Brumadinho – one year on

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LAB's Tom Gatehouse talks to those affected by recent tailings dams disasters in Brazil On 25 January last year, a massive tailings dam collapsed at the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine near Brumadinho in the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil’s traditional mining heartlands. 11.7 million cubic...
Illegal mining poisons the Amazon A new film by Jorge Bodansky analyzes the mercury contamination of Amazonian rivers as a result of illegal mining Renowned Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Bodansky will preview his new film “Amazonia: the new Minamata?” on 1 February, during the International Colloquium “Amazonia: Rising...
This article was sent to LAB by a correspondent based in Santiago. It’s 11 January 2020, and I am sitting on a hot and unforgiving cement esplanade, at the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Chile’s national Memory and Human Rights Museum. The mood is generally good natured,...
This article was published by Bolivia Information Forum as BIF Bulletin No.47, 20 January 2020. Weblinks to BIF Bulletins are also available through the BIF Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/Boliviainfo Banner image: Cartoon by Al Azar (Alejandro Salazar) In spite of its interim status,...
Banner image, above. From the website of the Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency: "Investigations will proceed into 592 former government officials and their relatives to recover deposits made abroad." Some weeks ago nobody would have imagined that the Bolivian Prosecution Service would issue an arrest warrant against...
Immediately following the military coup in Chile on September 11 1973, the Pinochet dictatorship set about destroying as much as they could lay their hands on of the hugely popular wave of commited art and culture which had supported and given a voice to Popular Unity, its supporters and to millions of ordinary Chileans.

Brazil: SOS from Altamira

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On 15 December the journalist, Ricardo Kotscho, who works in São Paulo, received an SOS from his friend, Eliane Brum, a well-known and much-loved journalist, who lives in Altamira in the heart of the Amazon. Eliane has published a series of scathing attacks on President Jair Bolsonaro and his government, most of them...

A rapist in your path

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On  20 November, a group of four women known as Las Tesis from Valparaíso, Chile, unknowingly started what would become an international phenomenon in the global struggle against sexism and gender-based violence: they performed the anti-machista anthem and routine ‘Un Violador en tu Camino’ for the first time. The group hoped that the song would spread feminist theory in...
In addition to our website, LAB’s Facebook page provides a daily stream of summaries and links to articles published elsewhere. In this newsletter we have done away with our ‘Read more…’ rubric – the links to LAB and other articles appear as hyperlinks in the text. A wave of protest sweeps the continent
Amnesty international has launched a new report into illegal cattle farming in the Brazilian Amazon.Cattle farming is the main driver of illegal land seizures that violate human rights in Reserves and Indigenous territories.Satellite imagery and official data reveal evidence of cattle farming in protected areas.By gaining access to animal health agencies’ data on farm registrations and cattle...

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