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Rollercoaster Elections in Brazil


by Eloy Oliveira

Candidates Dilma Rousseff,  Marina Silva, and Aecio Neves
Candidates Dilma Rousseff, Marina Silva, and Aecio Neves

In the most curious Brazilian election of the last two decades, President Dilma Rousseff will faceoff with the Social Democrat candidate, Senator Aécio Neves, and not Marina Silva, as predicted by many political commentators.

To understand the current situation, we must look back four years when Rousseff was first elected president. (more…)

Society

A democratic Brazil doesn’t need a military police force


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by Isabela Cunha

Policiais_ocupam_Complexo_do_Alemao
Police officers enter Complexo do Alemao, a favela in Rio de Janeiro

September 18th, 2014. It is 5 pm in São Paulo. Carlos Braga, a street vendor, is shot in the head while trying to protect his friend from the pepper spray used during a police blitz. He was unarmed. The police officer is taken into custody, but released four days later. According to the judge responsible for the case there were not enough elements to justify the imprisonment. The other police officers who witnessed the incident declared it was accidental.  Other witnesses declared it was deliberate murder.

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