Tag: brazil

When Keeping It ‘Colonial’ Goes Wrong: Vogue Brazil Editor Resigns After Using Black People as Props at Birthday Party

Vogue Brasil’s March IssueScreenshot: Condé Nast Just prior to the release of its Spring Fashion Issue, Vogue Brazil suddenly finds itself without a style editor, as Donata Meirelles found out the hard way that using black people as props in a nod to the glorious history of colonization isn’t so chic in 2019. In fact, […]

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Vogue Fashion Director in Brazil Quits Over Photos That Evoke Slavery Era

RIO DE JANEIRO — The fashion director of Vogue magazine’s Brazil edition has resigned following an outcry over photographs from her 50th birthday that critics saw as an allusion to race relations during the colonial era, when Brazil relied heavily on slave labor. The executive, Donata Meirelles, who is white, posted the photographs on her […]

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Rare Rides: A 1965 Brasinca Uirapuru – Say What?

Today’s Rare Ride is a very limited production coupe from Brazil that appears to be very derivative in its styling. But what if that’s not the case at all? Brasinca was a Brazilian truck manufacturer in the 1960s, building heavy duty trucks for the hauling of lumber or delivery of gasoline. It also made parts […]

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How a Demon-Slaying Pentecostal Billionaire Is Ushering in a Post-Catholic Brazil

The headquarters of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God does not resemble your typical megachurch. Its eighteen stories dwarf the big-boxes of the Texas and Missouri exurbs. Behind pillared walls of imported granite and marble, a 10,000-seat sanctuary features neither crosses nor organs, but a menorah motif running from entrance to pulpit. Men […]

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How the Drug War Eats the Poor

This article originally appeared on VICE UK. In New York, the trial of the cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is entering its third month. The El Chapo story is full of million-dollar deals, outrageous prison escapes and, of course, the grotesque violence and political corruption made inevitable by the illegal drug trade. However, the […]

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A Deadly River of Mud: Video of Brazil Dam Collapse Emerges

A week after a dam burst at a mine in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 115 people and leaving 248 others missing, new images and video footage have emerged showing the exact moment of the collapse. The failure of the dam on Jan. 25 — one of the deadliest mining accidents in Brazil’s history — […]

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Corruption Inquiry Involving Brazilian President’s Son Can Proceed, Court Says

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — The presiding judge on Brazil’s Supreme Court overturned an injunction on Friday that had suspended an investigation into bank transactions involving Flávio Bolsonaro, the eldest son of President Jair Bolsonaro, ruling that the inquiry could proceed. The investigation has proved one of the biggest challenges to Mr. Bolsonaro, a far-right politician […]

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Brazil’s Lethal Environmental Negligence

ImageCreditSergiy Maidukov After the catastrophic rupture of a mine-tailings dam in Brazil last week, leaving behind at least 110 dead, 238 missing and an environmental disaster of epic proportions, the police were quick to arrest five people who had been responsible for inspecting the dam and who most recently proclaimed it “stable.” Certainly they had […]

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Toll From Brazil Dam Collapse Rises, With Hundreds Still Missing

BRUMADINHO, Brazil — Rescuers dug through mud and sludge on Saturday, a day after a dam from an open-pit mining complex collapse in southeastern Brazil left at least nine people dead and more than 300 missing. With the help of helicopters, emergency workers rescued 189 people in the hours after a torrent of mud broke […]

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200 People Missing in Brazil After Mining Dam Bursts, Officials Say

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — A mining dam burst in southeastern Brazil on Friday, flooding nearby homes, submerging cars and buses under a river of sludge and leaving 200 people missing, according to the rescue workers searching for them. The accident, in the town of Brumadinho, comes just three years after a dam burst in Mariana, […]

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‘I Have to Stay Alive’: Gay Brazilian Lawmaker Gives Up Seat Amid Threats

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — An openly gay federal lawmaker in Brazil who has frequently clashed with the country’s new far-right president said on Thursday that he was giving up his seat because of death threats. The lawmaker, Jean Wyllys, a fierce advocate for gay rights who was due to be sworn in for a third […]

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Bolsonaro Finds Anticorruption Vow Threatened by Cases Close to Home

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new far-right president, stepped onto the international stage this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with a pitch that had resounded with voters back home: He was committed to eliminating entrenched corruption in his country. But a series of questionable episodes just three weeks into […]

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Please Don’t Let Venezuela Be Trump’s Shutdown Distraction

The fraught situation in Venezuela seems to be coming to a head. On Wednesday, 35-year-old opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president following widespread protests calling for the resignation of strongman Nicolás Maduro, the president and leader of the so-called Bolivarian Revolution that began under Hugo Chávez in 1999. Guaidó was quickly recognized by […]

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I Put My Baby Daughter in Dinosaur Overalls. Am I an Anarchist?

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — “It’s a new era in Brazil: Boys wear blue and girls wear pink,” our new minister of women, family and human rights, Damares Alves, said this month in a video. And she didn’t stop there: Under the new government of President Jair Bolsonaro, she declared in her inaugural speech, “a girl […]

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Bolsonaro Pulls Brazil From U.N. Migration Accord

RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil said Wednesday that his government would no longer be a party to a United Nations migration accord signed last month, arguing that “not just anyone can come into our home.” The decision is not expected to have any immediate impact because the deal, known as the […]

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A Shaky Start in Brazil

No sooner was Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil on New Year’s Day than he let loose a fountain of far-right decrees, undermining protections for the environment, indigenous land rights and the L.G.B.T. community, putting nongovernmental organizations under government monitoring and purging government contractors who do not share his ideology. This thrilled Donald […]

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Jair Bolsonaro Is Not the New Trump. He’s Worse.

Scarcely a week into Jair Bolsonaro’s tenure as president of Brazil, protections for the environment and indigenous and LGBTQ populations have been removed, and both the neoliberal economic policies closely associated in Latin America with the thirteen-year Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and the language of Brazil’s military junta, which ruled from 1964 to 1985, […]

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