Deforestation in Brazil, vote in Argentina endanger EU-Mercosur pact

Business Aug 18, 2019

Deforestation in Brazil, vote in Argentina endanger EU-Mercosur pact

Brazil's backsliding on Amazon conservation under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and a likely Peronist return to power in Argentina could delay or even derail ratification of an EU-Mercosur trade agreement that took two decades to negotiate. Deforestation has surged since Bolsonaro's election last year. His ...

Trans-Brazil trail raises hopes for future of Atlantic Forest

World Aug 18, 2019

Trans-Brazil trail raises hopes for future of Atlantic Forest

Luiz Pedreira walks with other hikers beneath the Atlantic Forest's thick canopy in Brazil, where an 8,000-km (5,000-mile) trail stretching the full length of the country is being opened up. He hopes that the creation of the trail, one of the world's longest, will raise ...

Brazil tribal women protest Bolsonaro's 'genocidal policies'

World / Social Issues Aug 14, 2019

Brazil tribal women protest Bolsonaro's 'genocidal policies'

Thousands of tribal women decorated with feathers and body paint marched on Brazil's capital Tuesday denouncing the "genocidal policies" of President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces growing criticism over destruction of the Amazon. Far-right Bolsonaro wants to develop the rain forest — seen as vital to ...

At least 52 dead in Brazil prison riot, with 16 decapitated

World / Crime & Legal Jul 30, 2019

At least 52 dead in Brazil prison riot, with 16 decapitated

At least 52 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups at the Altamira prison in northern Brazil on Monday, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said 16 of the victims were decapitated while others were asphyxiated. The count of ...

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

World / Social Issues May 28, 2019

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

Pope Francis on Monday met Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni, who is on a European tour to highlight increasingly acute threats to the Amazon since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took power. The elderly Kayapo chief, internationally recognizable through his traditional lip plate and feather headdress, ...