Weekly Show

VIDEO | As govt drastically cuts oversight staff, wildfires reach record levels

Also featured: the Shout of the Excluded, evictions in Brazil’s largest city and Covid-19 in native communities

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Journalist José Bernardes hosts our weekly English-language show featuring the latest news and fun facts about Brazil - Screen capture/Brasil de Fato

This week, in What’s Happening in Brazil, we investigate how staffing cuts at the national environmental enforcement agency, Ibama, have been directly linked to a sharp rise in the number of wildfires in the country. Satellite images from NASA show that more than 10% of Brazil’s territory is on fire, and the dire consequences for plants, humans as well as animals continue to pile up.

In our Story of the Week, we take a look at a crisis within a crisis in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo. A record number of evictions, precipitated by the novel coronavirus pandemic is leaving thousands of families homeless and in vulnerable situations amid an ongoing health emergency. We speak to residents who fear loosing their homes in the upcoming months due to unjust predatory policies, in a city where lack of housing is a chronic problem.

In our Culture Talk segment, we analyze the case of Kuikuro people, an ethnicity indigenous to the northernmost part of the Brazilian Amazon, who came up with their own solutions for the coronavirus pandemic. Often ignored by the State, these native communities have been hardly hit by Covid-19, due mainly to a lack of infrastructure, but also to outright discrimination by authorities.

Lastly, we wrap things up with our Brazilianism section, where we play you some local tunes and teach you a delicious local recipe to end things on a delightful note. Enjoy!

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Edited by: Ítalo Piva