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Brazil faces two disasters: the pandemic of coronavirus, and the pandemonium of the Bolsonaro government. The first is invisible and highly contagious but should only last a few months. The second is highly visible but has three and three quarter years to run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32W6axPeisQ ‘Bolsonaro has tested negative for president. The counterproof was the “panelaço”, the protest of the middle classes, many of whom voted for...
This article was first published by The Intercept on 18 March. It was translated for LAB by Chris Whitehouse. You can read the original (in Portuguese) here. LAB has added a note about quilombos and an update on the Covid-19 test results. The main image is from The Intercept. Photo: Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images It is not only people living...

Buenos Aires under curfew

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On 19 March towards 7.30 p.m., I receive a WhatsApp message from Pedro, one of my main contacts for my PhD research in Buenos Aires. ‘Is it true that they declared the quarantine’, he asks. ‘Yes, until 31 March’, I type. I had just read the newspaper headings announcing what many observers had assumed for days: President Alberto Fernández...
‘I’m not afraid of this virus’, said Idrissa. ‘For me, the problem is the money. There is no money coming in.’ He was sitting on an upturned Quilmes beer crate, leaning his back against a parked car. Few people walked by, nobody seemed to pay attention to the neatly arranged sunglasses on their portable stand that leaned against the...
Camila Pierobon is a Research Associate at CEBRAP (São Paulo). She wrote this piece in a text to a friend after arriving home in Brazil on 18 March. It is published here with the author's permission The chaos where this crazy and irresponsible lunatic is taking us is unblievable. Bolsonaro has to be shut down NOW! Yesterday I needed...
As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, with more than 300 known cases already in Brazil, and members of Pres. Jair Bolsonaro’s staff infected, an evangelical Christian organization has purchased a helicopter with plans to contact and convert isolated indigenous groups in the remote Western Amazon.Ethnos360, formerly known as the New Tribes Mission, is...

Covid-19 in Latin America

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By Emily Gregg, with additional material from David Lehmann, Mike Gatehouse and LAB correspondents in the region.LAB has put together this overview of the spread of coronavirus across the region and the reaction of governments and politicians. With our limited resources we could not hope to provide a truly comprehensive survey. Figures for infections and mortality, summarised in the...

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