Great Decisions 2015 | Topic 8
Some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — deep divisions over how to tackle serious income inequality, weak civic institutions and poor regional leadership — have held it back.
Brazil — it’s the “B” in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence — it’s drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — deep divisions over how to tackle serious income inequality, weak civic institutions and poor regional leadership — have held it back.
- Brazil wants to increase taxes to address inequality. Will it work?
- Corruption Always Foreshadows a Future Economic Downgrade
- The BRICS Under Cheap Oil
- Another Round of Protests hit Brazil
A recent overview of how Brazil’s economic boom has led the way to the country’s emergence as a growing power with the influence to impact events around the world.
This VICE News video covers Brazil’s sometimes violent protests from the poor favela communities in reaction to the decision to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, opting to build lavish stadiums while many remain in poverty.
This longform article from Financial Times gives the reader a look deep inside Brazil’s favela communities, imbedded with crime and gangs, and the police’s efforts to crack down ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
This report discusses the growth of democracy in Brazil after the fall of its military regime in the 1980s. The report explains why democracy has flourished and where Brazil’s political landscape could head in the future.
This longread from Foreign Policy magazine looks at the protests prompted by the Petrobas corruption scandal and what they may mean for President Dilma Rousseff's future.