Articles by: Gabriel Funari

One Trump, but the emergence of many?

One Trump, but the emergence of many?

February 6, 2017 at 11:58 AM

As the ascendancy of Donald Trump relentlessly reverberates across oceans and borders, aspiring demagogues seek to replicate the vitriolic rhetoric that was so successful in moulding the electoral narrative in the US. Failing to recognize the unique political environment that propelled Trump to the heights of executive office, the likesRead More

Brazil: “A bridge to the future”

Brazil: “A bridge to the future”

October 19, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Michel Temer’s government seeks to impose an abrasive economic agenda amidst an uncertain political terrain After sealing Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in September, Brazil’s new president Michel Temer set off on a trip to the US intent on proving to the world that Brazil’s political malaise had subsided. He also usedRead More

Temer and Brazil: The Man Who Would Be King

Temer and Brazil: The Man Who Would Be King

May 30, 2016 at 5:56 AM

Michel Temer’s hostile takeover of the Brazilian state threatens to further derail the country’s multifarious crises. The relentless impeachment process continues to hold sway over Brazil. As expected, Dilma Rousseff was removed from office on May 12 and vice-president Michel Temer has become acting president. With a 2% approval rating,Read More

The Ides of March : Democratic Imbalance in Brazil

The Ides of March : Democratic Imbalance in Brazil

March 27, 2016 at 5:07 PM

What do you get when you mix a decrepit political system where corruption is endemic with a newly emboldened judiciary, a collapsing economy and a socio-economic elite that sees itself in retreat amidst perpetual inequality?  The answer is found in the voices of millions of Brazilians who have marched onRead More

Brazil’s political system falling apart?

Brazil’s political system falling apart?

December 18, 2015 at 11:34 AM

The political storm that has been brewing since the beginning of the year has finally broken out over Brasilia. Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff have begun in the House of Representatives, the greatest blow yet to an administration that a little over a year ago had won reelection withRead More

Merkel, Refugees and Machiavelli : Refugee Crisis

Merkel, Refugees and Machiavelli : Refugee Crisis

October 7, 2015 at 8:52 AM

As refugees continue to arrive in European shores, the distinct government responses highlight the delicate political environment enveloping the continent. In order to fully understand these responses, it is vital to look at the political and social dynamics that determines tolerance, xenophobia and the humanitarian sentiment towards seeking a betterRead More

Left in Disarray: Syriza’s Betrayal

Left in Disarray: Syriza’s Betrayal

July 23, 2015 at 8:43 AM

At a time of crisis, Europe requires a variety of policy initiatives from all sides of the political spectrum. Only then can it ensure participatory democracy among its union’s member states.

Colonialism: Alive in actions and perspectives

Colonialism: Alive in actions and perspectives

June 26, 2015 at 6:11 AM

  The sexual abuse of starving children in the Central African Republic by French soldiers reveals the pervasive effects of peacekeeping missions and the lingering forms of colonial repression prevalent across Africa     The world looked on disinterested when French President Francois Hollande announced the deployment of French troopsRead More

The Havana Effect : USA and Cuba

The Havana Effect : USA and Cuba

May 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

The announcement of the restoration of US-Cuba diplomatic relations continues to reverberate across the Americas. The lingering remnant of a Cold War that devastated the region is drifting away at last in a move that could potentially herald new policy efforts between the US and its neighbors. As China looksRead More

Dilma Rousseff’s Perfect Storm

Dilma Rousseff’s Perfect Storm

March 25, 2015 at 3:55 AM

A stagnating economy, a far-reaching corruption scandal and a faltering political system are undermining Rousseff’s second term in office. But not all is amiss in Brazil. Anyone following the news on Sunday, March 15 would have had the uneasy feeling of déjà vu. Images of thousands of Brazilians marching onRead More