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Is Vale working in mysterious ways?

Who knows why Jeremias Vunjanhe was denied entry into Brazil last week, just days before the Rio+20 Earth Summit was due to open. His visa and paperwork were all in good order.

So could it have had something to do with the fact that the Friends of the Earth activist was about to reveal what the Brazilian mining giant, Vale, had been getting up to in his native Mozambique?

Vale is one of the corporations featured in our special exposé of Eight Great Greenwashers in this month’s New Internationalist. Read here to find out more about the world’s second largest mining and metals company and the dodgy ‘green’ activities of others on our list of corporate miscreants.

Following protests from civil society groups, the Brazilian government promised that Vunjanhe would be allowed in when he flew back again this week.

Let’s see if they take note of what he has to say about a corporate giant that has close ties with the Brazilian state.

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Vanessa Baird a New Internationalist contributor

Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

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