Sunday, September 19, 2021
Nick Caistor writes: The Nicaraguan poet and Catholic priest Father Ernesto Cardenal died at the age of 95 in Managua on Sunday 1 March, 2020. LAB thought it would be a fitting tribute to publish the lengthy interview I had with him in Managua a decade ago. Since then, Cardenal remained active as a poet and sculptor despite his...

We are the Amazon

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After the Catholic Church started the preparation for its Amazon Synod, Christian Aid’s Latin America and the Caribbean division worked with faith-based organisations across the region. Together they created a declaration to support the Synod and to ask that all decisions be made taking into account the peoples of the Amazon forest. This declaration, called We are the Amazon, highlights the commitments made by churches...
Brazil is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and contains 20% of the Earth´s water springs – but all this is threatened by the development model implemented in the countryside. In the west region of Bahia, in the Northeast of the country, communities are feeling the effects of land and power concentration in their daily lives. The region is home for...

The Synod on the Amazon

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A synod is a meeting of representatives of Church communities to discuss issues of doctrine or Church governance.  So far, for most people, so boring.  But when, in February 2019, General Augusto Heleno, President Jair Bolsonaro’s senior security adviser, described October’s Catholic Church synod on the Amazon as ‘relevant to Brazil’s national security’ and having a ‘left-wing agenda’, he was on to something. ...
26 April 2019 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, The shocking suicide of former President Alan García, as police arrived to arrest, may have been planned in advance to create a martyrdom and obscure the taint of corruption from the Odebrecht scandal, argues Javier Farje (Read more…). LAB editor Nick Caistor wrote the Guardian obituary (Read more…) Colombia Medellín emerged from the era of...
São Paulo, April 5: ‘If he sees a banana skin on the pavement across the road, he will cross over to slip on it’, said columnist Elio Gaspari, describing the Brazilian president’s unerring capacity to provoke self-inflicted crises. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QHDGdzFyY8 The latest example of the Bolsonaro boomerang effect was his order to all military establishments to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the 1964 coup,...

Water for Life

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On 22 March, World Water Day, CONIC, Christian Aid and CREAS launched an online training course for faith communities in Brazil: 'Water for Life. The idea for this came from the Alternative World Water Forum 2018. Water is part of the Creation, and as such, it needs to be protected and cared for, like all living beings; there is no...
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has chosen Ricardo Salles as Brazil’s environment minister. The former São Paulo state government environment secretary is under investigation for allegedly redrawing maps allowing protected lands to be developed for mining and factories. His statements are heavily pro-agribusiness and sometimes espouse violence. The selection of ruralist Tereza Cristina as agriculture minister, and Ernesto Araújo as...
In November-December 2018 Christian Aid promoted a Month of Awareness of Gender Based Violence, working with its partners in the region, around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December). The Latin American and Caribbean region has the highest rates of violence against women, girls and LGBTI population in...
São Paulo, 3 December:  During the election campaign, president-elect Jair Bolsonaro boasted he would pare the number of cabinet ministers down from its present total of 29 to a mere 15, but he has been overtaken by reality and the number is 22 and counting. The new government includes generals (and an admiral), Cold War warriors, climate deniers and...

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