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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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Should architects work for repressive regimes?

Bjarke Ingels is one of the most famous and most celebrated architects of today, producing distinctive contemporary buildings focused on utilising space and light in novel ways. Over the last fifteen years the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has grown from designing ambitious residential blocks shaped as mountains or large figures of eight around Copenhagen, to […]

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The liberation of world news: why the west must learn to look beyond its Eurocentric view of world events

‘#PrayforAmazonia.’ ‘SavetheAmazon.’ ‘The world cried for Notre Dame, where’s the outcry for the Amazon rainforest?’ This is what has been filling Instagram stories, Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter threads for the past few weeks, as more and more westerners begin to wonder – why didn’t we know about this sooner? Meanwhile, the rest of the world […]

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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 […]