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Helena H. Barros

Op-ed, Politics

Brazilian Election: The decision is Easier Than You Think

Brazil is going through a delicate moment. The presidential elections have never been as polarized and controversial as 2018’s have been. On one side, there is Haddad. A leftist candidate who has a speech that resonates with social commitment, but at the same time, whose political party (“PT”) has had involvement with corruption and money laundering over the years. On the other side, there is Bolsonaro. A self-proclaimed conservative, with speeches of hatred and prejudice going

International

Tanzania’s Presidents Tells Citizens To Throw Away All Forms of Birth Control

Last Sunday, September 9th, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was speaking at a public rally in Meatu when he said: “I see no reason to control births in Tanzania”. He then continued to explain that because education is now free, women could “throw away their contraceptives”. This is very surprising since the country has such high levels of HIV and other STDs. Magufuli, who started off his presidency strong and loved by the people has now

International

Laos’s Dam Accident: Could it Have been prevented?

Laos has been and is still shaken with the terrorizing effects the accident of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam (which was still under construction) caused. It all started in the night of July 23, when approximately five billion cubic meters of water flooded the homes of a part of the population, leaving approximately 6,600 people homeless and (until now) 24 confirmed dead. The dam was originally designed to help divert water around a local reservoir

International

Brazil Owes Teens an Apology

Brazil was completely torn into pieces last month (Mar. 14, 2018) when the news that Marielle Franco, a 38-year-old black Brazilian sociologist, feminist, militant for human rights and councilwoman,  had been shot dead in her car with her driver, Anderson Gomes who, aged 39, was an Uber driver who had been working for two months for Marielle, replacing the official driver of the parliament. She was coming back from a debate promoted by her political

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