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Vincent Bevins √© colaborador do jornal brit√Ęnico 'Financial Times' e correspondente no Brasil do 'Los Angeles Times'. Escrito em ingl√™s, blog aborda principais acontecimentos do Brasil sob o olhar de um estrangeiro.

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Dilma’s approval rating

President Dilma Rousseff’s performance in the polls has been absolutely disastrous recently. At the same time, it is misleading to say, in English, that her “approval rating” is 10%. That is because unlike polls done on American presidents, Brazil’s Datafolha polling system is tripartite. Respondents are given three options. They can rate the government “good/great,”(…)

Brazilian football and (corrupt) politics – a brief history

Brazilians’ love¬†for soccer has been exploited¬†by crooks, dictators, and dirty politicians for decades. Above, dictator¬†Emilio M√©dici celebrates after his country’s 1970 World Cup victory. By Mauricio Savarese When former Brazilian soccer boss Jos√© Maria Marin was arrested in Switzerland at the end of May, most fans here just knew him as the old guy that(…)

Across Brazil by train

Tragically, there are only three remaining long-distance passenger trains that can take you across Brazil’s spectacular landscapes. Sam Cowie took a ride from the middle of Minas Gerais to the coast of Esp√≠rito Santo. By Sam Cowie¬† Maybe it‚Äôs a British thing, but I‚Äôll take a train journey over a plane any day. Passing through(…)

It’s a dog’s life in Brazil

Brazil’s love for its animals is the stuff of literary legend. But its current relationship with suffering of its huge stray population, as well as its pets, ¬†is much more complicated, and often heart-breaking. By James Young Belo Horizonte “There was only one condition stated in the will and that was that the heir, Rubi√£o,(…)

Who’s who in the battle for Brazil?

Why do ‘pro-government’ protesters battle cops, while pro-impeachment protesters hug them? Which team are these guys on, again? A guide to the current¬†crisis Vincent Bevins S√£o Paulo I just spent a month away from Brazil, which served to remind me of¬†just how inscrutable the struggles currently rocking this country are to foreign observers. They¬†may know(…)

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