Podcast September 25, 2018

Explaining Brazil #29: The state of Brazilian democracy

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Our podcast is also available on: The state of Brazilian democracy Since 2013, Brazil has lived under continuous political turmoil. First, a wave of protests swept the country, showing the political establishment just how much Brazilians wanted to change. In the following year, the Federal Police launched Operation Car Wash – which evolved into the… Read More »

Explaining Brazil #27: The destruction of Rio’s National Museum

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Our podcast is also available on: The destruction of Rio’s National Museum The Quinta da Boa Vista building is located in São Cristóvão, a lower-income neighborhood in northern Rio. A long time ago, it was the residence of the Brazilian Imperial Family. Today the building houses the National Museum, the oldest in Brazil, created in… Read More »

Explaining Brazil #25: What has happened to the Brazilian left?

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Our podcast is available on: Lula and the Brazilian left After three electoral defeats, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (the biggest leader within the Brazilian left) finally won the Brazilian presidential race in 2002. He ruled the country for 8 years, during which Brazil experienced a global commodity boom, which combined with Lula’s social programs… Read More »

Explaining Brazil #24: How do elections work in Brazil?

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Our podcast is available on:   On October 7, around 147 million Brazilians are expected to head to their polling station, show their I.D. and then get into a booth to choose our leaders for the next four years. We will elect a new president, 27 new governors, 513 congressmen, and over 1,000 state lawmakers.… Read More »

Explaining Brazil #22: Abortion rights in Brazil

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In the morning of February 16, 2015, a 19-year-old woman checked into a hospital in São Bernardo do Campo, on the outskirts of São Paulo, suffering from internal bleeding. She would leave the hospital later that same afternoon, in handcuffs, arrested. The young woman had performed an illegal abortion at home – and was reported… Read More »

Explaining Brazil #21: the 10th BRICS Summit

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In 2001, former Goldman Sachs executive Jim O’Neill created the term “BRIC” to identify Brazil, Russia, India, and China as the world’s top emerging powers. South Africa would later join the group, in 2010, thus giving the acronym its final letter. This week, the leaders of the five countries meet in the 10th BRICS Summit,… Read More »