OPINION

A Grand National Agreement 2.0?

To prevent Lula's inevitable-looking return to the presidency, the idea to take not him, but his opponent out of the race, may now be the contingency plan of Brazils oligarchy: "Bolsonaro's...

Sertanejo Universitário: A Product From The Dark Side Of Agribusiness

Since the mid 2000s, Sertanejo Universitário (College Country), has come to be dominant in Brazilian popular music, as the industry shifted focus away from other established traditional and contemporary genres. This...

UN General Assembly Meets Bolsonaro’s Ideological Chloroquine

You cannot teach a delusional person to use reason. Democracy cannot be taught to a tyrant. by Marcelo Zero President Bolsonaro's so-called "letter of surrender", delivered to the Supreme Court after the failed...

On Obama, Lula and Tammany Hall

In his new book, Barack Obama, who is the husband of Chicago machine Mayor Richard M. Daley's former Assistant Planning Commissioner,  compares Lula to a Tammany Hall style machine boss by Brian...

Ethanol: Fuel for Corruption

Ethanol burst into the news cycle again last week with reports that the US ambassador to Brazil had lobbied for the cancellation of an ethanol tariff, arguing that the move would...

“Let’s End Hunger”: Michael Brooks’ Final Plea

"There is no democracy, there is no functioning citizenship, there is no basic humanity while there is hunger." On one of his final podcasts on July 14th, Michael Brooks made a plea...

Worms Feed on Corpses: Bolsonaro’s Demented TV Address

by Marcelo Zero. Last night the tapeworm who rules Brazil said something unbelievable. Contradicting science, the WHO and the common sense of Brazil’s governors and all of the serious countries in the world,...

Bolsonaro and Coronavirus: A Tragedy Foretold

"No room for sentiment" said Wall Street insiders in 2018, as their man Jair Bolsonaro ascended to the Brazilian Presidency. In the face of Coronavirus, Brazil's people are now living with...

Attuch: We need to remove Bolsonaro, and a National Emergency Plan

By Leonardo Attuch Since Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta has just announced that Brazil will reach its peak of coronavirus cases in April and this will cause the health system to collapse,...

São Paulo: Perfect Storm for Covid-19

Amid rumours that governor is lying about death count, Mayor Bruno Covas’ state of emergency seems too timid to prevent a catastrophe By Brian Mier On Tuesday, March 17, with 240 confirmed cases...

Banana Republic: Bolsonaro defends child labour

A 2018 report commissioned by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Brazil’s Labour Prosecution Office showed that at least 8,000 Brazilian children and teenagers currently work in the chocolate production chain...

Brasil lost in the mists of the Ivory Towers

by Mariana T Noviello. For the past three years, Brazilian post-graduate students at UK universities have organised an event inviting the ‘powerful’ of Brazil, politicians, academics, public administrators, members of the judiciary...

Send In The Clowns.

"Welcome to the Brazilian Necropolitical Circus." On December 10 2018, the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights, Brazilian President elect Jair Bolsonaro and his Vice, General Mourão, received their...

A Call To Boycott Rock In Rio

Rock in Rio is a huge cultural event in Rio de Janeiro; for many people, it’s their one and only chance to see an artist or a band they love. The...

Time is ripe for progressives to help Brazil

The joint US/Brazil Car Wash investigation destroyed the Brazilian economy and political system and led to the return of fascism. Nevertheless, progressive gains in Congress provide a moment of opportunity for...

A Vote Against Democracy?

The normalization of Bolsonaro's candidacy is, in itself, a dangerous development for a country that until recently seemed to be on a path of consolidating its still young democracy. The victory...

Brasil at the Crossroads

By Aline Piva. 1968 was a decisive year. It was a year in which the civil rights movements rose with a force never seen before. The world watched as the streets of...

LulaMeter 2.0: A Nightmare On Wall Street

Update March 2022: With Lula's freedom to run for president, the "LulaMeter" is back. By Louis Smith "A metalworker with a Socialist background had to become President of Brasil to make Capitalism work....

The Protection Of Geraldo Alckmin

In the words of a prominent Brasil-based journalist in June 2013: "There is an unwritten understanding amongst foreign correspondents that the US wants PSDB in power" In his April 12 piece for...

Lula, Political Prisoner

By Fernando horta. There is no government in the World that admits that it has political prisoners. They all are – and were – arrested for “crimes” or “threats” and given sentences...

The Mechanism: Character Assassination, Election Propaganda & Entertainment

Netflix series, the Mechanism, premiered on Friday, March 23. The new feature by Narcos and Elite Squad director José Padilha was immediately received with criticism for, in the guise of being...

We are all under threat, Marielle’s death must unify the left

By Pablo Villaça. Text translated with omission of author. From today - and until the situation changes in the country - I will cease my criticisms of our left comrades, no matter how...

Lava Jato gifts $3 Billion to US Investors

On January 3rd the mixed ownership, Brazilian Petroleum company Petrobras, announced a the largest settlement by a foreign company ever made with North American shareholders, who claim to have lost money because...

The Inglorious Fall of William Waack

In 2006, Globo TV's senior news editor Ali Kamel wrote a book called "We are not racists", in which he argued that, despite all the statistics that prove otherwise, there is...

Why is Michel Temer Still President? A Brazilian Perspective

By Amauri Gonzo. It is always hard to explain Brazilian politics to foreigners. There is a lot of history and many characters and there are 25 political parties represented in Congress alone....

Diretas Já: Brasil’s political rupture and the left’s opportunity

Alfredo Saad-Filho 23 May 2017. Originally published at OpenDemocracy. "Out with Temer – direct elections now!". Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the...

The Coup, one year on & how Anglo media failed Brasil

At this time of crisis in the media industry, it is with regret that an article like this even needs to be published, but analysis of the failure of Anglo media on...

5 Brazilian Public Policy Innovations The North Could Learn From

By Brian Mier. During my 22 years in Brazil I've gotten used to gringos moving down here who, before taking the time to understand how things work, begin immediately bad mouthing the...

Beauty and the Beast

Since the emergence of what would come to be called "Lava Jato" in 2009, every honest political commentator has been clear: the operation was designed to reach ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula...

We have to talk about João Doria

He's a political insider who pretends to be an outsider. He is a businessman prone to hysterical twitter meltdowns, who has fired staff live on Facebook, legally harasses his critics and,...
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