Brazil

A Summary Execution

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Democratisation
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The Menezes killing is a reminder that human rights cannot be a stick to beat the developing world I can understand the shock the July bombings caused in Britain. I have lived in London, and we want to show solidarity in the fight against terror. But in Brazil we were also shocked that an innocent Brazilian could be mistaken for a terrorist and shot dead by the police. I want to avoid strong ... Read more

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Lula's lament

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'When there is such an overwhelming disaster and you see yourself as part of this disaster, you begin to question your whole life. Why so many years of sacrifice and struggle?' Congressman Fernando Gabeira expresses the feelings of many petistas - members or supporters of the Brazilian Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) - when they heard that the party they built or supported as an instrument of d... Read more

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Examen a la nueva Ley de Drogas en el Brasil

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Drogas y Democracia
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La Lei de Entorpecentes promulgada en Brasil en 1976 durante la dictadura fue el resultado de la presión internacional en esa materia, especialmente de Estados Unidos. Mientras las fuerzas de represión se dedicaban a perseguir subversivos de izquierda, la policía se concentraba en toda una nueva gama de criminales de la droga, definidos en esta ley. Al aumentar los arrestos por drogas,... Read more

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The PT loses Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre

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Democratisation
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SAO PAOLO - After Sunday's electoral defeat in the crucial municipalities of Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, top leaders of the Workers Party (PT) have engaged in a heated debate looking for explanations and culprits to blame. Lula da Silva and Jose Genoino - who preside over the country and over the party, respectively - reject any account linking the municipal failures with the federal government... Read more

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Brazil 2002. The Victory of the Da Silvas

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Democratisation
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On Monday 29 of October, the day after the victory, the leader of the Workers Party (PT) declared to the national and international press that the recent elections had meant "the triumph of Brazilian society and its democratic institutions". This is the sort of speech that every politician around the globe uses in post-electoral times, but in the case of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva it was not... Read more

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Hope Triumphed Over Fear

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Democratisation
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With a landslide victory the leader of the Workers' Party Luiz Inácio da Silva, commonly known as Lula, has won the presidential elections in Brazil last Sunday. With 61.3% of the vote he defeated government candidate José Serra. Brazil voted for change, despite a scare campaign by his opponent and the international financial markets insinuating that the left-wing Lula would turn the economy... Read more

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