The 14 March protests is the latest in a series against corruption in Brazil. While the government is acting, the political and economic environment will continue to deteriorate until it is rooted out.
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Gateway House’s Akshay Mathur recently visited Brazil to attend a BRICS-themed conference, organised by the National Association of Research and Graduate Programs in the Social Sciences. In this blog, he writes about his first impressions of the country and the similarities between India and Brazil that he observed.
Brazil, despite the presence of good leadership, several consistent and successful development programs, and recording their lowest unemployment rate, witnessed widespread protests this June – triggers for which weren't conventional. What are the Brazilians protesting against, and what does it indicate?
BBC quoted Gateway House's Akshay Mathur in their article about the recent economic reforms in India. He argues that with the presence of an ever-growing workforce, India needs creative ways to grow.
Rapid economic growth hasn’t been able to stem the rising tide of discontent in China. Even as the economy has soared, the number of protests has also increased.
Morocco's transition to a democracy has shown that it is possible to give political power to the people stably, and that political Islam can exist within a secular democratic system. The pro-democracy sentiment is driven not by a break from traditional Islamic politics, but by the economy and corruption.
Russia's class of young professional leading the charge in recent protests against Putin are largely the beneficiaries of his rule. The protesting would seem to have less to do with economics, and everything to do with demand for a fairer political process.
The internet has proven a a true challenge to the Kremlin's authority. For the first time in Russian elections offenses are documented and readily accessible by a large portion of the civilian population.
A combination of 'revolution fatigue' and Russia's stability, having missed the heavy economic impacts being felt elsewhere, have prevented the types of protests seen in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
Nepal's Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai's visit to India has done well in maintaining ties with India, but he should not be surprised by the backlash in his home country.