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By Emily Gregg, edited by Mike Gatehouse, with additional material from Peru & Haiti Support Groups UK and LAB correspondents in the region.LAB has put together this seventh 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...
By Emily Gregg, with additional material from Peru & Haiti Support Groups UK and LAB correspondents in the region.LAB has put together this sixth 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...
Excellent video from The Guardian showing Brazil's favela-dwellers working hard to implement lock-downs and to supply food and essentials to their communities, while President Bolsonaro openly belittles such measures, whether by communities, state governors or his own (now-ex) health minister. Video published 21 April 2020
(main image, above) Thursday 26 March, 1:54 pm. A homeless person lies in the entrance to one of the many banks on Rua Boa Vista, famous for the financial institutions which congregated there at the highpoint of São Paulo’s historic centre, in the early 20th century. This essay was written by Fraya...
This article was researched and written by José Cícero da Silva for Agência Pública, LAB’s São Paulo partner Translated for LAB by Tom Gatehouse. You can read the original (in Portuguese) here. 1 April 2020: We talked to five communications activists on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic in...
'No son $30' On Friday 18 October, Chilean president Sebastian Piñera announced a state of emergency in the country’s capital Santiago. As protests spread throughout the country over the following days, the state of emergency and its accompanying curfews were also extended. Chile has not experienced a state of emergency since the one...
By Mariana Simões, Agência Pública Agência Pública is a LAB partner, and provided this article for publication in English by LAB. Translated by Julia May, Wide Avenues . You can read the original version in Portuguese here. ‘Do you think I'm not scared?...
Documentary film, one hour long, showing the  Salas de Eventos - over 60 in number - that have been designed and built by Freddy Mamani in El Alto. They celebrate the growing numbers of wealthy Aymara business people displaying their wealth and offering dance halls and banqueting rooms for rent and often grand apartments on the top...
Members of the collective Ocupe e Abrace are opposing a new 22 storey block of flats, to be built next to Praça Homero Silva in Pompeia. This threatens to dry out the nine springs of the Agua Preta (Black Water) stream, one of them inside the the plot where the block will be built, threatening vegetation and...
In the Praça (Square) Homero Silva, on Avenida Pompeia, there is a pavement where water tenaciously insists in welling up from underground. Houses were built here, and later demolished. Developers wanted to drain the area, but the spring remains, tunelling under this dry part of the city and keeping it wet... It's the spring versus the...

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