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Brazil's Giant Problem

John Lyons & David Luhnow, Wall Street Journal

Just How Corrupt Is Brazil?

Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Corruption is just a symptom of Brazil’s deeper issue: a vast state apparatus that has tried to be the country’s engine of economic growth....(full article)

On April 17, 2016, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted to start impeachment procedures against President Dilma Rousseff. The impeachment vote comfortably passed the two-thirds maj...(full article)

Daniela Pinheiro: I absolutely agree with the idea that this is a coup. Many Brazilians, including myself, woke up today with a bad taste in our mouth. Sunday was a very bad day, a...(full article)

Brazil’s crisis is not only political and economic, it is also one of identity. Since the 2013 protests the cliched images that stare back at the country when it looks in the mir...(full article)

The Petrobras scandal exposed the true scale of Brazil's corruption problem. It implicated the leaders of Brazil's largest state-owned company, its biggest construction firms, and ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Moving Past Brazil's Dilmageddon - Bloomberg View

The vote by Brazil's lower house to push forward the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff promises an end to the country's long political impasse. Markets have been responding w...

Brazil's Anti-Leftist Witch Hunt - Leonardo Avritzer, Boston Review

For Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the past few weeks have been nothing if not challenging. On March 4, the former president of Brazil was taken from his home by police and ques...

Brazil's Nightmare: No End in Sight - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post

No one knows where this mix of economic disappointment and political disillusion is leading. One hopeful possibility is that Brazil’s casual tolerance of graft may be fading,...

Latin America's Forecast: Deeper Recession - Andres Oppenheimer, MH

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are preparing to put out their annual Latin American economic forecasts, and they won’t look pretty. Judging from what I he...

Brazil's Discredited Left Had This Coming - W.R. Mead, American Interest

The hypocrisy of a leftist elite that lectures and speechifies endlessly about social justice while looting the treasury with the enthusiasm of the most backward ‘colonels&rs...

Brazil's Warrior President - Joe Leahy, Financial Times

“A climate of hate has been established on the streets of this country,” Mr Lula da Silva recently told foreign journalists. “I have never seen a woman subjected ...

Brazil's Mani Pulite Moment - Andres Velasco, Project Syndicate

Even if Rousseff is impeached, it is far from clear that her successor would have the political will and support to make the necessary economic changes. Investors like to fantasize...

Rousseff Mocks Brazilian Justice - Bloomberg View

President Dilma Rousseff has responded to the Brazilian public's increasingly loud cry for greater accountability by mocking it. Her blatant attempt to protect her predecessor from...

A Political System Fails in Brazil - Gabriel De Arruda Castro, National Review

The dominant feeling in Brazil is that Dilma’s government is over. The impeachment process, already started, is likely to pass in the house next month. Until 2018, Brazil wil...

Hard Times for Castro's Heirs - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

These are hard times for Latin America's populist left, the one that, inspired by the Castro model, was brought to power at the dawn of the present century by Hugo Chavez in Venezu...

Dilma Rousseff on the Rack - Irish Times

Anti-government protests erupted in Brazil last week following the appointment to the cabinet by President Dilma Rousseff of her predecessor, protege, and Workers Party colleague, ...

Are Rousseff's Days Numbered? - Roger Noriega, RealClearWorld

Brazil's political crisis took a bizarre turn on March 17 when President Dilma Rousseff, who has been fighting off impeachment demands for the last year, appointed her predecessor,...

Rousseff's Doomed Gamble - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

It's getting hard to keep up with the rolling political crisis that's steadily engulfing Latin America's biggest nation. On Wednesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff named form...

No More Heroes in Brazil - Guardian

A giant scandal is engulfing two presidents – one former, and one current – and roiling an entire nation....

Brazil Tumbles Like 'House of Cards' in Crisis - Daniel Gallas, BBC News

The plot to Brazil's political crisis has become so complicated that even makers of political drama 'House of Cards' joke they are now following events. There is even an online qu...

The Turbulent End of a Political Era in Brazil - Andrea Murta, Atl. Council

Furthermore, the extraordinary fall of the PT party in Brazil has left an indelible mark on leftist movements in Latin America. Winds of change have already been blowing throughout...

A Latin American Spring? - Luis Alberto Moreno, Project Syndicate

Since returning to democratic rule in the 1980s and 1990s, many Latin American countries have been quietly working to strengthen their political systems’ checks and balances,...

Police Question Brazilian Ex-President - Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian police on Friday were questioning former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and searching his home and other buildings linked to him as part of th...

Brazil's Recession: 'I've Never Seen Anything Like This' - CNN

CNN's Shasta Darlington visits the sprawling favela of Rocinha and talks to members of Brazil's "new middle class" who climbed out of poverty in the boom years and now risk falling...

Brazilian Soccer's Unforgiving Moral Code - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

Maybe it's a cultural thing. Futebol, after all, is practically a religion in Brazil, perhaps because it’s where merit and talent trump connections and wealth. Brazilians are...

Zika Virus and Brazilian Women's Right to Choose - Debora Diniz, NYT

The Zika epidemic has given Brazil a unique opportunity to look at inequality and reproductive rights, and to change how the country treats women. Asking women to avoid pregnancy w...

