Posts Tagged ‘Jair Bolsonaro’

After watching the president for so many days, I finally understood that happiness is a matter of choice. The New York TimesSep. 10, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — On Aug. 29, my country crossed the threshold of 120,000 people killed by Covid-19. With around 900 new deaths a day, […]

I was too busy cooking and cleaning and caring for my daughter The New York TimesAug. 11, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — I have a subscription to a monthly magazine called Piauí. In July, I spent so many days without opening the front door that I could only wonder […]

New York Review of Books (Daily)Jun. 10, 2020 by Vanessa Barbara SÃO PAULO—“So what? I’m sorry. What do you want me to do?” So said Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, on April 28 when a reporter pointed out that the country’s toll from Covid-19 had just surpassed China’s—reaching the grim milestone of 5,000 deaths. By the […]

Hospitals are on the brink of collapse, cemeteries are burying people in mass graves, and still, we refuse to take this virus seriously The New York TimesJun. 8, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It’s been almost three months since my toddler left the apartment. We’ve been enduring as best […]

We live in a time of more questions than answers. Beware anyone who thinks otherwise, especially presidents. The New York TimesApr. 14, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — My first symptoms started on a Monday morning, March 23. I was just getting over a random disease that my daughter had […]

Vogue | Up FrontJan. 2020 by Vanessa Barbara IT WAS A MONDAY AFTERNOON when day turned into night in the city of São Paulo. I was visiting an expensive nursery school for my 13-month-old daughter, trying to look remotely worthy of such a sophisticated institution. Although it was not supposed to rain that day, the […]

The rest of Latin America is on fire. Why is its largest country still so quiet? The New York TimesDec. 26, 2019 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — This year has been marked by widespread social convulsion in Latin America. Since mid-October, Chileans have been in the streets; what started as […]

A global treasure lies at the mercy of the smallest, dullest, pettiest of men. The New York TimesAug. 24, 2019 By Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — When I first set foot in the Amazon rain forest, in the Anavilhanas Archipelago, northwest of the city of Manaus, I experienced something that can only […]

El operativo anticorrupción de Brasil está lejos de ser un modelo ejemplar.  The New York Times / Clarín12.07.2019 Por VANESSA BARBARA SAN PABLO, Brasil – En apariencia, la “operación Lava Jato” fue una cruzada virtuosa contra la corrupción política en Brasil. Durante los últimos cinco años, esta investigación federal expuso inmensos esquemas de sobornos que involucran a […]

Brazil’s Operation Car Wash was supposed to overthrow the country’s culture of graft. Instead, it’s brought corruption into the heart of the state. The New York TimesJul. 5, 2019 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — On the surface, “Operation Car Wash” has been a virtuous crusade against political corruption in this […]