• Rightwing Venezuelan exiles find hope in Brazil's Bolsonaro

    Some believe the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s next president, makes a US-led military intervention in Venezuela more likelyVenezuelan dissident Roderick Navarro remembers shedding tears of joy when the far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro was confirmed as Brazil’s next president.“It was the first time in so long that I felt the real possibility of going back to my home,” says the rightwing activist exiled to Brazil since fleeing his country last year. Related: Nicol&aac
  • Brazil: same-sex couples rush to the altar ahead of Bolsonaro inauguration

    Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who will be the country’s next president, has called himself a ‘proud homophobe’On the night of the Brazilian election, Bianca Gama cried as it became clear that the country’s next president would be Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician whose career has been marked by homophobia.As the official result was announced, Gama’s girlfriend Priscilla Cicconi turned to her and said: “You were right. We should get married &nda
  • More than 200 women accuse famous Brazilian spiritual healer of sexual abuse

    Prosecutors received flood of complaints against João Teixeira de Faria in country’s first major #MeToo scandalMore than 200 women have accused Brazil’s most famous medium and spiritual healer of sexual abuse in a case that is becoming the country’s first major post-#MeToo scandal.João Teixeira de Faria, 76, known as João de Deus, or John of God, has attended Brazilian presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer, pop stars a
  • Nicolás Maduro accuses White House of direct role in assassination attempt

    Venezuelan president also claimed ‘ultra-right locos’ within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his countryVenezuela’s embattled president Nicolás Maduro has accused the White House of playing a direct role in an attempt to assassinate him and claimed “ultra-right locos” within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his country. Related: Venezuela: is a US-backed 'military option' to oust Maduro gaining favour?Relat
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  • Brazil: gunman kills four worshippers during mass at cathedral

    Campinas gunman wounds four others before killing himself‘It’s hard to imagine the pain this has caused’A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before turning a gun on himself, authorities said.The incident happened at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100km) north of São Paulo. Related: 'A devastating scenario': Brazil sets new record for homicides at 63,880 deat
  • Brazilian booksellers face wave of closures that leave sector in crisis

    Recession and rising prices have left the book trade fighting for its life, with one publisher appealing to readers for help by buying books at Christmas“These are dark days for the book in Brazil”, one of the country’s leading publishers has warned, after crises at the country’s two largest bookstore chains have left many worried that many towns may be left without a single bookstore.After announcing the closure of 20 stores in October, book chain Saraiva announced in la
  • Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister

    Appointed by president-elect Bolsonaro, Ricardo Salles calls environmental fines ‘ideological’Brazil’s new environment minister believes that global warming is “secondary”, that many environmental fines are “ideological” and has been accused of altering plans for an environmentally protected area in order to favour businesses.Ricardo Salles, the former environment secretary for São Paulo state, was recommended for his new role by business and agri
  • Environmental fines are 'ideological', says Brazil's new minister

    Appointed by president-elect Bolsonaro, Ricardo Salles also dismisses global warmingBrazil’s new environment minister believes that global warming is “secondary”, that many environmental fines are “ideological” and has been accused of altering plans for an environmentally protected area in order to favour businesses.Ricardo Salles, the former environment secretary for São Paulo state, was recommended for his new role by business and agribusiness groups and an
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  • Bolsonaro to abolish human rights ministry in favour of family values

    Rightwing president names evangelical pastor to head ministry lumping together women, family, rights and indigenous peopleBrazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, will abolish the country’s human rights ministry and has named a conservative evangelical pastor to run a newly created ministry which will oversee women, family and human rights – and also the country’s 900,000 indigenous people.The plan, announced on Thursday, has prompted outcry from feminist group
  • Illegal mining in Amazon rainforest has become an 'epidemic'

    Campaigners release map showing scale of pollution and damage to environment caused by small-scale minersAn epidemic of illegal artisanal mining across the Amazon rainforest has been revealed in an unprecedented new map, pinpointing 2,312 sites in 245 areas across six Amazon countries.Called garimpo in Brazil, artisanal mining for gold and other minerals in Amazon forests and rivers has been a problem for decades and is usually illegal. It is also highly polluting: clearings are cut into forests
  • Illegal mining in Brazil's rainforests has become an 'epidemic'

