Michael Fox is an independent multimedia journalist based in Brazil and a former editor of the NACLA Report on the Americas.
With the new, highly contagious Amazon variant spreading around the country and a slow vaccine rollout, there seems to be little light at the end of the tunnel.
Several small, celebratory demonstrations sprang up across Brazil on Monday night after the news broke that a Supreme Court judge threw out three corruption convictions against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Over the weekend, the country’s electoral council announced the top two candidates who will be headed to a runoff on April 11. But there have been accusations of fraud by the third-place candidate.
As part of a 2019 agreement with the US, Brazil is looking to expand its space base, but it could mean evicting hundreds of Black families from their ancestral lands.
Brazil under Bolsonaro
Protesters hit the streets this past weekend in caravans in major cities across Brazil.
This isn’t the first time that COVID-19 has hit the city particularly hard.
Brazil’s health regulatory agency Anvisa has yet to approve a vaccine, but the directors are expected to meet this Sunday to vote on both the CoronaVac and AstraZeneca vaccines.
Last week, there were more than a thousand deaths three days in a row in Brazil. The death rate is expected to hit 200,000 this week, second only to the United States.
Protests erupted across Brazil last week after a Black man was brutally murdered by two white supermarket security guards. The murder is only the latest case of racist violence in Brazil, which is fueling Black Lives Matter activism across the country.
Brazilians voted in local elections in more than 5,500 municipalities across the country on Sunday. It was another big loss for President Jair Bolsonaro, coming on the heels of the electoral defeat of his top ally, US President Donald Trump.