The UK Home Office urgently needs cultural change

As I have spent my entire weekend evaluating applications for an early career scholar symposium on urban violence organised by the British Academy and Brazilian Academy of Sciences under our Knowledge Frontiers programme, I did not have time to look at the newspapers until this evening. On doing so, I discovered that the British Home … Continue reading The UK Home Office urgently needs cultural change

Amazonia burns, but so do the institutions that might call Bolsonaro to account

The fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest seem to have finally convinced European leaders that a stand needs to be taken on the threat that the current Brazilian government poses to the planetary ecosystem. Not before time, we might be tempted to say. Although Emmanuel Macron accused Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro of “lying” about his … Continue reading Amazonia burns, but so do the institutions that might call Bolsonaro to account

Barbarity at the US-Mexico Border

Despite repeated claims by the Department of Homeland Security that migrant detention centres in the United States provide sanitary and humane conditions for their inmates, a growing weight of evidence suggests that the United States government is, in fact, presiding over a spectacular violation of the human rights of vulnerable people, including large numbers of … Continue reading Barbarity at the US-Mexico Border

Can we expect justice for Lula?

Yesterday five judges of Brazil's supreme court rejected two Habeas Corpus petitions from ex-president Lula's defence team, by majorities of 4:1 and 3:2. The second would have allowed Lula to be released from gaol pending a review of his conviction in the light of new evidence provided by the publication by The Intercept Brasil of transcripts … Continue reading Can we expect justice for Lula?

The Mad King and the Decline of American Empire

On May 30 Donald Trump announced that from June 10 he would impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico until Mexico stopped undocumented migrants that has entered its national territory through its southern border attempting to enter his country. This latest trade war episode was apparently stimulated by the detention the previous … Continue reading The Mad King and the Decline of American Empire

Bolsonaro to hit social science funding

The last few days have probably reminded a lot of Brazilians of what they lost when remorseless lawfare pursued under a constant state of exception robbed them of the chance to re-elect former president Lula in 2018, producing a situation in which the refusal of 42 million electors to vote for either candidate allowed Jair … Continue reading Bolsonaro to hit social science funding

Dysfunctional Government in Brazil and the Disunited Kingdom of Brexit

In recent weeks I have participated in two academic events dominated by bleak appraisals of the conduct of government by Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Participants not only offered strong critiques of the negative social, political, geopolitical, and environmental implications of the government’s actions to date and plans for the future, but also expressed considerable concern … Continue reading Dysfunctional Government in Brazil and the Disunited Kingdom of Brexit

On the latest Minas Gerais mining disaster

At 5.30am this morning an alarm sounded to warn of dangerously high water levels in another dam in Vale's Córrego do Feijão mining complex in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, where the rupture of a tailings dam last Friday is already known to have killed 37 people, but left hundreds more missing. Although more than a hundred … Continue reading On the latest Minas Gerais mining disaster

Waiting for Bolsonaro, and company

Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, takes office at the start of the New Year. His election victory over the PT's Fernando Haddad by almost 58 million votes to his rival's 47 million loses a little of its shine when we consider that 41 million voters chose to abstain or register null or blank votes rather … Continue reading Waiting for Bolsonaro, and company