Andrew Downie's Brazil Blog

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Andrew Downie's Brazil Blog
My name is Andrew Downie and I am a foreign correspondent based in Brazil. News and comment about the stories of the day from Brazil
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  • Take Note Brazil, It's Time For a Change 1 month ago The United States decided this week to put a black female abolitionist on their new $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson, the seventh president who was accused of keeping slaves. The decision to honour Harriet Tubman got me thinking about Brazil and who we look up to here – or down to, as we flip...
  • I Met Lukas Podolski Once. He Wasn't Nice. 1 year ago Lukas Podolski loves Brazil. He learnt some Portuguese for the World Cup. He posted Instagram pics just for Brazilian fans. He writes on twitter using Brazilian hashtags such as #tamojunto and #énois. Ever since Germany won the World Cup, he has made a point of stressing how much Brazil means...
  • Jair Bolsonaro And The Rape Of Maria do Rosario 1 year ago On the same day the United States Senate reported on the horrific deeds performed by its agents – torture and rape first on a scandalous list – a Brazilian deputy stood up in Congress and gave a speech. Jair Bolsonaro is a popular right-wing demagogue who wants a return to the days of...
  • Brazil's Presidential Vote, Aécio Or Dilma - Why It Doesn't Really Matter Who Wins (Or At Least Not As Much As You Think It Does) 1 year ago In all the years I’ve been reporting from Brazil there is one subject I regularly tried to avoid writing about. That subject is politics and the reason is simple: Who gets elected president in Brazil doesn’t matter that much and for that reason Brazilian politics is rarely interesting to...
  • Unbelievable Things About Brazil's Elections 1 year ago Brazilians voted for a new president on Sunday night, with Dilma Rousseff coming out top in the first round ahead of Aecio Neves and Marina Silva. Dilma took 42 % and will face Aecio, who got 34 %, in a run off on Oct. 26. (See all results here.) It was a depressing moment for […]

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