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Arc of Desperation

Venezuela’s decision to open up the Orinoco Belt to mining threatens the Amazon rainforest.

photo Bram EbusIn 2016, hoping the prevent the economic crisis now plaguing the country, President Nicol├ís Maduro opened up a vast swath of Venezuela's Amazon rainforest to large-scale mining projects. At 10 a.m., young men on motorbikes start to arrive in front of a cockfighting arena in Las Claritas, a small village in the state of Bolívar in southeastern Venezuela. They mill around smoking cigarettes and playing cards. Their relaxed manner distracts…
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by: Bram Ebus – Autumn 2017


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