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Brazil: who's afraid of Lava Jato?

Published on: Tue Feb 14, 2017
Author: Jan Rocha
Brazil: who's afraid of Lava Jato?

Main image: police family members protest in Vitória. Their placard reads: We've had no wage increase since 2013 - 40% inflation. The coffin is for Paulo Hartung, the state governor. São Paulo. February 12. A series of moves by President Michel Temer, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies are being interpreted as attempts to block the investigations into Brazil’s biggest ever corruption scandal, involving Petrobras and all of Brazil’s major construction companies, and prevent the arraignment of…

Colombia: what does peace mean in Comuna 13?

Published on: Thu Jan 26, 2017
Author: Gwen Burnyeat
Colombia: what does peace mean in Comuna 13?

24 January. With the new year in Colombia came a new sentence from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, holding the state responsible for human rights violations committed in the context of ‘Operation Orion’. In this Operation, the army, together with the ‘Cacique Nutibarra’ bloc of the AUC paramilitary organisation, stormed the marginalised slum neighbourhood ‘Comuna 13’ in Medellín, Colombia’s second-largest city. The operation took place over four days in October 2002, under Álvaro Uribe…

Brazil's prison massacres - a bloody start to the year

Published on: Tue Jan 10, 2017
Author: Jan Rocha
Brazil's prison massacres - a bloody start to the year

Brazilians began the New Year in the most terrible way, with images of piles of headless, dismembered corpses, the result of a savage massacre in an Amazon prison. The photos were put on social media by the murderers themselves, in boastful celebration of their bloody crimes. On New Year’s Day, 56 prisoners died in the Anísio Jobim prison on the BR174 highway near Manaus, the Amazon capital, at the hands of fellow prisoners armed with guns smuggled into the jail. Another four were killed at another…

Brazil: the angora cat, the saint and the end of the world

Published on: Mon Dec 12, 2016
Author: Jan Rocha
Brazil: the angora cat, the saint and the end of the world

São Paulo 11 Dec 2016. Another turbulent week in Brazilian politics. As Brazil lurches from crisis to crisis, it seems more like a country grappling to stay in the present than the country of the future. The first revelations of the promised “end of the world” plea bargain have been published, exposing a vast and shocking scheme of kickbacks and bribes totalling millions of dollars, paid to many of Brazil’s leading politicians, including President Michel Temer, in exchange for lucrative contracts,…

Brazil: Heroes and Rats

Published on: Mon Dec 5, 2016
Author: Jan Rocha
Brazil: Heroes and Rats

As rain-soaked soldiers carried coffin after coffin into the football stadium in the small city of Chapecó, in a procession which seemed as though it would never end, Brazilians were mourning not only the loss of sons, husbands, brothers and idols, but the loss of a dream.   “Even God is crying, “said Chapecó’s mayor, as the heavens opened and the rain poured down. The crash on a Colombian mountainside near Medellin which killed almost the entire Chapecoense soccer team, an up and coming David among…

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