POLITICS

Is Brasil becoming an Algorithmocracy?

A world constructed from the familiar is a world in which there’s nothing to learn, since there is invisible autopropaganda, indoctrinating us with our own ideas. - Eli Pariser, author of 'The...

How the massive Petrobras corruption scandal is upending Brazilian politics

Operation Car Wash, the investigation into the misuse of funds within Brazil’s partially state-owned oil company Petrobras, is little over a year old – but it has already taken as many...

São Paulo Water Crisis: Solutions?

Despite 2014 being the hottest year on record, and rainfall in South Eastern Brasil drastically lower than average, the current water crisis is rooted in decades of poor planning & lack...

Brasil’s crisis is a mix of corruption, smears, resentment and mal-governance

Brazil’s political crisis, which starts in our flawed party financing system and ends on the streets with people that don’t feel represented by politicians, is like an airplane crash; there isn’t...

Converging Income Inequality in Brasil and the United States: Some Uncomfortable Realities

The US will become as unequal as Brasil. And that bothers both societies. As we watched President Obama’s second inauguration 2013 it was hard not to notice that, once again, Latin America...

Petrobras Scandal Might Dismantle Brasil’s Political Party System

The Federal Police Operation that uncovered bribes to politicians and a cartel of gigantic construction companies goes much beyond corruption at Brasil’s state-oil Petrobras. Although most of the implicated belong in...

Democracy in Black and White – Football and the Fight Against Dictatorship

The role of the Corinthians’ Democracy in Brasil’s re-democratization: Director Pedro Asbeg discusses Democracy in Black & White Fear of police, social tyranny and a highly repressive government once marked everyday life in...

Reality versus Red Scare

Losing elections isn't easy, and Brasil's anti-communist paranoia is almost as old as communism itself, but in 2014, the decades-old fantasy of a Marxist takeover of the country is being amplified by a small fringe of...

Ituassu: The Road to 2018

Two problems and four names emerge from the results of the seventh presidential election in Brasil since the return to democracy in 1988. On Sunday 26 October, more than 110 million Brazilians...

Why Dilma Rousseff won

Dilma Rousseff won in the closest and most turbulent Presidential Election since 1989 because the people get to vote, not the markets. The majority of these are people whose quality of...

Reinaldo Lobo: The Revolt of the Elite

13/02/2014. A curious phenomenon is occurring in Brasil. Since June last year, a considerable number of protesters who have taken to the streets against the World Cup, the government, Cuban doctors, the price of...

Brasil’s Citizen Kanes

Brasil has a healthy and noisy media landscape; from sophisticated daily papers and weekly magazines comparable to any in Europe, right through to trashy supermarket rags like you see across the...

A Phantom Crisis

With election campaigning entering its critical phase you could be forgiven for thinking that Brasil was in the throes of economic meltdown, with foreign reports adding a thin sprinkling of credence...

Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff is often regarded as a great unknown outside of Brasil but she has been an active force in official politics since the mid 1970s when she attended meetings organised...

Cantareira: a new word for when politics is put ahead of public interest

Editor's Note: With the situation ongoing, new information will be added here regularly. Up to 9m inhabitants of São Paulo, Brasil have their water supply at risk. Brasil's richest & most populous state...

Emir Sader: What’s At Stake in Brasil Elections

When, in one of its first foreign policy positions, the Brazilian government - charged, together with the US, with concluding the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)...

Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães: United States is betting on Marina

By Darío Pignotti. "The United States strategists are firmly in agreement with the foreign policy guidelines advocated by candidate Marina Silva. If she is elected, it will be the victory of a...

PMDB: Brasil’s invisible government

Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro (PMDB formerly MDB) is Brasil's largest political party, who control Congress & Senate and are currently in coalition with Dilma Rousseff's PT. PMDB keep a curiously low profile, have not...

Latinamericanism

Emir Sader: For Edward Said, the Orient exists only in the imagination of Westerners. It was created to represent the "other" in the polarisation between "civilization" (themselves, naturally) and "barbarism" (everyone...
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