Inside Story Americas – The real cost of Brazil’s dam-Brazil dam

The proposed multi-billion dollar Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu river in northern Brazil has long been controversial. Critics say it will only help local industries and not the population. Guests: Eve Bratman, Emelio La Rovere and Ken Green.

One of the focuses of the World Social Forum in Brazil – the “alternative” to the Davos talks in Switzerland – is the damage being done to the environment in places such as the Amazon.

 So it’s no surprise that the construction of one of the world’s biggest dams in the rainforest is at the centre of a fierce debate about the price of economic progress, as Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo reports.

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