Brazil

“I’m sorry for the mishaps. I wasn’t born to be president, but [I was born] to be a military man.” Last week, Jair Bolsonaro confessed his sins to journalists and showed some concern with his performance. “Sometimes I ask God, ...

The 100-mark bears enormous symbolism in politics. While there’s nothing particularly special about it—after all, a presidential term is 1,461 days long—the milestone is often used to assess how an administration is doing and to observe if any real changes ...

The foreign policy of president Jair Bolsonaro will be the result of conflicts between three groups within the government: the populists that call themselves “anti-globalists;” the military officers at the top of the administration; and the economic technocrats in the ...

It’s been almost a month since the beginning of the Jair Bolsonaro administration—and it has been an uphill struggle trying to work out what exactly is going on. Members of the Brazilian government have sent messages in different directions, and ...

Brazil is getting involved in the Venezuelan crisis. Nicolás Maduro’s days as president of Venezuela appear to be numbered. The country is hurtling towards rock bottom, with the International Monetary Fund projecting its inflation rate could reach an almost unreal 10,000,000 ...

When president-elect Jair Bolsonaro walks up the ramp to the Palácio do Planalto on January 1st, he will be facing more than a polarized Brazil with an underperforming economic recovery. The challenges ahead range from the low quality of public education ...

It’s been less than 48 hours since Jair Bolsonaro was confirmed as Brazil’s president-elect – and there’s still two months before he takes office on January 1, 2019. We still don’t know who will be his pick for Minister of ...

The Superior Electoral Court had three presiding justices this year – and each stressed the need to counter the power of fake news on voters’ minds. The court created a committee to monitor online campaigning (which didn’t hold a single ...

Is Bolsonaro a fascist ? Like many people, I resist throwing the word “fascist” around too often. Logically, if anyone is a “fascist,” then nobody is – which ends up being extremely disrespectful to victims of real fascism and banalizing what should ...

What a difference a week makes concerning far right. Seven days ago, Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad’s steep ascending trend gave pundits reason to believe that he would finish the first round ahead of frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro. On Sunday, a poll by ...