    Campaigners release map showing scale of pollution and damage to environment caused by small-scale minersAn epidemic of illegal artisanal mining across the Amazon rainforest has been revealed in an unprecedented new map, pinpointing 2,312 sites in 245 areas across six Amazon countries.Called garimpo in Brazil, artisanal mining for gold and other minerals in Amazon forests and rivers has been a problem for decades and is usually illegal. It is also highly polluting: clearings are cut into forests
  • Nissan tries to bar Carlos Ghosn from Rio property over corruption scandal

    Firm fears Brazil-born former chairman may destroy evidence if granted accessNissan is seeking to block its former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s access to an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, citing a risk that he may remove or destroy evidence after being arrested for financial misconduct last month.Brazil-born Ghosn has been detained in Tokyo since his arrest on suspicion of conspiring with the former Nissan director Greg Kelly of underreporting his income by about 5bn yen (£35m). Continue re
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  • Brazil: 14 killed in shootout during attempted bank robbery

    Two children were among the dead after a firefight between police and criminal group in north-eastern BrazilAt least 14 people, including two children, were killed on Friday when a shootout broke out between police and bank robbers attempting to blow up ATMs, according to authorities in north-eastern Brazil.Six hostages, among them two children, died in the shooting, local media reported, when police opened fire on the robbers at bank branches on the main street in Milagres in the interior of Ce
  • Brazil: at least 12 killed in shootout during attempted bank robbery

    Two children were among the dead after a firefight between police and criminal group in north-eastern BrazilAt least 12 people, including two children, were killed on Friday when a shootout broke out between police and bank robbers attempting to blow up ATMs, according to authorities in north-eastern Brazil.Six hostages, among them two children, died in the shooting, local media reported, when police opened fire on the robbers at bank branches on the main street in Milagres in the interior of Ce
  • Spaniard convicted for 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers arrested in Brazil

    Carlos García Juliá was arrested as he was walking down a street, official said, and Spain is expected to request extraditionA Spanish man convicted for the 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers in a Madrid trade union office has been taken into custody in Brazil’s biggest city.The head of the federal police in São Paulo, Disney Rosseti, said Carlos García Juliá was arrested Thursday as he was walking down a street in a middle-class neighborhood. Related:
  • Bolsonaro abolishes human rights ministry in favour of family values

    Rightwing president names evangelical pastor to head ministry lumping together women, family, rights and indigenous peopleBrazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, will abolish the country’s human rights ministry and has named a conservative evangelical pastor to run a newly created ministry which will oversee women, family and human rights – and also the country’s 900,000 indigenous people.The plan, announced on Thursday, has prompted outcry from feminist group
  • Outcry over Bolsonaro's plan to put conservative in charge of new family and women ministry

    Brazil’s human rights ministry will now cover women, family and human rights, and the country’s 900,000 indigenous people
    Damares Alves, the new minister, is an evangelical preacher who believes that women were born to be mothers
    Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro will abolish the country’s human rights ministry and has nameda conservative evangelical pastor to run a newly-created ministry which will oversee women, family and human rights – and also t
  • Miss Talavera Bruce prison beauty pageant – in pictures

    Brazilian authorities say they organise the pageant to help the prisoners with their self-esteem and promote integration. Hairdressers and makeup artists volunteer their time to prepare the contestants, who are judged on beauty, appeal and attitudeContinue reading...
  • Brazilian Car Wash scandal draws in Glencore and Trafigura

    Commodity giants under investigation as police move focus to Petrobas fuel-trading dealsOil deals by the commodity trading giants Glencore, Vitol and Trafigura are under investigation as part of the Car Wash investigation, the vast corruption scandal that has rocked the Brazilian establishment.Federal police in Brazil said they had been examining alleged bribery involving Petrobras, the huge national oil company that has been at the centre of the Car Wash affair. Related: Operation Car Wash: The
  • Rio's squatter communities turn derelict buildings into homes – in pictures

    As the city’s homeless population has grown, squatting projects have become more organised in an attempt to secure abandoned houses as homes for the poor. All photographs by Sanne Derks Continue reading...
  • Woman gives birth using womb transplanted from dead donor

    Patient in Brazil who had been born without uterus gives birth to baby girlA woman in Brazil has successfully given birth after receiving a womb from a dead donor, the first time such a procedure has been successful.While researchers in countries including Sweden and the US have previously succeeded in transplanting wombs from living donors into women who have gone on to give birth, experts said the latest development was a significant advance.Related: Womb transplants: medical necessity or life
  • George Bush’s legacy isn’t so peaceful | Letters

