Brazil to financially smother leftist universities
Newly-appointed Education Minister Abraham Weintraub has started a process to financially strangle federal universities which are perceived to be “ideologically opposed” to the government. The first targets are federal universities in Brasília, Rio (UFF), and Bahia. The ministry has to cut BRL 230m in spending—and more than half of this comes from these 3 institutions, which lost 30% of their budgets.
What these universities have in common is a strong left-leaning agenda. UFF hosted a controversial event “against fascism” during the 2018 campaign—aimed at Jair Bolsonaro—while the University of Brasília has recently hosted debates with Workers’ Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad and created a political science course to analyze the “2016 coup”—as the left calls Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.
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