Thomas Piketty argues that education is a big equaliser in a highly unequal society like South Africa. But it must be good quality education.
Twenty years ago, Brazil and South Africa were in a similar position when it comes to inequality. Brazil has made significant progress in addressing this, but South Africa hasn't.
The ills that afflict any society can be dealt with much more effectively when the arts are integrated into the national conversation.
What if Malcolm Turbull’s conception of "21st-century government" imagines a healthy civil society and a responsive economy that values debate, imagination, difference and surprise - all provided by the arts.
Australia’s shared past with Brazil enriches understanding of the two former European colonies.
The First Fleet had three layovers on its voyage to Australia – one was Rio de Janeiro. As Australia and Brazil celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations, it's worth remembering this encounter.
Time to reorder the flags?
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Back in 2001, a Goldman Sachs economist said Brazil, Russia, India and China would become the powerhouses of the global economy in the coming decades. Is that still in the cards?
What do we want? Not quite sure. When do we want it? Now!
Opposition to president Dilma Rousseff is growing, but there is division over what her fate should be.
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Rio 2016 promised much, but with just one year to go Brazilians are still waiting for it to deliver...
Mexico City Uber protests on July 29.
Some theorists suggest that such platforms are making our world more efficient by natural selection. The reality is a little more complicated.
Brazil’s former president, Jose Sarney.
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Latin America's two biggest players spent much of the 1980s in a low-grade arms race – and they both had nuclear aspirations. How did they manage to diffuse the tension?
Artistic reconstruction of two Tiarajudens males during combat in the Permian of southern Brazil.
New evidence shows marked similarities between two fossils – one from Brazil, the other South Africa. This confirms compelling geological findings that continents were once one giant land mass.
Equalisers: Argentina’s Cristina de Kirchner, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, and Uruguay’s Jose Mujica.
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While still host to some of the world's most unequal countries, Latin America is making strides where Europe and the US are falling behind.
A bad business.
Brazil is being rocked by a graft scandal of titanic proportions. Could it bring down Dilma Rousseff?
Historic: weather patterns similar to what’s causing the drought in California are happening in Brazil.
The same persistent weather pattern bringing hot, dry conditions to California is likely connected to a punishing drought in the Sao Paulo area in Brazil.
In it together.
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Latin America's biggest heavyweight and its worst basket case are tied together by politics and trade. But as life gets harder for both, their bonds are starting to fray.
What’s worse than a railway through a rainforest? This.
Brazil will find a way to ship its goods to China whether we like it or not, and for a rainforest roads are much worse than rail.
Brachycephalus verrucosus: packing some punch.
It's the size of a fingernail but could do you some serious damage – numbness, incontinence, and muscular paralysis.
These frogs are among the world’s smallest vertebrates.
These tiny creatures have ditched tadpoles and extra toes to make the most of their habitat.
Welcome to the Cantareira desert.
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Growth can be predicted and droughts can be planned for. So why did Brazil's largest water utility get caught out?
The writing’s on the wall.
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Dilma Rousseff's administration has done little to improve the representation of women in top positions – and has suffered disappointing setbacks.
Channel Seven’s report on the Suhuwara Indians fed into a long history of racist, exploitative representations.
Early this month, the Federal Court rejected Channel Seven’s appeal against an Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) ruling that its program about the Suruwaha Indians was inaccurate and…
For many, the recent Brazil torture report is only a starting point – but so far it is a strong step in the right direction.
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The world quietly celebrated Human Rights Day (December 10) earlier this month. That week, two big, interrelated human rights events occurred. The first was the well-publicised revelations that America’s…