Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

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
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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

The Aftermath of the September 7 Protests in Brazil

Latino Rebels spoke to three experts in different areas to understand the political moment and what the pro-Bolsonaro demonstrations —and his retreat— mean for Brazil and its democracy.

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • 1:55 PM

Bolsonaro Supporters Call for September 7 Military Coup

Pro-Bolsonaro groups have organized across the country, calling for a new military regime. Governors fear that the military police may rebel and start an uprising that would force the army to take a stand.

  • Aug 27, 2021
  • 2:56 PM

The Pressure Against Bolsonaro Continues in Brazil

Brazil ended the month of July with more than 550,000 people dead from the pandemic amid signs of weakening of the government, which still maneuvers in every possible way to survive the pressure from the streets.

  • Aug 5, 2021
  • 7:06 PM

OPINION: Bolsonaro’s Authoritarian Drive Seems Unstoppable

Authoritarian leaders tend to seek to hold on to power by any means they deem necessary—whether through censorship, media control, or coups. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is one of those leaders.

  • Jul 12, 2021
  • 2:48 PM

The COVID Corruption Scandals of Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

Calls for impeachment grow louder in Brazil as President Jair Bolsonaro finds himself at the center of various scandals and investigations into his government’s handling of the COVID pandemic.

  • Jun 30, 2021
  • 10:30 AM

The Crisis Continues in Brazil

May was a complicated month for Brazil and Brazilians. It was one more month in an endless series of catastrophes and governmental irresponsibility.

  • Jun 1, 2021
  • 1:53 PM

The Deadliest Police Operations in Brazil’s History

At around 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, Rio de Janeiro was waking up to yet another massacre.

  • May 20, 2021
  • 4:00 PM

The Pandemic and Bolsonaro Continue to Wreak Havoc in Brazil

If on the one hand, the world looks with concern at the unfolding situation in Brazil, on the other hand, for Brazilians the climate is one of absolute fear.

  • Apr 2, 2021
  • 1:53 PM

Looking Back at Some of the Most Surreal, Yet Viral Coronavirus Songs From Latin America

In January 2020, the world was starting to receive worrying news that a potentially deadly virus had emerged in China and was beginning to spread. We did not yet know the severity of the approaching pandemic, but immediately campaigns sprang up all over Latin America on how to avoid getting sick—wash your hands, keep social […]

  • Mar 19, 2021
  • 5:40 PM

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