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July 16, 2019
Andre Pagliarini

In The Edge of Democracy, a Netflix documentary, Petra Costa recounts the rise and fall of Brazilian democracy and the human costs of lost hope. While there is much to praise about the film, it sometimes sacrifices nuance for the sake of clarity.   

July 1, 2019
Alexandre Fortes

Critics of Operation Car Wash have had reason to suspect the political motivations behind the judicial inquiry for some time. Revelations from The Intercept now provide proof.

June 17, 2019
Benjamin Fogel

Tracing the roots of political corruption in Brazil from Vargas to Bolsonaro reveals corruption as a political strategy that has long been woven into the fabric of Brazilian politics.


April 13, 2018
Rafael Ioris, Brian Mier, and Bryan Pitts

A Response to Juan Cruz Ferre’s “Lula in Jail: What You Need to Know"

February 2, 2018

Latin America's largest economy is in disarray; its Workers’ Party faces destruction; its radical left searches for a response. The second installment of our coverage on Lula’s conviction.

February 2, 2018
Alexandre Fortes

Brazil's progressive forces face an enormous challenge in rebuilding the Left. But the game is far from over—and Lula will continue to play a key role in it.

February 2, 2018
Bryan Pitts

"For my friends, everything. For my enemies, the law."

February 1, 2018
Sabrina Fernandes

As Lula's judicial saga moves into a new stage, the Brazilian left faces more questions than ever.

February 1, 2018
Daniela Mussi

The Lula conviction signals the end of an era for the Brazilian left. But it's profoundly unclear what comes next.

February 1, 2018
Tamires Gomes Sampaio

The deep arbitrariness of Brazil's judicial system is a legacy of enslavement and colonialism.


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