The Political Polarization That Elected Jair Bolsonaro Still Hangs Over Brazil's Democracy
The left-right divide—a healthy feature of a pluralist political system—is so toxic now that divergence of opinion has surpassed the realm of policymaking.
The Killing of an Indigenous Leader in Brazil Is Part of a Global Trend of Attacks on Environmentalists
In 2018, more than 160 land and environmental defenders were killed—many of them Indigenous.
Can Economic Pressure Curb Jair Bolsonaro's Anti-Indigenous Agenda?
An impending trade deal with the E.U. has instigated further pushback from non-governmental organizations and local activists against any deal with the Brazilian government.
In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro's Government Is Gutting Environmental Agencies From the Inside
Fines for illegal deforestation were down 34 percent from January 1st to May 15th this year compared to the same period last year—the largest drop ever recorded.
'We Are Resisting to Exist': Indigenous Women in Brazil Are Fighting for Their Rights and Their Lives
The far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro has instituted new policies that put indigenous land rights and health services under threat.
A New Report Urges the E.U. to Take Economic Action to Curb Amazon Deforestation
Environmental groups argue that Europe should use trade leverage to prevent the Brazilian government from furthering the destruction of the rainforest.
Brazilian Companies Illegally Degrading the Amazon Continue to Operate With Impunity
Although producers of soy, cattle, and timber were charged with environmental crimes, their products continue to flow into international markets.
Brazil's Bolsonaro Government Wants to Circumvent the Constitution to Allow Mining on Indigenous Lands
The Brazilian minister of mines and energy stated that Brazil would open its indigenous territories to mining interests without the consent of the affected population.
Why the Brazilian Far Right Loves the European Middle Ages
In Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil, the new government and far-right groups are propagandizing a fictional version of the European Middle Ages to legitimize their reactionary agenda.
'Play More Aggressive': Negro Leo Mixes Activism With Experimental Music
Negro Leo's music advocates a radical solidarity with his country's least fortunate.
How Chinese Interests—and Money—Have Revived Brazil's Ambitious Amazon Rail Network
Brazilian commodities producers have long dreamed of a railroad network crisscrossing Amazonia and the Cerrado, able to cheaply move crops and minerals from the nation's interior to South America's coasts. But factors, including lack of investment, political instability, and difficult terrain, have foiled those hopes—until now.
What Influence Will Populism Have on the U.N. Climate Conference?
Experts argue that the political structure of populist nationalism makes introducing policies to reduce, or mitigate, emissions in democracies difficult.
How a New Provision in Brazil's Forest Act Could Cost It a Massive Chunk of Protected Rainforest
Researchers warn that an area of Brazilian Amazon rainforest bigger than Ireland is at risk of losing its legal protection.
Did Coordinated Misinformation Campaigns on Social Media Affect the Brazilian Presidential Elections?
Just before the vote, a video with homophobic overtones appeared across multiple social media networks and may have helped steer the election toward far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
What Does the Election of Jair Bolsonaro Mean for Brazilian Democracy?
Bolsonaro's angry, populist campaign rhetoric led many newspapers and public figures worldwide to declare his candidacy a threat to the country's 33-year-old democracy.
Inside the Land Rights Struggle for the Descendants of Runaway Slaves in Brazil
Communities made up of fugitive slave descendants have been forced from their lands and denied their rights, a situation that may only get worse under newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro.
These Brazilians Traveled 18 Hours on a Riverboat to Vote. I Went With Them.
Far from the urban hubs of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, thousands of poor Brazilians must travel hours by boat just to vote.