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Foreign companies “offloading” agrotoxins in Brazil banned in their own countries

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In 2017, Brazilian authorities decided to ban paraquat because of its links to Parkinson’s disease. But since then, imports have increased, and restrictions have been relaxed due to pressure from foreign chemical companies

“We’re witnessing a final offensive against Brazil’s indigenous people”

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The anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro discusses indigenous resistance in the Amazon, the indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, and his pessimism about the climate crisis

Militias advance on Rio environmental reserve


In Baixada Fluminense, a new round of illegal land sales is under way

Keeping an ancient tradition alive: meet the indigenous midwives of the Amazon


In the villages of Tabatinga, Amazonas, Ticuna midwives work according to ancestral traditions, honing their skills generation after generation. However, they remain unrecognised by the state

‘In Rio de Janeiro, the Militia Isn’t a Parallel Power. It’s the Government.’


In the following interview, a sociologist who has studied Rio de Janeiro’s [vigilante off-duty police] militias for 26 years explains the relationship between lawmakers and militia members and says that the Bolsonaro family is the political heir of representatives linked to extermination groups that were active in the 1990s. In January, during a police raid

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Pay-off time: Brazilian agribusiness calls in favours


Farmers from Pará expect environmental agencies to be eviscerated

Beleaguered Amazon tribes remain staunch in defence of their land


As criminals eye the natural riches of their heavily forested territories, the Ka’apor people refuse to be cowed – even if it means taking the law into their own hands

‘The river is dead’: is a mine polluting the water of Brazil’s Xikrin tribe?

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Federal courts are battling to shut down a nickel mining plant said to be contaminating the Cateté river – a charge the company denies

Casa Publica launches new edition of its Residency Program


International journalists will be housed at Casa Publica while investigating human rights related issues in Rio de Janeiro

Deceit at a Brazilian ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center’


A Catholic psychologist in São Paolo tries to shame an undercover reporter into not having an abortion

Revealed: fires in São Paulo favelas more likely on higher-value land

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Exclusive: Analysis finds favelas hit by fire in São Paulo have land values 76% higher than average, casting new doubt on official explanation of poor housing

Inside Paraguay’s illegal cannabis plantations


Close to the border with Brazil, large illegal cannabis plantations thrive on a network of corruption

Brazil: Bolsonaro – the lone wolf dreams of glory


Nationalist demagogue Jair Bolsonaro is bidding to run for President. His views are truly frightening

Brazil: police target MST members in land occupations


Police in Quedas do Iguaçu are arresting MST supporters who occupy land to protest against timber company Araupel and cattle ranchers

Brazil: the poor must serve their sentence while the rich can stay at home


Poor women with young children are seldom allowed to serve house arrest, while wealthy defendants can stay at home with minimum restraints

Casa Pública is now accepting applications to house international reporters


Residency program offers a free stay at Casa Pública to those interested in investigating human rights related issues in Rio de Janeiro

Museum of Yesterday


This app by Agencia Publica mixes journalism with Pokemon Go to help people investigate the hidden past of Rio de Janeiro. Download and come onboard! It can be used anywhere in the world.

Life for Brazil’s Krenak after Fundao dam collapse

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How Brazil's worst environmental disaster changed the lives of indigenous Krenak tribe on the banks of the Rio Doce

Fake News Is Threatening Democracy In Venezuela


When you are at the climax of polarization, the truth is seen as a betrayal

Brazil Youths Threatened by Both Criminals and Police


Faced by the public defenders of a youth court in São Paulo, Brazil, Gorete emotionally explained what happened on the February night when four military police officers came to her home and threatened to kill her teenage son. The police officers, who were searching for a revolver they believed Gorete’s son was hiding, did not

Maduro Justice: Secret Evidence and Military Courts for Venezuela’s Protesters

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Taken by police on May 15, Carlos Ramírez waits in a military jail while the government looks for evidence against him. His case is not uncommon
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