South America

USA Leaves The WHO: Draining The Global Swamp Or A Failure To See The Bigger Picture?

President Donald Trump’s use of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to distract from his administration’s tragic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has come to a head as the United States formally begins the one-year process of withdrawing from the multilateral organisation. Congress was notified by the administration on July 7th […]

Bolsonaro Being Sued After Removing Mask During Press Conference

The Brazilian Press Association has expressed plans to file a lawsuit in Brazil’s Supreme Court against President Jair Bolsonaro after the president removed his mask during a press conference on Tuesday, possibly exposing members of the media to COVID-19. The association, known as ABI which advocates for Brazilian journalists, alleged […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Months Of Mismanagement

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 this week, after months of undermining the severity of the global pandemic. Speaking to a small group of reporters, a mask-wearing Bolsonaro confirmed he contracted the coronavirus. He stated, “There’s no reason for fear… Life goes on. I thank God for my […]

Government, Germs, And Gold: The Current State Of Brazil’s Yanomami Reserve

Illegal gold mining has increased severely in Brazil’s biggest remote indigenous reserve over the last five years. The Yanomami reserve is on the northern reaches of the Brazilian Amazon, near the Venezuelan border. A Reuters satellite image review of the protected Yanomami reservation shows a 20-fold expansion in illegal mining […]

COVID-19, Violence Against Women, And Femicide In Latin America

Restrictions on staying at home, as well as other measures that limit the free transit of people, have caused an increase in gender-based violence in Latin America. For millions of women around the globe, the measures that force them to stay at home to protect them against COVID-19 are otherwise […]

U.S. Protests Bring Brazil Racial Inequality To The Fore

U.S. protests trigger outcry about racial discrimination globally. Under this trend, being a country with enormous disparities among races, Brazil is criticised for violating black people’s human rights during the pandemic. The disproportionate death toll of black people is the most recent evidence of Brazil’s racial inequality. According to the […]

Indigenous Communities And COVID-19

One of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus are the indigenous communities around the world. This vulnerability is not a new phenomenon, as indigenous peoples suffered smallpox, influenza, measles, and whooping cough epidemics after making first-contact with Europeans. Due to their small communities and hunter-gatherer lifestyles, Indigenous communities […]

First Iranian Gas Tanker Reaches Venezuela

An Iran oil tanker reached Venezuela on May 23. The U.S. has sanctions on both countries and the arrival of the tanker has brought up questions of U.S. intervention. The Iranian tankers hold enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for two to three weeks. Even though Venezuela has the world’s largest […]

South America Is The New Epicentre Of COVID-19, According To The World Health Organization

In the midst of the global chaos surrounding the Coronavirus strain, COVID-19, including clashes between leaders and health organizations over how to best combat it, the World Health Organization has announced that Latin America is the new epicentre of the virus. This announcement occurred after weeks of concern on the […]

Rappi Or No Rappi? The Case Of Delivery Apps In Latin America

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been great controversy with regards to the role of delivery apps like Uber Eats, Rappi, Glovo, and PedidosYa in Latin America. In countries like Argentina where delivery drivers have been granted the permission to circulate freely, people have shown concern about […]

A Halt To Admittance: Foreign Nationals Under Restrictions

President Trump has released a new proclamation forbidding foreign nationals to enter the country if they have been in Brazil at any time in the 14 days preceding their entry attempt. As we well know, these restrictions follow previously dictated stay-at-home and face-covering orders throughout the nation, as America continues […]