Recommended reading to better understand Brazil's social, economic and political context
Operation Car Wash: Is this the biggest corruption scandal in history? What began as an investigation into money laundering quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering. By Jonathan Watts for The Guardian.
Culture of Corruption Engulfs Brazilian Elite: How corruption affects all levels of Brazilian government, by Joe Leahy and Andres Schipani for the Financial Times.
Brazil’s Car Wash Scandal Reveals a Country Soaked in Corruption: On Brazil's entrenched culture of corruption and it's historical roots, by Tim Padgett for BloombergBusinessweek.
Brazil’s Giant Problem: Corruption is just a symptom of Brazil’s deeper issue: a vast state apparatus that has tried to be the country’s engine of economic growth. By John Lyons and David Luhnow for the Wall Street Journal.
Brazil's Anti-Poverty Breakthrough: The surprising success of Bolsa Família. By Jonathan Tepperman for Foreign Affairs.
Faulty Political Narratives: The stories we tell tend to have a rather loose relationship with what actually happened. Nowhere is that more true than in Latin America. By Ricardo Hausmann for Project Syndicate.
Is the Latin American Left Dead? A look at the waxing and waning of South America's "pink tide." By Daniela Blei for the New Republic.
The Slow Implosion of Brazilian Politics: Brazil is one of the most politically fragmented countries in the world. This results in a political culture in which coalitions are established through patronage and definitive solutions are perpetually postponed. By Uri Friedman for The Atlantic.
The Real Lesson Behind Brazil's Mess: That incoming presidents now will be reminded that they can be removed from office if they don't spend wisely is good news for Brazil. By Christopher Lagner for Bloomberg View.
How Brazil's Electoral System led the Country into Political Crisis: The renowned Italian political scientist Giovanni Sartori once wrote that presidential systems with many political parties would be recipes for political crisis. Brazil seems to be a case in point. By Ryan Lloyd and Carlos Oliveira for the Washington Post.
To Impeach or not to Impeach Dilma Rousseff: The narrative arc of Brazil as Latin America’s economic superstar has been broken. The heroes of those happier times — Petrobras, the national cash cow, and Lula and his party, the empathetic champions of the poor — are so sullied by scandal that it’s no longer clear whether they were ever quite what they seemed. By Anna Petherick for Foreign Policy.
How Brazil's Left Destroyed Itself: What went wrong with the promise of “ethics in politics”. By Antonio Sampaio for Foreign Policy.
“Good Cops Are Afraid” - The Toll of Unchecked Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro: Unlawful killings by police take a heavy toll—not only on the victims and their families—but also on the police force itself. By Human Rights Watch.