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Above: Slaves at a coffee yard in a farm. Vale do Paraiba, Sao Paulo, 1882 On May 13, 1888, Brazil abolished slavery. The last nation in the Western Hemisphere to do so, it brought to an end the fundamental labor force of American colonization. Slavery was central to nearly the entirety of European conquest of […]

Brazil’s Cabinet

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On May 16, 2016

So Dilma Rousseff was finally evicted from the Brazilian presidency by her right-wing opponents. What does the new cabinet look like? Oh dear. Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer has pledged

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Zika and Inequality

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On February 21, 2016
Disasters, however “natural,” are a wonderful (well, horrible really) entry point into exposing to the public to deep fissures on inequality in a society. That’s true whether they are earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, or disease epidemics. This includes Zika, even as our knowledge of what is really going on remains very much a work in […]
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Today in Smart Thinking

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On December 24, 2015
This group of right-wing Brazil politicians is thinking smartly and taking a page from the National Rifle Association by deciding that the only solution to their nation’s murder problems is allowing people to buy more guns. Of course, what this is really is about is scared wealthy people who don’t really feel much of the […]
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