A family tree of Brazilian political parties (aka “they f*** you up, your mum and dad”)

This is a handy guide to the convoluted multiplication of political parties in Brazil since the return to democracy at the end of the 1980s. The post if worth a gander if you read Portuguese (I’ve translated it into English below). The fungibility of politicians and parties makes the political scene hard to follow. Ideological anchors are Continue reading A family tree of Brazilian political parties (aka “they f*** you up, your mum and dad”)

Fancy that: no police, no violence

Here’s some surprising news: a pro-democracy protest yesterday in São Paulo (7 September) did not end in police aggression. This stands in contrast to the violent repression witnessed all last week against crowds of two to 30-thousand, and on Sunday against a much larger mass of 50-100 thousand, as I discussed in posts here and here, Continue reading Fancy that: no police, no violence

Paulista policing – how political?

Last Sunday’s (4 September) protest in favour of Diretas Ja! (general elections now) went better than expected with around 100,000 on the streets, before it was needlessly attacked by Military Police after the manifestation had finished. How political are the police’s actions? ‘Police tend to repress left-wing demonstrations’ is hardly a novel insight. So maybe the better question is ‘what do Continue reading Paulista policing – how political?

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