In the last two weeks, Brazilian students have occupied over 1,000 schools. Threats of mass school closures and cuts to the education budget have driven thousands of pupils to shut down and camp out in their schools. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Professor of Anthropology, and Wisconsin native-son, Thaddeus Blanchette talks to Brian Standing […]
Brazil Update: What will happen now that President Dilma Rousseff was impeached? Who will replace her? Today Esty Dinur talks with two experts on this subject, Maria Luisa Mendoça and James N. Green. Maria Luisa Mendonca is the director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights. She is also a professor in the […]
A country in political turmoil. Super bacteria in the water. A “state of public calamity.” A health care emergency and Zika. Drug gangs shooting it out in the streets. Tourists mugged. Police violence, especially against street children. Welcome to the location of the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro. Today we discuss this and more with […]
Brazil is currently facing its worse political crises in several decades as opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attempt to impeach her on corruption charges. But Rousseff has refused to resign and says that impeachment proceedings amount to undemocratic attempts by the right wing opposition to oust her from power, an attempted coup d’etat. In […]
Split show today! First Esty discusses the Brazilian coup with Mark Weisbrot, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Later she talks with Michael Shellenberger, who is speaking at this year’s Nelson Earth Day Conference. Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He received […]
Geography researchers at the UW are checking up on Brazilian cattle farmers. Under pressure from international groups such as Greenpeace, regional slaughterhouses in Brazil have signed agreements to only purchase beef from ranchers who abide by zero-deforestation practices.