Emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s agribusiness “ruralistas” have begun a massive land grab in the Amazon, burning down swathes of forest for pastures and farmland. Seeing the incursions as an existential threat to their territory and culture, the country’s Indigenous groups are banding together to defend themselves. In a gripping Rainforest Journalism Fund-supported longread for The Intercept, Alexander Zaitchik reports from the frontlines of the battle to protect the Amazon.
After Washington University freshman Teddy Washington was racially profiled by police, his family demanded accountability and justice from the local government. “If you have been granted the opportunity and have the gift to bring about healing, you must have the courage to do it,” says Denise Washington, Teddy’s mother. Richard Weiss profiles the inspiring Washington family in a Pulitzer Center-supported article for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, tracing a fight for social justice back through the generations.
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Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova, is now a popular destination for Soviet nostalgia, capitalizing on its preserved Soviet-era architecture and iconography. Writing in a Pulitzer Center-supported story for The Times, Hannah Lucinda Smith reports on waves of Western tourists visiting an abandoned Soviet nuclear bunker and local efforts to profit from the interest.