Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil’s Universities

May 21, 2019

On January 1, former army captain and until then unsuccessful far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, has assumed Brazil’s presidency, having won the most polarized election in the country’s recent history. One of his main promises was to fight corruption and crime — a big issue in a country...

Tackling Corruption: The Solution Is?

October 16, 2013

One day, corruption will be as unthinkable as slavery. Corruption is the misuse of a trusted position for illicit private ends. Corruption ranges across phenomena, including bribery, extortion, fraud, nepotism, and outright theft. Corruption is difficult to measure, of course. In perceptions of...

The Brazilian Quest for a Better Future

July 25, 2013

Brazilians are tired of unending injustice and exploitation. Eager to boost its economic and political image on the world stage, Brazil’s government clung stubbornly to hopes that a trinity of world-class sporting events – the 2013 Confederation Cup, the 2014 World Cup, and the...

The Brazilian Protests: Is Change Really Coming?

July 25, 2013

Will Brazil’s climbing economy tumble? Background Brazil is an emerging international power. The World Bank recognizes it as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, crediting Brazil’s widespread economic reforms as the driving force behind its growing global influence....

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

June 29, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of June. Even by recent standards, June has proven to be an historic month. Massive protests erupted in both Turkey and Brazil. In the former, the trigger was the impending destruction of Gezi Park, one of the few green places in Istanbul. What began as an...

Brazil: The Headless Revolt

June 25, 2013

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...