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Justice investigates Bolsonaro’s participation in the events of 8 January 2023: coup attempt failed, but country still divided Eraldo Peres/ AP

Why Bolsonaro failed to overthrow democracy – and why a threat remains

Federal Police arrested some of Bolsonaro’s closest aides and carried out search warrants against former ministers and high-ranked military officers. The allegation: plotting a coup.
The largest tributary on the left bank of the Amazon, the Rio Negro is known for its paradisiacal landscapes, fresh, clean and abundant waters, where pink dolphins swim. Today, much of its riverbed around Manaus looks like this. AP Photo/Edmar Barros

Amazon region hit by trio of droughts in grim snapshot of the century to come

The drought is expected to affect the region until mid-2024 at the earliest. Signs of its severity include the lowest water levels in the city of Manaus in 121 years.
The C.D. Howe Building is the home of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the department of the federal government responsible for regulating industry. (Shutterstock)

The Canadian government’s poor track record on public consultations undermines its ability to regulate new technologies

The Canadian government’s attempts at public consultations have fallen short when developing regulatory frameworks for AI. More needs to be done to ensure that policies serve the public.
Debt renegotiation between debtors (mostly older, minority women) and debt collectors (in green and from behind). December 2019, debt renegotiation fair in Vitoria (Espirito Santo) Brazil. T. Narring

How debt has morphed into a new form of work for women

In different parts of the world, managing debt on a day-to-day basis is a real job, and one that is mainly taken on by women.
Donald Trump sits next to Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., in March 2020, when both men led their countries. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Judicial activism has had vastly different impacts in Brazil and the United States

Judicial activism can be a double-edged sword. While it swiftly penalized Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro for election misinformation that stoked violence, it’s resulted in anti-choice laws in the U.S.
Affirmative action for college students in Brazil led to better employment prospects for those who benefited from the policy. Cesar Okada via Getty Images

What the US can learn from affirmative action at universities in Brazil

Research has found that race-neutral policies were not enough to achieve diversity in Brazil’s higher education system. Three scholars probe what that means for the United States.

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