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Source : Paris match (parismatch.com)
"I am tired. I am feeling tired" It was an exhausted warrior who faced journalists in Paris on the 13th December . In the Paris Foreign Press Center, Raoni Metuktire who been fighting for 40 years to save the Amazon and its indigenous populations, has confirmed that this would be his last tour.
Source : oneaction.ch
On Monday december 12 2012, for the international day of human rights, OneAction attended a press conference held in Geneva with Kayapo Chiefs Raoni, Megaron and Bemoro Metuktire. These indigenous leaders exposed the urgent need to stop the industrial invasion in the Amazon basin by the notorious Belo Monte Dam, among others. This three-week “Amazon Emergency” campaign trip to Europe is their cry for help to save their indigenous territory from destruction, and for all to respect their legal right to conserve their traditional way of life in their homeland.
Source : Het Parool
Chief Raoni on the Zuidas (The Netherlands), Brazilian Chief protests at engineering company Arcadis against dam in Amazon side-river. Chief Raoni spoke yesterday with a company that is involved with constructing a dam that will make life impossible for his people.
Source : rijksoverheid.nl
This Friday minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen (PvdA) had a conversation with the Native American leader Raoni Metuktire who is visiting The Netherlands. Metuktire is the leader of 5.000 Kayapó Native Americans and he draws attention to the preservation of the Amazon Rainforest and its indigenous population.
Source : happynews.nl
Friday December the 7th 2012 the Dutch minister Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation spoke with Raoni Metuktire of the campaign ‘Amazon Emergency’.
Source : press released issued by the Presidency of the French Republic
President Hollande had a meeting at the Elysée this morning with Cacique Raoni Metuktire, accompanied by Mr Gert-Peter Bruch, President of the Amazon Planet voluntary organization, and M. Nicolas Hulot, President of the Fondation pour la Nature et pour l’Homme [Foundation for Nature and Man], who took part in the meeting. At 82 years old, Chief Raoni is visiting Europe as part of a campaign to raise awareness about protecting the Amazon forest and respecting the people who live there.
Source : Mongabay.com
Norway's $650 billion sovereign wealth fund will ask companies in which it invests to disclose their impacts on tropical forests, as part of its effort to reduce deforestation, reports Reuters. The move could usher in broader reporting on the forest footprint of operations and boost eco-certification initiatives.
Source : News source: CEBI – Biblical Studies Center
“We ask the Government and the Federal Court not to grant an order of eviction/eviction, but we ask to enact our collective death and bury us all here …”, claim the Guarani Kaiowá Kue Pyelito/Mbarakay
Source : warriorpublications
Construction on Brazil’s megadam, Belo Monte, has been halted again as around 150 demonstrators, most of them from nearby indigenous tribes, have occupied the main construction site at Pimental. Over a hundred indigenous people joined local fishermen who had been protesting the dam for 24 days straight. Indigenous people and local fishermen say the dam will devastate the Xingu River, upending their way of life.
Source: The Rio Times
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – The Brazilian government is planning to build at least 23 new hydroelectric dams in the country's Amazon region, of which seven are set to be installed in the heart of the region, in previously untouched areas of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, O Globo newspaper reports. After the long-running dispute over the Belo Monte dam, environment activists have expressed incredulity at the plans.
Brazil is now defying the international community, deliberately infringing the Human Rights registered in its constitution and in the international treaties Brazil has ratified. French firms which are partners in the economic development of Brazil take part in fact to these exactions. These dealings, which sully the reputation of France, the nation of the human rights, and which put Brazil on the side of dictatorships, have to stop now.
Source : techredac.info
Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. The Amazon rainforest is shrinking at a rapid rate to provide land for farming and raising cattle. Each frame of the timelapse map is constructed from a year of Landsat satellite data, constituting an annual 1.7-terapixel snapshot of the Earth at 30-meter resolution.
Source : Green et Vert
An investigative journalist who was reporting on illegal wood exploitation was found dead in his car. This is the second assassination of a journalist by the deforestation mafia in 2012.
Source : Mining Weekly.com
TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – The Toronto-listed stocks of Brazil-focused exploration company Belo Sun on Tuesday dove 11.04% on the company’s announcement that it had cancelled a $50-million financing, announced a day earlier.
Source : Rainforest Action Network
Chevron is responsible for one of the largest environmental disasters in history — the deliberate dumping of a massive amount of oil pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon — for which it was found guilty in February 2011 and ordered to pay $18 billion to clean up.
Source : http://amazonwatch.org
Achuar people celebrate a major victory for indigenous rights.
Calgary, Canada – Today Talisman Energy (TLM) announced its decision to cease oil exploration activities in the Peruvian Amazon and to exit the country upon completion of ongoing commercial transactions.
Source : amazonwatch.org
Just a month ago we where celebrating glorious moments of when a high-level court suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte Dam project on the Amazon's Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project.
Source : alianzaarkana.org
The Regional Government of Loreto in Peru's Northern Amazon has just outlined plans for a first-ever independent environmental probe of areas contaminated by oil companies in the infamous oil Lot 1AB, after indigenous Quechua communities from the Pastaza River mobilized to force Peru's government into talks.
Source : en.tengrinews.kz
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday became the latest senior official to insist there is no evidence of an alleged massacre of some 80 Yanomami indigenous people, AFP reports. But the human rights commission of the Organization of American States urged his government to probe further.
Source : Rainforest fondation UK
The Peruvian Amazon is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Its aquatic ecosystems sustain bountiful fisheries, diverse wildlife, and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. White-water rivers flowing from the Andes provide rich sediments and nutrients to the Amazon mainstream.