Prefeitos eleitos, vamos pensar em 2022

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Há anos o Brasil vive, não diferente de muitos outros países, em permanente estado de ânsia eleitoral. Como campeonatos esportivos, a política se tornou uma eterna busca de títulos: tão logo acaba uma disputa, começam os preparativos para um novo certame.

Esse ano não é diferente. Acabada a eleição municipal no último domingo (29/11), começa o processo de contabilização de forças e construção de estratégias. Já é tempo de pré-campanha para 2022. As novas alianças e os cenários de disputas, bem como os jogos partidários começam a ter força para o próximo pleito. …

Will America watch his tv sequel?

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“The girl next door” is a 2004 movie about a high school overachiever student who got in trouble in his senior year.

Everything was going according to plan. He was accepted to a good university; he was about to host a foreign genius whose opportunity in America was financed by his efforts. He was the pride and joy of his parents. The only problem: he couldn’t get a girl to fall for him.

Enter the girl next door. She’s funny, she’s gorgeous, she’s a porn actress. And then everything went south.

The more entangled they get, the more problems the…

Republicans have much to gain on the popular vote

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The world watched the American elections in disbelief. How could such an important event be decided by a few thousand votes? It is weird for anyone outside the United States to understand how one can both argue in favor of democracy and hold the fate of the nation in something different than the choice of the majority of the people. But that’s the American system and its electoral college.

The electoral college is an institution built as America became independent and the first modern democracy in the world. Being America the first democratic system in a large country, it was…

A change in Brazilian diplomacy sets Amazon on fire

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Once upon a time, there was a country south of the Equator named Brazil. It was a large country, almost the size of the United States. It was a country of diverse fauna and flora, with many colors in many ecosystems. There was a prairie, there were pine woods, there was an almost desert. And there were some large, rich, greener than green tropical forests. They were amazing. Being south of the Equator by an inch or so, it was a tropical country of plenty of rain, so much rain it had a forest-grown on rain — a Rainforest.


Troubling neighborhood

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Russia is facing a much-troubled backyard. A complex set of conflicts and political conundrums (Ukraine, Lybia, Syria) is followed by new outbreaks. Belarus is in revolt, Kyrgyzstan just ousted its government in a popular uprising, Armenia and Azerbaijan fight each other. All this adds to Moscow’s triple internal political pressures: an organized opposition getting stronger, a fall in popular support, as the Siberia demands have shown, and the general unease due to COVID-19.

The Armenia-Arzebaijan war

Despite the efforts towards a cease-fire by Russia and the European Union (EU), the conflict in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh is an open war

How to resume traveling in a pos-pandemic world

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My wife and I live in France. In January, after we were back from the holidays, France had its first COVID-19 case.

As the disease moved around Europe (it made a wreck in Italy and Spain before hitting France hard) and later to the United States and Brazil and all Latin America, we were following the news and changing any plans we had for the year.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, there are articles and op-eds on how the world will change.

It seems obvious to me that there won’t be back to normal.

I’m not betting on…

Dangerous conflicts around the globe

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It has been hard to keep tabs on the things happening in the world. After all, there are too many things in America’s national sphere: elections, a s*** debate, a president that cheers for right-wing terrorists, police brutality, a Supreme Court scheme, the NBA finals… And there’s Covid-19.

Nevertheless, the world keeps ongoing, and not in a peaceful way. There’s COVID everywhere (at least one million people have died around the world), there are fires in Brazil, there are political disputes everywhere.

And some dangerous skirmishes are happening around the world.

The most dangerous one is China stretching its muscles…

Can you tell what is setting us apart?

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One million deaths and counting.

Although the ‘counting part’ is not straight forward, it is more likely there are even more COVID-19 deaths related by now than official numbers reveal, it is undisputed that the Covid-19 pandemic is a major tragedy. America’s numbers are dismal, Europe is facing a second wave, Brazil and India are full-blown never-ending tragedies. And there’s Africa, where the lack of numbers produces more discomfort than security that the worst is gone.

The democrat’s solution to a partisan court

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Let’s be honest: President Trump’s Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is only the last move on an unfair game that is the nomination process to the Supreme Court. To put in numbers, over the last 44 years, Republicans had 6 presidential terms (24 years) in which they appointed 15 Justices to the Supreme Court. In the same period, Democrats had 5 terms (20 years) and appointed only 4 Justices.

Disparities like this show how broken the system is. To fix a partisan Supreme Court, I have argued that retirement age and/or a fixed-term limit should be put in place.

Have you tried writing letters?

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Welcome to 2020.

I live in France, but, no matter where you are, I’m sure you have faced the same news cycle I have. After all, it’s “the historical year of the global pandemic”. If you are like me, by now — mid-September — you are tired of pandemic news and “solutions to this stressful time”.

There is no quick fix.

Not only that, but there’s also the economic stress of losing jobs and not getting through with our careers. All markets, jobs, and sectors were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries with social cushion, like the European ones, the…

Antonio E. Holanda

Brazilian Ph.D candidate living in France.

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