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BRAZIL AFTER SANTA MARIA

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LAB Editor Francis McDonagh discusses what the tragedy in southern Brazil, in which 236 young people were killed, tells us about Brazil's ambition to be a member of the 'rich country' club.
While inexplicably climate change has been falling off the agenda in the UK, despite the indications that the world is heading towards catastrophe even more quickly than we feared, there are signs that finally Brazil is waking up to the crisis.

Reconnecting with Recife

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LAB's Francis McDonagh renews his links with Recife, and observes Brazil at a slant, outside the São Paulo-Brasília beltway.
In late December 2012, Judge Vazquez of the Santiago Appeals Court initiated a discovery process for the murder of the famous Chilean singer Victor Jara.
Greetings card sent for Christmas & New Year 2012/3 by Dom Pedro Casaldáliga (in Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan)
Dom Pedro Casaldáliga, the 84-year-old retired bishop of São Felix do Araguaia in Mato Grosso, has been forced to flee from his home because of death threats from big landowners. Sue Branford recalls the first time she met him nearly 40 years ago.

Part 6: Fordlândia

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In the sixth and final episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford takes time off to visit Fordlândia, Henry Ford's failed attempt to create rubber plantations in the Brazilian Amazon.
In the fifth episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford continues eastwards along the Transamazônica highway to the town of Altamira, which, due to the Belo Monte hydroelectric power station, is expanding at a momentous rate.
In the fourth episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford visits the Sister Dorothy Sustainable Development Project (PDS), named after the American religious sister murdered in 2005 for her opposition to abuses by landowners and loggers.

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