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...

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...

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

August 07, 2016

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...

The Rise and Fall of Dilma Rousseff

May 18, 2016

How a woman who was never even elected for class representative became the president of one of the world’s largest economies—and why she was removed from power. On January 1, 2007, the Dilma Rousseff project was set into motion. That was the inauguration day of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s...

Which Way Will Brazil Go?

May 14, 2016

Brazil is a country at a crossroads. The next step is crucial to the nation’s future. It’s one thing to steer a government when things are going well. But what happens when the path becomes less clear? What happens when a country faces that fork in the road? The Crossroads video series...

Uncertainty Surrounds Brazil’s Presidency

March 30, 2016

If Rousseff is impeached, Vice President Michel Temer would take her place. What would that scenario look like? In Brazil, the Rousseff administration has lost its signs of life. It cannot pass anything in Congress, and it doesn’t do much to stop the crisis it creates. It is a paralyzed...

How to Understand Corruption in Brazil

February 29, 2016

Historical and structural problems lead to corruption in Brazil. In Brazil, two cars drive on a highway in opposite directions. When crossing each other, one of the drivers frantically flashes the headlights. This is a scenario that nearly every Brazilian will understand: It means that police...

What Happened to Brazil?

September 26, 2015

Latin America's largest country once looked ascendant. Now it's been laid low by widespread violence, structural racism, endemic corruption and external economic shocks. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany not only ousted Brazil from the semifinals. It gave the legendary team a drubbing—7...

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...

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