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Sitting upright at his desk, the culture secretary addresses the nation. A triumphant portrait of the head of state hangs on the back wall, a national flag lies limp on a pole to the speaker’s right-hand side, and an...

PowerJan 16, 2020

Human rights for some in Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Despite fears from activists, human rights was...

PowerJan 12, 2020

Brazil’s labor reform is being overhauled by the courts

Changes to Brazilian labor laws have been on the...

PowerJan 12, 2020

Bolsonaro’s lawyer: Workers’ Party “uses courts to create a political narrative”

Known for some time in Brazil’s political corridors for...

Power Jan 11, 2020

New type of judge splits opinions in Brazil’s justice system

Approved in the recent "anti-crime law," the guarantees judge will only act on the investigation phase of cases, with a different judge...

Power Jan 09, 2020

Latest Cambridge Analytica leak points to involvement in Brazilian elections

Leaked files on the firm's activities in Brazil (including coverage by The Brazilian Report) shows the company worked with an unnamed candidate...

Power Jan 07, 2020

Who are the Brazilian Integralists and why are they petrol-bombing comedians?

The 1930s homegrown fascist movement is making a curious comeback in Brazil, with its attack against a "blasphemous" comedy troupe.

Power Jan 07, 2020

Brazilian stories you may have missed during the holidays

The end-of-year holidays are usually a quiet period for Brazilian politics and business, as Congress and the Supreme Court take a month-long recess, and...

Power Jan 06, 2020

What to expect from the Brazilian Congress in 2020?

2019 was a turbulent year in Congress, to say the least. An apparently interminable 12 months came to an end on December 20 with...

Power Jan 02, 2020

What to expect from Brazil’s Supreme Court in 2020?

The Brazilian judiciary year ended on December 19, with the final sitting of the Supreme Court. The year 2019 saw the land’s highest tribunal...

Power Dec 20, 2019

Brazilian Embassy in Washington lays empty for the longest time since 1925

In his first year in office, President Jair Bolsonaro’s foreign policy was marked by a near unwavering alignment with the U.S. The northern ally...

Power Dec 19, 2019

Rio de Janeiro’s catastrophe under Mayor Crivella

In 2016, it seemed as if Rio de Janeiro was turning a corner. Hosting the Olympic Games, just two years after lending its legendary...

Power Dec 18, 2019

How has Bolsonaro changed Brazil after one year?

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...

Power Dec 18, 2019

Bolsonaro year 1: Foreign policy

Brazil’s foreign policy under Jair Bolsonaro has put “America first,” with the president preaching total alignment with the White House. His diplomacy is spearheaded...

Power Dec 18, 2019

Bolsonaro year 1: Politics

Brazil is home to the world’s most-fragmented legislature, forcing presidents to reach deals with ideologically opposed parties in order to form broad coalitions. These...

Power Dec 18, 2019

How successful has Jair Bolsonaro been in implementing his agenda?

When Jair Bolsonaro won the election in 2018, we spoke to experts to try and predict which kind of Congress he would have to...

Power Dec 17, 2019

Brazil’s new “Center”: a viable alternative to the extremes?

To borrow a phrase from historian Eric Hobsbawm, Brazil lives in an era of extremes. On one side, we have far-right President Jair Bolsonaro,...

Power Dec 10, 2019

The new, secretive company created by Jair Bolsonaro

NAV Brasil, the first state-owned company created under the Jair Bolsonaro administration, may begin life operating in the red. The new public corporation was...

Power Dec 06, 2019

Bolsonaro set to silently review Brazilian entire regulatory system

At the end of November 28, the federal government published Decree number 10.139/2019, requiring a review of all regulatory acts in the country within...
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