Opinion

If you read The Brazilian Report regularly, you have undoubtedly come across reports about how difficult it is to build a new business from the ground up in Brazil. Due to reasons ranging from the country’s overbearing bureaucracy to...

OpinionOct 07, 2019

The ends without the means: the government’s political disarray

The beginning of the Jair Bolsonaro government was defined...

OpinionSep 04, 2019

European nations must confront their own faults in Amazon destruction

In February 2018, residents of Barcarena, a town to...

OpinionAug 31, 2019

The incompetent firefighter

When dealing with a textbook “worst-case scenario” over the...

Opinion Aug 28, 2019

The Argentinian option: What could the Brazilian left learn from its neighbor?

Given electoral trends across Latin America in recent years, the recent primary results in Argentina came as somewhat of a surprise. With former President...

Opinion Aug 27, 2019

Brazil’s country branding has a long history of failure

Last month, the Brazilian tourism board (Embratur) unveiled its new branding campaign to attract foreign tourists to the country. “Brazil, visit and love us”...

Opinion Aug 17, 2019

“Anti-corruption” protesters turn a blind eye to Prosecutor General race

One of the keys to the success of the Car Wash investigation—the inquiry into political corruption that upended Brazil’s political system between 2014 and...

Opinion Aug 12, 2019

The government’s terrible idea to tax financial operations in Brazil

I don’t like talking about the same subject over and over again. That’s why I chose not to use this piece to criticize President...

Opinion Aug 06, 2019

How Brumadinho disaster could push global change in tailings management

Tailings are a sand-like byproduct of mining activities which are the result of crushing ores before mineral extraction. Often, tailings are disposed of in...

Opinion Aug 04, 2019

The deinstitutionalization of Brazil’s Workers’ Party

It sounds otherworldly to Brazilians today, but before he could win his first presidential election in 2002, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva...

Opinion Jul 30, 2019

Brazil’s documentary wars

The events of the past years in Brazil deserve cinematic treatment. From the irruption of street protests in June 2013, through a World Cup...

Opinion Jul 29, 2019

Brasília apprehensive with hacker attacks

The latest political bombshell concerned the arrest of four individuals allegedly linked to the hacker attacks on over 1,000 mobile phones held by innumerable...

Opinion Jul 19, 2019

The biggest beneficiary of the Car Wash leaks is Jair Bolsonaro

This text on the Car Wash leaks was re-published, with authorization, from the Harvard’s Global Anti-corruption Blog (GAB). As most GAB readers are likely...

Opinion Jul 16, 2019

Pension reform means things will improve. The only question is when

The São Paulo Stock Exchange returned to a surprise after the state holiday on Tuesday. The pension reform, approved only a week earlier by...

Opinion Jul 15, 2019

What does Brazil need to enter a new era of trade deals?

Since Mercosur and the European Union (EU) agreed on a free trade deal in June, the Brazilian government has announced its desire to expedite...

Opinion Jul 13, 2019

Brazil’s list of good payers a data protection liability?

While Brazilians were focused on the debates around pension reform, one piece of news passed almost unnoticed: the law establishing the so-called “list of...

Opinion Jul 05, 2019

Greenwald harassment a worrying sign for press freedoms in Brazil

Earlier this week, right-wing blog O Antagonista published a shocking post that went almost unnoticed. It stated that the Federal Police—which operates under the...

Opinion Jun 25, 2019

The Intercept Brasil’s innovative strategy for covering the Car Wash leaks

From the outset, the Brazilian version of The Intercept has dedicated itself to covering our country’s politics from the viewpoint of investigative journalism. Its...

Opinion Jun 15, 2019

What is the best pension reform for Brazil?

In about a month, the Brazilian Congress will enter its mid-year recess. From July 17 to August 1, members of both congressional houses are...