03 Aug '12, 6pm

Think being an environmental activist is hard? Try it in Mexico or Brazil:

Think being an environmental activist is hard? Try it in Mexico or Brazil:

A cleared section of the Brazilian rainforest. American activists may lament that their work isn’t bringing about enough change (or media coverage ), but they rarely have to put their lives on the line or face crippling corruption. Activists in other parts of the world are not so lucky. A story from Mexico, in the New York Times : On the morning of April 15, 2011, using rocks and fireworks, a group of women attacked a busload of AK-47-armed illegal loggers as they drove through Cherán, residents said. The loggers, who local residents say are protected by one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations and given a virtual free pass by the country’s authorities, had terrorized the community at will for years. Cherán’s residents said they had been subjected to multiple episodes of rape, kidnapping, extortion and murder by the paramilitary loggers, who have devastated an ...

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