Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest caused a social media frenzy last week, shining a spotlight on Brazil. Although fires in the Amazon aren’t new, under the Bolsonaro government they take on a new meaning.
Since the start of the Trump administration the U.S. participation at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has started to falter. Its failure to participate threatens to weaken human rights and democracy in the hemisphere.
Nominated as a member of Global Americans’ New Generation of Public Intellectuals, we met with Mariana Costa Checa before her participation as a panelist at the III CEO Summit of the Americas to about her role at Laboratoria and women’s empowerment in the tech world.
As Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival came to an end, Brazilian President Michel Temer ordered the military to take control of public security in an effort to curb months of escalating violence. It is the first federal intervention in a state since Brazil’s return to democracy in the 1980’s.