The challenge for regional democracies will be to meet the rising economic and political expectations of their people within a framework of slowing economies, reduced growth, and growing global competition. The political implications are potentially large.
This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.
Brazil was well ahead of this clean energy curve in the past and used to be a world leader in sustainable energy with hydropower from the 1960s through the 1980s, and ethanol's development in the 1980s into 1990s and early 2000s. Today, however, Brazil is backtracking.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.
Cynics, critical of Brazil's unfulfilled promise, like to say that Brazil is the country of the future and always will be. However, a look at Brazil's long-term record cautions against excessive pessimism.
Every year, one million babies die on the day they are born. Brazil is on the fast track to ending this trend with one simple solution: breast milk.
We need strong laws to protect forests and people. We also need better enforcement of existing laws. While we are celebrating new announcements on paper this week, forests and forest peoples are facing imminent threats that must be averted if we want to live up to the New York Declaration.
A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.
On Sept. 12, 2014 former Bolivian president and vice president, from 2003 to 2005 and 2002 to 2003 respectively, Carlos Mesa visited the Inn at Penn, located on the University of Pennsylvania's campus, to deliver a speech on the future of Latin America.
For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.
In a remote region near Peru's border with Brazil, a prominent activist, Edwin Chota, was shot and killed, along with three community leaders. Suspected in the killings were illegal loggers, who have long tried to extract tropical hardwoods in nearby forests.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.
Evoking images of verdant rainforest, isolated tribes and abundant wildlife, the Amazon brings out the intrepid traveller in many of us. But, as this huge wilderness spans across nine countries, it's hard to know how to accomplish the Amazon journey you've been longing for.
Brazil is the world's murder capital. Its grisly toll cannot be put down to a so-called culture of violence. To the contrary: These preventable deaths are a result of policy failures. Brazil's violent crime wave can be reversed.
Films about artisits are great devices for making art more accessible. They give a wonderful window into an artist's process. They often show more concretely than other media what an artistic career entails as well as enable a view of the structures and institutions of the art world.
Maybe your partner likes to sleep in until noon when you want to visit museums. Maybe your partner has a bigger budget. Or maybe, he just snores!