Latest Xingu Stories

2011-02-08 15:01:00

BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over half a million people, most of them Brazilians, are calling on newly elected President Dilma to halt plans to construct the Belo Monte Dam. Outside the Presidential Palace this morning, several hundred people gathered in protest including indigenous chiefs in full tribal regalia and community leaders from the Xingu River Basin, and delivered the petition signatures to the Dilma Government. "This is a life and death struggle,"...

2011-01-27 04:00:00

BRASILIA, Brazil, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Brazilian government has issued a "partial" installation license allowing the Belo Monte Dam to break ground on the Amazon's Xingu River despite egregious disregard for human rights and environmental legislation, the unwavering protests of civil society and condemnations by its Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF). The license was approved by Brazil's environmental agency IBAMA despite overwhelming evidence that the...

2010-11-11 07:30:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today international and Brazilian human rights organizations submitted a formal petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), denouncing grave and imminent violations upon the rights of indigenous and riverine communities affected by the construction of Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. Signed by the Xingu Alive Forever Movement and as well as representatives of affected communities, the...

2010-08-30 10:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Amazon Watch and International Rivers have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art 10-minute Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver, with technical assistance from Google Earth Outreach, in support of Brazil's Xingu River Forever Alive Movement. Download the tour or view the video on amazonwatch.org. The tour allows viewers to learn about the harmful impacts of, and alternatives to the massive Belo Monte Dam on the...

2010-08-27 15:34:00

"A Message From Pandora" Tells the Story of the Battle to Stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon Watch a 3-min Trailer on Avatar's Movie website or on www.messagefrompandora.org LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Timed with the re-release of Avatar in theatres today, acclaimed director James Cameron has teamed up with Amazon Watch to produce a short feature "A Message from Pandora." The documentary spotlights the battle to stop the massive Belo Monte Dam Complex on the Xingu...

2010-04-28 07:05:00

NEW YORK, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Actress Sigourney Weaver joins dozens of indigenous leaders from around the world who are participants of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to peacefully protest in front of the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday, April 28 at 1:30 pm. The Demonstration is being organized to show solidarity with the Brazilian indigenous peoples who will be gravely affected by the dam project and to emphatically convey that...

2010-02-01 14:38:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmentalists, indigenous people, and social movements in Brazil condemned today's news that an environmental license was issued by the Brazilian environmental agency (IBAMA) for the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam. The massive project, slated to be the world's third largest, would divert the flow of the Xingu River and devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, threatening the survival of indigenous peoples. Brazil's...

2005-08-26 08:32:46

By Maria Pia Palermo XINGU INDIAN RESERVATION, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has shown the world the face of poverty, the tragedy of famine and the sweat of hard labor. Now Mother Nature is attracting the world-renowned master of black-and-white stills. Salgado is chasing animals in the wild, taking pictures of pristine landscapes and indigenous tribes that still live in balance with the environment. The project he calls Genesis has taken the...

Word of the Day
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'