Brown Bag: The Coup in Brazil Hidden from Headlines

Brown Bag: The Coup in Brazil Hidden from Headlines

On August 31st, the rightwing forces in Brazil impeached President Dilma Rousseff on spurious grounds thus setting back the Workers’ Party’s social justice programs and implementing an austerity program that will most gravely affect the working class and...
Brazil’s Biggest Folly isn’t Hosting the Olympics

Brazil’s Biggest Folly isn’t Hosting the Olympics

Hardly anything about the Olympic dream these days is feeling particularly dreamy. The Rio de Janeiro games, some are charging, have already turned into “a large-scale catastrophe,” with everything from massive evictions and expenditures billions over budget to doping...
The Roots of Social Rebellion? Social Movements.

The Roots of Social Rebellion? Social Movements.

Historic change eventually comes via small and modest beginnings. The current revolts in Brazil and Turkey actually started in low-key fashion at least one decade ago. Had they been spotted earlier, there would be less befuddlement about explaining the genesis of the...
Brazilians’ Demands: From Lower Bus Fares to a Fair Society

Brazilians’ Demands: From Lower Bus Fares to a Fair Society

With a million people demonstrating in the streets of cities throughout Brazil, everyone’s scrambling to understand how a 20-cent bus fare hike turned into a social revolt. Government officials are the most surprised. President Dilma Rousseff hastily cancelled a...
The Elephant in Rio

The Elephant in Rio

A close friend of mine in Fairfax, Virginia, is expecting her first child. By the time this baby girl turns 60, she’ll live in a world that’s warmer than it’s ever been since humans began walking the Earth 2.5 million years ago, according to a new...
Walmart’s Arrogance

Walmart’s Arrogance

The New York Times recently dropped a bombshell about Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and biggest private U.S. employer. The Times revealed that in 2005, an internal Walmart investigation found evidence that its rapidly growing Mexican affiliate had...
An Easy Way to Improve U.S.-Latin American Relations

An Easy Way to Improve U.S.-Latin American Relations

During his attendance at a recent African Union summit, former Brazilian president Lula da Silva critiqued the structure of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC): “it isn’t possible that Latin America, with its 400 million inhabitants, does not have...
Chinese Take-Over of South America?

Chinese Take-Over of South America?

In the wake of Obama’s recent tour of Latin America, media reports and commentators claimed that China has been economically outmuscling the United States in the region. The reality, however, is that Beijing’s economic presence has not come at the expense...
Rural Livelihoods in a Globalizing World

Rural Livelihoods in a Globalizing World

Join us beforehand at 4:00pm for a screening of Strong Roots: The Landless Worker’s Movement in Brazil (Raiz Forte), a documentary that also covers the brutal massacre of 19 peasants in the northern state of Pará by Brazilian police on April 17, 1996....
Author Event: Living in the Crossfire

Author Event: Living in the Crossfire

Living in the Crossfire: Favela Residents, Drug Dealers, and Police Violence in Rio De Janeiro is an exhaustive study of the violence that touches the daily lives of Rio de Janeiro’s favela residents caught in the crossfire bewteen police officers and the drug...
Obama in Latin America: Another Missed Opportunity

Obama in Latin America: Another Missed Opportunity

U.S. President Barack Obama’s most audacious phrase during his trip to Latin America that ended this week was “We are all Americans. Todos somos Americanos.” The phrase seemed designed to provoke rants from the right wing in the United States. But in...
Libya: Where Are the BRICs?

Libya: Where Are the BRICs?

Following the vote at the UN Security Council, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States have embarked on military action against Gaddafi’s forces in Libya. They have been careful to include a few Arab states in this new coalition of the willing. But...