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Helena H. Barros

Op-ed

Here’s Why High School Isn’t Making Me Smarter

Brazil is unlike many other countries. Here we only have three years of high school, where there is an intense amount of content and exams each and every week of the year. The grades don’t work like in the United States, where it’s based on letter scale (from A to F); here, the grades are from 0 to 10 and the least you’ve got to get to not fail is a 7, the rough equivalent

International

Censorship Might Be Back in Brazil, Here’s Why:

Only a couple of days ago one of the most famous banks in Brazil (Banco Do Brasil) launched a new commercial that featured diversity as its main purpose, as an attempt to connect with the younger part of the population. The advertisement only lasted a few moments, though, before Brasil’s president interfered, taking it down because it was not according to his “line of work” and that “we do not want public money to be

International

Brazil’s New President: A Premeditated Catastrophe

The fact that Jair Bolsonaro would make poor governmental decisions had never been news for anyone, but it certainly is impressive how much of damage he has caused in roughly a month of his presidency. It is hard to know where to start, and the sentiment of revolt amongst Brazilians is tangible on the corner of every street. It all started when he began to select the ministers of each area, choosing unfitting people left

International

Post-Bolsonaro Brazil and How It Is Not Working Out

Brazil’s election had a rough but expected outcome, Jair Bolsonaro was elected for president. He hasn’t begun his presidential term yet, but even from behind the political scene of Brazil he has already managed to cause trouble. His campaigns, now and before the elections always circled around corruption, about how he and his family are “decent and honest” people and that he was unlike any other politician in the Brazilian scenery. That speech conquered a great

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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