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  • Opinion: Oil Wells and Its Dragons

    Holiday in Rio. The day is filled with prayers and promises. Saint George is the symbol of devotion to a large portion of the city. For Petrobras, it is an appropriate day to start again.

    Published on 04/23/2015 - 09h07

  • Opinion - Brazil, an Energy superpower?

    At the height of "brasilmania", just five years ago, the country was seen as a candidate for energy superpower.

    Published on 04/17/2015 - 08h57

  • Opinion: President Rousseff Running Risk of a de facto Resignation

    On Sunday, once again, hundreds of thousands of people are promising to take to the streets all over the country to chant "Dilma out!" While the basis for President Rousseff's impeachment has yet to emerge, every day she seems to renounce a little more of her responsibilities and prerogatives.

    Published on 04/09/2015 - 09h48

  • Opinion: A Guide for the Perplexed

    The reader is surely perplexed with what is happening in Brazil.

    Published on 03/30/2015 - 10h26

  • Opinion: Slow Journalism in the Public Interest

    When The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists started the Swiss Leaks investigation 10 months ago, we knew it was going to be big news - but we didn't realize at the time that it would send shock waves around the world, prompting HSBC executives to apologize, government officials to open inquiries in several countries and citizens to demand fiscal equality and transparency, whether through Twitter or Avaaz.

    Published on 03/04/2015 - 09h43

  • New York: Where Anything Can Happen

    In a special feature for Serafina magazine published in November 2014, "New York Times" columnist David Carr, who died this Thursday (12), tells of meetings with strangers and experiences that can only happen in and around Manhattan.

    Published on 02/13/2015 - 17h01

  • Opinion: Rousseff Dismantles Brazil's "New Middle Class"

    The beginning of Dilma Rousseff's second term heads towards the end of the process she started in her first term: dismantling the so-called "new middle class" ("new class C").

    Published on 02/13/2015 - 08h59

  • Opinion: The Athens Challenge

    Athens is again at the top of the international agenda. On January 25th the Greek general election saw the far-left, radical, anti-austerity Syriza Party, led by Alexis Tsipras (40), win 149 of the 300 seats in the Hellenic Parliament, two seats short of an absolute majority.

    Published on 02/06/2015 - 11h00

  • Opinion: Camoes Lives

    I attended the inaugural lecture by Professor Phillip Rothwell this week. He is the new "King John II Professor of Portuguese" at Oxford University, named after Dom Joao II of Portugal (1481-1495), better known to history as "The Perfect Prince."

    Published on 01/29/2015 - 10h56

  • Opinion: Two Heroes

    The Paris killers, Amedy Coulibaly (32) and the two Kouachi brothers (Said, 34 and Cherif, 32), were linked to the Buttes-Chaumont group, named after the public park in north-eastern Paris, where a group of young Muslim men were involved in the recruitment of French Muslims to fight against the Americans in Iraq.

    Published on 01/15/2015 - 11h37