    We mustn’t forget Bush Sr’s horrific conduct as director of the CIA, write George Binette and Carole Ashley, not to mention his racist 1988 campaignAmidst the Trump administration’s shameless venality, vulgarity and viciously reactionary policies, many liberals on both sides of the Atlantic seem to view the Reagan-Bush years through rose-tinted spectacles. To his credit, Godfrey Hodgson’s obituary of the elder George Bush (Obituary, 3 December) provides a salutary reminde
  • How to spot a populist

    The p-word is much misunderstood. It’s as old as democracy, and has perhaps never been as popular as it is today. So who are the key protagonists?That’s a vexed question. Populism is usually described as a strategic approach that frames politics as a battle between the virtuous, “ordinary” masses and a nefarious or corrupt elite.It is time to free the French people from an arrogant elite” – Marine Le PenPeople want to take back control of their countries and t
  • Brazil reneges on hosting UN climate talks under Bolsonaro presidency

    Reversal comes two months after country agreed to host COP25 conference in 2019 – and one month after far-right climate sceptic won electionBrazil has abandoned plans to host crucial UN climate talks in 2019 amid growing signs of the anti-internationalism of the new government being formed by president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.The foreign ministry announced the reversal in a message to Patrícia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Climate Change, according to the O Glob
  • Brazil records worst annual deforestation for a decade

    Nearly 8,000sq kms lost in the year to July amid alarm new president Jair Bolsonaro will make situation worseBrazil has released its worst annual deforestation figures in a decade amid fears that the situation might worsen when the avowedly anti-environmentalist president-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power.Between August 2017 and July 2018, 7,900sq kms were deforested, according to preliminary figures from the environment ministry based on satellite monitoring – a 13.7% rise on the previous
  • Thousands of Cuban doctors leave Brazil after Bolsonaro's win

    Cuba has begun pulling out 8,300 doctors working in poor and remote regions of Brazil after far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro demanded contract changes to programCuba has begun withdrawing 8,300 doctors working in some of the poorest regions of Brazil, prompting fears that indigenous villages, small towns and isolated rural communities could soon be left without medical care.The move came after Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro threatened to cut relations with Cuba a
  • Fears Brazil cannot replace Cuban doctors leaving country after Bolsonaro's win

    Cuba has begun pulling out 8,300 doctors working in poor and remote regions of Brazil after far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro demanded contract changes to programCuba has begun withdrawing 8,300 doctors working in some of the poorest regions of Brazil, prompting fears that indigenous villages, small towns and isolated rural communities could soon be left without medical care.The move came after Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro threatened to cut relations with Cuba a
  • Outrage in Paraguay after Brazil cartel boss kills woman in his prison cell

    Marcelo’s Pinheiro’s murder of Lidia Meza, 18, in an apparent attempt to avoid extradition, highlights a culture of impunityParaguayans have been left shocked and outraged after a jailed cartel boss murdered a young woman inside his high-security cell, in an apparent attempt to avoid extradition to neighbouring Brazil.The case has underscored the scale of criminal impunity in the landlocked South American country – and fuelled fears of more violence to come. Related: 'It is a w
  • Amazon indigenous groups propose Mexico-sized 'corridor of life'

    World’s biggest protected area would stretch across borders from Andes to AtlanticIndigenous groups in the Amazon have proposed the creation of the world’s biggest protected area, a 200m-hectare sanctuary for people, wildlife and climate stability that would stretch across borders from the Andes to the Atlantic.The plan, presented to the UN Conference on Biodiversity on Wednesday, puts the alliance of Amazon communities in the middle of one of the world’s most important environ
  • The world's best building? A remote Brazilian school made out of wood

    This year’s Royal Institute of British Architects prize goes to the timber and mud-brick Children Village, which doesn’t need air-con even in 45 degree heatA forest of eucalyptus columns extends inside the expansive dormitory complex of the Canuanã school in northern Brazil, as if the nearby woodland has taken over the building. Between the soaring trunks stand clusters of little mud-brick rooms arranged around open courtyards, while a wafer-thin metal canopy floats above the
  • Jair Bolsonaro says Brazilians 'still don't know what dictatorship is'

