Abortion is legal in Brazil in cases of rape, if the mother’s life is in danger, or if the fetus is deformed. But a special congressional commission approved a proposed constitutional amendment that, if passed, would criminalize abortion. […]
If Brazil’s left aims to be effective beyond electoral purposes, base-building must be paired with politicizing efforts so that the masses can become political subjects, rather than just political objects. […]
Pension giant TIAA is leading a global wave of deforestation and the destruction of small farmers’ livelihoods.
The impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff resulted from the conjunction of three factors: the rupture of the alliance with business owners, the rise of a new militant right, and the PT’s serious mistakes after abandoning the streets. What remains is a wounded society and an extractive model that went unquestioned by the left and undermined the hegemony of the Lula current.
The debate is part of all new movements in Latin America: how much energy should be spent building something unique and how much should go to dealing with state institutions. There are two sides to the debate on public policies (participation in the management of public institutions at the local level): fear of being co-opted by the State and fear of isolation. It is the need to choose between creating popular community or governing without power.
As the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro quickly approach, Brazil continues to debate the introduction of a new counterterrorism law. Despite strong criticism from Human Rights Watch that the bill is “overbroad and vague”, the bill has passed in both the Brazilian Senate and, as of February 24, the House of Representatives. As the bill makes its way to President Rousseff’s desk, we consider the arguments of two politicians.