Covid-19

December 3 2020. Bolsonaro and his brand of extreme right wing politics have emerged as the big losers in Brazil’s recent local elections, but established left wing parties have not done so well either. Instead, after two years of the politics of hatred, division and denial of the pandemic and the climate crisis, the electorate […]
EmpoderArte, a Peruvian-based NGO which offers a decentralised film education to women, Karoline organises and runs workshops up and down Peru, mobilising hundreds of women to discover and embrace the emancipatory power of storytelling.
A new report highlights the escalating existential crisis among the 30,000 Indigenous people living in the Yanomami Territory, covering 9,664,975 hectares (37,317 square miles) in northern Brazil. Data shows that the Yanomami reserve is in the top ten areas now most prone to illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The report accuses Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazilian […]
Inspired by the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian mayors have been distributing chloroquine and ivermectin to treat Covid-19 ahead of municipal elections in November. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública. You can read the original article (in Portuguese) here. The anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine came to global attention in […]
This article was translated for LAB by Fuschia Fowke. You can read the original in Spanish here. Preparations for Mexico’s 2020/21 elections began at the start of September. This is an exceptionally important and complex process, as more than 21,000 seats are to be contested, including federal deputies, local deputies, town councillors and 15 governorships. […]
Covid-19 in Latin America update 14: Argentina reaches 800,000 cases, Brazil agrees to test Russia’s ‘Sputnik’ vaccine, Chileans vote 'Apruebo' with social distancing in place, Colombia sees increase in violence against LGBTQ+, Cuba reopens 13/15 provinces to tourists.
This is a condensed version of a longer article written in July 2020. It was edited for LAB by Emily Gregg. Indigenous territories in Latin America are critical areas where the COVID-19 has had a major impact on vulnerable communities. The Atacama people in Antofagasta, Chile, are one example of how these communities have taken […]
This is the first post in the new London Mining Network blog, a partnership initiative between LAB and LMN. It contains a roundup of Latin America-related content from London Mining Network’s newsletter, with additional material supplied by LAB, researched and written by Tom Gatehouse Main Stories Ecuador: Constitutional Court to rule on fate of Los […]
Chile’s constitution is a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship and has come to symbolise the embedded inequalities that sparked a year of mounting popular protests The plebiscite on 25 October must determine whether to start the process of drawing up a new constitution and how the process will be conducted Even if the plebiscite endorses […]
Queer Tango teacher and LGBTQ+ activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma tells LAB’s Nina Meghji about navigating the digital space, the impact of lockdown on Buenos Aires’ elder residents, and the economic implications for Buenos Aires’ tango community post Covid-19.