Until the Expressway Collapses

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:00

There is no way to predict how a nation will deal with past collective actions that don’t match the image its citizens now have of themselves. They may confront the regretted event right after it ended or generations later. They may accuse or mourn. They may seek revenge or remembrance. They may want to profit from the examination or simply learn from it. A nation may decide to forget or indefinitely postpone looking at its painful past.

New Americas Barometer Insight: The World Cup and Protests: What Ails Brazil?

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:00

Results from preliminary pre-release 2014 AmericasBarometer survey data from Brazil indicate that the protests ongoing in the country since last year are driven largely by young, single, educated Brazilians, with widespread corruption and violence, and low quality education and healthcare at the top of their list of grievances. Thus, international sporting events like the World Cup have both exacerbated perceptions of systemic corruption among Brazilians and also provided a useful high-profile stage for protesters to voice their discontent.

Actualización Brasileña: Después de la Copa Mundial, Mirando Hacia las Elecciones en Octubre

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 08:00

Con la partida de los espectadores de la Copa, Brasil vuelva a la normalidad, libre de las distracciones la ola de nacionalismo producidos por el fútbol. Las elecciones presidenciales de Octubre se acercan, y la presidenta Dilma Rousseff deberá superar varios obstáculos en su búsqueda de la reelección. Por debajo de la emoción de la Copa, una serie de cuestiones sociales, económicas e internacionales nunca dejaron de agitarse.

Malestar Social

The Early History of Choro and the Evolution of the Choro Player

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:00

Choro is a form of Brazilian popular music that has evolved over the course of more than a century. Because its origins lie in  the  cultural heritage of the diverse social classes, races and ethnic groups that together make up the Brazilian population, it has come to represent more than just a style or genre. Like samba, carnaval and futebol, it is a symbol of Brazilian national identity, and a unifying cultural force.

Sudden Death of Presidential Candidate Eduardo Campos Potentially Shakes Up Brazil's October Election

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 08:00

Eduardo Campos, a 2014 Brazilian presidential candidate, died in a plane crash on Wednesday. In addition to Campos, 49, four other passengers and two pilots were killed when the plane crashed in Santos, Brazil, about 35 miles south of São Paulo.2 According to air force officials, after hitting bad weather, the plane lost contact with air traffic control and was unable to land.1 Investigation is said to continue. Seven homes in the highly populated residential area were damaged as a result.2

Health and Safety Concerns Over Brazil's Uncontacted Tribes

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 08:00

It is believed that this unnamed tribe was forced out of their land by illegal loggers and miners near the border of Peru and Brazil. Being forced out of their homes and hungry they were forced to make contact. Upon arrival at the Ashinanka village, they signaled that they were hungry and were given plantains. The next day they came back, not because they needed more food, but because one of the members had come down with cold or flu like symptoms.

Ex presidente José Sarney habla de un “tsunami político” en marcha en Brasil

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 08:00

En una reciente columna publicada en el diario “El País” de España, el ex presidente brasileño José Sarney (1985-1990) destaca la incertidumbre existente ante las próximas elecciones presidenciales producto de la irrupción de la candidata del Partido Socialista Brasileño (PSB) Marina Silva. Según diversos sondeos, Marina Silva podría ganar las elecciones del próximo 5 de octubre si pasa a una segunda vuelta con su máxima contendora, la Presidente Dilma Rousseff.

Petrobras and the Brazilian Presidential Election

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 08:00

These past couple of months have been tumultuous for the presidential candidates in Brazil. First, there was the sudden death of Eduardo Campos, the presidential candidate representing the Brazilian Socialist Party. This was followed by the meteoric rise of Marina Silva, a socialist candidate from the rural state of Acre, who has proven to be a worthy candidate against the reigning president, Dilma Rousseff.

El Fenómeno de los Liderazgos Anti-políticos en Brasil

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:00

Entendemos como anti-política todo relato ideológico y herramienta interpretativa que apunta a argumentar por una parte la prescindibilidad de estructuras tales como los partidos políticos, parlamento e instancias de la vida política como las elecciones y las campañas electorales y, por otra, la centralidad de la racionalidad técnica en detrimento de la racionalidad política, tanto desde el punto de vista simbólico como también desde las prácticas de gestión pública.1


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