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The management of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil and necropolitics: An essay on an announced tragedy

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In recent years, we have seen cuts in budgets for health, education and social security in Brazil. On the other hand, we have also seen an increase in working time and social security taxes, an added precarity of labor relations, and a weakening of workers’ unions. Although higher education remains public and free of charge, resources have been reduced and …

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“The Measles from the Time of My Grandfather”: Amazonian Ethnocide Memories in Times of Covid-19

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“Kanari Kuikuro shows me a pot full of winged leafcutter ants he has just collected”. November, 2002. Xingu Indigenous Land, Brazil. Photo by Carlos Fausto

Two weeks ago, Kanari Kuikuro called me from Canarana, a small town in the Brazilian Amazon, where he now lives with his wife and many children. He is originally from the Xingu Indigenous Land, which lies …

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Governing COVID in Brazil: Dissecting the Ableist and Reluctant Authoritarian

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Brazilians, says President Jair Bolsonaro, are so tough they can fend off this pesky COVID-19 virus, the same virus that has killed more than 147,000+ people worldwide and counting. 

Likening COVID-19 to a “little flu”, the Brazilian leader has exposed, once again, how he governs this South American country with a toxic mix of populist mistrust of science, ableism, and …

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Caring in times of COVID-19

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“Will this be the same story with every new virus emerging on the global horizon, every year?” The question that Vincanne Adams asks in “Disasters and capitalism…and COVID-19” leads us to the uncertainties of living in anticipation of a crisis, an emergency, a disaster, or even the next epidemic. Epidemics are experienced by those who are affected (and who are …

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Who Should Be Concerned? Zika as an Epidemic About Mosquitoes and Women (and some reflections on COVID-19)

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Quem deve se preocupar? Zika como uma Epidemia de Mosquitos e Mulheres (e algumas reflexões sobre o COVID-19)

A nova epidemia de coronavírus está em todas as manchetes; o número de pessoas infectadas e de fatalidades aumentando em todo o mundo. Quando os primeiros casos apareceram nos Estados Unidos, notícias da mídia e até algumas …

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Populist Pharmakons

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On March 22, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro delivered a long cadena– an impromptu speech carried live by public and regime-controlled TV stations – dedicated exclusively to COVID-19. Wearing, somewhat incongruously, a FC Barcelona tracksuit, Maduro gave a grim report on the spread of the virus around the world and justified his decision to impose a “voluntary and radical national …