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Much of Europe's toilet paper and tissues come from eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. But indigenous tribes claim their land is being stolen to make way for these plantations.
Plans to complete a controversial road through the Amazon have environmentalists up in arms. They worry the road will make it easier for the rest of the Amazon to be exploited.
The escalating violence in Brazil's gang-ridden favelas prompted Brazilian Premier Lula da Silva to launch a $3bn crackdown in early 2007. But strangely, the policy was greeted with a storm of disapproval from the country's embattled urban inhabitants.
Can you own a piece of land? If it is the sacred land where your ancestors hunted and fished and are now buried upon, do you have more claim to it than a farmer who has bought the land from the Government and possesses land titles?