Brazil

Tracing gold: the illegal gold supply chain in Brazil

On 15th July, Instituto Escolha published research with a proposal to implement a system capable of certifying the origin of Brazilian gold, thus restraining its illegal trade, which is responsible for a massive threat to the lives of indigenous peoples…

More power to the police, less rights for citizens: is Brazil really a democratic state?

As I write this text, my heart trembles with pain, fear, and a sense of impotence… Under the justification of “establishing a minimum standard of conduct for citizens during a police approach”, federal deputy Bibo Nunes (PL-RS) presented bill 5610/2019,…

Assassination attempt or self-defence?

I was approached by a campaign for a street artist named Ropi, 23 years old, Argentinean national, who is imprisoned in Pernambuco for allegedly trying to assassinate a military policeman. The only (two) media reports I have found are incomplete,…

Brazil: Why (and how) do we still have to talk about 13 May?

For 300 years, the Negroes of the African continent were subjugated and enslaved in various parts of the world, including Brazil. It was three centuries of dehumanisation of millions of people. Today, 134 years afterwards its legal abolition in Brazilian…

Lula launches his candidacy for Brazil’s presidency

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva officially presented his candidacy for the country’s presidency ahead of the Brazilian elections in October, at an event with thousands of supporters in Sao Paulo. In the presence of the leaders of…

Women, history, and the dictatorship in Brazil: the story of Criméia Almeida

Any attempt to stop an individual’s fight against oppression has always been, and continues to be, a violent act, which we must repudiate and denounce. This happened, for example, with women and their actions against the dictatorial regime established in…

Meeting Dr. Teivo Teivainen at the Social Forum of Resistance (FSR)

On the opening day of the Social Forum of Resistance (FSR) and Social Forum of Justice and Democracy (FSMJD) we had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Teivo Teivainen, Professor of World Politics at University of Helsinki. Dr. Teivainen has been…

New HIV injection arrives in Brazil and South Africa

The international initiative Unitaid announced on Friday 18 that it will fund the introduction in Brazil and South Africa of an innovative, “highly effective and long-lasting” injectable HIV preventive treatment. The new long-acting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment “could have a…

IACHR Court to review quilombolas’ ancestral land claim

The case concerns 152 communities affected by the failure to issue land titles, the expropriation of land and the unconsulted installation of an aerospace base. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will review the case of the Quilombola communities…

50 years ago Brazil planned to invade Uruguay in 30 hours, if the Frente Amplio won

A series of declassified US documents added details to the so-called “Operation 30 Hours”, the plan hatched by the Brazilian dictatorship in 1971, half a century ago, to invade Uruguay if the leftist Frente Amplio coalition won the elections that…

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