China’s Xi Xinping had trialled his COVID lockdown measures on what he callously called the ‘virus’ of the Uighurs, writes Stan Grant. COVID lockdowns are now over, but the trace of tyranny remains.
Nearly 95% of deforestation in the Amazon occurs within 3.5 miles of a road or near a river. Brazil’s plans to ramp up exports may be on a collision course with the forest.
The newest class of right-wing populists aims to not only dismantle the guardrails of democracy, but also the most fundamental principles of the rule of law. We must prepare.
Populism has been unleashed. We’re beyond the stop-gap measures of small-step reform or pragmatic centrist liberalism. What’s next? We’re about to find out.
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will meet with President Biden at the White House on Feb. 10, 2023, to discuss several joint issues. But democracy is job one.
He faces strong headwinds at home and abroad as his third term as president gets underway.
The chaos in Brazil’s capital, along with the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection in the US, demonstrate that there is a key human factor in election integrity.
Brazil’s president has some significant struggles ahead to bring the country together.
Brazil’s military portrays itself as guardian of the country’s democracy when it has often been anything but.
Rather than weaken or oust Lula, the riots seem to have paradoxically strengthened the president politically.
Ousted right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro had been mobilising supporters with talk of electoral fraud.
More than a week into administration, Lula’s multicultural politics could not stand in starker contrast to Bolsonaro’s colourblind stance. Could they bring the country together?
Hundreds of Bolsonaro supporters have been arrested and state governors read the riot act for disloyalty to the elected government.
The sacking of key democratic institutions in Brasilia has parallels with the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol but was different in one key way: the position of the military.
Support for Brazil’s football team may be breaking down political division in the country, at least for now.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says he will end land clearance in Brazil’s Amazon region. But powerful forces profit from rainforest destruction.
Lula’s international reputation could be key to the country’s success.
Despite Jair Bolsonaro’s defeat in Brazil, democracy remains under threat. The legacies of authoritarian figures like Bolsonaro and Donald Trump live on.
Israel’s longest serving and most politically resilient prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, returns to government with a new coalition, partnering with extreme-right parties. It could be his undoing.
Stable coalitions will depend on strong democratic values being embedded among political elites.