Category Archives: Brazil

Götterdämmerung to the Tune of a Bossa Nova

Demonstration demanding Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, March 2016. Photo credit: Miguel Schincariol/AFP. Source: noticias.uol.com.br Dilma Rousseff got kicked out of office and will be impeached. Her best efforts at denouncing the move as “a coup” against her were all … Continue reading

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The Way Political Campaigning Should Be

In its recent piece on Marina Silva, Time Magazine briefly mentioned a candidate for the Sao Paulo state legislature, Paulo Batista, who is making a name for himself with his superpowers – basically, his privatizing rays, capable of destroying communists on … Continue reading

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A Seleção (The Choice) 2014

Marina Silva (left) and Dilma Rouseff (right). Source: today.it It is not an everyday occurrence in Latin America to talk about two female presidential candidates with real possibilities of winning, or at least of getting past the first round. But … Continue reading

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I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore, Brazilian Style (part 2)

Would you imagine that Brazilians, known worldwide for being raving mad about soccer, would hit the streets to demonstrate against a soccer event being held in their own backyard? It sounds like something that would only happen in a bizarre parallel universe, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Investment Pitches

It is a fact that Latin American economies have reached unprecedented levels of growth during the last decade. Good macroeconomic policies played a role, but the most significant factor is the “commodity boom” that preceded the global recession of 2008: … Continue reading

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I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore, Brazilian Style

(Brazil continues to be shaken by the grassroots demonstrations that started last June, and this time not only were they able to spoil the military parades scheduled for Independence Day in Rio, but in Brasilia they were also the target … Continue reading

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Americans cannot put up with the fact that Brazil has become a global actor. Deep down, the most that they accept is that Brazil continues as a subordinate, as it already was. (Former Brazilian president Jose Inacio Lula da Silva, … Continue reading

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