• Brazil dam disaster: police arrest eight employees of mining company

    The Vale employees arrested on Friday were responsible for the security and stability of the Brumadinho damBrazilian police have arrested eight employees of mining company Vale SA accused by state prosecutors of covering up weaknesses at a dam that collapsed and likely killed more than 300 people.Police also carried out 14 search warrants as part of the investigation, prosecutors in the mining state of Minas Gerais said. Related: 'That's going to burst': Brazilian dam workers say they warned of
  • Brazil mine disaster: police arrest eight employees of mining company

    The Vale employees arrested on Friday were responsible for the security and stability of the Brumadinho damBrazilian police have arrested eight employees of mining company Vale SA as part of a criminal investigation into the causes of a deadly dam disaster, prosecutors said on Friday.Police also carried out 14 search warrants as part of the investigation, prosecutors in the mining state of Minas Gerais said. Related: 'That's going to burst': Brazilian dam workers say they warned of disasterConti
  • Vogue Brazil director resigns over birthday photos evoking slavery

    Images show Donata Meirelles, who is white, sitting on a throne-like seat flanked by four black women dressed in white The fashion director of the Brazilian edition of Vogue has resigned after photos from her 50th birthday party drew criticism for evoking colonial depictions of slavery.Images from the party showed Donata Meirelles, who is white, sitting on a throne-like seat flanked by four black women dressed in white at the celebration in Bahia, Brazil’s blackest state. Continue reading.
  • 'It was execution': 13 dead in Brazil as state pushes new gang policy

    Recent raid suggests police are implementing ‘shoot-to-kill’ tactics that Rio’s new governor campaigned on
    When he was campaigning to become the governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Wilson Witzel promised “shoot-to-kill” tactics against armed members of the city’s powerful drug gangs.Now, after a deadly operation in which 13 people were killed, fears are rising that police in Rio are already implementing the policy. Related: Rio governor confirms plans for shoot-
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  • Monos review – Apocalypse Now on shrooms

    Chaos intensifies in Alejandro Landes’s deeply mad thriller about a wild cult of teenage bandits who have rituals, guns and a hostage – but no Mr KurtzThis overpoweringly tense and deeply mad thriller from Brazilian film-maker Alejandro Landes is the best thing I have seen at Berlin this year: something between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies and Embrace of the Serpent. It depicts a dysfunctional society and guilt-ridden family in miniature, and demonstrates the shifting power dyna
  • Nationalist strongmen are bent on controlling women’s bodies | Afua Hirsch

    From Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro to Hungary led by Viktor Orbán, women’s reproductive rights are being targetedWhen Brazil, where I am writing from this week, became worried that almost two-thirds of its population was black or mixed race, radical steps were taken. Never mind that the blackness of its population was thanks to its own dependence on African slavery: in the first part of the 20th century, Brazil actively recruited European migrants with the explicit aim of whitening it
  • Brazil environment minister's dismissal of slain Amazon defender stirs outrage

    Ricardo Salles’ comments fuel criticism of administration’s stance, which environmentalists say is excessively pro-businessBrazilian environmental groups have blasted Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”. Related: Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment ministerRelated: 'That's going to burst': Brazilian dam workers say they warned of disasterContinue read
  • Rio declares three days of mourning after fire kills 10 teenage footballers

    Flamengo president says it is ‘the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years’Rio de Janeiro has declared three days of mourning as investigators seek to determine the cause of the fire that killed 10 teenage footballers at the training centre of the city’s Flamengo football club on Friday morning.Cláudio Castro, the vice governor of Rio de Janeiro state, said authorities were looking at the possibility of a short circuit in an air conditioning unit. Related: F
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  • Evacuation alert at Vale-owned mine in Brazil two weeks after disaster

    Five hundred people told to leave area around Sul Superior tailings dam at mine near Belo HorizonteBrazilian authorities have ordered the mining company Vale to evacuate hundreds of people from the vicinity of a dam in Minas Gerais, two weeks after a dam breach at another Vale mine in the state killed an estimated 300 people.Vale said it was evacuating 500 people from three communities around the Sul Superior tailings dam at the Gongo Soco mine, near Belo Horizonte, on the orders of the national
  • Hundreds evacuated after alert at mine run by Vale in Brazil

    Preventive measure comes after breach at another Vale-owned mine killed 300 people Brazilian authorities have ordered the mining company Vale to evacuate hundreds of people from the vicinity of a dam in Minas Gerais, two weeks after a dam breach at another Vale mine in the state killed an estimated 300 people.Vale said it was evacuating 500 people from three communities around the Sul Superior tailings dam at the Gongo Soco mine, near Belo Horizonte, on the orders of the national mining agency.
  • Fire at Flamengo football training centre kills 10 people

