Belo Monte, Announcement of a War

February 9, 2013

A case study. In the story of the Belo Monte Dam many things come back. We have a leftover from a military regime policy. We have a mondernization project that is imposed by the government on people that never had any reason to recognize the state boundaries as they have formed under colonialism. Paradoxically, the interests of the modernization project are not bound to state boundaries at all. They in fact allign with interests from parties all over the world. Finally we have internationalized resistance and the formation of bonds across many perceived boundaries under the recognition of a common interest in the protection of the commons.

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