The emergence at the end of the twentieth century of a mass organization of landless peasants demanding land reform can only be understood when viewed against Brazil's archaic land structure, where 1 percent of landowners own 46 percent of the land and government inspectors are still discovering slave labor on Amazon cattle ranches.
“Cutting the Wire”: The Landless Movement in Brazil
Jan Rocha is a British journalist who has lived in Brazil since 1969, where she has reported for the BBC, The Guardian, and other British newspapers. She has also written Brazil in Focus (1997) and Murder in the Rainforest (1999), both published by the Latin America Bureau in London, which is also the publisher of her book, with Sue Branford, Cutting the Wire (2002), from which this essay draws.
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Jan Rocha; “Cutting the Wire”: The Landless Movement in Brazil. Current History 1 February 2003; 102 (661): 86–90. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2003.102.661.86
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