The Synod on the Amazon

A synod is a meeting of representatives of Church communities to discuss issues of doctrine or Church governance.  So far, for most people, so boring.  But when, in February 2019, General Augusto Heleno, President Jair Bolsonaro’s senior security adviser, described October’s Catholic Church synod on the Amazon as ‘relevant to Brazil’s national security’ and having a ‘left-wing agenda’, he was...

Lula: I’m on the side of truth

This interview, by special correspondent Bruno Meyerfeld, appeared in Le Monde on 12 September 2019. The original, in French, can be read here. It was translated for LAB by Francis McDonagh. With a firm stride Lula comes into an anonymous room at the headquarters of the Brazilian Federal Police...
Commenting on UK prime minister Boris Johnson's announcement of new funding to tackle deforestation in the Amazon, Christian Aid’s Bolivia country manager Emma Donlan said:“While we welcome the announcement of a £10 million increase in funding to step up efforts to protect and restore the Amazon rainforest...
Post by Jan Rocha, 11 August 2019, São Paulo. Each day the list of outrageous, insulting, untruthful comments by the president grows longer as President Jair Bolsonaro takes aim at scientists, environmentalists,  lawyers, foreigners, gays, indians, civil servants, anyone who crosses his sights, while at the same time declaring his ‘passionate’ love for...
Written for LAB by William Costa 'We were very happy when we lived on the banks of the Paraná River. We had our houses, we had our animals and our mint crops, which we sold on the Brazilian side of the river', says Carmen Martínez. With notable melancholy, the 84-year-old says that she does...
By Ciro Barros, Agência Pública. Agência Pública is a LAB partner, and provided this article for publication in English by LAB. Translation by Shanna Hanburyt The original, in Portuguese, can be read here. In a closed four-hour meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture, rural farmers from the Amazonian state of Pará...
The last few days have seen President Jair Bolsonaro begin to show his true colours as an authoritarian populist.  The ex-army captain sacked four generals seen as moderates, strengthening instead  the influence of Bolsonaro’s very own Rasputin, the extreme right-wing guru Olavo de Carvalho, and reinforcing his social media image of a strongman and crusader in...

Pumé

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The Pumé people (sometimes called Yaruro) live in  the savanna plains of Venezuela, the Llanos, located west of the Orinoco River. Most Pumé communities do not have clear land ownership rights to the areas that they occupy. Now all are threatened by land encroachment by cattle ranchers and illegal or semi-legal mining. This video was made by OjosIlegales...
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Documentary film, one hour long, showing the  Salas de Eventos - over 60 in number - that have been designed and built by Freddy Mamani in El Alto. They celebrate the growing numbers of wealthy Aymara business people displaying their wealth and offering dance halls and banqueting rooms for rent and often grand apartments on the top...
Three years ago, the Colombian government and its armed opponents of fifty years signed a peace agreement that offered a framework for ending violent conflict and starting to build peace. While the peace agreement was in its final stages of negotiation, Christian Aid’s Research, Evidence and Learning team was beginning to design Ten Years, a...
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