Weekly Show

Video | Brazil scrambles for vaccines as traditionalist communities are threatened

Also featured: Remembering the victims of the world’s worst industrial crime and honoring Marielle Franco 1000 days on

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Journalist Rodrigo Chagas 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 delve into the controversy surrounding the acquisition and distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the country. Resistance from the Federal government is hampering efforts aimed at providing this essential tool against the covid-19 pandemic, with the president himself getting involved in the issue, and the Health Ministry remaining clueless at to what happens next.

In our Story of the Week, we take a look at the lives of the traditionalist communities known as Geraizeros, who have inhabited the highlands of the northern part of the state of Minas Gerais for at least 150 years. Their land and way of life is under threat by a Chinese mining megaproject, all the while, authorities continue to ignore and disrespect the rights of these rural communities.

Our Culture Talk segment talks about the environmental crime that occurred in Bhopal, India, more than three decades ago. In December of 1984, 27 tons of methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a pesticide factory, killing more than 8,000 people and affecting more than 500,000 others. Largely forgotten by the world, a documentary produced by Brasil de Fato seeks to shed light on the crime, its victims, and the effects being endured to this day.

Finally, as is tradition on the show, we wrap things up with our Brazilianism segment, where we teach you a delicious local recipe, and showcase quality Brazilian music.

All What's Happening in Brazil episodes are available at Brasil de Fato's YouTube channel, where you'll also find a special English-content playlist.

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Edited by: Ítalo Piva