The Brazilian Street: Powers of Change

July 09, 2014

With a government that has misled its people, Brazilians themselves can be the drivers of change if they are united. The FIFA World Cup will draw to a close on July 13, while Brazilians feel a mixture of emotions. What I see today on social media is that many, many Brazilians are still angry....

Brazil’s World Cup Evictions: An Insult to Soccer

March 10, 2014

Forced evictions are happening throughout Brazil, exacerbating the country's growing inequality. In the early morning hours on January 7, Brazilian city officials arrived in the favela slum of Metrô-Mangueira in Rio de Janeiro to forcibly evict the families living there. In total, 12 homes,...

At Risk: Brazil’s “Most Important Barrier to Amazon Deforestation”

September 03, 2013

A proposed amendment to Brazil's constitution threatens forests and indigenous rights. On April 16, 2013, the chanting of hundreds of citizens and the rattling of maracas flooded the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Brazilian National Congress. Traditionally dressed members of 70...