Podcast August 18, 2018

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 »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #19: Brazil’s Justice system is a mess

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On Sunday, Brazil witnessed a struggle between supporters of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the judges who sentenced him to 12 years in prison for corruption and money laundering. One group tried to free Lula, taking advantage of the judiciary’s July vacations, while the other reacted quickly to prevent Lula from… Read More »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #18: LGBTQ inclusion in Brazil

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When the media talks about LGBTQ rights in Brazil, the focus is usually on violence rates. Brazil, after all, has arguably the highest murder rate against these populations, with approximately one LGBTQ person being killed every day. For this week’s podcast, however, we want instead to shed light on initiatives that fight for the social… Read More »

Explaining Brazil Podcast #17: Opioids in Brazil

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The Brazilian Report published an article this week, signed by journalist Austin Andru, which explores how Brazil has become a target for major pharmaceutical companies. As regulations in North America and Europe are causing profits from the sales of opioids – powerful painkillers which are the chemical cousins of heroin – to shrink, these large… Read More »

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 »