Sunday, August 14, 2022

Brazil

Brazil: democracy at risk, media to blame

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Using Brazil as a case study, the film The Coup d’État Factory uncovers and dissects the media's role in creating conditions to dismantle democracy, paving the way for the far-right.

Brazil: not only bad, but mad

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Jair Bolsonaro has launched a frontal assault on the same electoral system which brought him to the presidency. This is part of a three-pronged strategy to discredit Brazil's democracy and refuse to accept any outcome other than his own victory

Brazil: orphan mothers

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Anti-Black violence by the Police targets young men in Brazil's favelas and makes their mothers 'orphans'. Their trauma and spectacular resistance are highlighted in this new film, reviwed for LAB by Jessica Pandian

Brazil: the influence of the ’18 of the Fort’

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How a short-lived rebellion in 1922 by a tiny group of army officers inspired the 'tenentes' movement, influenced the 1964 military coup, and is still remembered today in street names, monuments and, perhaps, by a military debating its position in the 2022 elections.

The Deaths of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

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The brutal murders of journalist Dom Phillips and indigenist Bruno Pereira took place in a region, the Javari Valley, beset by a profitable vortex of clandestine economies, resource plunder and land grabbing which the present government does almost nothing to discourage or suppress.

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.

Building self-sufficient communities in Rio’s favelas

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The favela community of Vale Encantado in Rio de Janeiro are using a biosystem for sewage treatment and solar panels to make their neighbourhood economically and environmentally self-sufficient, while facing down a long-term threat of eviction. 

Two men missing in The Amazon ‘wild-west’

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The Javari reserve in Amazonas, where Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira disappeared, is a wild-west border region with multiple problems of drug trafficking, smuggling and land grabbing.

Brazil: mine subsidence destroys Pinheiro

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In Brazil, an entire urban neighbourhood emptied out following catastrophic subsidence caused by salt mines. In Sonora, Mexico, ejido members pursue proper compensation and justice from Penmont Mining.

Power of collective responses to Covid in Rio

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Collective emergency responses to the pandemic from women in the Maré favelas of Rio further awakened other women survivors of gendered violence, research shows.

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