Antonio Prata

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Recent months have been pretty discouraging for Brazilians like me who were thrilled when Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took over the office of president in 2003. Many of us believed that Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers Party) would finally turn our nation into a fair country. But corruption scandals, an economic recession and opportunistic alliances with former rivals have replaced optimism with an old sinking feeling: The defeatism that had been dormant since the early 1990s is now knocking at the door again, whispering to us, “Nothing will ever work.”

In the last decade, for the first time in my life, it was exciting to be Brazilian.…  Seguir leyendo »

We Brazilians suffer from a curious cognitive dysfunction, which occurs with the same frequency in our population as lactose intolerance does among the Japanese, or the inclination for punning among the English. We have the ability to be outraged by corruption, while engaging in our own petty versions of it.

As the second round of presidential voting approaches on Sunday, this evil is spreading like an epidemic. In bars, on the streets and on social networks, advocates of Dilma Rousseff, the Workers Party candidate for re-election, and Senator Aécio Neves, of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, never tire of reminding us of the “robberies” that their rivals commit.…  Seguir leyendo »