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Channel Seven’s report on the Suhuwara Indians fed into a long history of racist, exploitative representations. EPA/Gleison Miranda/FUNAI

Barbarian myths: why Channel Seven’s ‘lost tribe’ story matters

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. EPA/Fernando Bizzera, Jr

Latin America has a few lessons for the US on torture

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…
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is seeking a second term in office when the country returns to the polls this weekend. EPA/Sebastiao Moreira

Brazilians split over choice of two very different government paths

The final run-off of the Brazilian presidential elections, to be held this weekend, represent a decisive moment for Latin America’s largest nation. No matter who wins, will the newly elected government…
Time for Brazil to pull in the harvest? Sweeter Alternative

Hard Evidence: who will reap rewards from Russia farm sanctions?

The Russian ban on the imports of some agricultural products from the US, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway has sparked much debate over the likely impact on American and European farmers…
Marina Silva no longer leads the race for the Brazilian presidency but is still a contender if she makes it to a second-round run-off election. EPA/Sebastião Moreira

Explainer: Brazil’s presidential race and a rising star’s Green roots

In Brazil’s 2010 presidential election, Marina Silva won 19% of the first-round vote. What was unusual about this result? She was the Green Party candidate and 19% was an almost unprecedented vote for…
A shared past and an uninspiring future. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Neither Rousseff nor Silva will do what’s right for Brazil

The most positive aspect of the Brazilian election is not just that the two front-runners are are women, but that gender issues are not the major focus of this campaign in the media. Still, the likely…
As candidatas: president Dilma Rousseff (l) and Marina Silva. EPA/Antonio Lacerda

Tension mounts in Brazilian election as first round looms

After a long and spectacular campaign, the world’s fourth-largest democracy will take one of two very different paths – but even in the very last stages of the campaign, it’s impossible to confidently…
The forest is home to animals, birds, plants, and tourist trains. EPA

How to save Brazil’s Atlantic forest on a shoe string

Brazil’s Atlantic forest – Mata Atlântica – is one of the world’s great biodiversity hotspots, rivalling even the Amazon. Running on and off for several thousand kilometres along the coast, the forest…
Xi Jinping’s tour through Latin American countries signals the time is right to reassess Chinese investment in Australia. AAP/EPA/Cubadebate

Xi Jinping’s Latin American tour harbours insights for Australia

Chinese President Xi Jinping has just returned from his second state visit to Latin America, having achieved what no other leader could. His dash through Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and Cuba has breathed…
Banking on success. Ria Novosti/EPA

World Bank watch out, the BRICS Bank is a game-changer

The top news from this year’s BRICS summit was the announcement of a New Development Bank. Headquartered in Shanghai, the bank will become operational in 2016 with an initial capital of US$50 billion…
Germany: world champions for the fourth time. EPA/Antonio Lacerda

Germany triumphs in a World Cup of many winners and losers

No one can say the Germans did not deserve to win the 2014 World Cup: they remained unbeaten throughout, destroyed the hosts along the way, and then saw off those other historic guardians of South American…

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