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CANDIDATES

Luciana Genro

by Ana Rezende dos Anjos In Brasil, election campaigning can be very frustrating for voters. Candidates will often choose a general topic where there are disagreements, and debate that to exhaustion. This is usually something economic, surrounding the recession, unemployment rates, GDP, inflation and other things that are important, but confusing to most people and […]

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DEMOCRACY ELECTION POLITICS

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 fielded a presidential candidate for 12 years, are absent from much public debate, unreported abroad, yet hold the vice-presidency, key ministries, and thus policy makers to […]

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ELECTION OPINION

Winner of Brasil’s Presidential elections: Lula da Silva

by Mauricio Savarese. Original version published at A Brazilian Operating in this Area In the end of 2002, former British PM Margaret Thatcher was asked at a dinner: “What was your greatest achievement?” Her answer was a shocking one: “Tony Blair and New Labour. We forced our opponents to change their minds.” Look at the three main […]

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ARCHITECTURE CULTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Brazil by Olaf Heine

A Brazilian proverb states, “Those who leave will take longing on their journeys.” However, translating saudade with “longing” doesn’t do the term justice. Olaf Heine’s photographs convey impressions that are hard to put into words. Since 2010, the renowned portrait and fashion photographer has captured the soul of Brazil. Presenting the land of Carnival and […]

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FOOTBALL LONGFORM SÃO PAULO

The Palmeiras Problem

by Euan Marshall Palmeiras’ 1-0 win against Coritiba on Saturday evening was less than convincing, but was enough to temporarily lift the traditional São Paulo club out of the relegation zone in the Brazilian championship. Seeing big clubs near the bottom of the table is not uncommon in Brazil, with Rio de Janeiro teams Flamengo […]

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CITIES SÃO PAULO UNDERSTANDING BRASIL VIDEO

A Sunday drive around São Paulo in October 1988

2013 Version [videoembed type=”youtube” url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXdNZpkALts”]

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CANDIDATES ELECTION

Eduardo Jorge

PV (Green Party) presidential candidate Eduardo Jorge has for some been the highlight of this Presidential Campaign, with his intellect & consistency during televised debates impressing many across the political spectrum. Eventually polling around 0.7% in the first round, he opted to support Aecio Neves in the second, to the disappointment to some of his supporters […]

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ECONOMY ESSAY

Blaming the Victim: Brazil’s Adolescent Mass Consumer Market

by Louis Smith Brazil’s internal consumer market is the frequent topic of a lot of hand-wringing and disdain from both the financial media and people living in the country. High costs, poor quality and lack of choice are frequently cited as problems caused the protectionist policies that Brazil has had in place for decades. As someone […]

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CANDIDATES ELECTION

Marina Silva

by Mauricio Savarese That can surely be different in government if she wins — a scenario that is less and less unlikely. But so far presidential candidate Marina Silva has one important advantage over her competitors: she can make many Brazilians from opposite backgrounds believe that she actually represents their best interests and hopes. That […]

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ACADEMIC CULTURE ESSAY POLITICS

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 else). Today, more than ever, they have a similar impression with respect to us: it’s as if the Europeans had invented a Latin America […]