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Contemporary Geopolitical Changes and Democratic Transitions

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (via Kremlin)

By Avram Reisman

At a time when democracy is in recession and facing new challenges, it is worth looking back on essential literature written when democratic change was similarly challenged by authoritarian powers. 1,053 more words

Brazil: Order and Progress was Never a Civilian Slogan By T.P. Wilkinson

14 October 2018 — Dissident Voice

The order of the new southern star

The apparent victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 Brazilian presidential elections has been analysed as the return of some kind of fascism to Brazil: electing dictators where they previously had to enter office in tanks. 2,218 more words

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Podcast appearances

Recently, I appeared on two podcasts discussing Brazil’s election and its context.

Cable Street: Brazil’s Trump, But Worse w/ Alex Hochuli

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An Enthralling Show of Afro-Atlantic History Illuminates Brazil - The New York Times

It’s worth going a distance for greatness. And great is what the exhibition “Histórias Afro-Atlânticas” (“Afro-Atlantic Histories”) is. With 450 works by more than 200 artists spread over two museums, it’s a hemispheric treasure chest, a redrafting of known narratives, and piece for piece one of the most enthralling shows I’ve seen in years, with one visual detonation after another. 169 more words

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Wow Video: Brazilian Police Demonstrate How to Get Out of a Tight Parking Space

According to one account we saw, the technique is “emergency brake, crank wheel, pop clutch.”

We’ll take their word for it.

Need a laugh today? Check out our collection of hilarious videos from Brazil.

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Musical Interlude: Great Saxophone Rendition of Chorinho Classic "Confusão"

It’s time to start the week out right. And by “right” we mean, of course, with a little chorinho. The song is Confusão, and the sax player absolutely slays it. 11 more words

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