manuel Chaparro grew up under the...

Electroshocks, punching, and beatings: the life of cows turned into meat at JBS

A calf is branded on the face with a hot iron in Mato Grosso, bulls are electroshocked to make them get on a truck in Goiás, an animal is beaten while walking across the stockyard, and a newborn is dragged by the neck in Mato Grosso do Sul. Scenes like these were...

The ashes of Belo Monte

Dead animals were found on the site. The burning of trees and animal deaths is the first stage of a cycle that marks the relationship between the dam and the surrounding forest. Authorized to devastate thousands of hectares, the plant should use the timber for its own...
Small time land speculators profit in advance of Amazon dams

Small time land speculators profit in advance of Amazon dams

Arlindo de Oliveira worked 30 years as a bricklayer in the state of Paraná in southern Brazil. Now, he’s found a new job in the Amazon. He buys up land in the path of proposed hydroelectric dams in order to get relocation compensation from the companies building them....
Tapajós dam puts newly discovered species, indigenous people at risk

Tapajós dam puts newly discovered species, indigenous people at risk

At least eight mammals not yet cataloged by science were discovered during the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Brazil’s Sao Luiz do Tapajós hydropower plant, proposed for the western part of the state of Pará. Ironically, even as these Amazonian species are...