This article was edited by LAB. The authors’ original text (in Portuguese) can be found here. The authors argue that the acceleration of Amazonian deforestation and environmental degradation —powered by successive blows from Bolsonaro’s government to neuter environmental protection policies — in a region where public healthcare is at best precarious, has amplified the...
By Emily Gregg, edited by Mike Gatehouse, with additional material from Peru & Haiti Support Groups UK and LAB correspondents in the region.LAB has put together this seventh 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...
Mexico is in the most critical stage of the Coronavirus pandemic. As of 18 May, the government reports 49,219 infected and 5,177 dead. The rising curve has flattened but has also lengthened. Mexico City is the epicentre of the epidemic (with 12,456 infected and 1,197 dead). It is followed by areas such...
This is the second of two articles with testimony from Chile’s protest movements. The first can be read here. See also our January article 'Chile's long hot summer of discontent' Stop Press: there were new street protests in Santiago over the weekend of 16-17 April in...

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15 May 2020. As Brazil lurches from one political crisis to another, the death toll rises steadily, making it the new epicentre of the global pandemic. Over 16,000 have now died since it began. Doctors and specialists point to a disastrous lack of coordination by the federal government in fighting the virus. Initiatives by...
Portrait of Nayib Bukele (photo by Carlosagui007 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 ) Between the 24 and 27 April 2020, 76 gang-related murders were reported in El Salvador - a significant hike from the 65 murders which took place across the country in the previous month. As a reaction to the bloodiest few days that El...
By Emily Gregg, with additional material from Peru & Haiti Support Groups UK and LAB correspondents in the region.LAB has put together this sixth 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...
It was billed as an important presidential announcement, and his ministers stood behind him, dark suited, hands clasped in front of them like a football team defending a penalty shot. One stood out - Finance Minister Paulo Guedes – not just the only one wearing a mask, but the only one in shirtsleeves, and apparently, socks. This...
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

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