Bolsonaro draws battle lines in fight over Amazon indigenous lands

first_imgParintins, site of Brazil’s big annual indigenous festival, is typical of towns in the Brazilian Amazon. The Sateré, and other indigenous groups living or working there, often endure discrimination and work analogous to slavery. Civil rights are few and indigenous populations inhabit the bottom rung of the economic ladder.Now more than ever, indigenous groups fear the loss of their cultural heritage and land rights as guaranteed under the 1988 Brazilian Constitution. New president Jair Bolsonaro wants to achieve indigenous societal “assimilation,” a process by which an ethnic minority group’s traditional way of life and livelihoods is erased.The strongest advocates of indigenous assimilation are the ruralistas, rural wealthy elites and agribusiness producers, who have the most to gain via access to the timber, land and mineral wealth found within indigenous territories. The bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby is strong in Congress, and it supports Bolsonaro.The Sateré, along with other indigenous groups, have endured a long history marked by extermination and exploitation. Brazil’s 900,000 indigenous people are increasingly joining together to fight the anti-indigenous policies proposed by the Bolsonaro administration and supported by the ruralists. Benito Miquiles, a Sateré man. Image by Matheus ManfrediniIn February, a Mongabay reporting team travelled to the Brazilian Amazon, spending time with the remote Sateré-Mawé, documenting their culture and long-time conflict with mining companies and land grabbers. This series looks at new threats imposed on the Sateré and indigenous groups across Brazil as they’re threatened by the ruralist-friendly policies of President Jair Bolsonaro. The trip was funded by the Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund in association with the Pulitzer Center and Mongabay.PARINTINS, BRAZIL – On the banks of the Amazon River, in the Parintins municipal district of Amazonas state, Benito Miquiles, a young Sateré indigenous man watches boats come and go. Francesa, the port where he stands, is located in a small bay where the district’s untreated sewage flows into the river. It’s also here that boats travelling to and from the state’s interior stop to unload, with Indians and fisherfolk hefting heavy bags of manioc flour, copaíba oil and guarana, then forced to walk down a narrow 15-foot-long plank and on into town to sell their wares.Benito, who accompanied and guided the Mongabay reporting team throughout its trip, knows better than most the happenings, sounds and smells of Francesa. He lived here, out in the open, slinging his hammock among the boats, for two years while studying for a college degree in Parintins. Now age 25, he recently earned a diploma in intercultural indigenous studies from the Federal University of Amazonas.“It was a big achievement,” the young Sateré-Mawé acknowledges.Benito is proud to be Sateré, but people in Parintins frequently comment that he doesn’t look like a “real Indian.” His hair is stylishly coiffed, he owns a smart phone, takes “selfies” and wears a cap and sunglasses, but for Benito indigenous identity is something that comes from inside himself, irrespective of what he is wearing: “I was born Sateré, I grew up Sateré, and wherever I go I am Sateré. I can use a coat and tie, trainers, smart clothes, but I will always be Sateré.”last_img read more

Hull City sign Senegalese striker

first_img1 Hull City have completed a deal to sign Dame N’Doye from Lokomotiv Moscow, the club have announced.The Senegalese striker joined has joined the Tigers for an undisclosed fee and signed a two-and-a-half year deal.Hull City boss Steve Bruce said: “I’m delighted to have completed the signing of Dame and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action for us.“He will undoubtedly strengthen our squad and add a significant goal threat.” Dame N’Doye last_img

Former Manchester United player likens Victor Lindelof to Nemanja Vidic

first_img REVEALED 2 “It’s a shame United haven’t been able to find a regular centre back partnership due to injuries. There’s not been a partnership you can say has took off yet, where you can see it stick. Solskjaer will try to find out who is the best partnership and the defenders will all be fighting for places, which is good for the team.”Wes Brown, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder REVEALED RANKED Brown said: “Lindelof has started to understand what it takes in English football, it was similar to Vidic adapting to the English game.“It’s difficult and different adjusting to the league, and moving to a new country. It’s quicker and stronger in certain areas and sometimes it takes time to adjust. I never thought he was bad, but he’s started to understand more and taken everything in, you can now see the class coming out. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? deals Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown claims Victor Lindelof “has started to understand what it takes in English football” and has compared the Swede to club legend Nemanja Vidic.Lindelof, 24, moved to Old Trafford in 2017 for £31million in the summer of 2017 but struggled with the intensity of the Premier League in his first season. gameday cracker Lindelof is starting to adjust to life in English football well targets Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT boost 2 His form has improved over the last few months and has really gone up another gear since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the Old Trafford helm.Lindelof has started Solskjaer’s first six Premier League games in charge of the club – which United have all won.And Brown, who won 13 honours in 15 years at the club, suggested Lindelof’s development in the English game is similar to how Vidic, who Brown played alongside, settled in. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Brown celebrates United’s 2008 Champions League triumph with Vidic IN DEMAND last_img read more