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...

Rio Olympics: Winds of Change or Tides of Turmoil?

August 04, 2016

Can the Olympic Games help Brazil through its economic problems? As many sporting fans await the start of the Olympics, it is hardly an understatement that the host country, Brazil, faces a number of economic and political challenges. Some of the many problems include an ailing economy and an...

The Farce of the Rio Olympics

July 27, 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are a representation of the many opportunities lost by Brazil. Brazil—that is, Rio—is about to host what is perhaps the most important event of the multi-billion-dollar global industry that we call sports. You know, the Olympic Games, that exciting TV show that is...

Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment Was Not a Coup

May 24, 2016

Rousseff’s impeachment aside, the truth is that her government was a tragedy for Brazil. “There are three sides to every story: mine, yours and the truth,” as my high school teacher used to say. But in the information age, the most important asset to public opinion is not the truth, but...

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...

The World This Week: Dilma Ousted as Bleak Future Bedevils Brazil

May 15, 2016

Brazil’s economic downturn and political turmoil will exacerbate existing problems such as poverty, inequality and crime. For many in the world, Brazil is the land of Pelé and o jogo bonito, or the beautiful game, as Brazilians call football. It is also home to the Amazonian rainforests,...

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...

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