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Stories about Brazil

16 October 2019

The only two black coaches in Brazil's top-tier football league take a stand against racism

A statement by coach Roger Machado went viral on Brazilian social media.

20 August 2019

In São Paulo’s outskirts, mothers’ face challenges to access ‘humanized childbirth’

Obstetric violence, absence of birth centres, professionals without training in humanised delivery: how can women have a safe and humanised birth in the outskirts of Brazil's biggest city?

12 August 2019

A Brazilian journalist uses deepfake to make political satire

"They are not made to forge a reality, but a certain situation, with humour and in a critical way."

18 July 2019

Brazil's top court criminalizes homophobia and transphobia

"We believe that punitivism should not be the way for regulation, but since we live in a society tha only reorganizes itself with laws, it is an important decision."

3 July 2019

Interview with The Intercept's Leandro Demori, whose team of reporters challenged Brazil's anti-corruption probe

Operation Car Wash put presidents, lobbyists and some of the most powerful businessmen in the country behind bars. Now, leaked messages show that its task force may have crossed lines.

2 July 2019

In São Paulo's outskirts, theatre groups flourish by turning social issues into stories

Formed by residents of São Paulo's outskirts, theater collectives have been gaining ground with plays in the streets that tackle questions like racism and inequality.

28 June 2019

Record sales, empty seats: The dark paradox behind this year's Copa America football tournament

Expensive tickets have ensured hefty profits for football federations while excluding most South American fans from enjoying the sport they love.

11 June 2019

A decree by President Bolsonaro could threaten civil society group investigating deaths under Brazil’s military dictatorship

An order ending Brazil's civil society committees has raised alarms in the Perus Working Group, which investigates human remains found at a 1970s cemetery in the suburbs of São Paulo.

17 May 2019

Brazilians took to the streets to protest Bolsonaro's education cuts

From São Paulo to the Amazon, thousands of Brazilians went out on May 15 to defend public education.

14 May 2019

Bolsonaro's new gun decree could put reporters in danger, says journalism association

"With the stroke of a pen, Bolsonaro transformed reporters into targets of criminals."

8 May 2019

Brazilian indigenous people buy shares in railway company to denounce its failed environmental obligations

Their shareholders' goal isn't to profit, but to have their voices heard by the company's investors.

7 May 2019

The Brumadinho dam tragedy in Brazil has caused alarm in São Paulo, a state with over 7,000 dams

A district in the city of São Paulo adjacent to two dams urges authorities to draw a contingency plan.

15 April 2019

‘The army didn't kill anyone,’ says Bolsonaro after soldiers fire 80 times at family car in Brazil, killing one

"The army is of the people, and you can't accuse the people of murder," said Brazil's president six days after the incident that has shocked the country.

29 March 2019

A Brazilian funk DJ was sentenced to prison, but many believe his musical genre made him a target

"I think the racial issue, and the issue of inequality and historical prejudice, are all implicit in those charges."

26 March 2019

‘Representation is not feeling different when I read or see something,’ says scriptwriter of comic with black lead character

"It is my existence not being tied only to slavery, as schools seem to say and TV shows repeat. It is feeling part of the world on an equal footing."

24 March 2019

In Brazil, 30 million people live in ‘quasi-deserts’ of news

Researchers see a correlation between a lack of information and a lack of good quality public services.

19 March 2019

‘Who ordered the killing of Marielle Franco?,’ Brazil asks a year after the councilwoman's murder

"Who ordered the president's neighbor to kill Marielle?"

16 March 2019

‘Racism is the shackles holding back our Republic,’ says Brazilian anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

The killing of an unarmed black teen inside of a supermarket was the last reminder of racism in Brazil. Global Voices talked to Moritz Schwarcz to understand this context

6 March 2019

Carnival in Brazil looked extra orange this year as people protested ‘Bolsogate’ scandal

In Brazil, the Portuguese word for orange, "laranja,” is also slang for intermediaries of fraudulent financial schemes.

3 March 2019

For the first time in Brazil's history, there is an indigenous woman in the National Congress

Joenia is the first indigenous woman ever to obtain a law degree in Brazil, and the first indigenous attorney to ever argue a case at the Supreme Court.