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[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...

[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...

[12/01/2005] Pastoral Land Commission says final report of the CPMI “consecrates violence‿

The Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) officially condemned the approval, by the Congressional Committee of Inquiry on Land Issues (CPMI), of the report prepared by Federal Deputy Abelardo Lupion (PFL-PR).

“The result of the CPMI has once again...

The Landless Workers’ Movement (MST), by way of this message, expresses its indignation toward the majority decision of the Congressional Committee of Inquiry on Land Issues (CPMI) who, fulfilling the criminal and hateful objectives of the UDR (Rural Democratic Union) and its allies, acted against the stated purpose of the CPMI. The CPMI was...

Dear Friends of the MST,

In the last few days, the Congressional Committee of Inquiry on Land Issues was center stage on the national scene. There are two antagonistic sides in this confusion of information: on one side are the defenders of the implementation of Land Reform as a mechanism for national development. On the opposite side,...

Jaelson Melquíades, member of the MST’s Coordinating Body for the State of Alagoas, has been assassinated in the municipality of Atalaia, a forested region of the state.

Jaelson, age 24, was murdered by two gunmen while he was visiting the Education Center of the MST’s São Pedro Settlement. Just four months ago, landless families won...

Learning in order to implement our ideas. With this notion in mind, the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) taught over 50,000 landless workers to read and write in the last three years. Last week, the first graduating class of the MST’s Florestan Fernandes University, located in Guararema, São Paulo, received their degrees in Specialized Rural...

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