Nathan B. Thompson

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Mientras Brasil pasa por la peor crisis política y económica de que se tenga memoria, resulta difícil culpar a los brasileños por estar distraídos. Sin embargo, hay un tema del que los políticos del país —y los ciudadanos— no están hablando, aun cuando esto podría mancillar la reputación internacional de Brasil como defensor de la consolidación de la paz y la diplomacia: una industria armamentista desenfrenada y su participación en los conflictos mundiales.

El rastro de las empresas de armamento más grandes de Brasil está apareciendo cada vez más en lugares de conflicto en todo el mundo, como en Yemen, donde miles de civiles perecen en una guerra feroz a la que no se le ve fin.…  Seguir leyendo »

As Brazil weathers the worst political and economic crises in living memory, Brazilians can hardly be blamed for being distracted. But there is a subject that the country’s politicians — and citizens — are not discussing, even though it risks tarnishing Brazil’s international reputation as an advocate of peacebuilding and diplomacy: an unchecked arms industry and its involvement in foreign conflicts around the globe.

The fingerprints of Brazil’s largest arms companies are turning up in a growing number of the world’s hot spots, including Yemen, where thousands of civilians are perishing in a punishing war with no end in sight. An investigation last month into Forjas Taurus, the Brazilian firearms manufacturer, revealed that the company supplied weapons to a notorious Yemeni arms dealer.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Brazilian Army’s cybersecurity command actively monitored civilians who took part in protests like this one in São Paulo in 2013. Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

A São Paulo judge sent shock waves across Brazil last month with a ruling that required Brazilian telecommunications operators to block the use of the instant messaging platform WhatsApp for 48 hours. Less than 13 hours later, another São Paulo judge reversed the decision, restoring service. But in the meantime, as many as 100 million Brazilians had been seriously inconvenienced, and civil libertarians around the world looked on with dismay.

Brazilians take their social media very seriously. The country has one of the fastest growing populations of Internet users in the world. Online tools like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are used not only to express opinions; they are an affordable alternative to exorbitantly priced Brazilian telecom providers.…  Seguir leyendo »