Search Results for "Brazil" : 39

by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm / in Cover Story, Latin America, World

Bribe and Punishment

…s worn during street protests and currently being mass produced for the February’s Carnival festivities. To many Brazilians, the mensalão trial represents a shift in the impunity paradigm that has defined and supported political abuse in Brazil throughout its history. Denise Moura, a historian at São Paulo State University, traces corruption in the country back to the 16th century, when the Portuguese Royal Court encouraged government bureaucrats…

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by / on August 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm / in Latin America, Matthew Michaelides, Web Columnists, World

Lessons from Brazil

…rning Portuguese in the fall of 2013 that I first spoke with my parents about my intention to spend some time in Brazil. I could tell that my mom was a bit nervous about my going, despite her knowledge that an essentially free trip sponsored by a Foreign Language and Area Studies grant was not something I could turn down. At the time, Brazil had been getting a lot of negative coverage in the U.S., with all of the last-minute (read: Brazilian) pre…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm / in Fall 2013, Latin America, World

Corrupting the Cup

…sília on June 15 2013, after years of struggling to recover the famed jogo bonito (“beautiful play”) of old, the Brazilian national team finally managed a convincing display and comfortably dispatched Japan 2-nil to kick off the Confederations Cup, the tournament that serves as a test run for the next year’s World Cup. The highlight of the day, however, was nowhere to be found on the match reel. Earlier, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff came to…

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by / on February 3, 2014 at 11:19 am / in Latin America, Matthew Michaelides, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

The Bigger Picture in Brazil

…y managed to elude the gaze of international sports fans. Of course, that’s not to say that all is well in Brazil. In early January, Brazilian “Presidenta” Dilma Rousseff and her administration were criticized by FIFA President Sepp Blatter for just how unprepared Brazil is for the Cup, stating that “no country has ever been so far behind in preparations.” Protests have continued to rock the streets of Brazil, with particularly loud cries o…

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by / on February 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm / in Latin America, Matthew Michaelides, Web Columnists, World

Lawyers, Guns, and Money

by Brazil’s Supreme Court (wikicommons)   When Americans discuss Brazilian politics, there are a few major topics that tend to come up. Lately, we tend to hear a lot about the World Cup, but economic inequality and political corruption are also common sources of debate. Less topical but still of utmost importance, however, is the Brazilian judicial system. To be fair, the judiciary itself doesn’t exactly scream out to the…

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by / on March 14, 2013 at 10:54 am / in Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Roots of Brazilian Impunity

…ndal in 2005, which threatened to bring down the government of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The scandal broke when Brazilian Congressional Deputy, Roberto Jefferson told a Brazilian newspaper that the ruling party, Partido dos Trabalhadores had paid numerous Congressional deputies 30,000 reais every month in order to vote for the legislation favored by the ruling party. This scandal was an optimistic turning point in the history of Brazilian politi…

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by / on September 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Glow Sticks and AK-47s

…ildren attend schools where teachers simply refuse to show up, leaving them, on average, one to two years behind Brazil’s already dismal standards. Bear in mind, all of this is less than a mile away from the heart of Brazil’s Louis Vuitton toting noveau riche. In Brazil, income inequality is not a passe  debate confined to academic circles. It is as blatant as a gun in your face. For all of the Goldman Sach’s-induced media frenzy over South…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm / in Uncategorized

Need For Seed

…as over—until today. In December 2013, a bill that would legalize the commercial use of GURT was proposed in the Brazilian Congress. Landowning groups had been putting pressure on Brazil’s legislators to draft a bill allowing for certain, non-food uses of terminator technology since 2007, but were stymied by environmental groups. Now, however, in the nation that hosted the eighth UNCBD, such a bill threatens to violate the thirteen-year-old morat…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:28 am / in Business, Domestic

Points for Participation

…s succeeded in reducing inequality and involving citizens more in governmental deliberations. In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a municipal policy called participatory budgeting (PB), which has democratized the process of city budgeting, has succeeded in accomplishing just that. Beginning in the late 1980s, several large Brazilian cities instituted the revolutionary public program. Through PB, a portion of the municipal budget reserved for new capital e…

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by / on March 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

A Latin American Pivot?

…a sensitive topic so close to a presidential contest. Another rising power we don’t seem to hear enough about is Brazil. To the outside eye, Brazil and the United States seem to be made for each other. Comparable in size and mineral wealth to the US, Brazil, which has a staggering variety of peoples contributing to its national identity, is also the only country that could perhaps vie with it for the title of the “world’s melting pot.”…

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