Fondo, directed by Alejandro Bercovich, Argentina, 2019 The complete film can be viewed from this link. Alejandro Bercovich’s documentary-critique Fondo starts with what looks like a slick, modern and engaging advertisement. ‘Countries of the world working together for the good of all’, it declares. This,...
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...
The Yanomami Park covers 37,000 square miles in the Brazilian Amazon on the Venezuelan border; it is inhabited by 27,000 Yanomami. Soaring gold prices have resulted in a massive ongoing invasion of the indigenous territory by gold miners who are well supported with monetary backing, heavy equipment and aircraft.On 3 July, a federal judge issued an emergency...
Closure of the border with Bolivia in response to covid-19 has exposed a legal vacuum in Argentina surrounding the consumption, importation and cultivation of coca leaves in the country’s northern provinces. Coca leaves have been used for millennia by indigenous groups in the area, as well as in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, for...
Progressio, formerly CIIR, the Catholic Institute for International Relations, closed in June 2017 after 76 years of campaigning for social justice across the world, including Latin America. Jon Barnes has written the definitive history of the organisation which was, in 1977, one of the founders of LAB, and many of whose workers went on to become...
Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN), the world’s fourth largest bauxite producer, encroached on riverine communities beside the Trombetas River in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1970s. Over the years, MRN became notorious for its contamination of local waters with bauxite mining waste, residents say.To resolve that problem, the company built 26 tailings dams. The largest of these...
Main image: Without water, the virus spreads. Image: Facebook profile of Barrios de Pie Ramona Medina, one of the community leaders of Villa 31, a Buenos Aires villa miseria, has died from coronavirus after constantly denouncing the lack of water and the conditions for maintaining social distancing...
Main image: Sarayaku under water during the flooding of the Bobonaza River. The community of Sarayaku lost 30 houses, 7 bridges and plantations of yucca, banana and maize. Photograph courtesy of Eriberto Gualinga of Sarayaku The Kichwa village of Sarayaku, home to 380 indigenous families, was devastated by floods in the middle of March...
The Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires organized a virtual dialogue 'Thinking about Latin America After the Pandemic' on Friday 26 June, with guest participants Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina and the former Brazilian president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva. In his speech, Lula da Silva stressed the links he...
By Emily Gregg, edited by Mike Gatehouse.LAB has put together this tenth overview of the spread of coronavirus across the region and the reaction of governments, politicians and local communities. With our limited resources we could not hope to provide a truly comprehensive survey. Figures for infections and mortality, summarised in the table at the end, are...

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