    Former army captain has made no secret of his admiration for the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985 Brazil’s president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, has prompted outrage and disbelief after he said the people of Brazil – which was ruled by the military for two decades – “still don’t know what dictatorship is”.The former army captain – who has made no secret of his admiration for the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964-1985 &
  • Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power casts shadow over UN environment conference

    Participants at biodiversity convention say Amazon protections are under threat Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power in Brazil has cast a shadow over the first global environment conference since the ultra-nationalist was elected to lead the most biodiverse nation on Earth.Participants at the the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which opened in Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday, expressed concerns that the former army captain would disrupt international efforts to prevent the collapse of natural
  • 'Sad surprise': Amazon fish contaminated by plastic particles

    Scientists in Brazil find first evidence of plastic pollution in Amazon basin freshwater fish Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which bags, bottles and other waste dumped in rivers is affecting the world’s wildlife.Tests on the stomach contents of fish in Brazil’s Xingu River, one of the major tributaries of the Amazon, revealed plastic particles in more than 80% of the species examined, incl
  • Brazil: calls for TV tycoon to be pulled off air after offensive remarks to singer

    Viewers demand Silvio Santos be removed after telling Claudia Leitte he couldn’t hug her because it would make him ‘excited’He is one of South America’s most powerful TV tycoons, an 87-year-old media mogul who has for decades been a fixture on Brazilian screens.But many viewers are now demanding that Silvio Santos, the celebrity owner of Brazil’s SBT network, be pulled off the air after he made the latest in a series of improper and offensive remarks to a guest. Rel
  • Brazil's new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot

    Ernesto Araujo has called climate science ‘dogma’ and bemoaned the ‘criminalisation’ of red meat, oil and heterosexual sexBrazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has chosen a new foreign minister who believes climate change is part of a plot by “cultural Marxists” to stifle western economies and promote the growth of China.Ernesto Araujo – until now a mid-ranking official who blogs about the “criminalisation” of red meat, oil and hetero
  • Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments

    Bolsonaro demands contract changes and questions training11,420 Cuban doctors work in poor and remote parts of BrazilCuba has announced it will withdraw thousands of its doctors from Brazil after the South American nation’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their training and demanded changes to their contracts. Related: How dangerous is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president? - podcastRelated: Brazil's doctors jeer at Cuban medics arriving to work in rural health schemeContinue re
  • EU states call for tough action on deforestation to meet 2020 UN goal

    Show leadership to halt forest loss from agribusiness, Amsterdam Declaration group tells EUThe UK, France and Germany have called on the European commission to launch tough new action to halt deforestation by the end of the year.A long-delayed EU action plan should be brought forward “as soon as possible”, says a letter to the commission sent by the Amsterdam Declaration group of countries, which also includes Italy, the Netherlands and Norway.Biography Related: Fears for Amazon as B
  • Populists like Trump exacerbate rather than cure corruption | Barry Eichengreen

    The US president and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro will repopulate the swamp rather than drain itFollowing Emmanuel Macron’s election as president of France in May 2017, global elites breathed a sigh of relief. The populist wave, they reassured themselves, had crested. Voters had regained their sanity. Helped along by an electoral system in which the two leading candidates faced off in a second round, the “silent majority” had united behind the centrist candidate in the runoff.
  • Multiple fatalities in mudslide near Rio de Janeiro

    Three-year-old boy among the 10 confirmed victims after city of Niterói hit by landslideTen people were killed and 11 injured in a mudslide near Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, Brazilian authorities have said.Roberto Robadey, the head of Rio’s civil defence department, told the Globo TV network that the mudslide in the city of Niterói was caused by heavy downpours. He said people were killed and injured when a large boulder rolled on top of six houses in the Boa Esperança
  • Oil trading firms with ties to UK named in Brazil's Car Wash corruption scandal

    Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura feature in report by campaign group Global WitnessThree global oil trading companies with strong ties to the UK face being dragged into Brazil’s “Car Wash” investigation, after a report raised questions about their connections to businessmen named in the vast corruption scandal.Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura, which boast combined annual revenues of more than half a trillion dollars, feature in a report by the campaign group Global Witness that uncov
  • National populism is unstoppable – and the left still doesn’t understand why | Matthew Goodwin

