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
This article was first published on 6 April 2020 by Newsweek. You can read the original article here. The COVID-19 pandemic could “wipe out” entire indigenous populations in Brazil, experts who have described the situation a “matter of life and death” have warned. Survival International, a human rights organization which...
This article is part of the series: Dispatches from the pandemic, published on Somatosphere. Main image: CCPY doctor examines a sick Yanomami child, Balaú, Brazil. Image: Fiona Watson/Survival Two weeks ago, Kanari Kuikuro called me from Canarana, a small town in the Brazilian Amazon, where...
The Brazilian state could organize an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic – but not with Jair Bolsonaro as president, argues Vladimir Safatle, a philosopher and professor at the Universidade de São Paulo This interview was conducted by Marina Amaral for Agência Pública, LAB’s São Paulo partner. It was published on 6 April, before...
By Emily Gregg, with additional material from Peru & Haiti Support Groups UK and LAB correspondents in the regionLAB has put together this fifth 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...

Bolsonaro the grave-digger

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April 23 2020. I'm not a gravedigger’ said President Jair Bolsonaro scornfully, when a reporter tried to question him about the number of coronavirus deaths in Brazil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imkh0RGZjvQ Bolsonaro on the number of deaths from coronavirus: 'I'm not a grave-digger'. Video: Poder360 21 April 2020 But that is exactly what...
São Paulo, Thursday 26 March 2020, 2:02 pm. A caretaker ‘imprisoned’, marooned inside the block of flats where he works on Rua 25 de Março. One of the busiest streets in the city, perhaps in all Latin America, is asleep, as it has never been before. 21 April 2020 LAB...
Brazil's president Bolsonaro has ridiculed the coronavirus crisis as being a mere flu, outraging health professionals and going against most members of his own government, including the (now ex-) health minister Mandetta, the notorious Lula-jailing Justice Minister Sergio Moro, and the military. Ronaldo Caiado, Governor of Goias. Image: Agência Sendado/Wikimedia
At the Frankfurt Book Fair early in the 1990s, Beatriz de Moura from Tusquets publishers asked a Chilean journalist living in Germany if he had heard of a Chilean writer who was having great success in France. The book was by someone called Luis Sepúlveda. Laughing, the journalist admitted it was him. Luis Sepúlveda (Ovalle, Chile, 1949) died...
Gender-based movement restrictions came into effect in Bogotá this Monday (13 April), permitting men and women to go out for essential trips on alternate days. The measure, announced last week by the city’s mayor Claudia López Hernández as an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19, has received criticism from trans rights groups.

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