The report into the human rights abuses committed under the military government, finally published after 30 years, is highly relevant for Brazil today.
Afro-Brazilians have created a new pattern of behaviour that challenges class and racial prejudices.
Horrific events in Pedrinhas prison expose the pernicious effects of the 50-year reign of the Sarney family in Maranhao
The Amazon activist, Chico Mendes, was murdered outside the door of his house on 22 December 1988. Jan Rocha, who met him, looks at his legacy.

Revisiting Paraguay 2

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So the economy's booming? Tell that to the poor, says Jan Rocha in the second of her blog posts.

Revisiting Paraguay 1

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Much remains unchanged but a few are daring to speak out against corruption, says Jan Rocha, in the the first of two blogs
In her fifth Post, Jan Rocha describes the wave of popularity which greeted the Pope's visit to Rio. Will his new emphasis on social issues be enough to stem the Church's decline, she asks?
In her latest blog, Jan Rocha says that, as times goes by, the common thread behind all the demonstrations is becoming clearer.
In her third post, Jan Rocha says that at the root of the protests lie three crises: of representation, values and the quality of public services.

Brazil : protest works

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In the second of her blogs from São Paulo, Jan Rocha says that "people power" is already bringing results

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