INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

“Semi-Fictional” Drama or Propaganda? Lava Jato comes to Netflix

In 2016, with Dilma Rousseff's impeachment underway, a rumour spread that actor Wagner Moura, regular collaborator with director Jose Padilha, had refused the role of Lava Jato Prosecuting Judge and self-styled national saviour,...

Something changed.

This week, embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff invited correspondents from large global media organisations, some of which her administration had previously snubbed, to a special press conference to address International Media about...

Collapsing Narrative – The Week The World Noticed Brasil’s Coup

A momentous week in Brasil was also one where the dominant international narrative shifted from widespread depiction of a "Heroic Impartial Anti-Corruption Campaign" (If you question the method you're defending thieves)...

‘Carnaval Is Cancelled’ & 6 Other Brazilian Apocalyptic Favourites

Why is it that everything that happens in Brasil seems to be reported like an existential threat & why do foreign outlets so often get it so wrong? Here's some examples from the...

Fait Accompli: The Cheerleaders for Impeachment

In September Bloomberg covered a Brazilian elite NYC fundraising gala which it sponsored along with Goldman Sachs, BrazilFoundation (linked to BlackRock Inc) and KAR Properties, a developer who specialises in selling Miami condominiums to...

Narcos: South of the Border

Narcos is not a documentary and purely as televisual entertainment it is difficult to dislike. It is directed by the talented Brazilian José Padilha (Bus 174, Tropa de Elite) and also featuring...

The Problem With Veja…

A toxic rag with an agenda that goes far beyond journalism. - Jon Lee Anderson, veteran reporter at the New Yorker. Last week football legend turned senator Romário Faria made a special announcement...

Brasil’s Shock Doctrine

"Only a crisis, real or perceived, produces real change." - Milton Friedman. Brasil is having a horrible 2015; a far less favourable global economic situation, a number of policy misjudgements made early in President Rousseff's...

The Pajero Paradox

"Latin America" is not a country. It is a vast region of the Earth with parallel indigenous & colonial histories, independence struggles, mostly common language, but with very distinct national identities, often...

The Economist & Brasil: A Love Story

The Economist holds an unusual position in the Brazilian media landscape, it is frequently featured on front pages of major conservative dailies and has a formal partnership with lone-voice centre-left weekly Carta...

Echoes in the Echo Chamber: Brasil, Elections, Media & the Ghosts of ’64.

"There's an unwritten understanding amongst Foreign Correspondents that the U.S. wants PSDB in power." - Foreign Correspondent, São Paulo, 22/6/2013 Originally published March 2015. As we discussed in the article 'Brasil’s Citizen Kanes'...
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