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Armed groups seize Amazon land for agribusiness

A stranger armed with a 12-gauge shotgun marched in and set up his tent inside Francisca Soares’ little dirt-floored house on the bank of this remote tributary of the Amazon River. The stranger is a land squatter, and his presence is the beginning of the end for a jungle teeming with wild monkeys and macaws. If the past is any guide, within a decade the jungle that surrounds Soares, a 70-year-old grandmother suffering from glaucoma, will be transformed into millions of acres of soybeans. These 32,000 square miles of virgin rain forest, called Terra do Meio, Middle Lands, are the last ecologically pristine zones in the Amazon’s eastern basin. Full Story

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