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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participates in the birthday worship for the pastor Silas Malafaia at Assembléia de Deus Vitória em Cristo Church in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 15.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participates in the birthday worship for the pastor Silas Malafaia at Assembléia de Deus Vitória em Cristo Church in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 15.

The Battle for Brazil’s Evangelicals

After fueling Bolsonaro’s rise, some are flocking to Lula’s camp with earthly—and heavenly—concerns.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro shake hands after their bilateral meeting at Itamaraty Palace in Brasília, Brazil, on Nov. 13, 2019.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro shake hands after their bilateral meeting at Itamaraty Palace in Brasília, Brazil, on Nov. 13, 2019.

Why Beijing Wants Bolsonaro to Win

For China, the Brazilian president is an ally against the West.

Marina Silva, Brazilian federal deputy candidate and former environment minister, speaks next to former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during a press conference in São Paulo on Sept. 12.
Marina Silva, Brazilian federal deputy candidate and former environment minister, speaks next to former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during a press conference in São Paulo on Sept. 12.

What Could Brazil’s Post-Bolsonaro Climate Policy Look Like?

It won’t be easy for the country to refurbish its green reputation.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and PT candidate for São Paulo Gov. Fernando Haddad raise their hands during a campaign rally in Diadema, São Paulo state, Brazil, on July 9.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and PT candidate for São Paulo Gov. Fernando Haddad raise their hands during a campaign rally in Diadema, São Paulo state, Brazil, on July 9.

The Future of Brazilian Politics Will Be Decided in São Paulo

Lula’s Workers’ Party has never won the governorship of Brazil’s wealthiest and most populous state. This could be its year.

A woman holds a banner that reads “Today a new country is born” as she awaits the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro at the Simón Bolívar International Bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Aug. 7.
A woman holds a banner that reads “Today a new country is born” as she awaits the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro at the Simón Bolívar International Bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Aug. 7.

Venezuela’s Enabling Neighbors Change Their Tune

Former Maduro allies in Colombia and Brazil have recently rebuked him.

An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.
An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.

Brazil’s Wall Street Turns on Bolsonaro

As the president’s threats to disregard October’s election results intensify, those who could tip the political scale are speaking up.

Women with skull face paint stand with cardboard images of tombstones in front of their chests.
Women with skull face paint stand with cardboard images of tombstones in front of their chests.

Inside Brazil’s Abortion Pill Black Market

In a country where one woman dies every two days from a botched abortion, the internet is sometimes the only option.

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.

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