Category Archives: Brazil

On Guatemala, Corruption, and the Strength of Democracy in Latin America

While much of the focus here has fallen on the recent corruption scandal in Brazil, there is another case in Latin America where the public and legal actors are beginning to hold political elites responsible for corrupt practices. In Guatemala, … Continue reading

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McDonald’s, Labor, and Brazil

McDonald’s has been in the news this year in the US as workers have mobilized to demand a livable wage, just one area (alongside health issues) where the company faces criticism. But McDonald’s is not just the target of critiques in … Continue reading

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On Brazil’s Lynching Problems

I wrote last month on the lynching of Cleidenilson Pereira da Silva, commenting that his was far from an isolated case. Vanessa Barbara has more: A few days after that attack, a man in metropolitan Belo Horizonte was dragged through … Continue reading

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So, Millions of Suspects in Money Laundering?

Of the many absurd protest placards from protests in Brazil this past Sunday, one of the most ridiculous was the one proclaiming that “We are millions of Cunhas – Enough crooked deals and corruption,” in reference to the head of … Continue reading

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Who Is Protesting in Brazil?

In the wake of protests against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil this past Sunday, Carta Capital has published its initial findings on who the protesters were in São Paulo (where the biggest gathering – around 135,000 in a city of 22 million – gathered). Among the … Continue reading

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On Politics, Women, and Inequality in Brazil

Taylor Barnes points to this troubling report that reveals that, in terms of percentage of the legislative body, Brazil has fewer women representatives in Congress than (9.9%) than the average of the Middle East (16%). With women making up only … Continue reading

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On Impeachment Protests in Brazil

Yesterday, Brazilians took to the streets to protest against the current government. The largest protests occurred in São Paulo, which has historically been one of the fiercer critics of the PT, voting 2 to 1 against her in the 2014 election (ironically, … Continue reading

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