Archive for month December, 2018

  • December 1, 2018

    The perils...

    Lately, there has been a quote from Machado de Assis, Brazil’s most illustrious writer, circulating around. It dates back to an article in the newspaper Diário do Rio de Janeiro, from 29 December 1861, where he states that “In Brazil, there are two countries: the real and the official one.

  • December 1, 2018

    From June...

    In its November 2009 cover, the magazine The Economist portrayed a picture of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue as a rocket with the headline “Brazil takes off”. The article commended Brazil’s emergence as a global player, comparing the country favourably to the other BRICS.

  • December 1, 2018

    Bolsonaro, Authoritarianism...

    To many, Jair Bolsonaro’s recent election seems to have come as a surprise, and has been described as a ‘really radical shift.’ Much ink has already been spilled over why he has been successful in speaking to so many Brazilians’ legitimate concerns and frustrations with, perhaps most prominently, public security,...

  • December 1, 2018

    “Brazil: the...

    Last Sunday 28 October Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right and openly antidemocratic former congressman, was elected the next president of Brazil. He got 55,1% of the votes in the second round of elections, defeating Fernando Haddad, the candidate of the Wokers Party (PT), chosen to continue Lula’s legacy who, being in...

  • December 1, 2018

    Bolsonaro and...

    As Jair Bolsonaro wins the presidential elections in Brazil, fears or a military-like regime revival are spreading amongst its opponents, and the left more broadly. Groups of peasants and indigenous people fighting of their land, favelados, and black people’s movements are particularly under threat.