Sunday, October 22, 2017
Brazilians began the New Year in the most terrible way, with images of piles of headless, dismembered corpses, the result of a savage massacre in an Amazon prison. The photos were put on social media by the murderers themselves, in boastful celebration of their bloody crimes. On New Year’s Day, 56 prisoners died in the Anísio Jobim prison on the...
São Paulo 11 Dec 2016. Another turbulent week in Brazilian politics. As Brazil lurches from crisis to crisis, it seems more like a country grappling to stay in the present than the country of the future. The first revelations of the promised “end of the world” plea bargain have been published, exposing a vast and shocking scheme of kickbacks and...
As rain-soaked soldiers carried coffin after coffin into the football stadium in the small city of Chapecó, in a procession which seemed as though it would never end, Brazilians were mourning not only the loss of sons, husbands, brothers and idols, but the loss of a dream.   “Even God is crying, “said Chapecó’s mayor, as the heavens opened and...

Rio: from kudos to chaos

In less than three months Rio has passed from the splendour and success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to a state of public calamity and chaos. The state government is bankrupt; salaries are in arrears, hospitals are at breaking point, suppliers are unpaid.  The causes include the steep drop in the royalties enjoyed by Rio when the oil price...
A moving tribute to Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns on his 95th birthday
The arrest of the former speaker of Congress has sent shock-waves through Brasilia.
The PT (Workers' Party) fared very badly in the recent municipal elections and is unlikely to recover before 2018. The political system is entering a new era, but no one knows where it will lead.
Anti-Temer protests are spreading like wildfire as the new government is forced to make U turn after U turn
Interim President Michel Temer has chosen a white, male cabinet which ignores all the social advances of the last 14 years
The senate votes to proceed with Impeachment and suspend Dilma. Some of Temer's cabinet choices have provoked indignation, even horror.

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