Brazil

Drought and Death in Northeast Brazil

As an outside observer of Brazil, it’s hard to be optimistic. Who can pick just one reason? The country is struggling to emerge from a historically severe economic crisis. The president is historically unpopular, credibly accused of corruption, and lacks democratic legitimacy. The political class has been utterly discredited by the ongoing Lava Jato scandal. A front runner for the upcoming presidential election is a Duterte-like authoritarian demogogue. One could go on.