    Rio de Janeiro firefighters confirm fatalities at Ninho de Urubu ground
    Ten people have been killed and at least three injured in a fire at the training centre of the Rio de Janeiro football club Flamengo.Firefighters were called to the blaze at the Ninho de Urubu training ground just after 5am on Friday, a fire official told the Associated Press.Que notícia triste! Oremos por todos! Força, força e forçaContinue reading...
  • Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro hospitalised with pneumonia

    Bolsonaro was recently admitted to hospital for the removal of a colostomy bag after he was stabbed during a campaign rallyBrazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is being treated for pneumonia, after coming down with a fever on Wednesday, the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo has said.Bolsonaro recently had a follow-up operation to remove a colostomy bag that was put in place after he was stabbed while campaigning ahead of Brazil’s election last year. Related: Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil presid
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  • 'That's going to burst': Brazilian dam workers say they warned of disaster

    Fears and repairs preceded January collapse in which 134 people died and 199 are still missing, near Brumadinho in Minas Gerais state The Brazilian mining dam which collapsed in January, killing hundreds of people, suffered a leak last year that compromised its safety, according to employees who allege the mine’s operators did not inform the workforce or relocate a canteen and administration building that were destroyed in the disaster.One hundred and forty-two people died and 194 are stil
  • The Davos set are cosying up to the far right – and scared of the left | Cas Mudde

    The World Economic Forum event revealed how elites are more afraid of leftwing populists, than rightwing ones like BolsonaroLast week, the World Economic Forum (WEF) brought thousands of neoliberal elites – as well as an army of feted journalists and scholars – to the popular Swiss ski resort of Davos. There, the emerging relationship between the Davos set and far-right populists was plain to see. And it is far rosier than either party would like to admit.In the absence of US Preside
  • Brazil: four women killed every day in 2019, human rights body says

    Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called on country to implement strategies to prevent and prosecute femicidesFour women have been killed every day so far this year in Brazil, a rate the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) called “alarming” on Monday.The IACHR, the human rights arm of the 35-member Organization of American States, said more must be done to prevent and prosecute femicides in Brazil. Femicide is the killing of a woman by a man because of her gende
  • Dam collapse: the desperate search at Brazil's 'ground zero'

    More than 230 remain missing after an avalanche of liquid mining waste swept through the countryside of Minas GeraisHelicopters clattered overhead as teams of men and sniffer dogs picked their way across the few areas of red mud solid enough to walk on. Other recovery teams gathered around a digger as its shovel scooped up the sludge and drained it, again and again. Related: Brazil dam collapse: bodies pulled from toxic mud as hope fades for survivorsRelated: 'The river is dying': the vast ecolo
  • Brazil: shocking video captures moment of deadly dam collapse

    Footage shows torrent of mining waste, while ceremony pays tribute to 110 victims A week after the deadly collapse of a mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, dozens paid tribute to the 110 victims killed and 238 who are still missing, while newly released video footage showed the moment that a powerful wave of waste began sweeping over everything in its path.A ceremony was held at the site of the disaster around 1pm local time on Friday, the hour at which the dam breached on 25 Janu
  • Brazil: shocking new video captures moment of deadly dam collapse

    Footage shows destructive torrent of mining waste, while ceremony pays homage to 110 victims A week after the deadly collapse of a mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, dozens paid homage to the 110 victims killed and 238 who are still missing, while newly released video footage showed the moment that a powerful wave of waste began sweeping over everything in its path.A ceremony was held at the site of the disaster around 1pm local time, the hour at which the dam breached on 25 Janu
  • Terrifying moment of Brazil dam collapse caught on camera – video

    A video aired on Brazilian media shows the exact moment a dam burst in Brazil on 25 January. The dam break at an iron ore mining complex operated by the minerals firm Vale killed at least 65 people. A further 279 are missing. Cars can be seen driving around desperately trying to escape as a dramatic gush of mud approaches. The surge buried buildings adjoining the dam and several parts of the nearby city of Brumadinho. Continue reading...
  • ‘It smells dirty’: scandals loom over Bolsonaro after first month in office

    Far-right Brazilian president plagued by scandal and disaster – not that the bolsonaristas mindPietro Sambugaro wept with joy when the far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro was confirmed as president of the world’s fourth-largest democracy. A month into Bolsonaro’s reign, he remains on cloud nine.“The mood is of immeasurable satisfaction,” the diehard 28-year-old bolsonarista gushed this week. Related: Who is Jair Bolsonaro? Brazil's far-right president in his own word
  • Brazil: permission for Lula to attend brother's funeral comes too late

