Brazilian Movements Intensify “Out Bolsonaro” Campaign
The authoritarian nature of the Bolsonaro government has rapidly intensified. Bolsonaro, acting against all public health specialists, as well as international entities and protocols, has denied the pandemic and adopted incorrect and disastrous measures. His grave mismanagement of the virus has made Brazil the global epicenter of COVID-19.Read More »
by Alfredo Saad-Filho
The spectacular failures of Brazil, the UK and the USA during the COVID-19 pandemic offer valuable lessons on what must never happen again: wish away the virus, minimise the potential impact of a pandemic on public health and the economy, delay inevitable lockdowns, the list goes on. They also shed a powerful light on the root causes of the devastation.
The first step is to recognise the immensity of the catastrophe (see Table 1).
Table 1: The impact of the pandemic
|Cases per million
|Deaths per million
|GDP growth in 2020 (estimate)
In summary, the human disaster in our selected countries is unlikely to be compensated by a shallower economic downturn – quite the contrary, they are likely to do worse than average – dismantling the argument that protecting the economy should be a priority and ‘if some pensioners die [as a consequence], too bad’.Read More »
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been rejected by the people. Bolsonaro addressed the people of Brazil on March 24 and criticized the measures of social isolation decreed by governors of several states. In response to Bolsonaro’s callousness towards dealing with the crisis, fresh cacerolazos took place in many cities. Talks of his impeachment have also begun to gain strength.Read More »
by Resumen Latinoamericano
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), confirmed with satellites what environmentalist organizations around the world had been announcingsince President Jair Bolsonaro took office; the Amazon, often called the “Lungs of the World,” is in danger.
Between January and August, 72,843 intermittent wildfires have been registered in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest due to the “development policy” undertaken by President Jair Bolsonaro in matters of agriculture and mining. Non-governmental organizations used the hashtag #PrayForAmazonia in the different social media throughout the week to try and get Bolsonaro’s attention given the massive hectares of forests that are being scorched by fire.Read More »