Category Archives: Brazil

Foreign doctors: the solution for Brazil’s health system?

When millions of Brazilians took to the streets during the protests this past June, one of the most common demands was the desire to have an adequate public health care system, with doctors, clinics and hospitals that would follow the … Continue reading

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Food Security vs Environmental Conservation: Brazilian Cerrado’s example

In the face of farm crises and fear of not being able to import enough food in the 1970’s, Brazil, stepped up to the challenge and established itself as an agricultural miracle as the total value of the country’s crops … Continue reading

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Protests in Brazil

Although it is impossible to foresee which will be the end of the street movements started in Brazil at the beginning of the month, it is undeniable that the protests have become one of the biggest street demonstrations since Brazilians … Continue reading

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Making an Impact: Lessons and Encounters in the Social Business Sector

This summer I am interning at Agora Partnerships, a nonprofit organization that provides early stage social entrepreneurs with access to capital, networks, and resources in Latin America. Social businesses are those organizations that are financially sustainable and make an economic, … Continue reading

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A Brighter Future for Domestic Workers in Brazil

For some time Brazilian domestic workers have been treated by the law as ‘second class’ worker, with less guaranteed rights than other employees. Although the 1988 Brazilian Constitution originally guaranteed several rights for all urban and rural employees, such as … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Political Paralysis

Since the April 14th presidential elections, Venezuela has been in a state of political paralysis not seen since 2002-2003.  The narrow victory by President Nicolas Maduro over Henrique Capriles has led to extreme polarization – Capriles has challenged the election … Continue reading

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Brazil 2014 – The Presidential Campaign

2014 is an important year for Brazil. Not only because the country will be hosting the FIFA World Cup, but mainly because during the second semester Brazilians will elect their new President, or reelect President Dilma Rousseff. Although there are … Continue reading

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Post-Chavez Venezuela

On the afternoon of March 5th, Vice President Nicolas Maduro informed Venezuelans that President Hugo Chavez had passed away after battling cancer for over two years. The government has announced a 7-day period of mourning, while Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles … Continue reading

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The Pacific Alliance

On January 30th, the Presidents of the Pacific Alliance’s Member States agreed to liberalize intra-trade by 90% by March 31st. The move would bring tariffs down to a mere 10%, a significant reduction in the region given the rising protectionism … Continue reading

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The Falklands/Malvinas Question

On January 3rd, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner addressed a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron calling on the United Kingdom to return the Falkland Islands (in Spanish, Islas Malvinas) to Argentina. According to Ms. Fernandez, the letter was … Continue reading

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