Rio militia war with authorities engulfs the city

Rio militia war with authorities engulfs the city

An expanding crack-down by the police and army against Rio de Janeiro’s powerful and violent militias has led to surges in open armed conflict and retaliatory killings. The result is that the city’s major streets and highways have been blocked, and public spaces and...
Brazil gears up for the October 2018 election

Brazil gears up for the October 2018 election

The proliferation of political parties in Brazil’s coalition system means that normal government tends to give way to a melee of alliance-brokering, feints and manoeuvres of candidates, and kite-flying once Brazil’s 2018 election is in sight. The distractions...
The new populism of Brazil’s Michel Temer

The new populism of Brazil’s Michel Temer

With pension sector reforms dropped, President Michel Temer has been returning to the security theme at every opportunity. This included the ceremonial announcement of a new BRL42 billion (US$12.9 billion) credit facility that is available through the Banco Nacional...
Brazil’s Lula is under the cosh

Brazil’s Lula is under the cosh

Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is now looking less likely to sweep back into power in October 2018 after the appeal courts moved swiftly to set a January 2018 date for deciding if a prison sentence against him will be upheld. Lula was sentenced to more...