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Camila Pierobon Camila Pierobon is a Research Associate at CEBRAP (São Paulo). She wrote this piece in a text to a friend after arriving home in Brazil on 18 March. It is published here with the author's permission The chaos where this crazy...
17 March 2020 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend,COVID-19 in Latin America. A LAB Special Newsletter We thought that LAB should research and publish an article, collating, as far as possible, the situation across the region as the Covid-19 begins to make inroads and theatens the lives and welfare...
As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, with more than 300 known cases already in Brazil, and members of Pres. Jair Bolsonaro’s staff infected, an evangelical Christian organization has purchased a helicopter with plans to contact and convert isolated indigenous groups in the remote Western Amazon.Ethnos360, formerly known as the New Tribes...

Covid-19 in Latin America

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By Emily Gregg, with additional material from David Lehmann, Mike Gatehouse and LAB correspondents in the region.LAB has put together this overview of the spread of coronavirus across the region and the reaction of governments and politicians. With our limited resources we could not hope to provide a truly comprehensive survey. Figures for infections and mortality, summarised...
Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, Photo: Pablo Bell International Women’s Day March 8, International Women’s Day, saw huge, unprecedented demonstrations across Latin America. In Guatemala, the date is a painful anniversary of the death in 2017 of 41 girls and young women in a state-run children’s...
Forest degradation nearly doubled in the Brazilian Amazon last year, rising from 4,946 square kilometers in 2018, to 9,167 square kilometers in 2019. Experts say this is likely due to soaring illegal timber harvesting and export under President Jair Bolsonaro.To facilitate illegal harvesting of rare and valuable timber, like that of the...

Chile: what next?

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When students jumped the turnstiles at the Baquedano metro station in Santiago on 18 October 2019 in protest at the 30-peso fare hike, nobody could have predicted that it would lead to a full-scale social uprising and the largest protests since the military dictatorship. Within days, disaffected social groups such as the No to AFP campaign (the controversial pensions...
In what has become a daily ritual in Brasilia, the sleek black car stops by the band of fervent Bolsonaristas waiting outside the Alvorada Palace exit, the President steps out and glad-hands his supporters. But although he wears the presidential sash, this ‘president’ is not Jair Bolsonaro, but a comedian impersonating him,...
The rainforests of Central America have come to north London. One day Tintin decided he would like to sit on one of my freshly made works - so it became Tintin’s sofa To walk through the huge, vividly coloured canvases hanging from the walls and ceiling of the...
This article was published by Bolivia Information Forum as BIF Bulletin No.48, 7 March 2020 Weblinks to BIF Bulletins are also available through the BIF Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/Boliviainfo Main image: The Salar de Ayuni. Image: Pixgood.com As time moves on, some of...