Guide to Brazil
Guide to Brazil
Intervention lacks policy grounding, Amnesty International says...
Feb 22, 2018
Increasing levels of violence were a recurring symbol over the course of last year in Brazil, says Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of human rights. However, the introduction of the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro is...
Feb 21, 2018
Who are the Venezuelans moving to Brazil?
Venezuelan migrants are arriving to Brazil in record numbers:...
Feb 19, 2018
The Ochentas: the humanitarian crisis facing Venezuelan women
Fleeing the economic collapse that has been destroying her...
Feb 16, 2018
What you need to know about the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian President Michel Temer announced on Friday that national...
Feb 14, 2018
Amazon droughts could impact climate change as much as deforestation
Over the past decade, Brazil has made some effort to reduce deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. This was also the country’s primary contribution to...
Feb 09, 2018
How the Brazilian butt became a cultural icon
Carnival celebrations in Brazil make headlines every year, normally accompanied by photos of samba school muses wearing little more than gems and feathers. But...
Feb 08, 2018
What can a school’s infrastructure tell us about the quality of its education?
Brazil’s National High School Exam (Enem) was created in 1998 as a way to test the quality of high school education. It has since...
Feb 08, 2018
Brazil edges closer to urban yellow fever outbreaks
Earlier this week, Brazil registered its first case of yellow fever to occur within a city. It occurred in São Bernardo do Campo, an...
Jan 31, 2018
One year later, Temer’s National Public Security Plan remains vague
Just one year after the uprisings that saw the deaths of over 140 inmates in Roraima and Amazonas state prisons, another rebellion killed 9...
Jan 30, 2018
Carnival gets even more political in 2018
Back in 2016, the award-winning New York Times reporter Andrew Jacobs wrote a piece about Carnival in Brazil. His depiction of “sweaty, minimally clothed”...
Jan 19, 2018
Police brutality remains ‘business as usual’ in Brazil, says report
Last Friday (January 12), Rio de Janeiro’s police launched a raid in the Jacarezinho and Arará favelas. They were looking for the criminals who...
Jan 16, 2018
Yellow fever outbreak “biggest in decades” in the Americas
Brazil’s Minister of Health, Ricardo Barros, was quick to declare the end of the country’s yellow fever outbreak in June 2017, just eight months...
Jan 15, 2018
São Paulo could be headed to another water crisis
Intense rainfall put the city of São Paulo on an anti-flood alert until yesterday. Meanwhile, however, the city’s main water supply reservoir, the Cantareira...
Jan 08, 2018
Brazil’s New Year’s Eve lottery was a statistical aberration
Every December 31, Caixa, the public bank that monopolizes Brazil’s lottery, stages its grandest draw. Known to Brazilians as “Mega da virada”, or the...
Jan 04, 2018
How Brazil’s sex workers have been organized and politically effective for 30 years
Sex work is a controversial form of income. It is a subject much discussed by experts in feminism, religion, law, and politics. And its...
Dec 29, 2017
2017: a rough year for Brazil
Brazil began 2017 in macabre fashion, with mass killings and violent deaths reaching alarming levels over the twelve months. In the first hours of...
Dec 27, 2017
Brazilian activism made civil rights gains in 2017
This year has been difficult for human rights in Brazil. An unprecedented number of human rights defenders are facing ever greater personal risks, and...
Dec 20, 2017
How to talk Brazilian politics at the holiday dinner table
In a country marred by political polarization, mealtime conversations about Brazilian politics can quickly turn your house into the Thunderdome. But never fear, fact-checking...
Dec 14, 2017
What were Brazilians Googling in 2017?
On her NPR podcast On Point, American journalist Jane Clayson argues that our Google search history shows who we really are. After all, as...
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