GUYANA: From Lush Jungle to Muddy Moonscape
IPS – Italy
It pointed to very lax government controls in the country’s Amazon region, noting severe human rights abuses and devastating environmental damage “Medium-

ECUADOR: Support Grows for Letting Sleeping Amazon Oil Lie
Inter Press Service (subscription) – Rome,Italy
The proposal would ban commercial extraction of oil in the ITT in perpetuity, and explicitly recognise the right of traditional usage by indigenous people,

Devotion to beauty paying off for Brazil
International Herald Tribune – France
For years, the indigenous peoples of Amazonia have celebrated fruits for their special qualities. The guaraná berry, for example, is known as a stimulant.

A methane battle is brewing
Georgia Straight – Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
Critics say that Shell badly mishandled indigenous interests in the region, for which Saro-Wiwa was an outspoken champion. A Shell Canada representative

Last Night’s TV
Times Online – UK
These are the touching last words of a diminutive indigenous babe from the northwest corner of the Amazon basin. She is one of that remote region’s

Biofuels driving destruction of Brazilian cerrado – USA
The cerrado is now disappearing more than twice as the rate as the neighboring Amazon rainforest, according to a Brazilian expert on the savanna ecosystem.

SmartWood misled US local authority over FSC timber
Forest (subscription) – Montreal,QC,Canada
of the Amazon Frontiers Research Centre, had told SmartWood that “Forestal Venao is infamous in Ucayali, Peru for their indifference to laws, indigenous