From street vendors to domestic workers, the Latin American economy is largely informal. In the midst of the devastating pandemic, the human suffering of informal workers has been dramatically exposed. Antonio Castillo writes.

The market of Valparaiso, Chile, a source of food security for the poor. Photograph: Andrés García Olivares

Silvana told me she couldn’t remember when she began selling pineapple juice on Miguel Grau Avenue, one…

The late Paulinho Paiakan (centre) with Papuan leader Mundiya Kepanga during the Alliance of Guardians of Mother Nature assembly in Brasilia in October 2017. Marc Dozier/Hemis/Alamy

When the iconic indigenous Brazilian leader Paulinho Paiakan died from Covid-19 in June, aged sixty-six, the pandemic was already having a significant impact on Latin American native communities. Paiakan had been hospitalised in the northcentral Amazon state of Pará, which is among the most badly affected regions of Brazil. …

Shortages are returning to a continent with literal red flags to show the virus is compounding poverty.

Food distribution last month at Chácara Santa Luzia in Brazil (Paulo H. Carvalho/Agência Brasília/Flickr

It was a cry for help, the word “hambre” (hunger) projected against the Torre Telefónica building in downtown Santiago, Chile’s capital. It abruptly woke up a city that has been under total quarantine…

Map of deforestation in the Amazon with pins marking geo-tagged news coverage.Credits: InfoAmazonia, TERRA-I, Data © OpenStreetMap and contributors, CC-BY-SA, CARTO.

After several decades under a shroud of neglect, Latin American “public service journalism” is experiencing a much-needed resurgence. It can’t be found, however, in the clickbait legacy commercial media. Instead, it can be found in the new breed of digitally native Latin American non-profit journalism. …

Nicaraguan Ernesto Cardenal, Catholic priest, poet and revolutionary, was an essential figure of Latin American liberation theology. He died on March 1. He was 95. Cardenal’s spiritual life was the unyielding foundations of his country’s social and political struggle.

Ernesto Cardenal (Jimelovski Platano Macho/Flickr)

As a staunch revolutionary, he joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front…

Antonio Castillo, PhD

Latin American journalist and senior academic at RMIT University, Melbourne — Australia

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