Brazil

Thousands of Brazilians Who Won Elections as Black Candidates in 2020 Previously Ran for Office as White

Brazil is undergoing a strange racial reckoning after bombshell revelations that thousands of veteran politicians had changed their self-identified race between the 2016 and 2020 elections.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • 3:37 PM

A Pandemic Atlas: Brazil’s Leader Scoffs, and Toll Rises

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The story of COVID-19 in Brazil is the story of a president who insists the pandemic is no big deal.

  • Dec 17, 2020
  • 10:47 AM

The Amazon’s Burning Libraries (A Latino USA Podcast)

From illegal mining and logging to destructive dams to land grabbers to a federal government that often ignores their concerns outright, the Munduruku along the Tapajós River are under attack on all fronts.

  • Dec 11, 2020
  • 11:49 AM

Brazil Reports Record Amount of Deforestation

Over 2.7 million acres were cut down in 2020, a 9.5% increase compared to the previous year.

  • Dec 1, 2020
  • 9:54 AM

Brazil Surpasses Five Million Coronavirus Cases

With 734 added to the death toll on Tuesday, Latin America’s largest country is approaching the 150,000 death mark, the second highest worldwide after the United States.

  • Oct 9, 2020
  • 11:50 AM

Panama’s Ex-President Attempts to Annul Statements on Odebrecht

Odebrecht is a Brazilian construction conglomerate that paid  $788 million in bribes to various politicians and presidential election campaigns in exchange for 100 projects in 12 countries between 2001 to 2016.

  • Oct 2, 2020
  • 12:12 PM

Virus Disrupting Rio’s Carnival for First Time in a Century

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains—the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February.

  • Sep 25, 2020
  • 12:41 PM

Bolsonaro to World: Brazil Is Victim of Environmental Smear

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest, telling the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders on Tuesday that his country has been wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain. Bolsonaro’s critics were quick to pick apart his claims.

  • Sep 22, 2020
  • 2:07 PM

Brazil’s da Silva Faces New Charge of Money Laundering

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Prosecutors in Brazil’s sprawling Car Wash corruption investigation on Monday charged former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with money laundering, less than a year after the country’s top court ordered him freed from jail while he appealed his conviction in another case.

  • Sep 15, 2020
  • 10:11 AM

Lives Lost: ‘Warrior’ Fought for Slave Descendants in Brazil

ARMAÇÃO DE BÚZIOS, Brazil (AP) — Carivaldina Oliveira da Costa was the steward of history in her Brazilian community on the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro state, and for two decades fought for their land rights as descendants of escaped slaves.

  • Aug 19, 2020
  • 5:24 PM

Indigenous Protesters in Brazil Demand COVID-19 Protection

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — Dozens of Indigenous people, many daubed in black paint representing their grief and fighting spirit, blocked a major highway in Brazil’s Amazon on Monday to pressure the government for help in protecting them from COVID-19.

  • Aug 18, 2020
  • 1:34 PM

Brazil Near 100,000 Deaths From COVID-19

The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and had reported 99,572 as of Friday night.

  • Aug 8, 2020
  • 4:24 PM

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon May Be at 14 Year High

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Preliminary official data published Friday indicate that deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region over the past 12 months could be at a 14-year high, adding to concerns that President Jair Bolsonaro has failed to rein in destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

  • Aug 7, 2020
  • 4:29 PM

Top Court Rules Brazil Must Protect Indigenous in Pandemic

By DÉBORA ÁLVARES, Associated Press BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian Supreme Court ordered President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration Wednesday to adopt measures to shield Indigenous peoples from the new coronavirus, in a vote that came hours after a prominent Indigenous leader died from COVID-19. The justices voted unanimously in favor of forcing the government to […]

  • Aug 5, 2020
  • 8:52 PM

Brazil Virus Payout Cuts Extreme Poverty to Least in Decades

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s extreme poverty has plunged due to a monthly federal handout during the coronavirus pandemic, but threatens to bounce back once the government ceases the stopgap welfare program, a report said Tuesday.

  • Jul 29, 2020
  • 9:04 AM

Thousands of Families Evicted in São Paulo Amid Pandemic

Before the pandemic, local authorities counted more than 200,000 families waiting for adequate housing in São Paulo, a city of 12 million.

  • Jul 24, 2020
  • 5:55 PM

As Virus Spreads, Bolsonaro Ties With Military Under Strain

SÃO PAULO (AP) — After 35 years of civilian-led democracy, President Jair Bolsonaro has created the most militarized Brazilian government since the fall of the country’s dictatorship.

  • Jul 14, 2020
  • 11:49 AM

A Genocide of Black Brazilians

Latino Rebels Radio: June 29, 2020.

  • Jun 29, 2020
  • 12:13 PM

Latino USA Presents: How Brazil Became The Epicenter Of COVID-19

In this episode of Latino USA, we explore why one of the largest economies in the world has failed to combat the pandemic.

  • Jun 26, 2020
  • 4:11 PM

Brazil Becomes 2nd Country to Reach 1 Million Coronavirus Cases

Experts say the actual number could be seven times higher.

  • Jun 22, 2020
  • 2:26 PM

A Teen’s Killing Stirs Black Lives Matter Protests in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Rafaela Matos saw police helicopters over her favela and heard gunshots, she fell to her knees and asked God to protect her son, João Pedro. Then she called the boy to make sure he was OK.

  • Jun 18, 2020
  • 5:09 PM

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