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Evo Morales’s Latest Ploy for Power: A Highway through the Bolivian Jungle

The once unquestioned President Evo Morales is losing his stranglehold on power. As a result, Morales and his allies are looking for ways to increase public support. To this end, Morales recently approved the construction of a highway that would cut through a Bolivian national park. The Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park, or…

Brazilian Judiciary Loses Its First Battle in The War Against Corruption

For the first time in Brazilian history, criminal charges have been brought against a sitting President. Chief Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot presented charges of passive corruption against President Michel Temer to the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, August 2nd, Congress voted against charging Temer until the end of his presidency. While the implications of this result are…
Protestors outside the entrance to Brazil’s House of Representatives, June 2013

Brazil’s Party Problem

A 2016 study found that 79 percent of Brazilians don’t trust politicians or the political system. One of the main reasons Brazilians believe their concerns are not being represented is the country’s overabundance of parties. Brazil currently has thirty-six political parties; and the number is growing. This has led to a sense of underrepresentation and…

Is Corruption Worth Investigating? How Brazil Became Consumed by Operation Car Wash

Operation Lava Jato (Car Wash) started in Brazil as a small-scale operation in 2014. It focused on targeting money laundering operations that were using car washes as a front. The investigation grew in importance and attention as big names in Brazilian politics and economy started popping up, linking them to money laundering schemes. Now, the…

The Continuation of Brazil’s New Foreign Policy

Michel Temer, President of Brazil, is determined to break from the ideology of his predecessor, President Dilma Rousseff. Aside from the changes he has made on limiting government spending, Temer has been working to actively change the government’s foreign policy. Unlike Rousseff, who viewed Itamaraty, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a tool to spread…

Evo Morales’s Latest Ploy for Power: A Highway through the Bolivian Jungle

The once unquestioned President Evo Morales is losing his stranglehold on power. As a result, Morales and his allies are looking for ways to increase public support. To this end, Morales recently approved the construction of a highway that would cut through a Bolivian national park. The Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park, or…

Brazilian Judiciary Loses Its First Battle in The War Against Corruption

For the first time in Brazilian history, criminal charges have been brought against a sitting President. Chief Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot presented charges of passive corruption against President Michel Temer to the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, August 2nd, Congress voted against charging Temer until the end of his presidency. While the implications of this result are…
Protestors outside the entrance to Brazil’s House of Representatives, June 2013

Brazil’s Party Problem

A 2016 study found that 79 percent of Brazilians don’t trust politicians or the political system. One of the main reasons Brazilians believe their concerns are not being represented is the country’s overabundance of parties. Brazil currently has thirty-six political parties; and the number is growing. This has led to a sense of underrepresentation and…

Is Corruption Worth Investigating? How Brazil Became Consumed by Operation Car Wash

Operation Lava Jato (Car Wash) started in Brazil as a small-scale operation in 2014. It focused on targeting money laundering operations that were using car washes as a front. The investigation grew in importance and attention as big names in Brazilian politics and economy started popping up, linking them to money laundering schemes. Now, the…

The Continuation of Brazil’s New Foreign Policy

Michel Temer, President of Brazil, is determined to break from the ideology of his predecessor, President Dilma Rousseff. Aside from the changes he has made on limiting government spending, Temer has been working to actively change the government’s foreign policy. Unlike Rousseff, who viewed Itamaraty, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a tool to spread…