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People attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in São Paulo on Oct. 11, 2019.
People attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in São Paulo on Oct. 11, 2019.

A Far-Right Huddle in São Paulo

CPAC Brasil is evidence that Bolsonaro’s brand of conservatism is becoming more mainstream elsewhere in South America.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.

Lula’s Tricky Comeback

The Brazilian leftist has crafted an unusual alliance with the center. Will it sully or save him?

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Already Undermining Brazil’s Upcoming Election

The populist president and his devotees are casting a dark cloud over the October vote.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador talk during the commemoration of Mexico’s Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the enactment of the Iguala Plan at Cerro del Tehuehue in Iguala, Mexico, on Feb. 24, 2021.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador talk during the commemoration of Mexico’s Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the enactment of the Iguala Plan at Cerro del Tehuehue in Iguala, Mexico, on Feb. 24, 2021.

Washington Learns to Live With Regional Differences on Ukraine

The White House is mellowing its public criticism of the stances Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico have taken on the war.

Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest during a motorcade and demonstration in favor of the government in São Paulo on March 14, 2021.
Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest during a motorcade and demonstration in favor of the government in São Paulo on March 14, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Learning All the Wrong Lessons From Jan. 6

The Trump-dominated GOP models how a violent effort to overturn an election—even if unsuccessful—can become a political asset.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.

How the War in Ukraine Could Empower Maduro

Skyrocketing oil prices give Venezuela’s embattled leader less incentive to pursue sanctions relief.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 16.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 16.

What Bolsonaro’s Huddle With Putin Says About BRICS

Founded in a bygone geopolitical era, the economic grouping complicates great-power competition today.

A man holds two posters shaped like gun in a crowd of people holding Brazil flags in support of Bolsonaro.
A man holds two posters shaped like gun in a crowd of people holding Brazil flags in support of Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro’s Pro-Gun Agenda May Become Law

A divisive bill represents a watershed moment for the gun debate in Brazil.

Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares performs in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 28, 2018.
Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares performs in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 28, 2018.

What the Death of Two Cultural Giants Says About Brazil Today

Political opposites Olavo de Carvalho and Elza Soares garnered vast youth followings in the final years of their lives.

Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 president Carolina Schmidt (center) meets with delegates from Indigenous communities during the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.
Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 president Carolina Schmidt (center) meets with delegates from Indigenous communities during the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.

Deforestation Déjà Vu at COP26

Past conservation efforts have floundered. Latin American nations will decide whether the new pact succeeds.

A scene the Brazilian werewolf movie Good Mannners.
A scene the Brazilian werewolf movie Good Mannners.

How Werewolves Colonized Brazil

There are no wolves in the country. But somehow, they keep showing up on screen.

Demonstrators protest in front of the Planalto Palace in Brasília on Oct. 8, the day Brazil was expected to reach the milestone of 600,000 people dead of COVID-19.
Demonstrators protest in front of the Planalto Palace in Brasília on Oct. 8, the day Brazil was expected to reach the milestone of 600,000 people dead of COVID-19.

Brazil’s Senate Accuses Bolsonaro of Crimes Against Humanity

It’s a new low for his government’s catastrophic pandemic response.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa link hands as they pose in front of their countries' flags.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa link hands as they pose in front of their countries' flags.

Why BRICS Still Matters

BRICS may be a young institution, but it shouldn’t be underestimated.

A woman wearing a face mask reads inside a subway in São Paulo on May 7, 2020.
A woman wearing a face mask reads inside a subway in São Paulo on May 7, 2020.

How Latin American Women Governed During the Pandemic

Female leaders saved more lives in Brazil and reinvented stimulus policy in Argentina.

People protest the Brazilian president.
People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian Chief of Staff General Braga Netto talk during the launch of a new campaign against domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on May 15, 2020.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian Chief of Staff General Braga Netto talk during the launch of a new campaign against domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on May 15, 2020.

Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off

The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year’s election.

A woman fills containers with water from a public water pump, to take them home carried by her donkeys, in Santa Cruz Acalpixca, Xochimilco mayorality, Mexico City, on April 16.
A woman fills containers with water from a public water pump, to take them home carried by her donkeys, in Santa Cruz Acalpixca, Xochimilco mayorality, Mexico City, on April 16.

Historic Droughts Drive Up Prices in Mexico and Brazil

Historic dry spells are straining life and business in the two countries, where presidents are aloof to climate change.

Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in the Amazon rainforest reserve in Brazil.
Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in the Amazon rainforest reserve in Brazil.

Only China Can End Brazil’s Climate Crisis

Deforestation is devastating the Amazon, but Beijing has the political and economic leverage to stop it.

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