By: Rodrigo Acuña. Source: LAB The recent announcement by Iván Márquez – the second highest commander of the original Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – that sections of South America’s largest demobilised guerrilla movement are returning to war, should come as little surprise to some observers of Latin America. In a recent...
Amazon fires show Bolivia needs a new economic model Global coverage of the recent Amazon fires has focused on Brazil, but Bolivia has suffered a similar catastrophe. Over the last two months, some 2.4 million hectares of the country have burned, almost half of which is forest. At least six people have died and around 2,000 families have...

Lula: I’m on the side of truth

This interview, by special correspondent Bruno Meyerfeld, appeared in Le Monde on 12 September 2019. The original, in French, can be read here. It was translated for LAB by Francis McDonagh. With a firm stride Lula comes into an anonymous room at the headquarters of the Brazilian Federal Police...
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Interview with British marxist geographer David Harvey in which he addresses Brazil's current problems. "You went through far worse things," he says, "during the military dictatorship." He regards the Bolsonaro ascendancy (and that of Trump and other populists) as strictly temporary. He also addresses climate change and events in the Amazon. Video: BrasilDeFato...
Folks, I live in Porto de Moz, Pará, on the Xingu river. We’re in the middle of Amazonia, and you have no idea what’s going on here. The press is focussing on the question of the fires, but that’s just one of the things that’s happening. It’s horrendous to realize that it’s much, much worse. Since...
Post by Jan Rocha, 11 August 2019, São Paulo. Each day the list of outrageous, insulting, untruthful comments by the president grows longer as President Jair Bolsonaro takes aim at scientists, environmentalists,  lawyers, foreigners, gays, indians, civil servants, anyone who crosses his sights, while at the same time declaring his ‘passionate’ love for...
Written by Nathalie Mercier, Christian Aid’s Programme Officer in Guatemala Decision day is fast approaching for Guatemalans awaiting the result of the country’s presidential elections. Neither of the two front-running candidates - Sandra Torres from the centre party National Union for Hope (UNE), and Alejandro Giammattei from the far-right party Vamos...
The Americas were shaped by migration, mostly from Europe. Now Asians and Africans are arriving, and there is desperate intra-continental movement in search of work. But the old welcomes are wearing out. This article was written for the 'Outside In' blog of Le Monde Diplomatique by Gustavo Fuchs and is reproduced...
By Ciro Barros, Agência Pública. Agência Pública is a LAB partner, and provided this article for publication in English by LAB. Translation by Shanna Hanburyt The original, in Portuguese, can be read here. In a closed four-hour meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture, rural farmers from the Amazonian state of Pará...
2 July 2019 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend Threats multiply - to women, diversity and the environment Somos Guerreras is a collective of seasoned artists comprised of rappers Rebeca Lane (Guatemala), Nakury (Costa Rica) and Audry Funk (Mexico). They are visiting London for the first time in early July, and will appear at the Festival of Latin American Women in...
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