Watching the Brazilian political scene is a bit like watching an old disaster movie, where a suicidal maniac has taken over the plane’s controls and put it into a steep dive, while members of the crew wrestle with him to avert the crash. See featured video, above: Bolsonaro criticises Mandetta’s position on the coronavirus crisis. Video: Band Jornalismo 03 April 2020....
This article is available on Deutsche Welle's English website. You can read the original Portuguese article here. Main image: Dr Erik Jennings (left) has been helping to treat remote indigenous people for more than 20 years. Image: Erik Jennings The funeral of an 87-year-old indigenous woman of the Borari ethnicity mobilized an entire neighborhood on March 20. Hundreds of people showed up to...
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...
(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 Frehse. The photographs are by Tiago Queiroz....
By Emily Gregg, with additional material from Peru & Haiti Support Groups UK and LAB correspondents in the regionLAB has put together this fourth 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,...
Nearly 25,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Brazil, with 1,378 deaths as of April 15, though some experts say this is an underestimate. Those figures continue growing, even as President Jair Bolsonaro downplays the crisis, calling it “no worse than a mild flu,” and places the economy above public health.Scientists warn that the next emergent pandemic could originate...
This article originally appeared in Portuguese in the Portuguese newspaper O Público, on 2 April, here. The version published by Amazon Latitude, here, was translated for LAB by Theodora Bradford I will never forget the conversation I had two days ago with Rafael, a fisherman from the banks of the River Solimões, in the small and isolated town of Tabatinga, Brazil. His words...
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. Bogotá is following in the...
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 on Thursday 16 April in the Hospital Universitario...
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. State governors have taken matters into their own hands, condemning Bolsonaro's irresponsibility and ordering lockdowns in their own states....

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