Arquivo - Tag: History

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(…)

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(…)

What does the Brazilian military do now?

The military dictatorship ended in the 1980s, and Brazil’s military forces have struggled to establish a role for themselves ever since. Sidelined from politics and unlikely to be deployed abroad due to Brazil’s “rainbow diplomacy,” they have been pushed reluctantly into acting as back-up police forces.¬† By Mauricio Savarese Fifty years after the coup that(…)