Authoritarian Elitism and Popular Movements in Brazil

By Wendy Wolford, Sérgio Sauer   Can a president institute radical popular change alongside structural inequality and a militarized elite? The Brazilian case suggests that a progressive political party requires more social movement mobilization, not less.   Brazilian history is… Read More

After Suzano pulp mill protest, women in Brazil occupy the company’s land in Bahia

Women workers report environmental impacts caused by eucalyptus monoculture and the water crisis in the region By MST Communication Group in Bahia Photos: MST Communication Translated with Google Translate. See original article in Portuguese here. The National Day… Read More

Brazil: MST Land Activists to Win Prestigious Agroecology Award

By Ednubia Ghisi English translation by Nate Singham   NOTE: According to the national leadership of the MST  (Brazil’s Landless Worker’s Movement) a proposal to expand a Suzano Papel e Celulose factory in Brazil seeks to triple production and use… Read More

USDA Receives Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees

 Statement from Biofuelwatch, Global Justice Ecology Project and Indigenous Environmental Network   New York (US)–New Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. On 5 July, the US Department of Agriculture received an… Read More

International Peasant Movement Prepares to Converge for Seventh Conference

“We feed our peoples and build the movement to change the world!” – is the call that will carry hundreds of delegates of the international peasant movement La Vía Campesina, to the Basque Country from the 16th to… Read More

WATCH: MST Militant on Taking Back Land from Plantations in Brazil

The following trailer and the full video are in Portuguese, with Spanish spoken translation and English subtitles.  El preestreno y el video completo están en Portugués, con traducción en vivo al Español, y con subtítulos en Inglés.  A pré-estreia e o… Read More

Brazil Holding First General Strike in Two Decades

Today, Labor unions, progressive political parties and social movements across Brazil are engaged in a general strike of all workers to protest the neoliberal anti-worker policies imposed by right-wing politicians including the new president Michel Temer. Temer was… Read More

Outbreak of Killing in Brazil as Landowners Work to Displace Farmers

Nine men, including an Evangelical pastor, massacred in a remote part of western Brazil were knifed and shot to death, police said yesterday after releasing the bodies for burial, according to the Malay Mail Online: No arrests were… Read More

Brazil: As ‘Coup’ Government Targets Retirement Benefits, General Strike Rocks Nation

Video via Video ALEXANDER MAIN, [in D.C.] via Dan Beeton,, @ceprdc Senior associate for international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Main recently wrote the piece “Congress must take attacks on Brazilian democracy… Read More

With Deforestation Increasing in Brazil, Will Norway Ask For Its $1 Billion in REDD Money Back?

By Chris Lang Originally Published at   On 29 November 2016, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) released its estimate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon for the period August 2015 to July 2016. It’s not… Read More