Serena Chang reviews the new LAB publication, 'The Past is an Imperfect Tense’ by Bernardo Kucinkski, translated by Tom Gatehouse.

Brazil: The FBI and Lava Jato

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Leaked documents have revealed the cosy relationship between Brazilian prosecutors and the FBI in the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigations – including a meeting kept secret from the Dilma Rousseff administration Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública. You can read the original article (in Portuguese) here.

“Creaction Amazónica”

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"CreAction Amazónica" - a virtual caravan against the climate crisis. Appeal to join, send in your own video. Results to be broadcast on 24 September on YouTube and Facebook.
A report on seven Brazilian national and regional newspapers, from January 2016 to April 2020, by Tom Gatehouse, for Latin America Bureau in partnership with Cardiff University.

Bolsonaro — the new Jim Jones

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President Bolsonaro is the new 'Jim Jones', says Jan Rocha, comparing the Brazilian president to the cult leader who led his followers in a mass suicide in Guayana in 1978.
'We now realise that Brazil has always chosen death. But never, at any other moment of its history, has the country reached this level of perversion under the formal title of democracy.'
Plans to build a massive EHV 230 kV power line 225 kms long from Óbidos in Pará state across the Amazon river to Parintins in Amazonas state, are being rushed through without prior consultation with the quilombola and riverine communities that will be affected. The power company applied for the provisional environmental permit to be set aside...
From the football pitch perched precariously on a hillside in Penha, you can see thousands of small brick homes stretching to the mountains in the distance. But the pitch doesn’t just offer the best view of the favela complex, it’s at the heart of efforts to help young people not just survive but thrive during the crisis...
Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) arrived in the Trombetas River basin in the 1970s with plans to mine bauxite on a gigantic scale. Today, MRN is the fourth largest producer of bauxite in the world, providing the valuable aluminum ore to nations and manufacturers around the planet.On arriving in the Amazon, MRN immediately annexed lands from the...
Brazil: cattle illegally grazed in the Amazon found in supply chain of leading meat-packer JBS Government data shows steep rise in illegal commercial cattle ranching in protected areas of Brazil's AmazonIllegal commercial cattle ranching drives land seizures, violence and threats against indigenous peoples and traditional residents of reservesJBS urged to implement effective monitoring system...

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