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Brazilian elections: Aftershocks of a populist regime

What a relief! Jair Bolsonaro is gone, but what will this populist’s legacy mean for the world? Last Sunday we saw the de-election of a controversial far-right president. This time, newspapers worldwide were not celebrating Donald Trump’s election defeat, but his uncannily similar Brazilian counterpart. Jair Messias Bolsenaro swept into power in 2019 following a […]

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Bother in Brazil

You may remember the days of the coy acronym ‘BRIC’ being bandied around by Western analysts as they predicted the rise of nations and the fruitful economic and political relationships which Brazil, Russia, India and China would offer. Well, there is not much fruit being borne from the authoritarian regimes of Russia and China as […]

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EIFF 2022: Fogareau Review

Brazillian director Flávia Neves launched the UK premiere of her debut Fogaréu, which explores the legacy of Brazil’s colonial past with a close-up look at the sinister events taking place in her home town of Goiás. The film follows Fernanda (Bárbara Colen) who returns to her parochial, traditional hometown to scatter her deceased adoptive mother’s […]

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Palmeiras snatch cagey Copa Libertadores final

A long and arduous past year has brought few opportunities for celebration and optimism, but for two hours the thousands of Brazilians with allegiance to Palmeiras saw their club reach the pinnacle of South American Club Football for the second time. Undoubtedly the green of Palmeiras will be worn with extra pride across the barrios […]

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Remembering the Highland Clearances in a time of climate emergency

The Proclaimers belt out “Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more, Lewis no more, Skye no more” in their debut hit ‘Letter From America’, intended to conjure up allusions of the tragic past played in Scotland’s iconic Highlands. Reflecting on this past may aid our efforts to understand the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in a […]

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This Month in Global News: the wider world this October

Trump of the Tropics: former soldier, Jair Bolsonaro, was elected as Brazil’s new president on October 28 after a month of escalating tension and violence which culminated in his clear victory over the left wing candidate Fernando Haddad. This result signifies a shift to the right in Brazilian politics and an end to the Workers’ Party […]

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Rosberg in control with two races to go

With just two races to go, Lewis Hamilton knows that his title defence of the Formula One Drivers’ Championship is out of his hands. The Brit dominated both the Mexican and US Grands Prix with his teammate Nico Rosberg coming second both times. As long as Rosberg finishes on the podium in both the Brazilian […]

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Zika declared ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’

It has been almost a year since the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil in May 2015. Since then, the virus has spread throughout South America, becoming a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” according to the World Health Organisation. Additionally, it has been discovered that the virus is even more dangerous than first […]