Brazil

Venomous Yellow Scorpions Are Moving Into Brazil’s Big Cities, and the Infestation May Be Unstoppable

It is a hallmark of what those of us in the complex problems field call a “VUCA” world—a world that’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

  • Feb 11, 2019
  • 4:31 pm

New Yorkers Join Protesters Around the World in Fight for Brazilian Amazon

Despite the alarming anti-Indigenous measures that the Bolsonaro administration has taken over the past month, the message of the “Red January” protests is one of hope and resilience.

  • Feb 1, 2019
  • 9:50 am

Amazon Deforestation, Already Rising, May Spike Under Bolsonaro

By Robert T. Walker, University of Florida Over the past 25 years that I have been conducting environmental research in the Amazon, I have witnessed the the ongoing destruction of the world’s biggest rainforest. Twenty percent of it has been deforested by now—an area larger than Texas. I therefore grew hopeful when environmental policies began […]

  • Jan 28, 2019
  • 10:53 am

Warrant for Marielle Franco Murder Issued to Cop Tied to Bolsonaro

According to witnesses cited in a police report, the hitman did not act alone in the murder of Franco and authorities believe that at least two other BOPE officers were directly involved in the killing.

  • Jan 24, 2019
  • 11:38 am

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Makes Stumbling Start as President

The far-right leader’s first two weeks on the job have been filled with missteps and communication gaffes and little of his promised sweeping changes.

  • Jan 18, 2019
  • 10:10 am

Brazil’s New President Marks 1st Week in Office With Conservative Reforms

These actions elicited praise from Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters and investors but enraged members of the opposition.

  • Jan 7, 2019
  • 6:04 pm

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Targets Minorities on 1st Day in Office

One of the orders issued late Tuesday likely will make it all but impossible for new lands to be identified and demarcated for indigenous communities.

  • Jan 2, 2019
  • 4:09 pm

Rightist Bolsonaro Takes Office in Brazil, Promising Populist Change to Angry Voters

Bolsonaro used a Trump-style populist playbook to win the Brazilian presidency in October with 54 percent of the vote.

  • Jan 2, 2019
  • 11:04 am

Bolsonaro’s Anger Won Over Working-Class Brazilians, But His Presidency May Betray Them

The “Trump of the Tropics” is known for his law-and-order rhetoric, racist and sexist remarks, pro-business stances and outsider pledges to upend politics as usual.

  • Dec 27, 2018
  • 9:11 am

Brazil’s Lula to Stay in Prison

The last-minute reversal capped an eventful day at the high court.

  • Dec 20, 2018
  • 11:05 am

Rio Official Says Councilwoman Killed by Militia Members

Gen. Richard Nunes made the comments about the case of Councilwoman Marielle Franco in an interview published Friday in newspaper Estadao. He did not name any suspects.

  • Dec 17, 2018
  • 11:21 am

Warrants Served on Eve of 9-Month Anniversary of Marielle Franco’s Murder

Details of the “extremely complex” investigation have yet to be released, but police did say the warrants cover 15 locations throughout the state of Rio, as well as a municipality in neighboring Minas Gerais.

  • Dec 14, 2018
  • 11:46 am

WhatsApp Skewed Brazilian Election, Proving Social Media’s Danger to Democracy

Misinformation via social media played a troubling role in boosting far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency.

  • Dec 5, 2018
  • 4:31 pm

Democracy Is at Risk in Latin America and the Far Right Is Moving in: Here’s How It Went Wrong for the Left

The risk is that democracy is failing many, increasingly normalizing the demonization of the “other.”

  • Nov 9, 2018
  • 12:03 pm

Transgender and Indigenous Candidates Break Glass Ceiling in Brazilian Elections

Erica Malunguinho was elected as a state representative in São Paulo, becoming the first transgender candidate elected to that position.

  • Oct 9, 2018
  • 2:35 pm

Brazil’s Abortion Debate (PODCAST)

Latino Rebels Radio: September 9, 2018

  • Sep 9, 2018
  • 5:07 pm

Environmental Indigenous Activist Is Killed in Brazil Amid Conflict With Logging Mafias

Up to 80 Guajajaras have been killed since 2000 as part of a fierce conflict with illegal loggers.

  • Aug 17, 2018
  • 12:55 pm

Brazil Suffered Record Number of Murders in 2017, Says New Independent Data

Gender-based violence also increased.

  • Aug 10, 2018
  • 12:51 pm

Assassination in Brazil Unmasks the Deadly Racism of a Country That Would Rather Ignore It

Race is still a taboo subject. Nonetheless, as Marielle Franco exposed in her work, skin color dramatically impacts safety in Brazil.

  • Apr 24, 2018
  • 4:59 pm

Lula da Silva Turns Himself in to Brazilian Authorities

The former president of Brazil turned himself in to the police in São Paulo on Saturday evening and was flown by helicopter to the southern city of Curitiba to begin a 12-year sentence for corruption charges.

  • Apr 9, 2018
  • 9:51 am

Brazilian Court Decides Against Da Silva’s Attempt to Remain Out of Prison

After nearly 11 hours of televised debate, the court voted 6-5 to deny da Silva’s habeas corpus request, meaning he could be jailed as early as next week.

  • Apr 5, 2018
  • 11:23 am