Society

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...

SocietyFeb 21, 2018

Who are the Venezuelans moving to Brazil?

Venezuelan migrants are arriving to Brazil in record numbers:...

SocietyFeb 19, 2018

The Ochentas: the humanitarian crisis facing Venezuelan women

Fleeing the economic collapse that has been destroying her...

SocietyFeb 16, 2018

What you need to know about the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian President Michel Temer announced on Friday that national...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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”...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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...

Society 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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