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In Ecuador's Amazon, indigenous forest defense gains legal ground

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Phillips, 57, a freelance reporter, was doing research for a book on the trip with Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, a former head of isolated and recently contacted tribes at federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.

The Amazon founder first became a billionaire in 1998, the year after Amazon went public as an online bookseller and has since increased his fortune by 12,425 percent — now raking in more than $140,000 per minute.

The state-owned firm that partners with Amazon on China books, China International Book Trading Corp, or CIBTC, Amazon Books told Reuters that the venture is a “commercial relationship between two enterprises.” China’s National Press and Publication Administration, or NPPA, the state propaganda arm with which Amazon has had a partnership, had no comment.

In its decision, the court recognized community laws created by the A’i Cofan, giving them the formal right to order intruders – including loggers and miners – off their land and to confiscate their equipment.

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Still, by 2018, Amazon was receiving an “increasing number of requests from (Chinese) watchdogs to take down certain content, mostly politically sensitive ones,” stated the briefing document prepared that year for Carney.

Some reviews call it “pathetic,” “garbage” or “government propaganda.” Shortly after the request, some negative reviews disappeared, archived screenshots of on show. Others remain, Free Novels and “Amazing China” currently has an overall rating of just 2.3 out of a top score of 10.

Such legal victories could be a foothold for communities across the wider Amazon basin living in territories rich in oil and minerals as South American governments seek to open up more of the forest to development to boost their battered economies.

Among them are two Chinese companies, Tiktok developer ByteDance and video-surveillance firm Hikvision, as well as multinationals Nike, Samsung and Philips, according to the 2018 briefing document and a 2019 blog on AWS’s website.

A lack of clear laws and guidelines about how indigenous communities should participate in decisions made about what happens on their lands is often a key source of conflict between them, the government and extractive companies.

site, – a project that came to be known as China Books. But the document shows that it was seen by Amazon as crucial to winning support in China as the company grew its Kindle electronic-book device, cloud-computing and e-commerce businesses. The venture – which eventually offered more than 90,000 publications for sale – hasn’t generated significant revenue.

Amazon, by contrast, has grown into a powerful economic force in China in recent years, providing lucrative export opportunities to thousands of Chinese businesses while growing its own industry-leading cloud-services unit.

“We live on these lands and we want to continue to live in harmony with nature as our grandparents did,” said Nihua, wearing a crown of white, yellow and scarlet parrot feathers and with bars of red – a colour symbolizing strength and joy – painted above her cheeks.

In October 2012, China Books was awarded the title, “a key national culture export” project, by a group of Chinese government bodies, including GAPP, as well as the entity now known as the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China.

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Inc was marketing a collection of President Xi Jinping’s speeches and writings on its Chinese website about two years ago, when Beijing delivered an edict, according to two people familiar with the incident.

The American e-commerce giant must stop allowing any customer ratings and reviews in China.

Amazon entered China in 2004 through a $75 million deal to acquire, an online book-and-media seller.

Eventually, Amazon wanted to introduce e-Novel Books and its popular Kindle reading devices to the Chinese market.

That briefing document, and interviews with more than two dozen people who have been involved in Amazon’s China operation, reveal how the company has survived and thrived in China by helping to further the ruling Communist Party’s global economic and political agenda, while at times pushing back on some government demands.