SOUTH AMERICA

Brazilian Indigenous Peoples Confront Double Threat of Covid-19 and Bolsonaro Policies

Escrito por  |  8 / May / 2020

After six days of fighting for his life in an intensive care unit in a Amazonas state hospital, a 15-year-old Yanomami teenage boy died in April 9 from complications caused by the coronavirus. The boy’s death sounded the alarm for Brazil’s Indigenous peoples who now face the fear of the virus alongside the stress of increasing criminal activities and government policies.

The Dramatic Fall of Chile as Latin America’s Neoliberal Role Model

Escrito por  |  1 / January / 2020

After the outbreak of the most intense and massive social protests ever recorded in the history of Chile, on November 16 the government and most political parties signed an agreement to restore peace and public order and initiate a process to draft a new constitution.

Citizen Protests in Colombia Reveal Deep Discontent

Escrito por  |  1 / January / 2020

On November 21 nationwide demonstrations began that drew hundreds of thousands of Colombians into the streets to protest against the Duque government. Just three years after signing the peace accords, more than 23,000 people have been killed in Colombia. Forty-three percent of the victims are under 25.

The Planned Coup in Bolivia

Escrito por  |  31 / December / 2019

Evo Morales arrived on Tuesday, thanking Mexico for “saving his life” after the coup d’etat that has left Bolivia without a legitimate president and plunged the nation into chaos and violence.

Fires Raging in the Rain Forest Add to Environmental, Economic Crisis for Brazilian Government

Escrito por  |  21 / October / 2019

The fires that started August 16 are still raging in the Amazonian jungle. Although they no longer make international headlines, they have destroyed more than 12 million hectares.

Macri Faces Electoral Debacle, Financial Failure and Imminent Default

Escrito por  |  26 / August / 2019

The overwhelming defeat of President Macri in the primary elections of August 11 and the failure to achieve any of the benchmarks agreed to in the Stand-By Agreement with the IMF a year ago, have produced economic anxiety with unpredictable social and political consequences.

New Reports Show Indigenous Leaders, Environmental Journalists Risk Lives in Amazon Defense

Escrito por  |  19 / August / 2019

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s willingness to open Indigenous reserves to mining, agriculture and infrastructure has triggered a rise in invasions of indigenous lands by armed gangs of land grabbers, causing constant fear in indigenous communities.