bolsonaro and the fall of progressive brazil

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Headlines from the last seven days (11 mn)

1. UNITED KINGDOM Leicester City's owner dies in helicopter crash Leicester City were in mourning after the English Premier League football club's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four othe...


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Eyewitness, Central African republic : Unrest in Bangui (1 mn)

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Global report United Kingdom (3 mn)

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The big story, Brazil Elections : Analysis, Neo-Fascism Brazil is the latest victory for Anti-politics (3 mn)

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Policy, Bolsonaro’s platform: guns, family and big agri (4 mn)

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Spain : Honeymoon finally over for socialists as scandals multiply (3 mn)

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Analysis, Hesse State Election : Exit Angela Merkel’s Hesse mess foretells a fraught period for Europe (3 mn)

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Qatar, Vulnerable workers in a land of fi vestar luxury (3 mn)

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Analysis, Infernal flame Can’t afford to be an Olympic host? The IOC is here to help (3 mn)

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Eyewitness, Gaza : Fierce resistance (1 mn)

Palestinians throw stones and burn tyres in response to Israeli interventionas they gathered on the beach in support of an attempt by small vessels to break the Gaza sea blockade . At least 20 Pale...


Housing, Mill View: a cash cow for global investors (5 mn)

A Liverpool tower, built for low income tenants, made huge profits for speculators – from UK taxpayers’ money Mill View tower is a grey, post war, former council owned block of flats that rises abo...


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Midterm Elections, A week of hate – and a vote on the future of trump (7 mn)

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Italy, Refugees give Sicilian village new lease of life (4 mn)

Old and new A view of Sutera in Sicily, Italy ALESSIO MAMO Although they are targets of rightwing anger, asylum seekers are helping to revive towns at risk of dying out At the same time every afte...


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Palestinian Territories, The craft of a violin maker transcends noise of war (2 mn)

Craftsman Instrument maker Shehada Shalalda and his creations NURPHOTO/GETTY It is said that the hardest thing you can do with a violin is play Paganini. But for Palestine’s foremost violin maker, ...


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Philippines, ‘It’s a new mentality’ – Boracay escapes a murky past (3 mn)

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Uganda, A new way to fund the HIV fight – tax booze (2 mn)

Taxes from alcohol sales in Uganda will go into an HIV and Aids trust fund STRINGER/AFP/GETTY In a move designed to make Uganda less reliant on donors, taxes levied on alcohol and soft drinks will ...


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India, Mumbai’s Blue Squad take on the plastics (4 mn)

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Interview, ‘I thought: lasers? Oh my god, that sounds cool’ (7 mn)

Ontario proud Donna Strickland at the University of Waterloo DEREK SHAPTON Last month Donna Strickland became only the third woman to win the physics Nobel. She explains how she did it When you ...


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House of ill repute (12 mn)

Sworn at, forced to sleep in the office, fired at will ... working for an MP in the British parliament can be a miserable experience. By Josh Jacobs In 2013 I was fresh out of university when a fr...


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The incredible truth (14 mn)

Alex Carter knew he had been adopted at birth. That wasn’t the half of it ... On a summer’s night in 1969, in the only maternity ward in a small town in North America, a woman gave birth to a baby...


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The way we war (9 mn)

A star Is reborn Barbra Streisand in 1970. Her new album is her first since 2005 REDFERNS Barbra Streisand’s first album in over a decade takes aim at Donald Trump and the danger he poses to a cou...


Politics, Let’s not normalise the far right, but rather act to challenge it (4 mn)

A word of our time is “normalisation”. It warns of the error of treating as normal that which should instead be shunned. It has in its sights the xenophobic, populist and racist right embodied by D...


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Ebola, The global health system is only as strongas its weakest link (3 mn)

In the city of Beni, in the north-east corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an outbreak of Ebola is simmering. Fear of this lethal disease and all that goes with it – grief over lost lov...


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Opinion : Celebrity, Dry eyes and an absent A-list as new zeitgeist ditches sir Philip Green (5 mn)

He reminds me of one of those guys from the 30s,” Simon Cowell once reflected of his friend Philip Green. “Louis Mayer ...” Ain’t that the truth. When a couple of thousand people attended the Holly...


The reality of China’s detention camps has been revealed for all to see (2 mn)

The courage of former inmates and relatives, and the diligence of academics, journalists and other researchers, has brought a terrible secret into plain view. As the evidence piled up of the mass e...


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Opinion, Letters (3 mn)

The pros and cons of the new Guardian Weekly A few weeks ago the editor wrote to tell us that the Guardian Weekly would be relaunching as a beautifully designed weekly news magazine featuring the ...


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GOOD GRIEF! : Peanuts was always darker than it seemed. (7 mn)

Now the gang have been reimagined for an age of angst G. The doctor is out Mel Brimfield goes inside Lucy’s head Artist Mel Brimfield is talking to her psychiatrist about a troubling childhood mem...


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Culture Architecture : An Aymaran in Paris (3 mn)

Aguayo art A Mamani creation in El Alto, Bolivia CARTIER FOUNDATION Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani’s kaleidoscopic vision of his Andean origins has found its way to the French capital A bright g...


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Culture : Music, Composer (5 mn)

Pretty vacant Lil Miquela is a virtual pop star AI is giving artists a new way to make music. Is the ability to create music an innately human idea? Or are we all about to become slaves to the alg...


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Reviews (2 mn)

Film  Bohemian Rhapsody Dir. Dexter Fletcher “We don’t follow formulas,” say the members of Queen, circa 1975, but anyone hoping for this Freddie Mercury biopic to take its cue from the rock-oper...


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Culture, Book reviews : Essays, What’s going on (4 mn)

Rain maker Prince’s ‘mystical’ 2007 Super Bowl half-time show JEFF HAYNES/GETTY A critic’s urgent collection of music journalism also sheds light on his life as a black man in modern America There...


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Culture, Book reviews : Biography, Master of his Fate (5 mn)

Yet another study of Winston Churchill fails to move beyond the legend to focus on the darker side of the great wartime hero How to assess the career of a world changing politician who was also a ...


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The books that made me No. 4, Olga Tokarczuk (1 mn)

The book I am currently reading Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus . It has many inspirations in it – not least a collection of good ideas for short stories. I’ve published 10 in Poland already and I n...


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Culture, Book reviews : Fiction, Turned into a Bore (3 mn)

This latest reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses lacks the skill and thrill of the author’s earlier riff on Homer’s Odysssey Ovid’s Metamorphoses is an extraordinary work: a retelling of Greek myth b...


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Steven Poole’s, Word of the week : 'Backstop' (1 mn)

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This Column will Change your Life (2 mn)

Why do we find it so hard to make a big decision? Stop overthinking Why is it that big, consequential life decisions – whether to have kids, marry a specific person, pursue one career path over a...


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The Weekly Recipe (2 mn)

No4 Spiced beef kofte with braised chickpeas Prep 15 min Drain 12 hr Cook 20 min Serves 4 Ingredients For the labneh 500g Greek yoghurt 1 tsp sea salt For the beef kofte 500 g minced bee...


Diversions, Notes & Queries (2 mn)

You would think you could catch a break in a place that’s called Utopia Where should I live if I want to escape climate change? Try a South Sea bubble. Rhys Winterburn, Perth, Western Australia •...


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Country Diary Est. 1906, Brockhampton : Hertfordshire (1 mn)

Bright red apples look delicious and, as in fairytales, potentially dangerous. The “bush” of mistletoe growing from the apple bough, poisonous yet sacred to ancient druids, we were told, looks myst...