Power August 18, 2018

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The military presence in Brazil’s 2018 election

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Retired Army General Hamilton Mourão rose to fame last year, after defending a military coup if Brazil’s Justice system failed to punish corrupt politicians. Now, he is a vice presidential nominee, running alongside far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro – another former member of the Brazilian Armed Forces. They are part of a growing phenomenon in Brazil:… Read More »

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The Brazilian Report interviews Guilherme Boulos

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Born into a middle-class family, Guilherme Boulos became involved with politics around the age of 15. He joined the Communist Youth Union (UJC), a student movement originated in the Brazilian Communist Party. Then, he got closer to the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST), left home, and started his militancy for the democratization of the access to… Read More »

Recessions spell trouble for Brazilian leaders

Recessions spell trouble for Brazilian leaders

A few months ago, Santander analyst Luciano Sobral (@drunkeynesian on Twitter) published a chart showing the evolution of Brazil’s GDP over time, alongside significant ruptures of the political order. One thing stood out: political shifts, whether democratic or not, come after dire recessions. *Disclaimer: We consider Lula’s 2002 election to be a “rupture” – even… Read More »

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Why Brazilian big business is fond of Jair Bolsonaro

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Jair Bolsonaro, the wildcard in Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, is comfortable when interviewers try to press him on social issues. Known for his homophobic, racist, and sexist statements, Mr. Bolsonaro doesn’t miss an opportunity to double down on his antics. But the leader in all opinion polls (when former President Lula is not on the… Read More »

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Political polarization helps Brazilian far-right groups make a quick buck

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After mapping political polarization online, researchers Pablo Ortellado and Márcio Moretto Ribeiro stated that right-wing and left-wing people seem to exist in “wholly different universes” on the internet. In a phenomenon which is not exclusive to Brazil, social media has become a battleground and political differences have evolved into aggressive polarization. Within this strained political… Read More »

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The state of Brazil’s presidential race

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With the deadline for party national conventions having passed, 13 presidential candidacies have been launched so far. If the Electoral Justice system confirms every name, this will be the most crowded presidential ballot since 1989 – Brazil’s first fully democratic contest after the military dictatorship. National conventions are just the first step in the presidential… Read More »

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Mapping Brazil’s political polarization online

Mapping Brazil’s political polarization online

People increasingly use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as their primary source for news and information. Studying social media habits, therefore, can offer rich insight into the political opinions of a nation. Our team of computer scientists and social scientists from Brazil’s University of São Paulo began analyzing individuals’ Facebook behavior in 2015. We started in our home country,… Read More »