Arquivo - Tag: Society

Crime and punishment in Brazil

Overcrowded, unsafe, and wracked¬†by sickening levels of violence, Brazil’s prisons¬†were described by a report published last week as a “human rights disaster”. To make matters worse,¬†many inmates have not yet been convicted but¬†must endure months in¬†appalling¬†conditions while they wait for their case to be heard. ¬†¬† By James Young Belo Horizonte If, as Dostoyevsky put(…)

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(…)