Category: Brazil and Argentina

COVID-19 and Refugee/Asylee law — Sophie Wagner

COVID-19 and Refugee/Asylee Law Like many other students’ entries this time around, my blog will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on my topic. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic on refugee and asylee law is extremely important yet not covered in normal cycles of mainstream media, which tends to center on the progression and projection of the virus and… Read more →

Political Influence of the Church during Global Pandemic–Ellie Dilworth

Although the COVID-19 pandemic now reaches all corners of the globe, not all countries have taken the same steps in response to the threat. As Mike Donnelly points out in his blog post “COVID-19 in Argentina and Brazil,” Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus and failed to take the drastic steps that many other countries have. This has… Read more →

Concerns Rise for Indigenous Communities in the Face of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities all over the globe.  Just as Wuhan is lifting its lockdown and the numbers of new cases are starting to slow in Europe, COVID-19 is at the brink of becoming a major health emergency for Brazil’s indigenous people. On April 2, Brazil reported its first COVID-19 case among its indigenous population.  The patient is… Read more →

Emi Lockwood: Favelas: Peripheries of Society, Epicenter of Virus

“We are imposing a curfew because nobody is taking [coronavirus] seriously. It’s best to stay at home and chill. The message has been given,” said a gang member of Red Command in the Cidade de Dieus (City of God) favela in Rio De Janeiro.[1] As the coronavirus spreads throughout Brazil, unlikely favela residents are stepping up to lead and support communities.… Read more →

Impacts of Indigenous People – Rachel Campbell

Argentina is home to some of the largest coal and shale reservoirs. Many of these sites lie beneath territories historically belonging to Indigenous groups. Despite this, major corporations continue the practice of fracking on this land, steadily pushing groups out, and causing environmental disaster as they do so. It was reported that there were an estimated 934 incidents in 2018,… Read more →

Environmental Legislation – Rachel Campbell

Environmental Legislation in Brazil and Argentina has progressed significantly throughout the 1900s. This legislation covers a wide range of environmental issues that directly affect natural resources, as well as the health and wellbeing of the citizens. While these laws have been effective at addressing concerns such as waste discharge, they have seen less progress at addressing issues such as deforestation… Read more →

Peron’s Pragmatism and Argentine Jews—Ellie Dilworth

Blog 3 At the turn of the twentieth century, Argentina witnessed a period of unprecedented migration. By the start of World War I, around 33% of the Argentine population was foreign born (Metz). This influx of immigration filled open jobs and led to the rapid growth of Argentina’s industry during this time. With this developed a large Jewish population in… Read more →

President Bolsonaro and Pope Francis in disagreement over Amazon

Three weeks ago, Pope Francis published a 94-page document entitled “Dear Amazon,” calling on Catholics to ‘feel outrage’ about the destruction of the Amazon and the exploitation of the indigenous peoples there (Guardian Staff, Catanoso).  This document comes after a synod, a three-week meeting, held last October where Pope Francis invited Brazilian priests, indigenous leaders, and environmental activists to the… Read more →

The Effect of Environmental Changes in Brazil on International Relations – Ella Heitmeyer

The Amazon Fund is a fund with the purpose of investing in efforts to prevent and monitor deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. The fund has been responsible for expanding protected areas in the rainforest by 45 millions hectares and supports environmental researchers and scientific publications. While the Amazon Fund is technically a private fund, it was created by… Read more →