Coups and Crowing

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes conducted a five-year investigation into so-called “digital militias” who support former right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. As part of that probe, the judge banned 150 accounts on X, the social media app formerly known as Twitter, that were associated...

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Online Muskets

A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Sunday initiated a probe into a possible obstruction of justice by billionaire Elon Musk – the latest episode in a dispute over misinformation between the South American country and the tech magnate, CNBC reported. Musk, who owns social media platform...

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Piling Up

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was indicted Tuesday for falsifying Covid-19 vaccination records, marking the first indictment of the embattled conservative leader, the Associated Press reported. The federal police indictment, released by the Supreme Court, accused Bolsonaro and 16 others of manipulating public health data to...

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Last Resort

A crowd of supporters of Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrated in São Paulo on Sunday as the far-right leader faces charges for his alleged role in an attack on government buildings, the Associated Press reported. An estimated 185,000 people occupied Paulista Avenue, according to independent...

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Loose Threads

Brazil’s federal police on Thursday attempted to confiscate the passport of former President Jair Bolsonaro as part of an investigation into an alleged coup attempt following his 2022 election loss, Reuters reported. Sources said police visited Bolsonaro’s beach house near the coastal city of Angra dos...

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Who Decides?

Brazil’s upper house of parliament passed a draft constitutional amendment this week to limit the ability of Supreme Court judges to rule on issues individually, a move supporters say is aimed at curbing the judicial overreach of the country’s top court, Reuters reported. The bill, still...

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Old Money

Slave trader Jose Bernardino de Sá was one of Brazil’s wealthiest people in the mid-1800s. He trafficked nearly 20,000 Africans to the South American country, using his proceeds to build roads and farms, and to finance the Banco do Brasil, which is today the country’s...

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Taking Charge

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ordered a temporary militarization of the country’s most important ports and airports, a move aimed at addressing the rising crime in the South American nation following a series of incidents in Rio de Janeiro state, Reuters reported. The leftist...

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Presumed Guilty

A Brazilian congressional probe found that former populist President Jair Bolsonaro should face criminal charges for plotting a coup in response to losing the 2022 presidential elections to leftist candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Bloomberg reported. The findings are part of a report by Senator...

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Inch By Inch

Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled against efforts to strip back Indigenous land rights, a verdict that many Indigenous communities and advocates hailed as a historic victory for the country’s original inhabitants, the Guardian reported. The case centered on a lawsuit brought by the Santa Catarina state –...

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The Long, Muddy Slog

Brazil’s Supreme Court began trying hundreds of former conservative President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters, who stormed and vandalized the country’s three main governmental buildings in January, the Financial Times reported. On Wednesday, the court heard the cases of four men on a slew of charges, including seeking...

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Declaring War

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is leading the charge to protect the Amazonian rainforest. Following Lula’s example, leaders of eight South American countries are now pledging to end illegal deforestation in the massive region that has been called the lungs of the planet, reported...

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The Reversal

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva passed a decree over the weekend that would tighten gun control rules previously loosened by his conservative predecessor, a move aimed at reducing gun-related violence, the Wall Street Journal reported. Under the new decree, Brazilians can only buy two...

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Not Leaving Soon

Brazil’s electoral court barred former conservative President Jair Bolsonaro from running for office until 2030, a ruling that could further increase political tensions in the Latin American nation, the Wall Street Journal reported. The court found Bolsonaro guilty of abuse of power over his attempts to...

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Dating Borders

Brazilian lawmakers approved a contentious bill this week that opponents say threatens the land rights of Indigenous communities and gut environmental protections, NPR reported. The draft law would include limits to the creation of new Indigenous reserves to lands that were only occupied by native peoples...

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The Showdown

Tech giant Google clashed with Brazilian authorities this week over a divisive new bill aimed at curbing “fake news” that is also coming under fire from other tech firms and social media platforms, the Financial Times reported. The fight began when Google promoted an article on...

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A Growing Disease

Brazil will implement new restrictions on social media in an effort to curb an “epidemic” of violent school attacks that have plagued the country since last week, Agence France-Presse reported. On Wednesday, Justice Minister Flavio Dino said that platforms will be ordered to take steps to...

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Down It Goes

Brazil’s navy sunk a decommissioned aircraft carrier this month, prompting intense criticism from officials and environmental groups around the world who said the vessel was packed with toxic materials, including asbestos, Radio France Internationale reported. Navy officials conducted the “planned and controlled sinking” of the 35,000-ton...

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