Arquivo - Tag: corruption

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 São 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(…)

Terror in Brazil’s prisons

A gruesome video recently released is only one example of a penitentiary system often dominated by medieval conditions and shocking violence, Dom Phillips reports, and quasi-feudal political arrangements in the state of Maranhão have done little to improve the system there. By Dom Phillips It cannot have been an easy decision for this newspaper to(…)

Corruption – it’s the private sector

Corruption isn’t mostly about politicians. In its present form, it means that powerful companies dominate Brazil. Above, what corruption looks like. In Brazil, one simple image of corruption is often dominant:  some politician, usually an overweight middle-aged man, grabs money from the public coffers, stuffs it into a big sack, and takes off to spend(…)

Congress vs. the Supreme Court

After months of conflict, some in Congress (above) proposed a surprising bill to limit Supreme Court powers. It was quickly laughed aside, but we do still have an interesting fight over Brazil’s messy democracy on our hands. A battle has been heating up between two branches of Brazil’s government. So far, it’s culminated in legislative(…)

Brazilian Justice – front and center

Joaquim Barbosa, the new authority in Brazilian justice. Mensalão, The PCC, and Caso Bruno – the messy reality of Brazil’s justice system has dominated news recently. Despite obvious problems, some things seem to be improving. Last week, the Brazilian Minister of Justice said he would rather die than do time in the Brazilian prison system.(…)