On August 4th, the Workers’ Party of Brazil nominated Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as their candidate for the country’s upcoming Presidential election. A former two-term President who served from 2003 to 2011, Lula seems like a qualified candidate for the position. However, Lula is currently imprisoned for corruption charges from his previous time in office. This status makes him an extremely controversial, even illegitimate, choice for the Workers’ party. Lula holds an interesting place in contemporary Brazilian society.
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Debora Diniz is widely known in her homeland of Brazil as an activist, anthropologist, writer, filmmaker, law professor, and a co-founder of ANIS: Institute of Bioethics, an organization dedicated to bioethics and human rights in Latin America. In addition to her impressive career as a professor and lawyer, Diniz has worked on Brazilian Supreme Court cases involving abortion, marriage equality, the secular state, and stem cell research.
For the first time since 1976, the Cuban government is drafting a new constitution. Earlier this year, long-time President Raul Castro stepped down and selected Miguel Díaz Canel to replace him, marking the first time in over forty years that a Castro no longer held the office. With this change in leadership, Cuban officials have also moved to increase government involvement beyond a select group of leaders.
On July 6th, Haitians across the country were glued to televisions screens as they cheered on the Brazilian national team in the World Cup match against Belgium. While many Haitians were enthralled with the passion of World Cup soccer, the Haitian government was silently carrying out an agenda that would shake the country to its core.
Over a decade ago, Tarana Burke founded the “Me Too” Movement to help provide resources and recovery aids to victims of sexual assault and harassment, particularly low-income women of color. The movement began at the local level where Tarana Burke worked to help communities provide rape crisis centers and sexual assault counseling. In an interview with CNN, Burke explained that the phrase “Me Too” was meant to invoke both a feeling of courage and of unity between victims.
Nicaragua’s current President, Daniel Ortega, rose to power as a revolutionary leader in the Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional (otherwise known as FSLN or Sandistas) that overthrew the dictatorship by removing President Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979 (Perez). In 2007, Ortega was elected as president and because of his sound economic policies and social spending, was re-elected in 2011 and 2016 (Perez).