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Jan Rocha is a former correspondent for the BBC and the Guardian and lives in São Paulo, Brazil. She is the author of a number of LAB books, and contributes this regular column for LAB, known for its incisive analysis of current Brazilian politics.

Dom and Bruno – Bolsonaro’s victims

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Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira were murdered in a remote area of the Amazon – almost certainly by or on the orders of those who run the illegal trade in fish, timber, drugs and minerals. President Bolsonaro has fuelled lawlessness by his rhetoric.

Bolsonaro provokes constitutional crisis to cloak scandals

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Mired in scandal, Bolsonaro provokes a constitutional crisis to divert attention. But, as Lula's campaign gears up, the key question is what the military will do.

Brazilians vs Bolsonaro’s ‘Package of Destruction’

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The 'packet of destruction' raft of new bills is set to pass in Brazil's congress, with the enthusiastic endorsement of President Bolsonaro. It spells death and destruction for the Amazon and for indigenous communities.

Lula leads the polls

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Lula is riding high in the polls, but faces daunting challenges if he is elected. Will Bolsonaro go quietly or imitate Trump. If Bolsonaro wins, the Amazon will be lost.

Brazil is on fire

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With crucial votes pending on land rights, Bolsonaro ramps up threats of violence and casts the shadow of coup across the 2022 presidential elections

Brazil’s Grain Railway alarms indigenous groups

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The Ferrogrão a 933 km-long line planned to run through the heart of the Amazon rainforest from Sinop to Miritituba, is arousing consternation amont indigenous groups as the project moves ahead without proper consultation

Brazil’s vaccine underworld

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Brazil's CPI senate commission is hearing damning evidence of widespread corruption in the vaccine procurement of the Bolsonaro government, with evidence mounting of the direct involvement of the president himself and his family. One of the main planks of his diminishing reputation is crumbling - his claim to be the clean, anti-corrpution candidate.

Brazil’s delinquent president

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Bolsonaro has sole responsbility for Brazil's soaring Covid death-toll. Utterly indifferent he stages Mussolini-style rallies, unmasked and riding a motorbike, and plans for next year's presidential elections, or a coup.

Brazil: environmental licences close to extinction

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The pro-government majority in the lower house of the congress has rushed through a bill (PL3792) which will virtually eliminate the need for Brazil’s environmental licences for a wide range of economic activities, opening the way for widespread exploitation. The activities which will be freed from licensing include agriculture, cattle raising, logging, dam and road building, sewage plants and water management.

The Lula effect: shaking things up in Brazil

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Lula's return to the political stage has transformed the discourse, with the centre right and even the military starting to wonder whether to continue their support for Bolsonaro

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