Coronavirus

Miguel Nicolelis and the C4: Northeastern Brazil’s Scientists Against The Pandemic

By Nate Allen Can anything stop Bolsonaro from drowning Brazil in his chloroquine-infused herd immunity strategy? Maybe not, but one brewing force is at least trying to slow it down. Miguel Nicolelis,...

Brazilian General steps in to “hide the bodies”

The Brazilian military dictatorship might not have been very good at building dams or highways, but it was excellent at hiding bodies. Is this why Bolsonaro appointed an army general with...

Pandemic, Racism and Indigenous / Black Genocide in Brazil: Coronavirus and Extermination Policy

By Felipe Milanez and Samuel Vida Tragedies are always socially unequal and expose in a striking way historically constructed inequalities, for example in the degree of exposure to risks and the way...

Indigenous peoples of Brazil ask for help to fight Covid-19 

By Rosa Gauditano There are currently 305 tribes in Brazil, totalling around 900,000 indigenous people that speak 274 different languages. The covid-19 pandemic has so far reached 71 tribes, according to APIB (Association...

Fora Bolsonaro! Maria do Rosário on the Impeachment drive

"It is amazing how the coronavirus ended up associating itself with the Bolsonaro government's ideals of liquidating people through hitting the poorest, Afro-Brazilians, the peripheries, the sick, people with disabilities, and...

Sociopathic Neoliberalism Is Brazil’s Biggest Obstacle In Fight Against Pandemic

It is not just the Brazilian President and his followers' flat-earthism that prevents Brazil overcoming the pandemic and the crisis it has generated. Sociopathic neoliberalism and its prioritisation of economic dogma...

Genocide: Miners and loggers target uncontacted tribal lands under cover of Covid-19

With Brazil's Coronavirus pandemic dramatically worsening, over 100 indigenous people are reported to have died as a result of Covid-19, and some of of the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes are...

Coronavirus in Belém: A Survivor’s Story

"I am going to be very realistic here.  The situation in Belém is not good at all, friend. No no no no, not even a little. If I could write this...

Argentine President Fernandez: “Brazil is a risk to the region”

Argentinian President Alberto Fernández cites Brazil's growing death toll as justification for maintaining strict quarantine measures, and says the Presidents of Uruguay and Chile share his concern. In stark contrast to Brazil,...

“Great tragedies reveal people’s true character”: Lula speaks on Covid-19

On May 1, Lula released a video message to the Brazilian people which viralized on social media platforms. The following transcript of his speech was translated by Brian Mier.  My friends, workers...

Bob Fernandes on the Media, Coronavirus and Brazil’s Far Right

Bob Fernandes, 65, is a veteran print and television journalist from Bahia who’s personal youtube channel has nearly 200,000 followers. Since starting his career in the 1970s, he has worked as...

The Struggle Continues: Maranhão fights the pandemic

"Our central focus is to save lives and we will not abandon it." During the 2018 presidential elections, Jair Bolsonaro lost by a 2:1 ratio to Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad in...

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Brian Mier and Aline Piva discuss the latest situation surrounding the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwqGzYhJ1vE

Covid-19: Bolsonaro’s lack of control is Brazil’s best chance

Bolsonaro's attempt to copy Trump's coronavirus response is failing - this is good for Brazil. by Brian Mier Pepe Escobar has written a lot about this but, geopolitically speaking, Brazil has become a...

Mandetta-Mania and the Military

On Monday 13th April, word began to spread that Brazil’s high profile Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, having been saved from dismissal by the Military just a week earlier, had lost...

“War Operation”: Communist Party-run Maranhão State imports Chinese ventilators in secret, via Ethiopia

In what has been called a “war operation”, the Communist Party-run Brazilian state of Maranhão has purchased Chinese ventilators to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and shipped them via Ethiopia, to evade...

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Brian Mier and Aline Piva discuss the latest situation surrounding the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. https://youtu.be/Ko93isJlrwY

Brazil’s Power Vacuum: “Nobody wants to conduct a Ghost Train”

The military won't officially take over because nobody wants to be publically associated with the worst government in Brazilian history By Leonardo Attuch Bolsonaro’s pen has less and less ink in it. Every...

Deadly Disinfo: Fake News Sabotages Brazil’s Coronavirus Fight

Researchers analyze fake news coming from the Bolsonaro family shared on social media. By Marina Duarte de Souza. Brasil de Fato. Even after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram deleted president Jair Bolsonaro’s posts after determining...

The “Operational President” of Brazil

As the saga of an "Operational President" rolls on, former editor of Folha de Pernambuco and Diario de Pernambuco, Homero Fonseca, unpicks the details and concludes that whatever the Military's intent, Bolsonaro will...

Maré shows its force – a Rio community fights against coronavirus

An Interview with Dr. Eliana Sousa Silva, Director of Redes da Maré. By Brian Mier One of tourists' first impressions of Rio de Janeiro is the sprawling cluster of favelas sandwiched between Avenida...

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Brian Mier and Aline Piva discuss the latest situation surrounding the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. https://youtu.be/KkFgd7TSogQ

Bolsonaro in the Hague: President faces third denunciation for “genocide and crimes against humanity”

Brazil's far-right President is facing his second set of charges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The new second set of charges deals  directly with Coronavirus and the Bolsonaro's Government's...

Covid-19 on the Equator: Maranhão’s Communist Government Resists

An interview with Dr. Rodrigo Lopes by Brian Mier On March 16, with coronvirus cases still in the single digits, the Maranhão State government inaugurated Brazil’s first public testing center, one of a series...

“Elderly, Evangelicals, and Rich” falling for Bolsonaro lies about Coronavirus

A  survey by Instituto Quaest reveals that the elderly, evangelicals and the rich are most susceptible to Bolsonaro's lies about Coronavirus. Valor Magazine's Bruno Carazza says that according to the survey data,...

Fiocruz And The Frontline of Brasil’s Coronavirus Fight

Many visitors to Rio de Janeiro recognize the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) by its Moorish Pavilion-style headquarters, which pops up from a patch of forest on the edge of Manghinhos favela...

“Brazil Cannot Be Destroyed By Bolsonaro”: Progressive Leaders Demand President’s Resignation

Former presidential candidates Ciro Gomes (PDT), Fernando Haddad (PT), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), the governor of Maranhão, Flávio Dino (PCdoB), and other progessive leaders have demanded the resignation of Jair Bolsonaro for...

“In Favour of Life”: Brazil’s Northeastern Governors go it alone against Coronavirus Pandemic

Northeastern Brazil's predominantly left-wing Governors have issued a strongly worded letter in what they describe as "deep indignation" at the stance of Jair Bolsonaro's Federal Government in the face of the...

The Governors vs Bolsonaro: An interview with Brian Mier

On the one hand the media is saying, “oh look at this crazy Bolsonaro, he’s insane, look what he is saying about coronavirus,” but he is really just transmitting the goals...

“Coronavirus has already mutated in Brasil”: An Interview with Margareth Dalcomo of Fiocruz

Fundação Oswaldo Cruz is one of the World’s most respected tropical disease and public health research institutions. Founded in Rio de Janeiro by epidemiologist Oswaldo Cruz in 1900 to fight a...
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