Category Archives: Social Movements

Chilean Presidential Primary Results are In

Chileans voted in the presidential primaries for the November 2013 elections, and the results are in. For the Nueva Mayoría (New Majority, a coalition of left and center-left parties): Michelle Bachelet Jeria (PS – Socialist Party)  73.05% (WINNER) Andrés Velasco … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Comparing Brazil’s Demonstrations to Egypt and Turkey

Thomas Friedman has a piece in the New York Times today that tries to explain why people have taken to the streets in a number of countries (including the US, visible in Tea Party rallies; why he disregards the recent Occupy … Continue reading

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Popular Demonstrations Continue to Resonate through Brazilian Politics

In the wake of lower bus fares and discussions of a national plebiscite, the recent and ongoing protests in Brazil continue to ripple throughout Brazilian politics and the people’s voices continue to resonate. One of the major targets of public … Continue reading

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The Ongoing Effects of Demonstrations in Brazil (Or, the Power of the People)

After a week of unrest, Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, took to the airwaves last Friday in an address where she stated support for the demonstrations as a means to dialogue and as an example of democracy in Brazil. Though the … Continue reading

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10 Days that Shook Brazil – A Look Back

I have a piece up that tries to summarize the causes, events, and outcomes of the last ten days of social mobilization in Brazil up at Lawyers, Guns & Money. …the protests expanded rapidly. On Monday night (the 17th), 230,000 … Continue reading

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When Public Anger & Political Frustration Ignore History

As readers of this blog know, I’ve written extensively about the Brazilian military dictatorship from a variety of angles, including how the military came to power amidst civilian calls for the military to remove constitutional president João Goulart. The idea of … Continue reading

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Images from Brazil, as More than 1 Million Nationwide Take to the Streets

In spite of reductions in bus fares, the protests in Brazil have only expanded, as over one million people took to the streets in more than 100 cities  throughout the entire country. This included over 100,000 in Recife, around an estimated 300,000 … Continue reading

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