400 new species including a vegetarian piranha found in amazon


the one that took a deep surgical triangular chunk out of my left middle finger when I was doing the vanity fair story about the dehydration of the amazon was definitely not a vegetarian. and I was not bleeding or menstruating, nor were my toenails painted red. Most piranha attacks on people happen when they …Read More

14 shamans murdered in Peru

the liquidation of our planet’s biocultural diversity continues, much of it in its remotest fastness, out of sight hearing and mind. http://www.disinfo.com/2011/10/14-shamans-murdered-in-peru/. The rancher who murdered Chico Mendes in l988 were astounded by the globa outcry, because they had killed the two previous leaders of the Amazon Rubber Tappers’ Union and no one had said …Read More

ghastly new developments in the Amazon

here’s an excellent report by the New Yorker’s John Lee Anderson : http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/06/murder-in-the-amazon.html

also there’s a new outbreak of piracy preying on the double and triple deck river ferries that ply the Amazon : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/17/brazil-amazon-pirates?INTCMP=SRCH

#33: The Amazon Research and Conservation Center on the Rio de Las Piedras, in the Peruvian Amazon

By Alex Shoumatoff

From the plane we catch glimpses of the Urubamba River, below Machu Picchu, plunging thousands of feet, then snaking through an ocean of trees that spreads east until it is lost in haze—the Amazon, the world’s largest and most diverse rainforest. We land in the humid furnace of Puerto Maldonado, the fourth-largest city …Read More

#15 The Decimation of the Amazon Indians

Draft of an  entry on the decimation  of the Amazon Indians for a forthcoming three-volume encyclopedia on genocide and crimes against humanity, to be published by MacMillan, under the general editorship of Diane l. Shelton
The decimation of the Amazon’s native people over the past four centuries illustrates two patterns outlined in Benjamin Whitaker’s l985 …Read More