Power April 19, 2018

Could collective candidacies renew Brazil’s political landscape?

aurea carolina collective candidacies

Recent surveys show that 96 percent of Brazilians don’t feel represented by our current elected officials. And 89 percent of voters think that politicians are not well prepared enough to perform their duties. But while Brazilians are certainly unhappy about our political system, big parties have crafted the electoral legislation in order to preserve their… Read More »

Parliamentary immunity: two words that explain Brazilian politics

Parliamentary immunity: two words that explain Brazilian politics

Few institutions in Brazil are as highly regarded as Operation Car Wash. For 95 percent of Brazilians, the investigation should continue and scrutinize the country’s entire political class. In over four years, Brazil’s most comprehensive take on corruption has amounted to 140 convicted defendants. Guess how many of those were politicians in office? You guessed… Read More »

Brazil’s presidential election approaches without favorites

No clear favorite for Brazil's presidential election presidential election

Brazilians are five months away from casting their ballots for president – and there are no candidates that stand out as clear-cut favorites. It’s the first time since we became a democracy that we have been this close to a presidential election with such uncertainty. Of course, that scenario would be far different if former… Read More »

How Operation Car Wash changed Latin American politics

How Operation Car Wash changed Latin American politics

Lima, the Peruvian capital, hosts today and tomorrow (April 13 and 14) the Summit of the Americas. The event, which has no fixed periodicity, is an opportunity for leaders of the region to discuss how to tackle their most urgent challenges. But the 8th edition of the summit will showcase the political turmoil that Latin… Read More »

Without Lula, what does the Brazilian left plan to do?

Brazilian left lula arrested

During a speech given on Saturday, April 7, just prior to turning himself in to the Federal Police, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva praised two young leaders of the Brazilian left: Guilherme Boulous, the leader of the Homeless Workers’ Movement, and member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL); and Manuela Dávila, a… Read More »

Lula: from poverty, to the presidency, to prison

Lula: from poverty, to the presidency, to prison

On Saturday, April 7, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva began serving a 12-year-one-month prison sentence. It was not, however, the first time that Lula was arrested. He was already incarcerated in 1980, although the circumstances couldn’t be more different. Thirty-eight years ago, he was a union leader that commanded a massive strike that lasted 17… Read More »

Fact-checking the speech Lula gave before surrendering to police

Lula speech fact-checkin arrest

At noon this Saturday, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took the microphone and addressed a crowd of hundreds of fervent supporters. Lula had already promised to surrender himself voluntarily to the Federal Police and begin serving his sentence of 12 years and one month in prison for corruption and money laundering. Lula pulled… Read More »