Tag: Brazil

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Sergio Moro, the corruption buster who jailed a former president and is draining Brazil’s vast swamp of public graft, addressed Notre Dame’s graduating class. Kudos to Fr. Jenkins for such an excellent choice. MIT, my alma mater, could only manage Matt Freakin’ Damon! As an American of Brazilian birth, I’m thrilled about the choice of […]

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Blasphemy and Drones in Sorocaba

 

Welcome to the 21st century, where we have drones and people are only beginning to explore their potential applications.

So it was that the São Geraldo Magela church in Sorocaba, Brazil recently used a drone to deliver a monstrance to a priest. The drone flies in, and with a little assistance, makes it to the priest, who places it on the altar. For what it’s worth, the crowd loved it, as you can see from the video:

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It’s a trope straight out of 1970’s horror movies. A monster is on the loose, killing the townspeople. But the mayor ignores the scientists who say the monster is real, and insists on going ahead with the town festival or not closing the beach because the loss of pride and revenue would be too great. And that’s pretty […]

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Some recent stories from Venezuela, Brazil, and Nigeria caught my attention; they have some interesting similarities. They are all oil-producing countries–with state-owned oil companies–that have been impacted by falling oil prices. And they are also reaching levels of political maturity where corruption is becoming more scandalous. In Venezuela, the opposition has resolved to oust Chavez’s successor Nicolas […]

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I don’t follow news from Latin America that closely, but recent conversations on Ricochet prompted me to take a look. If the rest of the world is going somewhere in a hand basket, to the point that plans for fortress America start getting dusting off, then it seems worthwhile to be aware of developments on […]

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Teenage Libertarian Leads Brazil’s Largest Protest in Decades

 

Kim KataguiriSince several decades of military rule ended in 1984, Brazil mostly has been led by a series of left-wing presidents. The South American nation’s current leader, Dilma Rousseff, has been regularly rocked by scandals and a stubbornly moribund economy. The previous president, Lula, had a similar experience, since it’s basically impossible for big government to collude with big business and not create corruption and stagnation.

As Rousseff continues borrowing and building for the upcoming Rio Olympics, many Brazilians have had enough. But instead of advocating a purer form of leftism or a return to authoritarianism, the young are demanding a far more radical approach: freedom. It isn’t cigar-smoking businessmen or stodgy think tanks advocating free markets and free minds, but a funny, tech-savvy teenager named Kim Kataguiri.

The March 15 demonstration was the largest Sao Paulo had seen in more than three decades, since 1984 protests demanding democratic elections after a long dictatorship.