Guide to Brazil
Guide to Brazil
Feb 12, 2020
Explaining Brazil #95: Brazil’s climate crisis has already begun
Heavy rains and other extreme weather events have become the norm in Brazil, with much of the blame lying with climate change and poor urban planning
Feb 05, 2020
Explaining Brazil Podcast #94: Bolsonaro, season 2 begins
President Bolsonaro has a lot on his plate: pressing reforms, a Supreme Court vacancy, and much intrigue.
Jan 29, 2020
Explaining Brazil #93: Coronavirus: the risks for Brazil
Even more contagious than the new strain of coronavirus that emerged in mid-December is misinformation about the disease. The number of cases is jumping...
Jan 22, 2020
Explaining Brazil #92: PCC, Brazil’s uber-powerful criminal brotherhood
Founded by eight inmates of a São Paulo prison, the PCC has become Brazil's (and South America's) biggest drugs gang. We explain how
Jan 15, 2020
Explaining Brazil #91: Antarctica, Brazil’s icy Amazon
Brazil is now ready to inaugurate its new, state-of-the-art facility in Antarctica, but research operations are in jeopardy—despite the brand-new base. The country’s top...
Dec 18, 2019
Explaining Brazil #90: One year of Jair Bolsonaro, explained
On January 1, Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurated as Brazil’s 38th president. The task ahead of him was a veritable Rubik’s cube—a polarized and deeply...
Dec 11, 2019
Explaining Brazil #89: Some humans still own other humans
Signed in May 1888, imperial law number 3,353 is one of the shortest ever passed in Brazil: coming in at only 18 words. But...
Dec 04, 2019
Explaining Brazil #88: Latin America’s dangerous game
Recent crises in Latin America show how the Armed Forces remain key power brokers in the democratic game. But using the Army as a...
Nov 20, 2019
Explaining Brazil #86: The turbulent path of Brazil’s republic
Back in 1995, Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso said, in his inauguration speech: “Without arrogance, but with absolute conviction, I say: this country is going...
Nov 13, 2019
Explaining Brazil #85: How Lula’s story explains Brazil
580 days after being arrested for corruption and money laundering, former Brazilian President Lula is out of prison. And he’s grabbing all the headlines....
Nov 06, 2019
Explaining Brazil #84: Can blockchain fix Brazil’s bureaucracy?
Brazil’s first blockchain baby has been born. It matters little whether you find the idea of a human being logged on the blockchain as...
Oct 30, 2019
Explaining Brazil #83: Latin America’s veins are wide open
From Chile to Catalunya, Lebanon to Hong Kong … it seems like we’re seeing protests erupt everywhere. But one region seems to have been...
Oct 23, 2019
Explaining Brazil #82: Green and yellow (nuclear) submarine
Back in 2008, Brazil formulated its National Defense Strategy, selecting the construction of a nuclear submarine as one of its priorities. The plan was...
Oct 16, 2019
Explaining Brazil #81: Oil, Brazil’s underwater treasure
In November, Brazil is set to hold what will be the country’s biggest oil and gas auction on record. The administration has lured international...
Oct 02, 2019
#80: Odebrecht’s Peruvian wrecking ball
Peru is in turmoil. The country’s president, Martín Vizcarra, has shut down Congress—and in retaliation, Congressmen have tried to remove Vizcarra from office. Lawmakers...
Sep 25, 2019
Explaining Brazil #79: Bolsonaro flips off the world
Speaking before representatives of 193 nations—and millions watching at home—Jair Bolsonaro talked at the UN about issues that only really resonated with Brazilians. And...
Sep 18, 2019
Explaining Brazil #78: How will Amazon Inc disrupt Brazilian retail?
Launched in February 2005, the Amazon Prime membership plan came like a wrecking ball to American retailers. It single-handedly raised the bar for convenience...
Sep 11, 2019
Explaining Brazil #77: Rio’s war on a gay kiss
Is a gay kiss obscene? Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella believes so. He used his administration to try and censor a Marvel comic...
Sep 04, 2019
Explaining Brazil #76: How Napoleon invented Brazil
Brazil is an improbable country. It is an immense mass of land, bound by a single language and a single flag. Even in the...
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