Arquivo - Tag: Culture

Brazil welcomes refugees with open arms

Brazil president Dilma Rousseff declared last week that the country would welcome refugees “with open arms” and talked of the important role¬†immigration has played in Brazilian history. But can¬†such optimism survive the tensions that surround the issue?¬† By James Young Belo Horizonte Surrounded by a¬†withering¬†economic crisis, the billowing¬†Petrobras corruption scandal, a kick-in-the-teeth¬†credit rating downgrade, and(…)

TV from the dark ages shines spotlight on Brazil’s race debate

Recent high-profile examples of prejudice¬†have stirred up the complex race debate in Brazil, a country that has in the past claimed to be¬†built on foundations of racial democracy.¬† By James Young Belo Horizonte From the glorious colonial architecture of Ouro Preto in the hills of Minas Gerais to the exquisite Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil(…)

The great illusion

What if they put on Carnaval, and nobody came? A short¬†work of fiction By James Young It was a glorious Saturday morning in Recife. A statue in the form of a multicolored rooster, the Galo da Madrugada, towered over the Duarte Coelho Bridge, streamers hung from the lampposts and on every street corner someone was(…)

Brazil’s five election surprises

Sunday was full of surprises, and most of them dispiriting for the groups¬†that thought they’d made gains during last year’s protests. Here’s the five biggest. By Mauricio Savarese 1 – Marina Silva out of the run-off From presidential front-runner to the falling star of Brazil’s politics. The former environment minister was a bad player from(…)