Brazil


Governor Of Rio Refers To Increase In Police Killings As “Normal”

As a rise in police killings plagues Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, the current far-right Governor, has claimed that the increase in his state in Brazil is “normal” and simply a consequence of  confronting drug-trafficking groups, who he refers to as “terrorists”. Witzel has compared these drug dealers to Lebanon’s […]


Mexico Takes First Step Towards Regulating Sex Work

In the hopes of reducing sexual trafficking in the country, Mexico has given the green light to the decriminalization of sex work in its capital. The legislators obtained a result of 38-0 with eight abstentions in a vote in Congress on Friday, which favoured a bill to remove a line […]


South American Trade Bloc Signs ‘Historic’ Trade Deal With EU

After nearly 20 years of negotiations, the South American bloc, Mercosur has agreed to draft a free-trade treaty with the European Union. The two parties have been negotiating since 2000, but the election of United States President Donald Trump intensified efforts to reach an agreement due to the EU freezing […]


What Is Going On In Brazil?

June is proving to be a tumultuous month for Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro.  Last Friday saw a nationwide general strike, largely protesting against proposed pension reform which would raise the minimum retirement age to 62 for women and 65 for men.  It would also increase workers’ contributions and require workers […]


Power Outages In Argentina And Uruguay – A New Kind Of Humanitarian Crisis?

Early on 16 June, a power outage in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, parts of Paraguay, and southern Brazil, was felt by over 48 million people. Both Argentina and Uruguay were left in darkness until supply began to return in the early afternoon. While the power failure was reportedly due to a […]


Brazilian President Fires Head Of Indigenous Affairs And Pushes For Development In The Amazon

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has fired the head of the indigenous affairs agency after a push to free reservation lands, including those in the Amazon rainforest, for commercial agriculture and mining. It was confirmed that the head of the National Indigenous Affairs agency (FUNAI), Franklimberg Ribeiro de Freitas, was removed […]


Brazilian Prisons Experience Violent Riots Again, Leaving 55 Dead

Violent riots within various Brazilian prisons have led to multiple casualties, yet again. On Sunday, May 26th, 15 inmates were found dead at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary, with many of the bodies reportedly showing signs of strangulation and stab wounds from sharpened toothbrushes. On Monday, another 40 bodies were recovered […]