Sunday, August 1, 2021
A massive fine levied on independent news outlet El Nacional threatens to further curtail press freedoms, while the government seems intent on preventing independent reporting of Covid infections and deaths
Brazil, with less than 3 per cent of the world population, has already reached the shameful score of 13 per cent of the world total of deaths from the Covid-19 virus! And this toll only keeps increasing, with forecasts of 500,000 deaths by July 2021. And this is taking place in a country whose president and ministers have shown no consideration or respect for the life of the Brazilian population.
Scientists, academics and officials of environmental agencies are being attacked with insults, death threats, gag orders, theft and kidnapping -- organised or encouraged by the Bolsonaro government
The pro-government majority in the lower house of the congress has rushed through a bill (PL3792) which will virtually eliminate the need for Brazil’s environmental licences for a wide range of economic activities, opening the way for widespread exploitation. The activities which will be freed from licensing include agriculture, cattle raising, logging, dam and road building, sewage plants and water management.

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A day after Marielle’s murder, Brazilian poets spontaneously posted poems about her murder and legacy on various social media accounts. These poems were then published in 2018 in a collection published by Quintal Edições titled: Um girassol nos teus cabelos – poemas para Marielle Franco.
Scandals, corruption, protest are the new normal as November has seen a procession of three presidents in the national palace in Lima. But Peru’s institutional instability dates back much further. Nick Caistor reports.
Chile's constituent process, which, led by the consistent work of social movements, seeks to dismantle the first laboratory of neoliberal capitalism, offers lessons to the left in the UK and worldwide.
President Bolsonaro is beginning to discover fear -- as deaths mount, protests multiply and his old adversary Lula emerges onto the political scene as a credible threat in next year's elections. However, those elections might spark a coup spearheaded by the Bolsonaro-loyal Policia Militar.
On 13 October 2020, Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo, a human rights defender and environmental activist, was shot twice in his own home in Guapinol, Honduras, by two unidentified gunmen, later dying from his injuries. The investigation into the murder is yet to produce any results. Morazán was an active member of the Municipal Committee for the Defence of Common and...
Despairing of any action by the Bolsonaro government, Brazil's MST movement of landless workers organizes rural communities to defend themselves, isolating but maintaining production and supporting members

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