James Armour Young

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Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial begins in Brazil

Projections suggest senators will vote to remove Rousseff permanently from the presidency, putting a final end to almost 14 years of Workers’ Party rule that had initially turned Brazil into a symbol of hope on the world stage.
James Armour Young
8.25.16
americas

The Rio Olympics want you to forget that Brazil is in turmoil

The Rio 2016 OIympics began in the midst of a political crisis, a deep recession, and bad press that has already branded them a disaster.
James Armour Young
8.5.16
americas

Rio has broken its promise of an environment-friendly Olympics

It was supposed to be the Green Games for a Blue Planet but Rio de Janeiro is nowhere near complying with any of the ambitious environmental commitments made when it bid for the event.
James Armour Young
8.1.16
VICE News

Brazil is rethinking its promise to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees

The government of Dilma Rousseff made the promise last year but the new right-leaning government headed by President Michel Temer is reportedly backtracking.
James Armour Young
6.29.16
americas

Meet Brazil's Donald Trump: He's Deliberately Outrageous and He Wants to Be President

Legislator Jair Bolsonaro has always been brash and, often, deeply offensive. Now his refusal to be "politically correct" is turning him into one of the big winners of Brazil's current political crisis.
James Armour Young
4.27.16
americas

The Rio Olympics Just Got $500 Million Less Secure

The slashing of the security budget for Rio has raised doubts over the city’s ability to guarantee the safety of visitors to the Games, as well as its ability to deal with potential terrorist attacks.
James Armour Young
3.22.16
VICE News

Police Question Brazil's Ex-President Lula for Four Hours in Petrobras Scandal Probe

The dramatic events directly tie Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Operation Car Wash investigation into a massive bribes and money laundering scandal involving the state-run oil company that has already led to the arrest of Brazilian politicians.
James Armour Young
3.4.16
americas

Brazilian Feminists Tackle Carnival Sexism by Joining the Party

This year's carnival season included several feminist blocos, or street parties, that challenge what they see as male-domination of the festival with its sexualized "carnival queens," and general acceptance of the idea that women are prey.
James Armour Young
2.17.16
americas

Financial Crisis and Zika Threaten Carnival in Brazil

Even Rio's biggest samba schools say Brazil's recession means they are struggling to fund their huge elaborate parades at the city’s Sambodromo, which has also been sprayed in an effort to contain the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
James Armour Young
2.1.16
americas

The Murder Rate Is Down in Rio — But Its Cops Continue to Kill

The authorities claim that the drop in homicides to their lowest level since 1991 is largely due to a special favela policing strategy, though others say more attention is also needed to shocking levels of police brutality, including a string of...
James Armour Young
1.28.16
americas

Rio de Janeiro Is in the Middle of a Major Public Health Crisis

The condition of the region’s hospitals stands in stark contrast to the the gleaming new Olympic arenas and doctors are warning those planning to attend the Games not to get sick.
James Armour Young
1.22.16
americas

The Rio Olympics Is Being Used as 'an Excuse' to Evict Poor People From Valuable Land

The city council argues that mass evictions are not only essential for the hosting of the games because they will also improve transportation networks, but many charge the real driving force is property development.
James Armour Young
12.13.15
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