Repression of pro-democracy protests

My eyewitness account of police repression last night in São Paulo, originally posted at Brasil Wire. Photography is mine, with additional photo & video in a separate post. Pro-democracy protestors have demonstrated through the streets of São Paulo for four consecutive nights now. All have terminated with military police aggressively dispersing crowds numbering from the Continue reading Repression of pro-democracy protests

Speaking at ‘Battle of Ideas’ conference, London

I will be speaking on Brazil’s crisis on 23 October in London: http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/2016/session/11586 In 2010, on the eve of Dilma’s election as President, and in a very different context, I chaired a debate at the same conference on Brazil as country of the future. Description and session audio is available here: http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/2010/session_detail/4146 Looking back, although the debate was Continue reading Speaking at ‘Battle of Ideas’ conference, London

Get back to Cuba: Infantile Rightism and Brasil’s inverted political poles

That the political crisis in Brazil has seen a stark polarisation is no longer news. The mutual mistrust finds expression in an information war as well as in political struggle over the institutions of democracy. But that does not mean Left and Right are mere mirror images of each other. The Right now exemplifies the Continue reading Get back to Cuba: Infantile Rightism and Brasil’s inverted political poles