March 1, 1992 |
A state appeals court has annulled the conviction of a rancher for plotting the 1988 murder of Brazilian rain forest activist Chico Mendes. Environmentalists called it a major step backward for their movement in Brazil. The court in Rio Branco, in the Amazon jungle 2,600 miles northwest of Rio, overturned the 1990 conviction of rancher Darly Alves da Silva on Friday but upheld the conviction of his son, Darci Pereira. Both had been sentenced to 19 years in prison.
September 11, 1992 |
Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday gave President Fernando Collor de Mello more time to prepare his last-ditch attempt to stave off impeachment, but the resignation of the president's chief of staff reinforced the impression that he still faces long odds. In a 7-1 decision, the court ruled that Congress must give the president until Sept. 24 or 25 to respond to accusations that he benefited from a giant influence-peddling scheme. Collor was originally ordered to complete his defense by Sept. 17.
February 16, 1989
Brazil's court of appeals has dropped charges against two Indians who lobbied abroad against construction of dams on their land and a U.S. scientist who served as their interpreter, a court official announced. Charges against Kaiapo tribe leaders Kubei Kaiapo and Paulinho Paiakan were dropped after the federal court ruled that they could not be tried. Charges against scientist Darrel Posey were also dropped.
May 25, 1993 |
Dream a dream about an animal, say a monkey or a parrot or even an ostrich. Take your dream to the sidewalk and approach the man at the corner, the one sitting on a beer crate with a scratch pad and the mien of a bookie. Let the man translate your vision into a "bet," scratching down a number that corresponds to one creature or another in his bestiary. Take the hand-scribbled stub, and come back later to see if you are a winner.
March 20, 2009 |
Brazil's Supreme Court sided with Amazonian Indians in a land dispute that turned violent last year when authorities tried to evict rice farmers from a government-decreed reservation. The court ruling upholds the 4.2-million-acre Raposa Serra do Sol reservation for 18,000 Indians who lay claim to their ancestral land, despite a few large-scale farmers who also occupy the territory in the northernmost reaches of the Amazon jungle bordering Venezuela.
May 30, 1999 |
It took only a little cajoling from the campaign workers to persuade Sonia Muniz to get sterilized. She was poor, they told her, and the congressman was doing her a favor by helping her limit her family size. "I didn't want to do it," Muniz mutters, barely louder than the wind whipping by the deserted Indian Protection Service post in this northeastern village. But she went anyway. "They made me.