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Are Brazil’s elections at risk?

Are Brazil’s elections at risk?

President Michel Temer has only months left in office, but the on-going trucker strike has led to speculation that he may not be able to finish out his term. With the country at a standstill, Brazil’s political and judiciary branches have given indications that potential obstacles lay ahead for this October’s elections. While the armed… Read More »

Veganism is on the rise in the home of ‘churrasco’

vegan school Veganism is on the rise in the home of churrasco

Brazil’s famous barbecue-style meat, ‘churrasco’, is famous enough to make appearances in restaurants across the world, popping up on menus everywhere from London to Shanghai. And as Brazil is one of the world’s biggest meat producers, increasing numbers of vegans might seem unexpected. Nonetheless, the number of vegans and vegetarians across Brazil is growing. In… Read More »

Despite advances, Brazil is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ

Despite advances, Brazil is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ

Earlier this year, Brazil passed radical legislation allowing trans individuals to use their social names –the names which they are known by, rather than those on their birth certificates – on identity cards without first undergoing gender reassignment surgery. The move, which came after concentrated mobilization efforts from the trans community, has been widely praised.… Read More »

Intervention doubts as Rio’s security situation worsens

Rio’s security crime crisis

Diego Augusto Ferreira had borrowed a neighbor’s motorcycle on a Saturday evening in Rio’s west zone. The 25-year-old, who worked as a street hawker in downtown Rio, was on his way to buy oil for his grandfather’s car. But he didn’t return. Instead, a bullet to the neck on May 12 turned him into the… Read More »

How Brazil’s air pollution threatens its future

How Brazil’s air pollution threatens its future

Approximately seven million people die each year as a consequence of air pollution, with 90 percent of these deaths taking place in low- and middle-income countries, according to new findings. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest research shows that although countries are making efforts to mitigate air pollution’s causes, strategies are not keeping pace with… Read More »

Rising poverty could damage Brazil’s development

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On the eve of Labor Day, Brazilian President Michel Temer appeared on television to congratulate the country’s workers. In a four-minute speech broadcast on television at 8:30 p.m. on April 30, Temer also made two brief announcements: that he was working on a new minimum wage project, and that he would adjust the budget of… Read More »

Brazil’s Labor Reform provisions expired. Now what?

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Back in July 2017, Brazil’s Congress passed a highly controversial labor reform proposed by President Michel Temer’s administration. Dubbed as “extremely pro-business,” the reform was fought by many leftist and centrist sectors – many of which claimed that the reform marked the end of Brazil’s consolidated labor laws. But the reform that came into force… Read More »

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How will Evangelical voters influence Brazil’s 2018 election

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Framing himself as Brazil’s moderate conservative choice for 2018, Flávio Rocha is not wasting time. Immediately after announcing his candidacy, the businessman-turned-politician made sure that Brazil’s media knew that he and his family frequented Evangelical Churches. But last weekend, he also traveled to Mato Grosso do Sul to seek approval from several Evangelical leaders. Speaking… Read More »