Arquivo de ‘Artigos’

ImprimirThe New York Times June 18, 2018 by Vanessa Barbara Contributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Brazil becomes an odd place during the World Cup. People are given time off from work when the national team is playing, so that they can go home and blow horns for three hours straight. Media coverage […]

Imprimir  The New York Review of Books (Daily) June 15, 2018 by Vanessa Barbara Every four years, Brazil is transformed by a sportive Midas touch that turns everything into apolitical emptiness. It sweeps our country with a force almost too strong to resist. We puff up our chests and recall that we are the only […]

Imprimir  The New York Times May 22, 2018 by Vanessa Barbara Contributing Op-Ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — More than two months have passed since the assassination of Marielle Franco, a human rights defender who was a member of Rio’s City Council. But the killing remains unsolved. The most probable hypothesis, according to Brazil’s public security […]

ImprimirThe New York Times March 28, 2017 by Vanessa Barbara Contributing Op-Ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It has been more than a month since Brazil’s Army took control of public security in the state of Rio de Janeiro, following a presidential decree to tackle crime. One of the most eloquent voices against that intervention had been […]

Imprimir The New York Times March 21, 2018 by Vanessa Barbara Contributing Op-ed Writer Leer en Español SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It goes like this: The government announces another increase in the bus fare, so a few Brazilians take to the streets, march for a couple of miles, and then the police decide they’ve had […]

Imprimir  The New York Times – Sunday Review December 28, 2017 by Vanessa Barbara Contributing Op-Ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It was not the best year for many of us. My country, for example, seemed to walk proudly backward through 2017, and the coming year promises fewer rights and even more inequality. Brazil is […]

Imprimir  The New York Times (Sunday Review) November 12, 2017 Leer en español by Vanessa Barbara  SÃO PAULO, Brazil — When I was 7, I joined the Brazilian Girl Guides. One of the basic laws of the guides was that a girl should be “courteous and delicate.” (These days they only emphasize the “courteous” part.) I remember […]

Imprimir    The International New York Times September 25, 2017 by Vanessa Barbara  SÃO PAULO, Brazil — A woman weeps while sitting in a corporate board room, surrounded by a couple of frowning businessmen and floor-to-ceiling glass windows showcasing the São Paulo skyline. She’s sorry, she says, but she should have the right to make mistakes. […]

ImprimirThe New York Times July 12, 2017 by Vanessa Barbara Contributing Op-Ed Writer Leer en español SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Until recently, I thought that being a writer was the most pitiful profession ever, especially in Brazil. Nobody reads our books, and we can easily spend an entire life just railing against the same things again and again. In […]

ImprimirThe New York Times May 30th, 2017 by Vanessa Barbara Contributing Op-ed Writer Leer en español   Jose Ribamar from Brazil’s indigenous Gamela tribe is pictured next to his daughter at a hospital after he was injured in a dispute over land in northern Brazil, in São Luis, Maranhão state, Brazil. Credit: Lunae Parracho/Reuters   […]