The month of November has seen a procession of three presidents in the national palace in Lima. But Peru’s institutional instability dates back much further. The last elected president was Pedro Pablo Kuczyinski (widely known as PPK), who was elected to a five-year term in 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNvCn-qKxTQ

Brazil: the Yanomami abandoned

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A new report highlights the escalating existential crisis among the 30,000 Indigenous people living in the Yanomami Territory, covering 9,664,975 hectares (37,317 square miles) in northern Brazil. Data shows that the Yanomami reserve is in the top ten areas now most prone to illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.The report accuses Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazilian government of abandoning...
The minister has become an icon in the conservative political campDamares is the political 'god-mother' for women candidates who defend the protection of children and the anti-abortion crusade. More religious women candidates stand in this year's elections. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública. You can read the...
Cajamarca on fire: People in Cajamarca burned a puppet with interim president Merino’s head on it, representing the corrupted political landscape in Peru. Photo: Irma Cabrera Abanto / @irma.cabrera.abanto
On Monday 9 November, Peru tumbled into political turmoil when the congress voted for the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra, accusing him of corruption. Since then, Peruvians across the country have been protesting to voice their anger. Images from Peruvian photographers narrate the current political turmoil
LAB is publishing this second special bulletin from Bolivia Information Forum. Written on 28 October, it contains details of the final results of the election and excellent background analysis. CandidateLa PazCocha-bambaSanta CruzChuqui-sacaOruroPotosíTarijaBeniPandoArce65.363.1  62.451.5  45.8Mesa   52.4  51.041.3 Camacho  45.2       Arce wins with 55.10% As reported in our Special Bulletin...
Inspired by the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian mayors have been distributing chloroquine and ivermectin to treat Covid-19 ahead of municipal elections in November. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública. You can read the original article (in Portuguese) here.
This article was translated for LAB by Fuschia Fowke. You can read the original in Spanish here. Preparations for Mexico’s 2020/21 elections began at the start of September. This is an exceptionally important and complex process, as more than 21,000 seats are to be contested,  including federal...
This article was written by Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, Professor at the Nacional University in Bogotá Colombia, and a partner on the Drugs & (dis)order Research Project at SOAS, University of London Four years after a Peace Agreement that formally ended more than 60 years of internal conflict, there’s...

Bolivia: MAS is back

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LAB is publishing this special bulletin from Bolivia Information Forum. Written on 19 October, before final results were known, it nevertheless contains details of the voting and excellent background analysis. 19 October: with unofficial polls showing the Movimiento al Socialismo candidate, Luis Arce, the outright winner of the 18...
Covid-19 in Latin America update 14: Argentina reaches 800,000 cases, Brazil agrees to test Russia’s ‘Sputnik’ vaccine, Chileans vote 'Apruebo' with social distancing in place, Colombia sees increase in violence against LGBTQ+, Cuba reopens 13/15 provinces to tourists.

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