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  • 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...
  • Deforesting deforestation

    Beginning with the construction of the Transamazon Highway in 1970s, the deforestation of Brazil’s Amazonia has become a significant global issue, not only because of the biodiversity loss and ecological disruption, but also because of the extensive amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released from burned forests and the loss...
  • Back to basics

    The importance of basic education, both primary and secondary, has increasingly occupied the academic literature, highlighting its relevance for economic development. Higher educational levels result in higher levels of labor productivity, which in turn, relate to higher levels of income. The universalization of basic education is often pointed out...
  • Two decades of gender austerity

    In a period when fiscal austerity has strongly returned to the international economic agenda, Brazil started 2017 putting into practice a plan which has been considered one of the most rigorous ones currently in the world. This plan, approved by Brazilian parliament last year, freezes government spending for twenty...
  • O fim do mundo

    Brazil enters 2017 facing a societal crisis. 60 people recently died in Manaus in the amazon region, in one of the biggest prison massacres of its history. Unfortunately, this bloodbath is just an additional, albeit shocking, example of the weaknesses and failures of the state, as the horrific conditions of...
  • Transferring empowerment

    Since 2013, India is gradually implementing the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), a scheme which soon will be the largest cash transfer program in the world. It basically consists in transforming former government subsidies, especially the ones related to food and fuel, into direct cash transfers to the neediest people,...
  • Brazil to start all over again

    Rio’s 2016 Olympics finished on August 21st. Ten days later, Brazil’s former president Dilma Rousseff was impeached. The event, which a large portion of the population thought symbolized the entry of the country into the hall of developed nations, was merely the end of one more of its political...
  • The Unraveling of Brazil

    Brazil, better known as the ‘B’ in the BRICS – a group of major emerging market economies that also includes Russia, India, China, and South Africa – has been grabbing a lot of headlines recently. However, the news has hardly been encouraging. Instead of hearing much about the country’s...
  • Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil (Image: Blog Cantigueiro)

    Cálice – Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil

    When talking about music which “has been a tool for rebellion, revolution and political change” and “has been influential in political movements and protest“, Cálice, by Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil, should be in the top 10 of any chart. Francisco “Chico” Buarque de Hollanda and Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira are two of the most important...
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