The Damming of the Xingu

Chief Raoni weeps after hearing that the Belo Monte dam, the world’s third largest, will be built. (Photo courtesy of the Support Chief Raoni Facepook page)


After decades of debate, the Brazilian government has chosen development and electric power over the Xingu River’s eco-system and the culture and history of the Kayapo people.

(If you watch the video posted by the Washington Post, ignore the part where Director James Cameron points out this situation is just like what he portrayed in Avatar.)

When we look back at humanity’s progress, can we say that it was for the benefit of humanity?

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