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  • The holy crusade against abortion in Brazil

    A group of politicians from the bancada evangelica (the evangelical lobby) have declared war on female reproductive rights in Brazil. Among them is Jorge Tadeu Mudalen of the House of Representatives, who recently modified a proposed constitutional amendment (PEC 181) to include a clause that would make abortion illegal...
  • Brazil: Mired in Venezuela’s crisis

    In February 2018, the government of the northern Brazilian state of Roraima required the country’s supreme court to close the border with Venezuela to prevent more immigrants from entering into Roraima. According to the municipal authorities of Boa Vista, Roraima’s capital, there were already approximately 40,000 Venezuelan immigrants living...
  • An outbreak of underdevelopment

    Brazil’s states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, three of the most developed, have recently gone through an outbreak of yellow fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, which can have deadly consequences. More than a health issue inherent to any tropical place like Brazil, it has...
  • Marielle Franco

    #MarielleFrancoVive: why the hashtag matters

    Despite the spreading of fake news, the legacy of Marielle is still being upheld by activists in Brazil. In the past weeks, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets to protest Marielle’s death - not only in Rio de Janeiro, but in several states around the country....
  • Crackland Brazil

    Working through the Brazilian cracklands

    According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Brazil consumes 18% of the world’s cocaine, in spite of accounting for less than 2% of the world’s population. This puts Brazil in the 2nd position in the world ranking of cocaine consumption, just behind the US....
  • Brazilian women's football

    The “F” word: In the country of football, can female players find true support?

    Brazil proudly declares itself the “country of football”, where this sport represents a national passion which moves both minds and hearts. However, this passion is not completely felt by Brazilian women yet. In the country with the highest number of men’s world championships (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002),...
  • The suppression of debates on gender and sexuality in Brazil

    The topic of gender has become more than a hotbed for debate in Brazil – it has become dangerous. In November 2017, not only was the famous American philosopher Judith Butler harassed during a visit to the country, but local researchers have also had to contend with security issues...
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    Brazil’s long-lasting prison massacre

    October 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Carandiru massacre in Brazil. On 2 October 1992, to control a prisoner riot, military police invaded São Paulo’s House of Detention, known as Carandiru, officially killing 111 prisoners. Twenty-five years on, the consequences of the Carandiru massacre continue to emerge, with...
  • Deaths in the uncontacted frontier

    On September 8th, 2017, the Brazilian government confirmed the killing of indigenous people, members of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon. Tribe members were reported to have been killed by illegal gold miners – the exact number of victims and any details about their deaths have not been released...
  • How many LGBT murders can Brazil ignore?

    A woman is sitting on the road, in broad daylight – there is blood on her face, which she wipes with her hand. Several men surround her, armed with sticks, stones and slurs – they keep on hitting her and order her into a wheelbarrow. The image shakes as...
  • A museum built from rubble

    Bulldozers fed at one of Rio’s historical favelas decreed as an “an area of special social interest” while residents clung to their houses in protest and used creative forms of activism to resist the unwanted changes. The reason? Building a stadium for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Imagine instead of...
  • Is Brazil missing the conversation about child marriage?

    A World Bank recent study pointing to the costs of child marriage has brought again to the media the enormous costs this social phenomenon has for the welfare system worldwide. Despite being part of the Sustainable Development Goals, ending child marriage is still a far target to be achieved...
  • A selective racism

    The world is living one of the worst migration crisis in history. This topic is constantly on the political agenda, with national governments and international organizations addressing it in their speeches and policies. While prejudice against immigrants was somewhat hidden in the arguments for the exit of the United...
  • A troublesome miscegenation

    Brazil is well known for its mix of cultures, religions, colors and races. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there are 305 officially recognized indigenous ethnicities, in addition to those brought in by historical, regular migratory waves from Europe, Asia, Africa and, more recently, from...
  • The most beautiful street in the world

    Anyone who flies over Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul in the south of Brazil, cannot overlook what seems to be a “green river” across one of the most traditional districts of the city below. That “green river” is in fact a short, picturesque street fully...
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