Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

Lula Siding With Putin Further Alienates Brazil (OPINION)

With the country no longer isolated as it was under Bolsonaro, who engaged with only a few international pariahs, President Lula da Silva has endangered Brazil’s return to the international scene by supporting Russian actions in Ukraine.

  • Apr 24, 2023
  • 2:01 PM

Brazil Hit With Devastating Floods as Support for Former President Washes Away

With thousands of Bolsonaro supporters either in jail or under investigation for plotting against democracy in Brazil, the nation’s attention has shifted to the defense of the Amazon rainforest and its Indigenous peoples and the policy shifts under President Lula.

  • Mar 6, 2023
  • 4:33 PM

Brazil: 2023 Starts With Coup Attempt, News of Genocide Against Indigenous in the Amazon

January has proved that Bolsonaro’s defeat last year was far from a game over for the far-right. We also look at the genocidal policies against the Yanomami people of the Amazon, who are dying of treatable diseases and starvation due to illegal mining on their lands.

  • Jan 30, 2023
  • 2:52 PM

Lula Assumes Presidency in Brazil as Bolsonaro Hides in Florida, Supporters Grow More Violent (OPINION)

Against the backdrop of increasingly violent protests by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, who has fled to Florida in hopes of escaping prosecution in Brazil, Sunday saw the formerly jailed Lula da Silva of the Workers’ Party resume the presidency.

  • Jan 3, 2023
  • 2:18 PM

Brazil Still in Turmoil One Month After Presidential Election

November ended as an extremely violent month in Brazil—not only in the political field, with fanatics of the still-President Jair Bolsonaro again blocking roads and even resorting to terrorism, but also with the mass shooting at two schools in Aracruz, in the interior state of Espírito Santo.

  • Dec 5, 2022
  • 3:38 PM

President-Elect Lula Faces Heavily Pro-Bolsonaro Government, Public

The election to Congress of Bolsonaro supporters, as well as a deeply divided Brazilian public, spell difficult years for incoming President Lula da Silva. Backed by a broad coalition of supporters on the left and the right, he will also have a hard time satisfying all of his allies.

  • Oct 31, 2022
  • 5:42 PM

Brazil on the Brink as Bolsonaro Secures Run-Off Election With Lula

Despite Lula’s partial victory on Sunday, Bolsonaro has been the big winner of Brazil’s elections this year so far, expanding his base of support in Congress and among allied governors, while seeing other supporters succeed in securing second-round showdowns.

  • Oct 3, 2022
  • 3:58 PM

Brazilians Fear Bolsonaro Attacks on Democracy in Desperate Days Before Election (OPINION)

As in previous months, September has seen President Bolsonaro tell more lies, make more threats to democracy, and garner more bad news for his campaign in the weeks before the election on October 2.

  • Sep 28, 2022
  • 11:26 AM

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Flops in TV Debate as Attacks on Democracy Continue

After missing live TV debates during the last election, Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, decided to participate this year, treating Brazilians to a horror show of misogyny and anger.

  • Sep 6, 2022
  • 3:31 PM

Political Violence Heats Up in Brazil as Election Approaches

Political violence is on the rise in Brazil. As the election approaches —which will see current right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro pitted against former Workers’ Party President Lula da Silva — tempers are flaring and cases of partisan violence are accumulating.

  • Aug 1, 2022
  • 2:45 PM

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Increases Threats Against Democracy Ahead of Election

Following the murders of an English journalist and a Brazilian activist in June, suspicions have been raised as to the level of interference in police work by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose attacks against democratic institutions and norms are only increasing as October’s presidential election approaches.

  • Jul 6, 2022
  • 1:17 PM

Rio State Police Kill 25; Brazil Military Attacks Public Education, Healthcare

Twenty-five people were killed by police in the second biggest massacre in Rio de Janeiro State’s history. Immediately after the violent police action, President Jair Bolsonaro congratulated police officers for having “neutralized” criminals.

  • May 31, 2022
  • 1:24 PM

The Race Is On in Brazil

The next elections in Brazil take place in October, and campaign season has already begun. Candidates are forging alliances and coalitions and preparing their political agendas. Once enemies, the former president and current presidential candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the Workers’ Party (PT), will have as his running mate Geraldo Alckmin, the former […]

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • 1:09 PM

Bolsonaro Regains Popularity as More Controversy Surrounds Brazil Government

Data shows that Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro worked an average of three hours and 10 minutes a day in January. It is hard to imagine that he decided to work more in February and March. In just over three hours, however, Bolsonaro was able to amass more controversies.

  • Mar 31, 2022
  • 11:36 AM

Cold February Rains in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

President Jair Bolsonaro stands with Russian President Vladimir Putin while parts of Brazil are destroyed by torrential rains. Meanwhile, the annual Carnival celebrations have been canceled—except for the rich

  • Feb 28, 2022
  • 4:13 PM

With a Rocky Start, Brazil Prepares for Presidential Election in 2022

January marks the beginning of an election year that could see Jair Bolsonaro re-elected as president of Brazil. Polls and conditions in the country suggest he won’t have it easy. 

  • Jan 26, 2022
  • 1:12 PM

The Winter of Brazil’s Discontent (OPINION)

December has shown that not much changed in the year 2021 in terms of Bolsonaro and his aggressive statements and actions against politicians, the media, and other parts of government.

  • Dec 29, 2021
  • 12:11 PM

The Pandemic Is Changing How Brazilians Worship and Pray

With temples and churches closed, priests and pastors have successfully moved their services online, their streams reaching thousands of believers and potentially revitalizing their faith during dark times.

  • Dec 7, 2021
  • 1:28 PM

Bolsonaro, the President Without a Party

Fifty-seven percent of the population want him impeached, and his approval rating has plummeted to 19 percent, a record low. Brazilians are starting to wonder, not whether Bolsonaro has a chance of being re-elected or not, but if he’ll even be able to find a party to run with.

  • Nov 29, 2021
  • 11:16 AM

The Autumn of President Bolsonaro

One of the few certainties Brazilians have these days is that, whenever possible, far-right president Jair Bolsonaro will make stupefying, anti-science, and borderline criminal statements. On Thursday, October 21, the President claimed that those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 could develop AIDS.

  • Oct 28, 2021
  • 12:13 PM

Fear and Hunger Under Bolsonaro

While the people of Brazil suffer on the socioeconomic edge, its political class engages in endless debates on whether to overthrow or save the President from impeachment.

  • Oct 5, 2021
  • 12:19 PM

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