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...

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...

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...

Is Brazil Headed for a Dictatorship?

October 27, 2018

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro could become the next Brazilian president. The eyes of the world are on Brazil. For a long list of reasons, an autocratic candidate is the frontrunner in the presidential election on October 28. Considered the “most misogynistic, hateful” politician in the...

South America: A Polarized Continent

May 15, 2017

After a decade of relative stability, South America experiences political turmoil and social unrest. Not long ago, South America was a promising continent. Economic growth and unparalleled political stability offered good reasons for optimism. Gone were the coups, and the region welcomed...

Was Dilma Rousseff Really An Honest President?

April 18, 2017

According to businessman Marcelo Odebrecht, former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff knew all about the illegal financing of her 2014 campaign. In 2016, Dilma Rousseff lost her office as the Brazilian president after a highly controversial impeachment process. Officially, she was ousted for...

No, Brazil Won’t Become a Narco State

March 11, 2017

Gustavo Ribeiro discusses the issue of drug challenges with one of Brazil’s most respected experts in organized crime. In the first two weeks of 2017, Brazil witnessed a grand total of four prison riots. By January 17, at least 134 inmates had died inside the Brazilian penitentiary system. The...

Has Brazil Gone Back to the 1980s?

February 26, 2017

Economic recession and hopelessness—these feelings are not exactly new to Brazilians. For the first time in nearly two years, I am visiting Brazil. It’s been a curious experience. As I walk around São Paulo, the city where I was born, I keep noticing the miracle of normalcy. Not only does...

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...

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