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  1. Brazil: The need for a Binding Treaty to hold multinationals accountable for their crimes

    20 Marzo 2019 - Evento

    An eyewitness report from Vale corporate crimes in Brazil.

  2. Brazil: what does the Bolsonaro presidency mean for social movements in Latin America?

    21 Enero 2019 - Evento

    Now that Bolsonaro has been sworn into office, we would like to invite you to join our discussion on what this means for social movements in Latin America and beyond. How does Brazil’s turn to the far right effect the rest of the world? What does it mean for people fighting for social justice, and what kind of solidarity is needed?

  3. Bolsonaro arguing with Federal Deputy Maria do Rosário in the Chamber of Deputies, 14 September 2016

    Brazil's U turn: to the right and backwards

    Diego Azzi
    31 Octubre 2018

    Jair Bolsonaro's victory on October 28 turns Brazil towards the extreme right and backwards in several aspects of its democratic transition initiated with the 1988 Constitution, especially those related to social justice, environment, human rights and the economy. Understanding why he was elected and what he represents is key to grasping the new Brazil  emerging from the election and what to expect for the near future.

  4. El país que queda o lo que queda del país

    Pablo Gentili
    31 Octubre 2018

    Los electores, y sobre todo las electoras, que ganan menos de dos salarios mínimos no votaron por Bolsonaro a pesar de la zambullida en las sombras del 55 por ciento: la bancada de militares y policías supera a cualquier otra.

  5. The Brazil that remains or what remains of Brazil

    Pablo Gentili
    31 Octubre 2018

    For the first time Brazil has elected a president without the support of the poorest or the destitute. Though 55 percent of the electorate opted to steer the country into the abyss, people with lower incomes did not vote for Bolsonaro. In the new Brazilian Congress the military and police caucus overshadows all others.

  6. Odio, frustración y valores reaccionarios

    Gonzalo Berrón
    09 Octubre 2018

    La expresiva performance del candidato ultraderechista Jair Bolsonaro, del Partido Social Liberal (PSL), puede ser explicada por tres factores que actuaron de forma simultánea: antipetismo (odio), rechazo al sistema político (frustración) y la consolidación cultural de valores conservadores en la sociedad brasileña.

  7. Populism from above and below: agriculture and the political ambiguities of the Workers’ Party in Brazil

    • Daniela Andrade
    03 Julio 2018

    Brazil has recently undergone a shift from economic growth to recession, as well as from a left-wing, neo-developmentalist politics to one on the far-right, authoritarian and economically ultraliberal. Such an economic and political U-turn touched upon the countryside in contrasting ways. This paper reflects on the politics of the past. It suggests that the road to regression was paved during the tenure of the Worker’s Party (PT), when politics were considered both popular and progressive. And it was under the PT’s rule when the ‘rural world’ mattered the most for politics.

  8. Sentinels of Privilege and the Ressentiment of the Powerful

    • Kurt Shaw, Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva
    27 Abril 2018

    Through the experience of working with kids from Brazil’s favelas (shanty-towns) telling their stories, two film-makers explore how the rise of the authoritarian right in Brazil is based on a deep fear by elites of social mobility and a desire to preserve their traditional privileges through both physical as well as political walls.

  9. Lula, Ricardo Stuckert (CLACSO)

    Lula para principiantes

    Pablo Gentili
    09 Abril 2018

    “Brasil no es para principiantes”, sostuvo con su poética despiadada Tom Jobim. Entender este país exige una inmensa capacidad de imaginación sociológica. El Brasil de hoy conserva sus marcas históricas, la sociogénesis de un pasado que revive día tras día en la prepotencia de sus élites, en la persistencia de sus estructuras esclavistas y en un sistemático desprecio hacia la democracia y hacia los derechos de casi todos sus habitantes, transformados en extranjeros dentro de una nación sin patria.

  10. Lula, Ricardo Stuckert (CLACSO)

    Lula for beginners

    Pablo Gentili
    09 Abril 2018

    The forces that shaped modern Brazil made the rise of a figure such as Lula da Silva all but inevitable. Conditions in Brazil today mean his imprisonment is certainly not the end of this chapter in the nation's story. Pablo Gentili, Executive Secretary of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), analyses the  parallel between Brazil's history and the story of its most charismatic leader.

  11. The agrarian question in Brazilian Amazonia: Authoritarian populism and neo-clientalism among timber companies and riberinho communities in western Para state, Brazil

    • Paulo Henrique Lima, James Angus Fraser, Mauricio Gonsalves Torres
    17 Marzo 2018

    How is authoritarian populism reconfiguring relationships between timber companies and riberhino communities in Brazilian Amazonia?

  12. Emancipatory rural politics against the green grab: Forest peoples' resistance and negotiation with industrial resource extraction in the Saracá-Taquera National Forest, Brazilian Amazonia

    • Ítala Nepomuceno Rodrigues, Hugo Gravina Affonso, James Angus Fraser, Mauricio Gonsalves Torres
    17 Marzo 2018

    How is green grabbing facilitated by ‘authoritarian populist’ governments in Brazilian Amazonia, and how are indigenous peoples fighting back?

  13. Cultivating alternatives to authoritarian populism in Amazonia

    • David Rojas, Andrezza Alves Spexoto Olival, Alexandre de Azevedo Olival
    17 Marzo 2018

    Exploring the efforts of a group of smallholder farmers who are contesting the attempts of powerful landholder to construct an equivalence between them and the Brazilian “people.”

  14. Brazil: Right Wing Government Undermining Constitution

    Benny Kuruvilla
    17 Febrero 2017

    Marco Aurelio, prominent leader of the MST (Brazilian Landless Workers Movement), speaks with Benny Kuruvilla on current developments in Brazil. Rightwing politicians have been busy cutting allocations in social sectors, revising labour laws and undermining the progressive Constitution. Social movements such as MST have been in the forefront in creating broad based progressive platforms to oppose the Temer Government. 

  15. Brazil’s new government imposes water privatisation in Rio to pay for Olympic Games

    Martin Pigeon, Renato Cinco
    14 Julio 2016

    A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics – in particular for a subway line connecting the sports venues. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae)

  16. Brazil: Can the Workers’ Party surmount its current crisis?

    Walden Bello, Cecilia Lero
    04 Noviembre 2015

    For some, regaining the party’s early identity and vigor as an anti-capitalist force linked to an insurgent labor movement and a dynamic civil society is the real answer to the PT’s troubles

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    Mudança nas mãos do STF

    Julita Lemgruber e Luciana Boiteux
    13 Julio 2015
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    brasil-descriminalizaEm breve o Supremo Tribunal Federal terá excelente oportunidade de reverter o fundamentalismo proibicionista que tem imperado no campo da política de drogas no Brasil, votando pela descriminalização do porte para consumo próprio de substâncias atualmente ilícitas. Se assim decidir, dará um passo histórico em direção a abordagens mais racionais e responsáveis desse tema, como ocorre em outras partes do mundo que resolveram começar a pôr fim à longa, sangrenta e fracassada “guerra às drogas”.

  18. Drug policy and incarceration in São Paulo, Brazil

    • Juliana de Oliveira Carlos
    14 Junio 2015

    This briefing paper analyses the impact of drug policy on incarceration in São Paulo (Brazil). This research is expected to inform and assess some of the consequences of the current Brazilian drug policy, taking into account its impacts on prisoners’rights and on the criminal justice system as a whole.