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Beyond Latin America’s Lost Decade

Beyond Latin America’s Lost Decade

After the pink tide of progressive politics came a brown tidal wave of reaction. The last few years of governance in Latin America have reeked of corruption, repression, and environmental degradation. They will go down in history as the “Sewage Decade,” thanks to Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Ivan...

The UN Faces a Crisis

The UN Faces a Crisis

Jair Bolsonaro gave a speech at the UN General Assembly last month. It was full of the usual misstatements and exaggerations for which the Brazilian leader has become notorious. But the most noteworthy part of the speech had nothing to do with its contents. It was Bolsonaro’s refusal to take a...

The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

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...

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian dictator, snatches a dissident from midair. Military strongman Assimi Goita launches another coup in Mali. Benjamin Netanyahu escalates a military conflict to save his own political skin in Israel. In the United States, the Republican Party launches a...

The Politics Behind the Coronavirus in Brazil

The Politics Behind the Coronavirus in Brazil

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...

Need Lithium and Other Metals? Time to Invest in Latin America

Need Lithium and Other Metals? Time to Invest in Latin America

Since the beginning of European colonialism in the 16th century, adventurers and investors have responded to the opportunities that exist to control entire zones where they can freely extract raw materials without being bothered by the local populations who may find them invasive. The traditional...

Trump, Boris and Bolsonaro Are Burning Down the House

Trump, Boris and Bolsonaro Are Burning Down the House

Doesn’t idiocy ever take a vacation? As August wound down, the populist troika of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro proved once again that the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil would be better off with no leaders rather than the dubious characters that currently pretend...

The Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Worse Than You Think

The Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Worse Than You Think

Let’s put the situation in perspective. The whole world is outraged by the raging fires in the Amazon rainforest. It has been said that the “lungs of the world” are burning, and this has since become a trending topic globally. Yet the analogy is totally wrong. The situation is much...

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilians to Carry Weapons

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilians to Carry Weapons

Jair Bolsonaro thinks he and friends are good guys and that if they have the firepower to go after the bad guys, order in a lawless land will be restored.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro followed through with his promise to turn the entire nation into a movie set for a remake of The Wild...

Jair Bolsonaro Had “Nothing” to Say at Davos

Jair Bolsonaro Had “Nothing” to Say at Davos

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, was the keynote speaker at Davos… who had nothing to say. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary reports.  In January every year, Davos in Switzerland hosts an assembly of the most high-powered decision-makers in the economic and political world. They...

Was Rousseff’s Impeachment a Coup?

Was Rousseff’s Impeachment a Coup?

Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer have accused each other of being putschists. So who’s right? Since December 2015, when the impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff first began, the debate in Brazil has centered on whether or not it was a coup. In her first speech after being ousted from...

The World This Week: Refugees Saving Grace of Rotten Rio Olympics

The World This Week: Refugees Saving Grace of Rotten Rio Olympics

The Olympics are now an exorbitant extravaganza for gladiatorial performances that are paid for by people who cannot afford them. This week, the Olympics began in Rio de Janeiro with a spectacular ceremony as usual. This being Brazil, the games promise to be one hell of a party. The...

Rio Olympics: Winds of Change or Tides of Turmoil?

Rio Olympics: Winds of Change or Tides of Turmoil?

Can the Olympic Games help Brazil through its economic problems? As many sporting fans await the start of the Olympics, it is hardly an understatement that the host country, Brazil, faces a number of economic and political challenges. Some of the many problems include an ailing economy and an...

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