    It’s not about immigration, the financial crisis, globalisation or inequality, but evidence of a broader, older social fragmentationFor a number of years Europe has been in the midst of a significant challenge from national populism, as a succession of recent elections have shown in Italy, Austria, Hungary and Sweden. Yet this is a movement that remains poorly understood. Parties on the radical left and Greens are also making gains in some countries, but they are having nothing like the el
  • Death threats and denunciations: the artists who fear Bolsonaro's Brazil

    Some have employed security guards. Others have fled. With Jair Bolsonaro about to take power, many artists in Brazil fear the censorship and intimidation they currently endure are about to get much worseWagner Schwartz received the first death threat two days after lying naked on the floor of a museum in São Paulo. It was October 2017 and the Brazilian artist had invited members of his audience, which included children, to adjust his body: move a limb, roll him over, that kind of thing.
  • Death threats and denunciations: artists fear Bolsonaro's Brazil

    Some have employed security guards. Others have fled. With Jair Bolsonaro about to take power, many artists in Brazil fear the censorship and intimidation they currently endure are about to get much worseWagner Schwartz received the first death threat two days after lying naked on the floor of a museum in São Paulo. It was October 2017 and the Brazilian artist had invited members of his audience, which included children, to adjust his body: move a limb, roll him over, that kind of thing.
  • BHP Billiton facing £5bn lawsuit from Brazilian victims of dam disaster

    Action launched in Liverpool against Anglo-Australian mining company after 2015 tragedy that killed 19 peopleThe worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history has triggered one of the biggest legal claims ever filed in a British court.The Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton is being sued for about £5bn by Brazilian victims of the Samarco dam collapse in Mariana three years ago. Related: Brazil dam disaster: firm knew of potential impact months in advanceContinue reading..
  • More than a meal: the swanky Rio restaurant for homeless people

    Dignity is on the menu at a Brazilian eatery where tasty dishes are conjured from food that would otherwise have gone to wasteIn a chic, minimalist restaurant with an Italian name and an innovative menu, near the centre of Rio de Janeiro, Valdicir dos Santos, tucks into his dinner. It consists of banana skin and vegetables served with tangerine sauce, beans, rice and farinha – the flour, ground from dried bread instead of the usual manioc, that Brazilians sprinkle on everything.The food at
  • Freedom of speech in Bolsonaro’s Brazil | Letters

    Brazil’s ambassador to the UK, Fred Arruda, responds to letters critical of his country’s new presidentRegarding the letters published by the Guardian on recent events in Brazil (Bolsonaro and the rise of the far right, 1 November; We deplore this attack on freedom of expression in Brazil’s universities, 1 November), allow me to clarify the following:1. Brazil has an independent judiciary that is also in charge of organising elections and ensuring the application of electoral l
  • ‘A political rupture’: far right ready to roll in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

    Colonel Márcio Tadeu de Lemos sees opportunity to leap into political quagmire When Colonel Márcio Tadeu de Lemos surveys his native land he sees a calamitous morass of backwardness and blood-letting, leftist kleptomania and moral rot.“Brazil is living through a catastrophe: a political catastrophe, an administrative catastrophe, a financial catastrophe and a security catastrophe,” lamented the 53-year-old veteran of São Paulo’s military police. “It&r
  • Brazil president-elect Bolsonaro says he plans to move embassy to Jerusalem

    Brazil would become the third country to have an embassy in Jerusalem, after the US and GuatemalaPresident-elect Jair Bolsonaro has reiterated that he plans to move Brazil’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, joining the United States and Guatemala.The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, quickly welcomed the plan.Of all the issues at the heart of the enduring conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, none is as sensitive as the status of Jerusalem. The holy
  • Bolsonaro and the rise of the far right | Letters

    Members of parliament and others call for unity against the threat posed by the global rise of racism and fascismThe election of Jair Bolsonaro (Report, 29 October) marks an extremely serious point in the rise of the global far right. It came a day after the shocking antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, in which 11 people were killed (Report, 28 October).Notorious for his attacks on women, black and LGBT+ people, Bolsonaro declared that “leftists will have to leave
  • We deplore this attack on freedom of expression in Brazil’s universities | Letters

    107 international academics react to social media reports that more than 20 universities in Brazil have been invaded by military police in recent days, with teaching materials confiscated on ideological groundsReports have emerged on social media that more than 20 universities in Brazil have been subjected in recent days to: invasions by military police; the confiscation of teaching materials on ideological grounds; and the suppression of freedom of speech and expression, especially in relation

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