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Peripheries in motion: Change and continuity in Brazil’s marginalised urban territories during the PT era

May 14, 2016

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This piece was written for the website Brasil Wire.   It’s a cool late-April evening in São Paulo and locals have packed out the União da Juta community centre in the residential neighbourhood of Fazenda da Juta, some twenty kilometres east of the city centre. The theme of the meeting is the same one that has […]

On Corbyn and our collapsing orthodoxies

October 7, 2015

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our collapsing This article was published on Open Democracy A strange thing has happened in the British political scene since the financial crash of 2008. On the one hand, many mainstream economic commentators have begun to question the orthodoxy that prevailed prior to (and which was largely responsible for) the crash and its continuing fallout. […]

Olympic Rio de Janeiro: ‘Post-Third World city’ or neoliberal ‘city of exception’?

December 29, 2013

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This article was written for Rio On Watch   After its year of protest it’s time to re-examine what kind of Rio de Janeiro is emerging from the ‘city project’   The widely (though not universally) held belief that Brazil had entered a new era of economic stability and social progress was severely dented in […]

Brazil’s mega-event revolt: In search of a real ‘legacy’

June 27, 2013

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The banner reads: ‘We demand “FIFA quality” schools, hospitals and policing’. This article was published for Anti-Capitalist Initiative As in other recent examples of large-scale urban unrest, the current protests in Brazil’s major cities bring together an interesting array of local, national and global issues. The grievances range from poor investment in key public services and […]

Interview with TNT Magazine

June 27, 2013

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Here is the full text of an interview I did with TNT magazine for the article Riots in Rio: One million people protested across Brazil last week – why were they so angry?, by Oliver Jones. (NB. The interview was conducted on Wednesday 19th June, before the second large protest in Rio, at which point some […]

Reflections and photos from Monday’s protest in Rio

June 18, 2013

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An edited version of this article was published for Red Pepper as Brazil: The Giant has Awoken I’ll try and keep this short cause I’ve hardly slept and have an English class to prepare. (I’m interested to know what my students in Tuiuti favela will make of it all!) Besides, I’ve discussed in detail what […]

Back to the future? Urban transformation and public protest in Rio de Janeiro

June 18, 2013

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Protesters display a banner of Mayor Eduardo Paes and State Governor Sergio Cabral holding Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ statue hostage. The banner below reads “Who gives the order? Who gets the progress?” This article was published in English and Portuguese for Rio on Watch Rio de Janeiro has arrived. Or at least that’s what […]