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Natural History Museum Will Not Host Gala for Brazil’s President

The American Museum of Natural History said Monday that it would no longer host an event at the museum by an outside organization that was to have honored President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, whose environmental policies have come under fire. The announcement followed days of criticism that a prominent institution dedicated to nature and science […]

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Bolsonaro, a Combative ‘Soldier,’ Gets Off to a Rocky Start in Brazil

BRASÍLIA — “I wasn’t born to be president,” Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, said during a recent address at his official residence. “I was born to be a soldier.” The tone used by Mr. Bolsonaro, a former army captain, was lighthearted. But the message underscored how turbulent his first few months as president have been. In […]

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Gala Honoree Causes Concern at American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History says it is exploring its options after discovering that the honoree at a gala to which it rented space next month will be President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, whose environmental policies have come under fire. In statements Thursday and Friday, the museum responded to criticism that an institution dedicated […]

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The Rise of the Milícia State

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — A little more than a year ago, a member of Rio de Janeiro’s City Council was murdered with four shots to the head and neck. The councilwoman, Marielle Franco, was headed home from an event when a car pulled up and someone opened fire, killing her and her driver. It was […]

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A Fire Killed 10 Boys in Brazil, and Exposed the Underbelly of the Soccer Business

RIO DE JANEIRO — Even in death the haggling went on. Christian Esmério was going to be the one — his family had been sure of it. He was 15 and towering, a soccer player with an easy smile that belied his prowess between the goal posts. Already there was talk of contracts, and of […]

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MSNBC’s Wild Ride

On January 31, Rachel Maddow, the eponymous host of The Rachel Maddow Show, returned from a commercial break. In the previous segment, she had interviewed Betsy Woodruff, a Daily Beast reporter, who had written a story on alleged connections between the Russian government and the National Rifle Association. Before that, Maddow had conducted a friendly and knowing colloquy […]

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Hungry City: Churrasco That Rises Above at Paladar in East Harlem

There they are, the racks of meat on skewers as long as harpoons, inexorably turning. This is churrasco, Brazilian barbecue, opulent and austere at once, the meat scarcely adorned and tasting only of itself, salt and fire. Elsewhere in town, at sprawling Brazilian steakhouses with white tablecloths and marble-topped buffets, waiters parade the hot skewers […]

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Former President Michel Temer of Brazil Is Arrested

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested former President Michel Temer, local news outlets reported. The officials did not immediately disclose the charges that led to the detention of Mr. Temer, 78, whose term expired in January. He was taken into custody at his home in São Paulo, according to the […]

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The Beginning of a Questionable Friendship

During his visit to the United States Monday and Tuesday, Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing extremist sworn in as Brazil’s president in January, appeared visibly giddy at the prospect of meeting Donald Trump, gamely playing the amiable ally. While Bolsonaro represents a distinctly Brazilian and deeply militaristic strain of authoritarianism, he has expressed admiration for Trump’s […]

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Bolsonaro Is Betting His Presidency on Trump

During his visit to the United States Monday and Tuesday, Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing extremist sworn in as Brazil’s president in January, appeared visibly giddy at the prospect of meeting Donald Trump, gamely playing the amiable ally. While Bolsonaro represents a distinctly Brazilian and deeply militaristic strain of authoritarianism, he has expressed admiration for Trump’s […]

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At Last: Brazil’s Villainous New President Meets the Man in the Mirror

U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is hosting President Bolsonaro for a visit and bilateral talks at the White House today.Photo: Chris Kleponis (Getty Images) When I was at SXSW last […]

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Editorial Observer: Who Will Save the Rain Forest?

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon rain forest are the shock troops in the struggle against climate change. “We are the first ones to be affected,” says Sônia Guajajara, one of Brazil’s best known indigenous leaders. “We’re seeing floods that last longer, we’re seeing droughts that are longer, we’re seeing a reduction in fish with […]

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A Year After Her Execution, Marielle Franco Has Become a Rallying Cry in a Polarized Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — The question hangs heavily over this city: “Who killed Marielle Franco?” It is raised in graffiti in virtually every neighborhood, emblazoned on T-shirts and written across banners displayed defiantly at mass demonstrations. This week, just days before the anniversary of her execution, prosecutors provided a partial answer, charging two former police […]

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5 Students Among 8 Killed in Brazil School Shooting

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — At least five students were killed in Brazil on Wednesday when two assailants, both former students, broke into a school and opened fire, police officials said. The attackers also killed two employees at the Professor Raul Brasil school in Suzano, a satellite city of São Paulo, and injured at least nine […]

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Everything We Know About the School Shooting in Brazil

A woman lights a candle at the Raul Brazil public school following a shooting earlier today in which ten people died, including the two shooters, in Suzano, São Paulo. Nelson Almeida/Getty Images A version of this article originally appeared on VICE Brazil. On Wednesday, two hooded and masked men opened fire inside the Professor Raul […]

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Latin America Claims to Love Its Mothers. Why Does It Abuse Them?

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Five years ago, a Brazilian woman in labor was detained by police officers and forced to deliver by C-section. The woman, Adelir de Goes, had already had two cesarean sections — an all-too-common procedure in my country — and was hoping to deliver her third child vaginally. But her baby was […]

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The President and the Golden Shower

BRASÍLIA — Carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the Brazilian calendar. There’s of course the world-famous show put on by samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, which attracts tourists from around the world, but Brazilian revelers take to the streets in cities across the nation, big and small. And every year, the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Volkswagen Fox

If you’re a European car manufacturer in the middle 1980s, what do you do when Tercels and Excels and Justys make your value-priced econobox seem too expensive in North America? If you’re Volkswagen, you call up your Brazilian operation and start building Americanized versions of the VW Gol, successor to the Type 1 Beetle in […]

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Maduro Closes Venezuela’s Border With Brazil to Block Aid

MEDELLÍN, Colombia — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela ordered its border with Brazil closed Thursday, part of his escalating effort to stop opponents from sending humanitarian aid into his poverty-stricken country. Juan Guaidó, the parliamentary opposition leader who declared himself president of Venezuela last month, has vowed to bring tons of aid donated by the […]

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