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Supporters of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gather on a city street in São Paulo, Brazil, after he defeated incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in a presidential run-off election on Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Jair Bolsonaro lost in Brazil, but his threat to democracy remains

Despite Jair Bolsonaro’s defeat in Brazil, democracy remains under threat. The legacies of authoritarian figures like Bolsonaro and Donald Trump live on.
People perform during the Boi-Bumbá in Parintins. The city’s annual festival has shown how remote communities can thrive despite isolation.

Parintins: A remote Brazilian city overcoming isolation through a festival

The “Festival do Boi-Bumbá” changed the fate of Parintins, Brazil. Its success shows the crucial role that cultural festivals play in isolated territories that often lack material infrastructure.
A closer alliance between the US and Latin America could bring political and economic benefits for both. SERGIO V S RANGEL/Shutterstock

US needs to rebuild Latin American alliances as Russia grows global pro-war power base

With Russia building new partnerships to gain support for its war, the US should re-engage with allies in its backyard, experts say.
President Biden Joe Biden speaks at a Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 reception at the White House. Just who counts as ‘Hispanic’ in the U.S. is an open question. Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Census data hides racial diversity of US ‘Hispanics’ – to the country’s detriment

Countries across the Americas are tweaking their census to better understand their population, allowing them to create more responsive policies. The US still has a ways to go.
Buildings sit in the water along the shore following Hurricane Fiona in Rose Blanche-Harbour Le Cou, Nfld. Fiona left a trail of destruction across much of Atlantic Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

On the brink: Global crises ranging from climate to economic meltdown demand radical change

Amid a number of major crises, the world clearly needs radical change. But what will it look like? The desire to return to pre-pandemic ‘normal’ is powerful, but ‘normal’ is what got us where we are today.
A demonstrator dressed in the colours of the Brazilian flag performs in front of a street vendor’s towels for sale featuring Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Another stress test for democracy: The imminent election crisis in Brazil

It is unclear who will win Brazil’s election in the second round, but one thing is obvious: Bolsonaro’s brand of right-wing conservatism is growing, and so is its threat to democracy.
Maria Elena Paredes, coordinator of the Community Vigilance Committee for the Ashéninka community of Sawawo Hito 40, points to satellite images showing deforestation. Reynaldo Vela/USAID

Indigenous defenders stand between illegal roads and survival of the Amazon rainforest – Brazil’s election could be a turning point

Illegal roads have brought deforestation, fire and other environmental damage to the Amazon. The results of the 2022 presidential runoff could have a major impact for the future.

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