Podcast June 20, 2018

Explaining Brazil Podcast #15: Brazil’s nuclear program

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When Brazil published a document called National Defense Strategy in 2008, it established the construction of a nuclear-powered submarine as a priority. The project was budgeted at BRL 31.8 billion (USD 8.4 billion), with its conclusion expected to be in 2027. In 2012, the Brazilian Armed Forces published its white paper on national defense, making… Read More »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #12: Brazil and Mercosur

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An elephant, a mouse, and two ants. That’s how an Uruguayan diplomat described Mercosur – the Common Market of the South. The comparison illustrates the extent to which the free trade bloc is left unbalanced. Created in 1991, Mercosur is formed by Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Venezuela has been suspended, and Bolivia will soon… Read More »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #11: Racism in Brazil

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One hundred and thirty years ago, Brazil abolished slavery – becoming the last country in the Americas to do so. Since then, however, little has been done to promote the inclusion of Black communities into Brazilian society. Racism remains a reality. Blacks account for nearly 80 percent of those living below the poverty threshold in… Read More »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #10: Innovation in Brazil

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This week, the Explaining Brazil podcast will talk about innovation in Brazil. Across the globe, Brazilians are considered creative. But does that mean we are also innovative? Not really, according to the Global Innovation Index, published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Brazil sits in the ranking’s 69th position. Our country… Read More »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #9: The Venezuela crisis

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The Brazilian Report is proud to announce its newest partner: Young Diplomats, a website that brings forward the views and analysis of young people working with diplomacy and foreign policy. To celebrate the partnership, this week’s edition of Explaining Brazil will discuss a highly charged issue that transcends our borders: the Venezuela crisis. Approximately 70,000… Read More »

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Explaining Brazil Podcast #8: Fake News

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This week, the Explaining Brazil podcast will tackle fake news. While this phenomenon is by no means a problem exclusive to Brazil, our elections could be affected more than others: Brazil has 122 million Facebook users, making it the social media giant’s third largest market. Skewed facts are probably a well-established part of the agenda… Read More »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #7: The implications of Lula’s arrest

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Former Brazilian President Lula’s arrest came as a political tsunami in an already tumultuous political landscape. The frontrunner in the 2018 presidential election – who carries 36 percent of voting intentions – is all but excluded from the race. The Workers’ Party accuses the judicial system of promoting a witch-hunt against the country’s most popular… Read More »