Opinion June 20, 2018

World Cup supporters show the darkest side of Brazil’s macho culture

World Cup supporters show the darkest side of Brazil's macho culture

Football remains a sexist environment. Female journalists have to battle harassment from bosses, players, and supporters – to the point that a group of Brazilian women launched a campaign back in March to denounce such incidents. A total of 52 journalists launched the #LetHerWork campaign, which exposed double standards in newsrooms and cases of violence… Read More »

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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 »

Shots fired at Lula greatly disturb Brazil’s political battlefield

Shots fired at Lula greatly disturb Brazil’s political battlefield

Brazil’s political environment is experiencing a process of intense radicalization, which began halfway through Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s first term as president. His administration was then hit by the Mensalão (monthly stipend) scandal – described as a scheme to bribe congressmen in exchange for legislative support. This scandal came to light between 2005 and… Read More »

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Political violence puts Brazil on alert

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Less than two weeks after a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman was brutally murdered, Brazil has witnessed two more high-profile episodes of political violence. The first was against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Shots were fired at two of the three buses used in his political roadshow in the southern region of Brazil.… Read More »

How Marielle Franco’s death is shaking up Brazilian politics

How Marielle Franco death is shaking up Brazilian politics

Though it would be safe to say that last week’s brutal murder of Rio de Janeiro’s city councilor Marielle Franco will certainly affect the Brazilian political scene, any tangible results will not be immediately felt. That being said, we have noticed three ways in which the incident is currently shaping public and political discourse. The… Read More »

Brazil’s electoral year to be haunted by Rio’s city councilor murder

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Since last year, Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) has expressed its concerns about how organized crime could tamper with our elections. From sponsoring corrupt candidates that would turn a blind eye to drug-trafficking gangs to hit jobs against combative politicians, the threat has been palpable. Similarly, for this year’s election, the writing was on the… Read More »