The Cheap Fix for Zika That Isn't Used - Martha Mercer, Daily Beast

To stop the ‘explosive’ spread of the virus in Brazil, people need screens—but they’re nearly impossible to come by....

Brazil Is Going Nowhere - Peter Schechter, RealClearWorld

Brazil's political crisis has now turned into a full-fledged impeachment crisis. The first to pay the price will be the Brazilian people. It will be months - maybe years - before C...

5 Upsides to Brazil's Crisis - Matthew Taylor, Council on Foreign Relations

Brazil is in the midst of the longest recession of the democratic era that began in 1985. Between 2015 and 2016, the economy will shrink by 7 percent, more than in any other two-ye...

Brazil's Year of the Snitch - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

Watching him buckle up for the flight to Rio de Janeiro for the holidays, few passengers would have guessed that the graying man in a burgundy polo shirt seated in the back of the ...

Brazil's Fall - The Economist

AT THE start of 2016 Brazil should be in an exuberant mood. Rio de Janeiro is to host South America’s first Olympic games in August, giving Brazilians a chance to embark on w...

Brazil Faces a Modern-Day Plague - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

Who could blame them? Since May, when the national health ministry confirmed the first cases of Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease has swept the country, infecting at least hal...

Brazil's Congress at Center of an Explosive Political Crisis - Bevins, LAT

It was a weekday morning, two weeks after impeachment proceedings were launched against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and the grand entrance to Brasilia's bold Modernist cong...

Whatsapp Outruns Brazilian Law - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

For a moment this week, Brazilians actually looked up from their mobile phones. On Wednesday evening, a criminal court in Sao Paulo ordered a 48-hour shutdown of Facebook’s p...

Brazilian Protestors Demand Rousseff's Impeachment - D. Phillips, WaPo

RIO DE JANEIRO — Tens of thousands of Brazilians protested corruption and called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in demonstrations across the country Sunday. ...

The Sad Death of Latin America's Left - Christopher Sabatini, Foreign Policy

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Brazil’s Luiz Inacio da Silva dreamed of a new world order. Their successors watched it fall to pieces....

Can Brazil Trade Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain? - M. El-Erian, BV

The recent arrests of prominent figures in Brazil -- including Andre Esteves, who stepped down Sunday as chairman and chief executive officer of Grupo BTG Pactual, the largest inve...

A Wake-Up Call for Latin America's Left - Arlene Tickner, Worldcrunch

BOGOTÁ — Recent election defeats for the social-democratic Peronist candidate in Argentina, and for Bogotá's unapologetic socialist mayor, may be part of a wide...

Recession Bites Brazil - Economist

JOB centres are rarely upbeat places. In Brazil, where they are often a last resort for those who lack the personal connections that lubricate much of life in the country, they can...

South America's Perfect Economic Storm - A. Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

In recent years, when South America benefitted from record world commodity prices thanks to China’s ever-growing purchases of oil, soybeans and other raw materials, the region’...

Why the World's Forests Are Growing Back - Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail

If the air feels just a bit fresher, it may be because the trees are making a comeback. Despite a lot of bad news on climate, our planet has become measurably greener, as seen from...

Another Toxic Turn in Brazil's Scandal - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

Rousseff can likely muster the votes to thwart impeachment, and count on backing from her new best friends in the senate, where PMDB member Renan Calheiros -- Cunha's former ally-t...

It's All Over For the BRICS Countries - Chris Blackhurst, The Independent

In the past 13 months, almost $1trn has left those "emerging markets", as they’re also called. That’s twice the amount that decamped during the global financial crisis....

Brazil's Rising Turbulence - New York Times

Brazil is in tatters. The economy is in a deepening recession: Last Tuesday, Moody’s downgraded Brazil’s credit rating to just about junk. A massive corruption scandal ...

Why Brazilians Want to Impeach Their President - Amanda Taub, Vox

This March, huge countrywide protests called for her impeachment. Some protesters even carried signs calling for the military to stage a coup against Brazil's government — as...

Oil Scandal Rattles Brazil's Young Democracy - Dom Phillips, WaPo

There are times in Brazil’s young democracy -- its constitution dates from 1988 -- when the country seems to be making things up as it goes along. This is one of them....

The Child Preachers of Brazil - Samantha Shapiro, New York Times Magazine

The youngest evangelists in the country’s Pentecostal churches try to balance the demands of their youth with those of their faith....

FIFA Go Home! - Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review

The U.S. case against soccer corruption has hit Latin America at precisely the right moment, in precisely the right area. The region is as receptive as it has ever been on the need...

Latin America Defers the Fight on Corruption - Margolis, Bloomberg View

Earlier this week, a stealth protestor dropped a handful of rodents on the floor of a congressional committee room in Brasilia where lawmakers were grilling a ruling party apparatc...

Brazil's Surprise BFFs Look for Economic Answers - Margolis, Bloomberg

Brazil's Finance Minister Joaquim Levy spent seven straight hours on Tuesday trying to convince Brazilian senators that austerity was the country’s only chance to beat insolvency...

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