Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Venezuela: Covid and free speech

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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

Venezuela: Trochas de la Información

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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.

How the world sees Brazil today

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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.

Domestic violence and the pandemic

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Argentina-based security and defence think tank RESDAL looks at trends in Latin America, asking what the data can tell us about gender-based violence during the pandemic, and how this can inform public policy in the region.

Brazil: a shutdown for life

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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

Brazil: the Munduruku vs illegal gold mining

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Munduruku people on the Tapajós tributary of the Amazon are engaged in a struggle for survival against the long-term effects of mercury poisoning from gold mining, a new influx of illegal miners and the Covid infection they bring with them.

Mexico: informal workers and the pandemic

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Mexico has a vast army of informal workers who receive little in the way of formal state benefits. Covid lockdowns have hit them hard and only neighbourhood cooperation is helping them survive.

Bolsonaro is a double danger to the world

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By letting Covid multiply Brazil's president endangers the whole world. As do his policies which promote the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Lula has been exonerated. Will he now run in 2022?

Brazil: teachers protest against drive to reopen schools

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LAB received this open letter from the Teachers of the EEB (State Basic Education School) Padre Anchieta,  Florianópolis, to  School Community, March 2021. Main image:...

Is the coronavirus epidemic worse in Brazil or in the UK?

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Strong opinions about the gravity of the Covid outbreak in Brazil and international comparisons. Read Sue Branford's post and join the discussion on Facebook.

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