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The Man Who Hopes to Block the Ultra-Right in Brazil

After a major defeat in the first round, the Brazilian Workers’ Party and progressives are pinning their waning hopes on a second-round miracle for candidate Fernando Haddad.

Brazil’s Far-Right Candidate Banks on Fear and Fundamentalism

Supported by evangelical churches and the right, Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate is hoping his extreme views can convince a majority.

Brazil’s Missing People—A Human Rights Crisis

Every year around 40,000 and teenagers go missing in Brazil while the virtual database only shows 400 kids. From January to September of 2015 in Rio de Janeiro alone, 2,282 cases of missing persons were reported, a 16% increase in relation to 2014.

Slave Labor, Deforestation and Greed Create Crisis in Brazilian Countryside

The Temer administration continues to threaten to favor Brazilian agriculture at the price of one of Brazil’s greatest riche– the environment. Progressive sectors of society worry that the rise of agribusiness hides severe labor and environmental costs.

Amazon Jungle Reserve Saved–For Now

A Brazilian court blocked Temer’s decision to abolish the environmental Renca Reserve, saying that Temer exceeded his authority with the decree.

‘Forced Disappearance is a Crime of Terror’: Ariel Dulitzky

Ariel Dulitzky, Argentine lawyer, University of Texas Law School Professor and former member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, in an exclusive interview to Americas Program on Operation Condor, its influence in current operations, and today’s wave of forced disappearances in the context of the war on drugs.

Temer’s Dilemma

Despite some encouraging signs in the economy, Brazil’s president Michel Temer faces an abysmal approval rating as the entire political class—and the president himself- continues to be embroiled in corruption scandals.

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