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Peruvian Indigenous Leader: ‘We Don’t Want to Die Because of Oil’

By David Hill*

Leaders from the indigenous Matsés people in the Peruvian Amazon say they remain vehemently opposed to potential operations in their territory by a Canada-based oil company. Seguir leyendo…

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Resistance! Facing Down Goliath Oil Companies


U’wa protests against oil exploration in 2014. Photo: ASOU’WA.

By Andrew E. Miller

17 March, 2015.- The Achuar and U’wa indigenous peoples have me in awe of the immense power of grassroots resistance in the face of multi-billion dollar corporations. Years after graduating from university, I find myself once again a student. Throughout my tenure at Amazon Watch, I have been honored to “informally apprentice” under our wise and humble indigenous partners. Seguir leyendo…

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Indigenous woman wounded by tear gas bomb for defending the Ccarhuarazo


Constantina Lopez Garriaz was injured while defending the Ccarhuarazo. Photo: Luis Alberto Licla Atoccsa

- Quechua villager was marching peacefully in defense of a sacred mountain threatened by mining. Seguir leyendo…

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Indigenous expression and intercultural dialogue in Brus Rubio


Brus Rubio next to Amazonian Passport (Pasaporte amazónico). Photo: M. R. Colombier

By Marco R. Colombier

Servindi, 12 March, 2015.- The presence of Amazonian indigenous peoples in new spaces is a main topic in visual artist Brus Rubio Churay’s universe. Born in Pucaurquillo, Loreto, in 1983, he belongs to the bora and huitoto-murui people. Seguir leyendo…

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Toxic pesticides allowed in new agriculture regulations


Photo: FAO.

Servindi, 9 March, 2015.- The Ministry of Agriculture recently approved regulations that authorize the continued use of two types of chemical pesticides that the World Health Organization, WHO, has classified as “toxic” and “very toxic.” Seguir leyendo…

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Indigenous Peruvians win case against Oxy

- Indigenous communities are celebrating what they see as a victory against big capital. Oxy is one of the largest United States oil producers with operations on four continents.

TeleSUR, 7 March, 2015.- Achuar indigenous communities in Peru have won a settlement against Occidental Petroleum for the pollution of the Corrientes River in the Amazon region. Seguir leyendo…

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The truth behind the story on the ‘world’s oldest tree’ being cut down


Matsés man Gerson Gomes Bina Mayuruna from Lobo village in Brazil. Photograph: David Hill/David Hill

- ‘Hoax’ article on the Amazon correctly identifies threats to Brazil-Peru border region. Seguir leyendo…

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“We don’t need oil companies here in our communities”

Photo: Goldamn Environmental Prize.

- Indigenous leader Ruth Buendia, Goldman Environmental Prize winner, speaks loud and clear.

Servindi, 18 February, 2015.- Although Pluspetrol announced its withdrawal of the Pichanaqui district in the central jungle, there are some voices to take into account when analyzing the case. One of those is Ruth Buendia, president of the Central Ashaninka of Rio Ene (CARE), who once again expressed her opposition to the presence of oil companies in lot 108. Seguir leyendo…

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Might Norway Blacklist Canadian Oil Firm Over Amazon Operations?


Matses. Foto: David Hill

By David Hill*

17 February, 2015.- In September 2014 Norway’s Finance Ministry revealed that the Council on Ethics for Norway’s ‘Government Pension Fund Global’ (GPFG) had recommended, back in December 2010, that the GPFG divest its holdings in oil and gas company Repsol because of its operations in one of the remotest parts of the Peruvian Amazon. Seguir leyendo…

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A Rocky Road to Justice in the Amazon

Kichwas in the Tigre region protesting Pluspetrol
Kichwas in the Tigre region protesting Pluspetrol. Photo: David Hill.

By Ximena Warnaars

14 February, 2015. An agreement has been reached between indigenous federations of four river basins in Peru´s northern Amazon, the National Government, and Pluspetrol, the Argentine oil company currently operating in their territories. While this kind of agreement is unprecedented, indigenous groups throughout the country continue to protest, occupy oil wells, and raise their voices against the oil company. Seguir leyendo…

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