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So illogical are his actions that people are starting to question Jair Bolsonaro's sanity: as he persists in denials about coronavirus, antagonises China which supplies Brazil's vaccines and foments murderous violence by the police
A massive fine levied on independent news outlet El Nacional threatens to further curtail press freedoms, while the government seems intent on preventing independent reporting of Covid infections and deaths
Emily Gregg reviews a video film which brings together journalists trying to report on the Covid-19 pandemic in Venezuela and the repression they have experienced in trying to tell the truth.
Brazil, with less than 3 per cent of the world population, has already reached the shameful score of 13 per cent of the world total of deaths from the Covid-19 virus! And this toll only keeps increasing, with forecasts of 500,000 deaths by July 2021. And this is taking place in a country whose president and ministers have shown no consideration or respect for the life of the Brazilian population.
The third of our Voices webinars focuses on the rights of nature, indigenous people and mining. But there's lots of news from the region and of LAB's activities and plans. Voices of Latin America Webinar 3 The Rights of Nature and Indigenous Peoples Saturday 8 May, 15:00-16:30. Tom Gatehouse & Marilene Cardoso Ribeiro will introduce the themes and voices for the webinar. Speakers...
Film review of Un Crimen Común which follows a middle class academic mother whose life unravels after she becomes implicated in the death of her housekeeper’s son.
Despairing of any action by the Bolsonaro government, Brazil's MST movement of landless workers organizes rural communities to defend themselves, isolating but maintaining production and supporting members
Telling the story of a collective act of creativity -- to create a monument in memory of the 19 landless farmers killed on 17 April 1996 at the massacre of Eldorado dos Carajás, in southern Pará and to mark 25 years of resistance and struggle for social and environmental justice by the Landless People's Movement (MST). Rios de Encontro is...
At the climate summit convened by President Biden for Earth Day on 22 April, no deal was announced with the Bolsonaro government in Brazil - to the relief of environmental campaigners.. Talks had been taking place involving an injection of US aid in return for protection of the Amazon, but now appear stalemated.
President Biden’s climate summit, starting on 22 April, World Earth Day, will see him aiming to bring Brazil’s leader Jair Bolsonaro into line.

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