Michael Fox is an independent multimedia journalist based in Brazil and a former editor of the NACLA Report on the Americas.
Repercussions from the American presidential contest are being felt around the world, and Brazil — where people are closely following the electoral race — is no exception.
Brazil seems to be slowly getting a handle on the coronavirus, with a decreasing number of infections and deaths, but this year, more than a million people in the country have come down with dengue, chikungunya, malaria and Zika.
Over 7 million acres of the Pantanal has gone up in smoke — roughly 50% more than all of the land that has burned so far along the entire US West Coast.
The coronavirus has infected 30,000 Brazilian Indigenous people, and almost 800 have died. They are taking action to protect themselves, blaming officials for inaction.
More than 700 Indigenous people have died from the coronavirus while more than 27,000 have been infected across 155 tribes. The loss of many ancestral leaders is taking its toll.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, more than 1,700 families have been thrown out of their homes just in the state of São Paulo, according to the Observatory of Forced Removals at the ABC University.
The Brazilian president has used his illness as a platform to sell both his cynicism about the coronavirus and social restrictions, and his praise for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
For more than a month, four mothers of the Sanöma tribe were looking for the bodies of their children in the Roraima state capital. Officials eventually said they'd been buried under suspicion of having COVID-19, according to protocol — but the mothers said they weren't notified.
In Brazil, the Amazon has been hard hit by the coronavirus. Now, as the dry season begins, people are bracing for a repeat of last year’s Amazon fires. Indigenous communities are especially vulnerable.
As Brazil tops 1 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the country’s Indigenous peoples mourn the death of a historic leader.