SOCIAL INCLUSION

Hunger Crisis Returning to Brazil, says Francisco Menezes

Menezes, an economist who works for ActionAid and IBASE, says the data suggests Brazil will return to the UN World Hunger Map. The study, which will be released at the end...

62,500 murders: most violent year in Brazilian history

New data shows homicides increased during coup year of 2016. Most victims were Afro-Brazilian males. By Brian Mier Wednesday, June 6 marked the release of the most comprehensive annual study of national and...

The Paysandu Fire and the Right to the City

By Brian Mier. In the early morning of May 1, a 24 story building on Paysandu square in central São Paulo caught fire and collapsed. There are three confirmed deaths and 36...

A Tragedy Foretold: FLM leader Osmar Silva Borges on the Paysandu Fire

Although squatters are frequently treated as criminals in the national and international media, according to article 5 of the 1988 Brazilian Constitution, any citizen who does not own property has the...

When Living is a Privilege, Occupying is a Right

According to the Brazilian Constitution of 1988, land banking is a crime. Unlike in, for example, the United States, it is illegal for a landlord to hold a building empty for...

7/4/2018: Letter from Lula to the Brazilian People

Facing politically-motivated imprisonment, former President and leading 2018 candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, shared this message to Brazil. My Friends, I've thought a lot about the paths that our lives take. The future, after...

Neoliberal Vampires: Rio Carnaval Politicizes

By Gabriel Deslandes. Rio de Janeiro Carnaval parade groups, called Samba Schools, are preparing social and political criticism for the 2018 carnaval, with parades that will denounce politicians, social problems and recent...

Brazilian NGOs and progressive political action: An interview with Avanildo Duque

When Brasilians talk about the organized left, they usually refer to the social movements, labor unions and the organic intellectuals who support them. There is another category of civil society, however,...

Inside the MNLM Squatters Movement

By Brian Mier. When the Brazilian Military Dictatorship ended in 1985, citizens began a nation wide campaign to petition for people's amendments to the new constitution, which was ratified in 1988. One...

Guardian Criminalizes the Urban Poor in Rockefeller-Sponsored Series on São Paulo

The Guardian kicked off a week of coverage about São Paulo today, as part of its Rockefeller Foundation sponsored “Cities” Series.  Although part of this content appears to be generated with...

Capital’s class war in Brazil: An interview with Brian Mier

An interview with Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier. In the following interview, which first appeared on the Chicago radio program This is Hell on Radio WNUR, Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier talks...

Radical Reform and the Right to the Brazilian City

The Rise, Success and Decline of the PT Party's Virtuous Cycle Model of Urban Governance. By Brian Mier. In 1964, the US helped overthrow democratically elected, center-left president Jango Goulart and install a...

MST and the Fight to Change the Brazilian Power Structure: An interview with Gilmar Mauro

By Brasil Wire Contributing Editor Brian Mier.              During the 1960s, legend has it that governor José Sarney sat down at a table with a group of...

São Paulo: Rebel City

During illegitimate, corrupt president Michel Temer's attempt to implement an unnecessary extreme austerity regime that plunged millions of people below the poverty line and caused the UN to warn that Brazil...

Joao Pedro Stedile: After Temer falls, we need to stay on the streets

By Joana Tavares / Brasil de Fato. May 18, 2017. Joao Pedro Stedile, leader of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) and of the People’s Brazil Front, analyzes the Brazilian political scenario,...

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...

This is Hell Radio: Working class united in Brasilia

Chuck Mertz: Remember all the reporting and media coverage being given to the protests against the alleged corruption of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff that led to her ouster in what at...

Brasilia 24/5: A View from the Ground

by Brian Mier. On the night of May 23, I joined a group of activists from the Central de Movimentos Populares (CMP) social movement for the 16 hour bus ride from São...

The General Strike and the Survival of the Latin American Left: An Interview with Luiz Gonzaga Gegê da Silva

Luiz Gonzaga Gegê da Silva is a historic figure on the Brazilian left. A member of the MR-8 resistance movement during the military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985, he spent time...

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...

Fascist Bolsonaro: “Where there is indigenous land, there is wealth beneath it.”

UPDATE 3/10/17: Jair Bolsonaro has been prosecuted and fined R$50,000 for his racial slur against Quilombola communities. A campaign has been launched to urge George Washington University to cancel Bolsonaro's scheduled appearance.  On...

“There is no negotiation whatsoever”: Union leader Douglas Izzo talks about labor rights in Post-Coup Brasil

Originally written for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs’ Brazil Unit This interview was originally made in Portuguese, and translated by the author. To download a PDF version of this article, click here. On March 15,...

I’m not your Negro, in Brazil

By Patricia Azevedo Boyd In Brazil, racial issues are complex and contentious but very important to talk about. The tendency has been to pretend that problems do not exist, and many Brazilians...

Escalating repression and managing disorder

FASE - one of Brazil's oldest and most respective Non-Governmental Organisations, have published this bulletin on the current situation in the country. Although Michel Temer’s government has brandished the old, worn out...

Urban Policy & Public Participation in Brasil

Brasil has had some of the world's most progressive city governments over the past 3 decades. For all the news on corruption spread by the international media leading up to last...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

I touted this idea four years ago  when we watched Obama’s second inauguration and noticed that Latin America was completely absent from any major initiative. Now, more than ever, the idea...
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