Despite protests and widespread scrutiny, Brazil continues to face ‘giant’ dilemma

A culture of corruption and a weak judicial system hinder Petrobras probe by Enrique Xavier López In Giant—George Stevens’ 1956 Hollywood blockbuster—oil tycoon Jett Rink, played by 24-year-old James Dean, is a man blinded by greed and corruption. In this classic rise-and-fall story, Rink is able to extend his wealth and influence beyond the oil business,… Read More Despite protests and widespread scrutiny, Brazil continues to face ‘giant’ dilemma

The Protests in Brazil: Dialogue as a Necessary Alternative

by Leonardo Petronilha March 15, 2015 was marked as a Sunday of protests all across Brazil against Dilma Rousseff’s—from the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party)—government. One of the most vaunted demands was for impeachment proceedings to be opened against the President of the Republic. First, it’s important to call attention to the fact that we live… Read More The Protests in Brazil: Dialogue as a Necessary Alternative

Police violence part of Brazil’s security problem

by Heidi Lipsanen On the morning of April 22nd 2014 the body of 26-year-old Douglas Pereira, the talented dancer of a popular television show, was found on the yard of a kindergarten in Rio de Janeiro’s Pavão-Pavãozinho slum. Locals and his family refused to believe the initial police statement according to which the injuries were compatible… Read More Police violence part of Brazil’s security problem