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...

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

June 04, 2021

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

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...

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

December 20, 2019

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

September 06, 2019

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

August 30, 2019

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

May 13, 2019

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

January 24, 2019

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...

Carandiru Massacre’s Defining Moment for Brazil

September 30, 2016

A court decision brings spotlight back onto Brazil’s bloodiest prison revolt. The Military Police Department of São Paulo has a long history of brutality and racial profiling. An Amnesty International report points out that in São Paulo, “serious human rights violations continue to be...

Was Rousseff’s Impeachment a Coup?

September 05, 2016

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...

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