The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

June 25, 2021

Anitta is turning her back on Brazil — and for a good reason. One of the most successful Brazilian singers of the 21st century, she alone gathered over 370,000 people in just one carnival block in Rio early last year. But now she wants millions more, and from all over the world. In late...

Joe Biden Faces Many Challenges in Latin America

June 17, 2021

Donald Trump, the 45th US president, broke with decades of a relatively bipartisan foreign policy consensus by wreaking havoc on US bilateral relations with China and the European Union. Latin America was an exception to the Trump playbook. It is true that US relations with Mexico were...

The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

June 16, 2020

The late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a prominent figure in the 20th-century critical pedagogy movement and the celebrated author of the ground-breaking 1968 text, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” Freire’s seminal work proposes a dialogical method of teaching literacy that...

Brazil Struggles to Find a Unified Approach to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brazil’s President Jair Messias Bolsonaro seems to be trying to go down a different route than the rest of the world when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis. While the “Trump of the Tropics” has been following US policy on many fronts, Donald Trump has stepped back from his earlier claims that...

The Politics Behind the Coronavirus in Brazil

April 15, 2020

As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 sweeps across the globe, countries are shutting down. Yet Brazil’s ultra-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has emerged among world leaders as a voice of opposition against lockdowns. Trying to weaken the initiatives of the ministry of health and local...

Why Are Mexico and Brazil So Slow in Reacting to COVID-19?

April 01, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed almost the entire world on lockdown. The current crisis is often compared to historic events such as the two World Wars, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 or 9/11. The worst-case modeling of the spread of the novel coronavirus predicts millions of deaths on top of...

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

February 21, 2020

An image isn’t just worth a thousand words. A good public image generates better market positions, healthier interpersonal relationships and, of course, profits. When it comes to a country’s image, its importance is even bigger, not only for economic growth but for the safety of its citizens....

Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

January 20, 2020

Pelé, Di Stefano, Maradona, Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi: Brazil and Argentina have produced some of the best football players in history — and currently. All the elite Europeans teams have Brazilians and Argentinians in their cast. The national teams are also the biggest rivals in the world’s most...

Destroying the Amazon Isn’t Worth the Profit It Generates

December 20, 2019

Seated in the heart of South America, Brazil is the continent’s biggest economy, instrumental in the development of its neighboring countries. Brazil’s population currently stands at 211 million; however, figures from the World Bank indicate that annual population growth is falling, with rates...

Putting Out the Fires in the Amazon

October 03, 2019

The Amazon is still burning. This isn’t new. The people who live there know that fires are set in the Amazon rainforest all the time. Tens of thousands of fires are set in the Brazilian Amazon every year and have been for decades. But the scale is unprecedented this year, and the secret is...

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