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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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