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The Boa Vista Quilombo in Oriximiná, Pará state, is like many Brazilian quilombola communities. Quilombolas are Afro-Brazilian runaway slave descendants, and point to centuries of inequality and neglect by the government. Quilombos often lack running water, basic sanitation and health services.In the 1970s, Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) annexed much of Boa Vista’s land and established the...
This article was written for LAB by Estela Casados González, and translated by Lizzy Sanders As part of the actions to safeguard the lives of the population in the face of the devastating effects of COVID-19, in Mexico the domestic confinement of the families which make up the...
Mexico is in the most critical stage of the Coronavirus pandemic. As of 18 May, the government reports 49,219 infected and 5,177 dead. The rising curve has flattened but has also lengthened. Mexico City is the epicentre of the epidemic (with 12,456 infected and 1,197 dead). It is followed by areas such...
This is the second of two articles with testimony from Chile’s protest movements. The first can be read here. Stop Press: there were new street protests in Santiago over the weekend of 16-17 April in the El Bosque neighbourhood, amid tensions over food shortages. Following a recent surge in...

Bolsonaro: quack doctor

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15 May 2020. As Brazil lurches from one political crisis to another, the death toll rises steadily, making it the new epicentre of the global pandemic. Over 16,000 have now died since it began. Doctors and specialists point to a disastrous lack of coordination by the federal government in fighting the virus. Initiatives by...
This is the first of two articles with testimony from Chile’s protest movements and the impact of Covid-19. Sebastian Piñera’s government has taken the opportunity of Chile’s self-imposed isolation measures to paint over the political slogans that came to symbolise the fight against inequality in Chile. Now new...
‘What’s that huge queue for?’ I asked my friend. He simply shrugged his shoulders as we stared at the seemingly endless line of people, circling round the block. The streets were practically empty and unusually quiet, aside from this mammoth queue of women, all standing two metres apart. Then it clicked. This wasn’t a Covid-19 testing...
‘The pandemic will bring tremendous personal health risk to smallholder coffee farmers around the globe, but also a series of financial risks, including market access, global demand, credit access and more.’ (David Browning CEO of Enveritas) It is estimated that in the first month of COVID-19’s rapid spread, 80 per cent...
This article was first published in Portuguese by Público. It has been translated for LAB by Theo Bradford and edited by Mike Gatehouse There was a great moment of silence on the banks of the river Uraricoera when Macunaíma, the 'hero without a character’, was born in the...
This article was prepared by the author on April 22 2020. While the counts of cases and deaths from Covid-19 have changed (see Postscript below and PlanV image), the main arguments remain valid and even more relevant. Statistics shown in images in this article may differ from those in the text, owing to different...