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 Brazilian Quest for a Better Future

July 25, 2013

Brazilians are tired of unending injustice and exploitation. Eager to boost its economic and political image on the world stage, Brazil’s government clung stubbornly to hopes that a trinity of world-class sporting events – the 2013 Confederation Cup, the 2014 World Cup, and the...

The Brazilian Protests: Is Change Really Coming?

July 25, 2013

Will Brazil’s climbing economy tumble? Background Brazil is an emerging international power. The World Bank recognizes it as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, crediting Brazil’s widespread economic reforms as the driving force behind its growing global influence....

Toenails and Neighborhoods: Life in the Favela

February 14, 2013

An insight about some of the elements peculiar to the realities of favelas in Brazil. The vast majority of women who live in Rocinha, a slum in Rio de Janeiro, have their toenails painted. Different colors, shades and designs. Usually, they wear flip-flops, casual and simple clothes, and their...

Russia at Rio+20: Obscured Facts, Confusing National Goals

July 02, 2012

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spent the majority of Rio 20+ boasting Russia’s progress on carbon emission reductions, while ignoring the nation’s radioactive rivers and the plume of sulfur it belches over Norwegian skies. Despite bringing along a team of several dozen,...

Rio Aftermath: Is There Room for Optimism?

July 02, 2012

The Rio 20+ earth summit failed to produce an agreement on the reduction of fossil fuel subsidies, which totaled $409bn in 2010 and continues to perpetuate inequalities in global energy consumption. One of the biggest failures of the Rio+20 conference is the lack of concrete measures to eliminate...