“I’m Johnny Bravo!!” says Brazil’s President

Audio report on RTÉ World Report programme on RTÉ Radio One on Sunday 11th August 2019.  (Audio at 14:30 mins)     Deforestation continues to grow at alarming rates here in Brazil.  Official statistics recently showed that logging in June 2019 was nearly 90% higher than in June of last year.  INPE, Brazil’s National Institute … Continue reading “I’m Johnny Bravo!!” says Brazil’s President

Brazil’s anti-corruption super-hero: a fall from grace?

  Audio report for RTÉ Radio One, Sunday June 30th 2019.  Report at 24:15 min Last Wednesday, June 26th, was International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and Brazilian Justice Minister Sérgio Moro visited the Drug Enforcement Administration in north America, to learn about anti-trafficking tactics.  That same day, a suitcase filled with cocaine … Continue reading Brazil’s anti-corruption super-hero: a fall from grace?

The planet’s plight in the hands of Brazil

  A United Nations report to be published later this year states that activities like farming, logging, and mining are changing the natural world at a rate that is “unprecedented in human history.”   60% of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil.  It’s known as the lungs of the planet due to the vast amounts … Continue reading The planet’s plight in the hands of Brazil

What is a Golden Shower?

  The new year has finally begun in Brazil, as people begrudgingly put away their Carnaval costumes for another year.  Many here would be happy to forget the first few months of the year, as the economy stubbornly refuses to lift out of it’s worst ever recession, and a succession of seemingly avoidable tragedies darken … Continue reading What is a Golden Shower?

Brazilian politicians clash over Venezuelan refugees

Last week, Brazilian Senate leader Romero Juca announced his resignation due to differences of opinion regarding the refugee issue. Juca said Brazil’s responsibility to protect its federal states for the well being and security of the population supersedes any international interests.   He wants the Federal government to temporarily close the border between Brazil and … Continue reading Brazilian politicians clash over Venezuelan refugees

Who killed Marielle?

  On March 14th, Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, and her driver Anderson Gomes were shot at point blank range in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The black, lesbian, and favela-born politician shouted loudly about police brutality in the famous Samba city, specifically focusing on violence against those living on the margins of society, in Rio’s innumerous … Continue reading Who killed Marielle?