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Dear Friends of the MST:

In order to win a lot of victories in the coming year, the MST is planning struggles and mobilizations. They are forms of organized social pressure where we want to have fewer fast food restaurants on every corner and more libraries and bookstores; access to land to produce healthy and cheap food, jobs and a...

[12/26/2005] Contag contests the settlement numbers published by the MDA

Data published by the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) – that 117.5 thousand families were settled in 2005 are contested by the National Confederation of Farm Workers (CONTAG). The organization claims that the number is no higher than 60 thousand.

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It is the latifundio owners and their defenders who are heinous

By Marcos Rogério de Souza*

The Congressional Committee of Inquiry on Land Issues (CPMI) concluded its activities, approving a lateral report that criminalizes the MST’s activities and impedes progress for agrarian reform. The document is so reactionary that it ends...

[12/22/05] MST Disputes Government’s Land Reform Figures for 2005

The National Coordinating Body of the MST has rebuked the Land Reform figures for 2005 released by the Lula government. The Movement insists that the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) is repeating methods used by the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso [1995-2002...

National Forum for Land Reform and Justice in the Rural Areas
Overall balance for 2005

The Rural Areas Demand Changes to Solve the People’s Problems: Against Neoliberalism and Agribusiness

1. Brazil is going through a serious crisis at this moment in history. A crisis of an economic character, because the economic policy...

In an interview conducted December the 14th Special Representative of the UN’s Secretary General for the Defense of Human Rights, Hina Jilani, affirmed her defense of the MST’s lines of action. “I consider them exemplary, not only because their members act in defense of social and economic rights, but because they do so while maintaining the...

[12/11/2005]Amazon nun's killers are jailed
BBC News Reports

Two Brazilians have been found guilty of murdering a US-born Catholic nun and peasants' rights activist, and sentenced to long jail terms. Sister Dorothy Stang campaigned on behalf of poor farmers against ranchers and big logging companies. Rayfran das Neves Sales was...

TERRA DE DEREITOS, a civic human rights organization, declares publicly its rejection of the Report approved by the CPMI on Land Issues on 29 November 2005.

The CPMI on Land Issues was constituted with the aim of carrying out a broad diagnostic evaluation of the Brazilian agrarian structure, of the agrarian and urban reform processes,...

Vile are the Brazilian Right
By Emir Sader

Vile are the latifúndio (large estates), the unjustly appropriated lands, maintained unproductive while millions of workers struggle for the right to live in the Brazilian countryside.

Vile is the violence in the countryside, encouraged by landowners and their political allies,...

[11/30/2005] Brazil’s Emir Sader Responds to CPMI

Vile are the Brazilian Right
By Emir Sader

Vile are the latifúndio (large estates), the unjustly appropriated lands, maintained unproductive while millions of workers struggle for the right to live in the Brazilian countryside.

Vile is the violence in the countryside...

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