This article is based on one written by Luis Vazquez, and has been translated and edited by LAB. Like the populists in power in other countries, the president of Mexico has shown that his priorities are to hold on to power and minimize the gravity of the pandemic....
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
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...
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...
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...
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. A typical disaster movie of the genre. See featured...
Veteran journalist Luis Nassif explains the Military’s silent and gradual seizure of power from President Bolsonaro in five acts. This is an edited version of the article published in Brasil Wire and translated by Brian Mier. The original in Portuguese was published by GGN. Act 1 – How they got...
By Emily Gregg, edited by Mike Gatehouse, with additional material from Peru & Haiti Support Groups UK and LAB correspondents in the regionLAB has put together this third 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...

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