    Ex-president given temporary leave to see body of brother at military base in Curitiba but Lula did not attend burialBrazil’s supreme court chief justice on Wednesday granted imprisoned former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva temporary leave to visit the body of his recently deceased brother.But the decision came too late for Lula to attend the funeral as his brother was already about to be buried. Continue reading...
  • Rescuers sift through toxic mud in search of Brazil dam victims – video report

    Rescue workers in Brazil waded through treacherous mud looking for bodies as pressure mounted on the mining company responsible for a dam that burst and spilled a flood of iron-ore wasteBrazil dam collapse: five arrested including three mining firm staffContinue reading...
  • Brazil dam collapse: five arrested including three mining firm staff

    Three employees of Vale and two subcontracted engineers held over Brumadinho disasterBrazilian police have arrested five people in an investigation into the causes of the Brumadinho dam disaster.The dam break last Friday at an iron ore mining complex operated by the minerals firm Vale killed at least 65 people, and a further 279 are missing. Related: 'The river is dying': the vast ecological cost of Brazil's mining disastersContinue reading...
  • 'The river is dying': the vast ecological cost of Brazil's mining disasters

    Water resources are tapped with often reckless abandon and poor regulation. And it looks set to go on under new presidentThe Brazilian government has pledged to ease environmental licensing regulations just days after the deadliest mining disaster in decades prompted calls for tougher controls and stricter punishments for ecological crimes.The torrent of mud and iron ore tailings that engulfed the community of Brumadinho on Friday continues to inflict a toll on residents, river systems and fresh
  • Brazil dam collapse: bodies pulled from toxic mud as hope fades for survivors

    Minas Gerais locals recall another dam collapse involving mining firm Vale as hunt continues for 292 people still missingThe dirt road which once led to the Nova Estância guesthouse and a handful of nearby farms now ends in a slew of sticky, acrid sludge that stretches as far as the eye can see, a deep red gash across the green of the rolling Brazilian countryside.The road, a small bridge it once crossed, the guesthouse and hundreds of people were all swallowed by mud when a tailings dam a
  • Aftermath of deadly dam collapse in Brazil – video report

    At least 58 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds remain missing after Friday’s dam collapse and mudslide in Minas Gerais state. The search was paused because of concerns that another dam operated by the same firm, Vale, was also at risk of rupturing, and authorities began evacuating several neighbourhoods in the city of BrumadinhoFresh alert over Brazil dam collapse as relatives’ anguish intensifiesContinue reading...
  • Aftermath of deadly dam collapse in Brazil – video

    At least 58 people have been confirmed killed and hundreds remained missing following Friday’s dam collapse and mudslide in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. As the search was paused because of concerns that another dam operated by Vale was also at risk of rupturing, authorities began evacuating several neighbourhoods in the south-eastern city of Brumadinho. The collapse comes less than four years after Brazil’s worst environmental disaster was caused by the failure of a tailings da
  • 'We are afraid': Brazilian women alarmed at relaxation of gun laws

    Bolsonaro’s move allowing more people to own firearms is causing unease in a society where domestic violence is rifeA pledge to make it easier for “good citizens” to buy guns for self-defence helped sweep Jair Bolsonaro to power. But there is alarm that the Brazilian president’s decree loosening firearms laws will make pervasive violence against women even worse – and more deadly.“I believe this is a very negative measure that will lead more women to be threat
  • 'We are afraid': Brazilian women recoil at Bolsonaro's relaxation of gun laws

    A move allowing more people to own firearms is causing misgivings in a society where domestic violence is rifeA pledge to make it easier for “good citizens” to buy guns for self-defence helped sweep Jair Bolsonaro to power. But there is alarm that the Brazilian president’s decree loosening firearms laws will make pervasive violence against women even worse – and more deadly.“I believe this is a very negative measure that will lead more women to be threatened by viol
  • Fresh alert over Brazil dam collapse as relatives’ anguish intensifies

    ‘I am praying for a miracle,’ says cousin of missing mining company employeeFading hopes for survivors of a deadly dam collapse in Brazil were further dashed on Sunday when rescue efforts were temporarily halted because of concerns that another dam operated by the same company was also at risk of rupturing.As the search was paused authorities began evacuating several neighbourhoods in the south-eastern city of Brumadinho that were within range of the B6 dam owned by the Brazilian min
  • Warning over second dam collapse in Brazilian town prompts evacuation call

