Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Rio: from kudos to chaos

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In less than three months Rio has passed from the splendour and success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to a state of public calamity and chaos. The state government is bankrupt; salaries are in arrears, hospitals are at breaking point, suppliers are unpaid.  The causes include the steep drop in the royalties enjoyed by Rio when the oil price...

Mexico: Slim pickings

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How can a country where half the population lives below the poverty line, produce Carlos Slim often regarded as the world's richest man?
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 peripheries and favelas in five of Brazil’s state capitals The first...
The last episode in Brazil's fast-moving political drama around the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff gives us more arrests, head-butting and fisticuffs.
Posts and reviews from the eighth year of the CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, London

We was robbed (again)…

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It could have been so different. Instead Brazil got corruption, repression, white elephant megastadiums... and FIFA
Authorities, representatives of social and cultural movements, and an appreciative audience gathered in Belo Horizonte for the opening of the Farmers' Market Shop, another permanent space for sale of products from Land Reform farms. The shop occupies a prime location in the capital city of Minas Gerais, on the corner of Avenida Augusto de Lima, in the Barro Preto neighbourhood,...
The 'colectivos' inspire fear and loathing in the Venezuelan opposition, but what are they?
Re-thinking the city of São Paulo
Increasingly abandoned by her old left-wing allies and viciously attacked by the right, President Dilma Rousseff looks increasingly lonely. Impeachment has become a real possibility.

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