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CRIME DEMOCRACY ECONOMY LAVA JATO LAWFARE

When Janot went to Davos

In January 2017 Brazil’s Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot made an unprecedented trip to Davos for the World Economic Forum, during which he addressed assembled billionaires about the strides his country was making in combatting corruption. The nature and purpose of his trip raised eyebrows. Federal deputy Paulo Pimenta (PT-RS) remarked: “I did not find any legal provisions […]

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AUTHORITARIANISM CITIES CRIME DEMOCRACY HOUSING LGBT SÃO PAULO SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

The Golpista Everyman & the “Clean” City

In October São Paulo voters went to the polls and threw out one of the World’s most progressive big city governments in favor of João Doria, from the conservative PSDB party. Doria, the former star of the Brazilian franchise of Donald Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice, campaigned on the vague promises of “cleaning up the […]

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CRIME MEDIA SÃO PAULO UNDERSTANDING BRASIL

Decoding Datena

“Entertainment has superseded the provision of information; human interest has supplanted the public interest; measured judgement has succumbed to sensationalism.” Bob Franklin (Newszak and News Media, 1997)  Midweek 6pm, central São Paulo: workers are drifting into the local boteco for a cold beer or pinga, perhaps killing time to avoid rush hour before their long […]