    Rains raise fears that second dam could rupture, with hundreds still missingFirefighters have called for the evacuation of about 24,000 people from the Brazilian town hit by a deadly mudslide unleashed by a ruptured mining dam, as rains raised fears a second dam could collapse.Sirens began blaring before dawn, triggered by dangerous water levels at a tailings dam still standing near an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA near Brumadinho in Minas Gerais state. Related: Hundreds feared dead as Brazil d
  • Fresh warning at Brazil mining site where dam collapsed

    People evacuated after high water level warning at another Vale mining dam in BrumadinhoAn alarm warning of an imminent mining dam rupture has been issued near Brumadinho, the same Brazilian community where the collapse of a dam killed at least 34 and left hundreds more feared dead.The alarm, warning of dangerously high water levels at a dam that is part of the Córrego do Feijão mining complex in south-east Brazil went off at 5.30am on Sunday, a statement by the mining company Vale
  • No pity for corrupt Maduro, who has broken his country. Now, democracy must have its day | Michael Reid

    He is clinging to power. Only removing him will pull Venezuela back from the brinkVenezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s dwindling band of foreign supporters like to claim, is a theatre in a new cold war. Donald Trump’s administration and his hawkish foreign policy advisers, with their occasional threats of military intervention, provide the perfect props. So does Jair Bolsonaro, the new far-right president in Brazil. But the real contest in Venezuela is between democracy and dictatorshi
  • Hundreds feared dead as Brazil dam collapse releases mud tide

    Officials warn few survivors are expected after mining workers in canteen and on a bus are caught in a wave of iron ore wasteHundreds of people are feared dead after a dam operated by the mining company Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, releasing a wave of red iron ore waste and causing the worst environmental catastrophe in the country’s recent history.Ten bodies have already been found and more than 300 people remain missing, according to the company. The disaster co
  • Brazil dam collapse: 10 bodies found and hundreds missing

    Chance of finding survivors ‘minimal’ after tailings dam at iron ore mine bursts
    Ten bodies have been found and more than 400 people are unaccounted for after a dam operated by the mining firm Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, releasing a wave of red iron ore waste and raising fears of widespread contamination.The fire chief Col Edgar Estevão said 100 people had been rescued from the sea of mud released by the dam, according to the G1 news site. Firefighte
  • Brazil dam collapse: seven bodies found and hundreds missing

    Chance of finding survivors ‘minimal’ after tailings dam at iron ore mine bursts
    Seven bodies have been found and more than 400 people are unaccounted for after a dam operated by the mining giant Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, releasing a wave of red iron ore waste and raising fears of widespread contamination.Fire chief Col Edgar Estevão said there were seven dead, nine wounded and 100 people had been rescued from the sea of mud released by the dam, ac
  • Brazil dam collapse: seven bodies found and scores still missing

    Burst of tailings dam at iron ore mine releases wave of red sludge, with chance of finding survivors ‘minimal’Seven bodies have been found and more than a hundred people remain missing after a dam operated by the mining giant Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, releasing a wave of red iron ore waste and raising fears of widespread contamination.Fire chief Col Edgar Estevão said there were seven dead, nine wounded and 100 people had been rescued from the sea
  • Hundreds missing in Brazil after Vale tailings dam collapses – video report

    As many as 200 people are unaccounted for after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA in southwestern Minas Gerais state. At least 50 people died in the disaster on Friday, Avimar de Melo, mayor of the nearby town of Brumadinho, told the Hoje em Dia newspaper. The dam collapse came less than four years after Brazil’s worst environmental disaster was caused by the failure of a tailings dam at Mariana in the same state. That dam was operated by Samarc
  • Brazil dam collapse: hundreds missing after mining disaster

    Disaster released a wave of orange sludge after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine, with scores of people still trappedAs many as 200 people are missing after three dams operated by the mining giant Vale collapsed in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, releasing a wave of red mining waste and prompting fears of widespread contamination.At least 50 people died in the disaster on Friday, Avimar de Melo, mayor of the nearby town of Brumadinho told the Hoje em Dia newspaper. “We don&rsq
  • Brazil's sole openly gay congressman leaves country after death threats

    Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of the country and had no plans to return after a growing number of threats in past yearBrazil’s first and only openly gay congressman has announced that he is leaving his job – and the country – after receiving death threats.In a newspaper interview on Thursday, Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of Brazil and had no plans to return after a growing number of threats over the past year. Related: Brazil’s fearful LGBT commun
  • Brazil's openly gay congressman leaves job and country after death threats

    Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of the country and had no plans to return after a growing number of threats in past yearBrazil’s first and only openly gay congressman has announced that he is leaving his job – and the country – after receiving death threats.In a newspaper interview on Thursday, Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of Brazil and had no plans to return after a growing number of threats over the past year. Related: Brazil’s fearful LGBT commun
  • Brazil accuses US missionary of putting isolated tribe's lives at risk

    Indigenous agency says Steve Campbell entered tribal lands‘The probability of transmission of diseases … is high’Brazil’s indigenous affairs department (Funai) has accused an American missionary of exposing an isolated indigenous tribe to disease and possibly death.Steve Campbell, a Christian missionary, entered the area occupied by the Hi-Merimã tribe last month, one of the few dozen tribes in Brazil that has had no contact with the outside world. Related: Photog
  • Brazil's government reveals plans to privatize key shipping route

    Jair Bolsonaro plans to overhaul country’s transportation infrastructure despite concerns of increased deforestation on the Trans-Amazonian highwayBrazil’s new government has unveiled plans to privatize the Trans-Amazonian Highway, in a fresh attempt to complete – and fully pave – the dictatorship-era road which has already been blamed for extensive deforestation.The government also plans to sell to investors a concession to run BR-163, a key northern route for shipping B
  • Brazil reveals plans to privatize key stretches of Amazon highways

    Jair Bolsonaro plans to overhaul country’s transportation infrastructure despite concerns of increased deforestation on the Trans-Amazonian highwayBrazil’s new government has unveiled plans to privatize the Trans-Amazonian Highway, in a fresh attempt to complete – and fully pave – the dictatorship-era road which has already been blamed for extensive deforestation.The government also plans to sell to investors a concession to run BR-163, a key northern route for shipping B
  • Bolsonaro's Davos debut overshadowed by growing scandal around son

    Flávio Bolsonaro denies Brazilian newspaper claims he once employed the mother and wife of an alleged death squad leader
    Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has used his international debut to sound the death knell for South America’s “Bolivarian” left and proclaim a new, conservative era of clean governance and godliness in the region.But his terse and widely-panned appearance at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday was overshadowed by a snowballing scand
  • Jair Bolsonaro says he will ‘open up’ Brazil’s economy in pro-business speech at Davos – video

    Brazil’s rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro causes alarm among environmentalists after stressing that protecting his country’s unique ecosystem has to be consistent with economic growth. His brief speech to the World Economic Forum outlines a tax-cutting, privatisation agenda. Bolsonaro pledges to bring about economic change, saying that by the end of his term, Brazil will be ‘in the ranking of the 50 best countries to do business with’Jair Bolsonaro alarms clim
  • Jair Bolsonaro alarms climate activists with pro-business speech

    New Brazilian president highlights need to grow economy in Davos appearanceBrazil’s new rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro has prompted fresh alarm among environmentalists after stressing that protecting his country’s unique ecosystem has to be consistent with growing the economy.In remarks that did little to assuage fears of the risks that a go-for-growth strategy would pose to the Amazon region, Bolsonaro used his first overseas trip since taking control at the start of the year to
  • How can we take power away from criminal gangs? Legalise drugs | Martin Drewry

    Prohibition makes our world a more dangerous place, trapping people in poverty
    I have spoken out on many issues during my career, but there is one that leaders in poorer countries passionately lobby me to campaign on: the prohibition of drugs.The “war on drugs” is harming the most vulnerable and criminalising poverty. It is not a war on drugs – despite decades of prohibition, drug production and consumption is on the increase globally – it is a war on the poor. Prohibitio
  • Bolsonaro pressures Venezuelan leader with vow to 're-establish democracy'

    Brazilian president said he will do ‘everything for democracy’ in a video message as his son called Nicolás Maduro a ‘cancer’Brazil’s rightwing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has piled further pressure on Venezuela’s embattled leader, Nicolás Maduro, vowing to do “everything for democracy to be re-established”. Related: Rightwing Venezuelan exiles hope Bolsonaro will help rid them of MaduroRelated: Who is Juan Guaidó, the oppositio
  • Gisele Bündchen hits back at minister's 'bad Brazilian' jibe

    Model attacks rising Amazon deforestation and sets out her environmental credentialsThe Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen has rebutted an extraordinary attack by Brazil’s agriculture minister, who called her a “bad Brazilian” for her environmental activism and said she did not know “the facts”.Bündchen said the “bad Brazilians” were those responsible for Brazil’s worst deforestation figures in a decade. Related: Jair Bolsonaro launches assa

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