This is the first of two articles with testimony from Chile’s protest movements and the impact of Covid-19. Sebastian Piñera’s government has taken the opportunity of Chile’s self-imposed isolation measures to paint over the political slogans that came to symbolise the fight against inequality in Chile. Now new...
‘What’s that huge queue for?’ I asked my friend. He simply shrugged his shoulders as we stared at the seemingly endless line of people, circling round the block. The streets were practically empty and unusually quiet, aside from this mammoth queue of women, all standing two metres apart. Then it clicked. This wasn’t a Covid-19 testing...
‘The pandemic will bring tremendous personal health risk to smallholder coffee farmers around the globe, but also a series of financial risks, including market access, global demand, credit access and more.’ (David Browning CEO of Enveritas) It is estimated that in the first month of COVID-19’s rapid spread, 80 per cent...
This article was first published in Portuguese by Público. It has been translated for LAB by Theo Bradford and edited by Mike Gatehouse There was a great moment of silence on the banks of the river Uraricoera when Macunaíma, the 'hero without a character’, was born in the...
Main image: La Paz, with the Illimani mountain in the background. Source: EEJCC / CC 4.0, Wikimedia. N.B. Statistics for infection and death-rates shown in images may differ from those in the text of this article Until now, Bolivia has faced the global pandemic of...
Portrait of Nayib Bukele (photo by Carlosagui007 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 ) Between the 24 and 27 April 2020, 76 gang-related murders were reported in El Salvador - a significant hike from the 65 murders which took place across the country in the previous month. As a reaction to the bloodiest few days that El...
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...
This article was prepared by the author on April 22 2020. While the counts of cases and deaths from Covid-19 have changed (see Postscript below and PlanV image), the main arguments remain valid and even more relevant. Statistics shown in images in this article may differ from those in the text, owing to different...
It was billed as an important presidential announcement, and his ministers stood behind him, dark suited, hands clasped in front of them like a football team defending a penalty shot. One stood out - Finance Minister Paulo Guedes – not just the only one wearing a mask, but the only one in shirtsleeves, and apparently, socks. This...
This article is based on one written by Luis Vazquez, and has been translated and edited by LAB. Like the populists in power in other countries, the president of Mexico has shown that his priorities are to hold on to power and minimize the gravity of the pandemic....

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