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...

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

February 21, 2020

An image isn’t just worth a thousand words. A good public image generates better market positions, healthier interpersonal relationships and, of course, profits. When it comes to a country’s image, its importance is even bigger, not only for economic growth but for the safety of its citizens....

Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

January 20, 2020

Pelé, Di Stefano, Maradona, Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi: Brazil and Argentina have produced some of the best football players in history — and currently. All the elite Europeans teams have Brazilians and Argentinians in their cast. The national teams are also the biggest rivals in the world’s most...

Jair Bolsonaro’s Image Crisis

September 16, 2019

The government headed by President Jair Bolsonaro is undergoing an image crisis, mainly after its lackluster reaction to the wildfires that engulfed Brazil’s Amazon rainforests in August. Since coming to power at the start of this year, the administration’s approval ratings have been dropping,...

Trump, Boris and Bolsonaro Are Burning Down the House

September 06, 2019

Doesn’t idiocy ever take a vacation? As August wound down, the populist troika of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro proved once again that the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil would be better off with no leaders rather than the dubious characters that currently pretend...

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...

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...

Jair Bolsonaro Had “Nothing” to Say at Davos

January 24, 2019

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, was the keynote speaker at Davos… who had nothing to say. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary reports.  In January every year, Davos in Switzerland hosts an assembly of the most high-powered decision-makers in the economic and political world. They...

Bolsonaro’s Brazil: A Faltering Democracy

November 02, 2018

After a radicalized and violent campaign, Jair Bolsonaro may now put Brazilian democracy itself at risk. On October 28, Brazil elected the extreme-right former congressman, Jair Bolsonaro, as its new president, with almost 60 million votes — 55% of valid votes cast. He defeated his contender,...

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...

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