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Collecting firewood on the Waiapi indigenous reserve in Amapa state, Brazil, Oct. 13, 2017. A new bill could open Brazil’s Native lands to development. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images

Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope

Native Brazilians are among the Amazon's most effective defenders against logging and mining, because they're fighting not just for the environment but for their people's very survival.
In this March 2018 photo, Venezuelan children wait for a meal at a migrant shelter set up in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s humane refugee policies: Good ideas can travel north

If Brazil can find an efficient, pragmatic way to welcome, protect and integrate hundreds of thousands of forced migrants arriving at its border, so can more affluent states.
Venezuelan migrants look at the Panamericana Highway, in Urbina, Ecuador. More than 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled to neighbouring countries like Brazil, where they must navigate anti-migrant politicians. LGBTQ+ refugees in South America have only one dedicated centre — Casa Miga — to turn to. AP Photo/Edu Leon

More protection urgently needed for Venezuelan LGBTQ+ refugees in Brazil

The only centre for LGBTQ+ refugees in Latin America is overwhelmed by demand and is struggling to take in refugees from Venezuela.
Two autocrats: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, right, in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 7, 2019. AP/Presidential Press Service

So you want to be an autocrat? Here’s the 10-point checklist

Today’s autocrats rarely use brute force to wrest control. A human rights and international law scholar details the modern authoritarian's latest methods to grab and hold power.
When people feel threatened, they’re more receptive to politicians who espouse xenophobic rhetoric. Trybex/Shutterstock.com

Could climate change fuel the rise of right-wing nationalism?

Some view a retreat from democracy and the escalating effects of climate change as an unfortunate coincidence. But a new study shows that the two trends may be more closely related than we think.
A protestor dresses as Jair Bolsonaro on Amazon Day in Rio de Janeiro, September 5 2019. EPA-EFE/MARCELO SAYAO

Are the Amazon fires a crime against humanity?

Destroying the Amazon rainforest will accelerate climate change, harming millions. Can those responsible be prosecuted?
Members of the Huni Kuin community survey the damage after a fire on August 22. Centro Huwã Karu Yuxibu via Facebook

Amazon in flames: Brazil’s Huni Kuin indigenous people count the social costs of fire and conflict

Huwã Karu Yuxibu, the cultural centre of the Huni Kuin indigenous group in the Amazonian state of Acre, was destroyed by fire in August.
Sergio Moro, former judge and now Brazil’s justice minister, was heralded for his Operation Car Wash anti-corruption investigations. Now he’s facing allegations he co-ordinated with prosecutors, improperly advising them in a case against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s Operation Car Wash: A corruption investigator is accused of his own misdeeds

Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro, once a judge who oversaw a massive and successful anti-corruption operation, is accused of improperly directing prosecutors in a case against a former president.
Students at the Parana Federal University in Curitiba, Brazil, protest planned cuts to federal spending on higher education planned by President Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing government, May 30, 2019. The banner reads ‘In defense of education.’ Reuters/Rodolfo Buhrer

Brazilian universities fear Bolsonaro plan to eliminate humanities and slash public education budgets

Brazil's new president was elected on promises to radically restructure Brazil. But proposed education spending cuts and curricular changes have students and teachers marching in the streets.

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