Sergio Basbaum sbasbaum at gmail.com
Sat Sep 21 03:53:18 AEST 2019

Thank you Lucio, for this account


On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 1:24 PM Lucio Agra <lucioagra at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Hi, everybody.
> I've been lurking until now, following the discussion and
> preferably trying to do not interfere.  Margaretha, though, has put a good
> point here.
> Today I waked up with a message sent by a colleague  through Whats Up,
> with a link to The Intercept ,where a young brazilian journalist, from
> their crew, grabbed some information about the plans that the Govern - and
> particularly the Army - have been preparing concerning Amazon area. The
> militaries basically reedited an ancient doctrine about security on the
> Amazon frontier. Among several conspiration theories involving the
> construction of an independent country for Yanomoanis in collaboration with
> Venezuela, and other klind of misconception there is an intention to get
> around ancient plans of roads construction in the region. There is already
> a road that connects Cuiabá (in the middle of the country) to Santarem. Up
> to this place, there begins the region known as Calha Norte, which was
> involved in disputes and projects since Military Dictatorship in the 70s
> and 80s. It gave raise to a rumorous situation that involved, in the past,
> some militaires and empresarios. Well, here they come again, projecting the
> occupation of Indigenous areas with mining and people brought from other
> parts of the country, with the aim to avoid a supposed "invasion" of
> Chinese immigrants that also supposedly have benn growing in Suriname.
> Several detais, including a presentation with maps and some audio
> registering the meetings done in the state of Pará, were disclosed by
> Intercept. The material is astonishing even to those of us who were born
> and in Brazil and to all that live here.
> Now I  arrive to the important point Margaretha sustained in her
> commentaries. The roads we see in the map, part of it, probably represent
> these efforts to open ways up to North Amazon, a place, as an specialst
> heard by Intercept says, so isolated that does not demand concerns on
> fronteer security. There is indeed a plan to occupy Amazon with roads and
> it is really important for some *tactical* reasons: first, because it
> increases petrol and cars lobby, second because it was one of the main
> politics of Dictatorship in the 70s, through the absurd project of
> TransAmazonica road. Nowaday it seems to be a reedition of ancient
> positions susteinad by  some falcons from the Army.
> If, from one side, says Margaretha, perhaps the world get information that
> constructs a "we vision" (from the standpoint of the ones who did not
> suffer colonization directly - "seeing from afar") , on the other there is
> an analogous situation concerning people that live in  in  southwest or
> south parts of the Country, which means also "seeing from afar".
> Nevertheless, the same network has been making it possible to have fast
> access to such an information as it was disclosed by journalist Tatiana
> Dias through Intercept today. Intercept uses the same Network that can
> either reinforce distances, either eliminate them. To use a cliché,
> information is a crucial tool to this very moment.
> Link to the story (I'm afraid it is only in Portuguese):
> https://theintercept.com/2019/09/19/plano-bolsonaro-paranoia-amazonia/
> Best
> Lucio Agra
> Em sex, 20 de set de 2019 às 11:13, margaretha haughwout <
> margaretha.anne.haughwout at gmail.com> escreveu:
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>> Dear All,
>> Hope your day of CLIMATE STRIKE! brings new energy and fresh beginnings
>> to the struggle.
>> Fabi thank you for your posts so full of energy and for a vision of
>> agroecology. I share your inspiration for this set of cultivation
>> practices, and worry deeply about the ways it can be taken up by
>> capital.... But perhaps as you suggest it is a way out, a tear on the edges
>> of modernity (Eduardo Gudynas argues the way out of modernity will be
>> determined by Latin America....)
>> I have another question for you Fabi and for Dan. One of the striking
>> things about the arial images of the Amazon, are the fishbone patterns we
>> see as roads get developed. We can actually see the metabolic pathways of
>> capitalism in these patterns. But I'm wondering about the ways 'we' see the
>> Amazon from afar -- the technologies we use, and how they themselves are
>> implicated in colonial histories and colonial futures that have us leaving
>> earth -- could you comment. How do you use these mapping and satellite
>> technologies in your own practice?
>> In solidarity,
>> -M
>> --
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>> --
>> On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 1:21 PM Dean Wilson <dean at sundialforum.org>
>> wrote:
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>>> A lurker here ... thanks for the thread. "A thousand years ago" indeed.
>>> Even an eight year interval under the present exploding plastic inevitable
>>> airborne toxic event is a lost slave ship of failure. Pankaj Mishra's book
>>> review of David French scraped the bulbous lard of privilege and rummaged
>>> around thusly back in the day (2011):
>>> https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/a-curzon-without-an-empire/270145
>>> "Even stranger gaps exist in *India*, which, though subtitled *An
>>> Intimate Biography of 1.2 Billion People*, finds no place for the
>>> nearly 800 million Indians who still depend on agriculture for a living.
>>> The quiet catastrophe in rural areas—the collapse of water tables,
>>> spiralling debt, the poisoning of cultivable land, and tens of thousands of
>>> farmer suicides—is absent from *India*. French does talk to one man
>>> with a farming background at length; but the latter turns out to be an
>>> upwardly mobile adivasi at a Californian-style vineyard owned by Sula
>>> Wines. Claiming that Mahadev Kolis “normally prefer” Chenin Blanc and
>>> Madeira, he leads French into upbeat speculation about the “democratisation
>>> of wine-drinking” in India."
>>> Parasamgate bodhi svaha.
>>> DW
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> Se vc tem urgência de falar comigo, me ligue no celular! É mais rápido!
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