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Sunday, August 4

Reuters 'Naked' Natives Block Illegal Loggers in Peru: "Peru established a reserve in Madre de Dios for uncontacted peoples in April, which should be off-limits to the loggers. But activists say hundreds of loggers are in the area near the reserve, working on commission for big timber companies, at least one of which they say in based in the United States. The area is the largest remaining mahogany stand in Peru and it is illegal to cut down mahogany there. The hard, reddish-brown wood is highly prized and fetches big prices on international markets. Nature groups say more than 4 million cubic feet of mahogany from Latin America reach global markets every year, mostly from Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, and that much of that is illegal logged."

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