The Belo Monte dam project in the Brazilian rainforest is a paradigmatic example of development at any cost. While the dam will be the third largest in the world and provide electricity to industry and citizen, the environmental and social impacts are astounding. Thirty years have nearly passed since the Brazilian government first presented its plans to build the dam. Over these years, social movements – in solidarity with national, regional and transnational groups – resisted the project at every step of the way. In response to this resistance, the state and elite power holders developed ways to navigate around, through and over their legal obligations under the Brazilian constitution and international law commitments. Nonetheless, the social movement to stop the Belo Monte dam continues to this day. To read the whole article please click here.
About Jason D. MacLeod
Collection of works by socio-legal theorist and musician. Learn more
- Citizenship Rights in Times of Disaster: The Ethics of International Intervention
- Natural disasters cause significant environmental change and societal costs while devastating the lives of its victims. The number and power of extreme weather events are forecasted to increase with the advent of climate change. The average yearly death count caused by natural disasters between 2002–2011 was 107,000 and those affected was 268 million (CRED 2013). […] Read more – ‘Citizenship Rights in Times of Disaster: The Ethics of International Intervention’.
- Counter Narrating the Violence of Hegemony in Climate Change Conflicts
- Climate change, extreme poverty and conflict emerge from social relations based in fear, selfishness, hatred and ignorance. To transform the inherent destructive powers of these relations requires a confrontation with governments, corporations, and individuals committed to following the same scripts that benefits the privileged minority while billions suffer the consequences. This project demands a battle […] Read more – ‘Counter Narrating the Violence of Hegemony in Climate Change Conflicts’.
- A Slight Case of Melancholy
- A new thematic mix inspired by works that represent the achingly beautiful yet withdrawn indifferent moments in our lives. The music attempts to capture the image of a lone person walking through a rain drenched cityscape or the feeling of watching the world pass us by. Mainly jazz influenced trip hop with interspersed moments […] Read more – ‘A Slight Case of Melancholy’.