Friday, August 19, 2022

Brazil

Bia Lessa – Brazilian director and artist

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A film about Brazilian performing artist/director Bia Lessa is one of a series called Onde Nascem As Ideias, directed by Carolina Sá. The films are being screened online by Cine Latino

Brazil: Exxon Mobil sparks oil spill fears

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U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil is seeking to drill 11 wells in a marine area near the estuary of the São Francisco River in eastern Brazil. 52 conservation areas and a barrier reef are affected. The company has started training local fishermen to deal with any spill. Local communities are not being properly consulted.

Brazil’s 2022 election: reading the runes

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Polls give Lula a decisive lead in the run-up to this year's presidential elections. Will the Bolsonaros (Jair and his sons) allow the victory, or will they play the Trump card?

Brazil: reaction vs progress

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Professor David Treece reviews Jan Rocha's chronicle of her years reporting for the BBC on Brazil during the military dictatorship

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.

Mining: democracy comes from the street

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Protests at Chubut in Argentina highlight the importance of pressure from the streets to force local officials to hold the line against destructive mine development. In Brazil, meanwhile, it is the trans-Brazil FIOL railway project that is mobilising communities to defend their land and livelihoods.

Brazil: illegal mining pollutes Tapajós

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The explosion of mining in the mid-section of the Tapajós River is most likely the cause of the change in water color in Alter...

Brazil: I skip meals to feed my children

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Single mothers who raise their families alone were hit face on by the loss of jobs and income; women are always the last to eat.

New books from LAB authors

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LAB authors have published three new books - on indigenous communities vs extractive industries in Ecuador; and on the military dictatorship, torture and human rights in Brazil

Brazil: a gift of honey

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At the Monument to 500 Years of Resistance by the Indigneous Peoples of Brazil, Braga, a Pataxó chief, imagines a gift of honey for senators as they debate PL490, which threatens indigenous land rights. It is a gift 'to disarm the media, touch the people, enchant the world'.

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