Felipe Machado

Felipe Machado is a journalist and writer from Brazil who currently works as a media consultant for major companies in the country. He has also worked in leading positions at O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s most prestigious newspapers; R7, the second biggest website in the country; and Diario de S. Paulo, one of the most traditional newspapers in Brazil. Machado is also a popular author, blogger and musician who has just released his first work as solo artist, FM.
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Brazil at Home and Abroad

In this special edition of The Interview, Felipe Machado talks to the late Brazilian Ambassador Affonso Celso de Ouro Preto. In April 2009, the richest countries in the world got together for the G20 Summit in London. After lunch, when world leaders were informally chatting, US President Barack Obama shook hands with Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, then-president of Brazil. Smiling and in good... Continue Reading

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Brazil's Aviation Industry Flies on Wings of Trouble

The lack of inspections from the Brazilian aviation agency puts lives of thousands at risk. On August 3, 1992, a Petrel airplane crashed near the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture fair. Two people died. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report, the cause of the accident was “inadequate quality control” of... Continue Reading

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Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment Was Not a Coup

Rousseff’s impeachment aside, the truth is that her government was a tragedy for Brazil. “There are three sides to every story: mine, yours and the truth,” as my high school teacher used to say. But in the information age, the most important asset to public opinion is not the truth, but the “narrative.” It doesn’t matter what the facts are, but what one publicizes as... Continue Reading

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What Lies Under Scarlett Johansson’s Skin?

Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, pushes the boundaries of cinema in Jonathan Glazer’s unique project.   If you’re planning to watch Under the Skin because you've heard it’s a film about sex and that Scarlett Johansson appears naked, then think again. This ambitious masterpiece from Jonathan Glazer is a movie like no other, with no defined characters or even a logical plot.... Continue Reading

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Brazil Has Lost the World Cup

Brazil has failed to improve its public services and invest appropriately in infrastructure. I confess that I didn’t want to write this, but the circumstances and some personal angst force me to do so. Seeing all the buzz surrounding the FIFA World Cup as Brazil head into the last 16, I couldn't help but remember the finals in South Africa in 2010, an event I had the pleasure to cover. I... Continue Reading

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Brazil: The Headless Revolt

Genevieve Zingg speaks to Brazilian journalist Felipe Machado about the 2014 World Cup, the free-fare movement, and the protests rocking Brazil. Genevieve Zingg: Why have protests broken out in Brazil? Felipe Machado: The protests were originally against the 20 cent rise in bus fare. The increase caused one or two smaller protests to break out on Paulista Avenue in São Paulo. The protests... Continue Reading

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B9/11 – A9/11 : Before Sep.11th – After Sep. 11th

A commentary on the event and it's place in history and in the present. Before September 11th, history was a process. Of course we have been through specific moments in time when it seemed that history books were being written in front of our eyes.  This happened in December 7th of 1941, when the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor threw the United States into the Second World War. It was... Continue Reading

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