Friday, July 21, 2017
After helping Aécio Neves and Michel Temer avoid conviction, Judge Sergio Moro uses shaky evidence to prevent Ex-president Lula’s candidacy on the day that the Brazilian Senate wipes 70 years of labor rights gains off the board.  On Wednesday, July 12, Judge Sergio Moro sentenced ex-president Lula to serve 9.5 years in jail for passive corruption and money laundering. The...
“All the biggest companies at the top of the international rankings in Chile are English,” Lucio Cuenca tells me. “Not just Antofagasta, which was originally Chilean but now has offices here in London, but also Anglo American, Glencore, BHP Billiton…” An engineer by trade, Cuenca is now director of the Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (or OLCA, by...
São Paulo, March 22nd. With their usual fine sense of irony, the Federal Police named their latest operation, launched on Friday 17th,   “Carne Fraca” – the Flesh is Weak. The targets were Brazil’s biggest meat companies, all household names, exporters of billions of dollars worth of beef, chicken and meat products to over 150 countries. The two-year investigation, involving over...
The Tapajós River Basin lies at the heart of the Amazon, and at the heart of an exploding controversy: whether to build 40+ large dams, a railway, and highways, turning the Basin into a vast industrialized commodities export corridor; or to curb this development impulse and conserve one of the most biologically and culturally rich regions on the planet. Those...
From Punta Gorda: In the second of three blog posts, Rachel Simon explores indigenous land rights and social issues in southern Belize. Rachel spent time in Belize recording voices of indigenous community land rights activists for LAB’s forthcoming book, Voices of Latin America. ‘"Teechaz gat yuh bak" means we will stand up for what is right. We will fight for...
Privatisation, mass lay-offs and salaries unpaid for months fuel unofficial strikes and discontent.
Eduardo Cunha, who just a few days ago seemed untouchable, despite being strongly linked wth corruption, has been removed from office by Brazil's Supreme Court. Many Brazilian celebrated the decision.
As the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff moves inexorably closer, Brazil watches and waits. It is like seeing a play that both fascinates and repels.
The impeachment of Dilma looks almost certain. But the forces likely to be unleashed are hard to predict and harder to control.
So, the Chamber of Deputies has voted to proceed with the impeachment of the President. What next?

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