Is the Brazilian justice system entering a legitimacy crisis?

Recent weeks have seen both organised and spontaneous protests by citizens against leading figures in the judiciary. An example of the latter was an outburst by passengers on a domestic flight against Supreme Court Judge, Glimar Mendes, notorious for his political sympathies with the PSDB,  a video of which is available on YouTube here. A … Continue reading Is the Brazilian justice system entering a legitimacy crisis?

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What can we expect from Mexico’s new government?

On Sunday July 1st, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (generally known as AMLO) was elected president of Mexico with a comfortable majority, securing over 53% of the vote against three rival candidates. The candidate of the party of the outgoing president, Enrique Peña Nieto, José Antonio Meade, came a poor third. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) … Continue reading What can we expect from Mexico’s new government?

President Dilma Rousseff visits Manchester University

Yesterday Manchester University's Global Development Institute hosted a meeting in which staff and postgraduate students had an opportunity to meet and talk with former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.   Elected for a second term in 2014, and the first woman to become president of her country, Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party was removed from … Continue reading President Dilma Rousseff visits Manchester University

New publication: Dossiê on Urban Issues in Caderno CRH 31(82), open access

This special section (dossiê) of the Brazilian journal Caderno CRH, edited by Maria Gabriela Hita and myself is now available online, open access through the SCIELO system. All the papers are in Portuguese except for Mariano Perelman's, which is in Spanish. Direct links to the full text papers and abstracts are provided below. You can … Continue reading New publication: Dossiê on Urban Issues in Caderno CRH 31(82), open access

Lula, the coup and the Left

Brazil's former president Lula is now confined in his specially prepared cell in the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba. This ended a weekend of high drama following his defiance of Judge Moro's order to surrender himself by 5 pm on Friday. His arrival at the place where he is to begin a sentence … Continue reading Lula, the coup and the Left

Marielle Franco and the politics of hate in Brazil

On Wednesday, March 14, Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco was shot dead in  a car in the city centre, together with her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. Born in the favela of Maré, Marielle Franco was a tireless campaigner for the human rights of the  people of the favelas. With a sociology degree from the … Continue reading Marielle Franco and the politics of hate in Brazil

Temer’s new intervention in Rio

Michel Temer, the unpopular Brazilian president installed by the coup against Dilma Rousseff, has just done something without precedent since twenty-one years of military dictatorship ended in 1985. He has issued a decree which gives the army direct control over public security in Rio de Janeiro, thereby removing all control from the elected state governor … Continue reading Temer’s new intervention in Rio

Distinguished anthropologists taking a stand in Chiapas

The Council of the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas,  the UNICACH, has recently approved the award of an honorary doctorate to General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, current Secretary of National Defence, by a majority of 20 votes in favour to 8 against. This act has led two exceptionally distinguished anthropologists to renounce the honorary … Continue reading Distinguished anthropologists taking a stand in Chiapas

The judgement of Lula: where next?

Yesterday, January 24, the higher federal tribunal based in Porto Alegre rejected former president Lula's appeal against his conviction on corruption charges by the lower court of Judge Sergio Moro in Curitiba, the court that is responsible for the Lava Jato anti-corruption investigations. The three judges who composed the Porto Alegre second instance tribunal were … Continue reading The judgement of Lula: where next?

2018: a year for political hope?

It is not exactly easy to be optimistic about what 2018 has in store for either Latin America or Europe. In a sense, my country of citizenship, the United Kingdom, now seems to offer one of the more promising political scenarios around. There is civil war within the country's elite, Theresa May's Conservative government gets … Continue reading 2018: a year for political hope?