Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. "In early March, the Regional Council of Medicine of São Paulo (Cremesp) published a statement about virtual visits to hospitalized patients diagnosed with Covid-19 (Cremesp, 2021). One of the possible consequences of such instruction may be forbidding virtual visits to unconscious patients, especially intubated ones. The justification for the council's advice is to preserve the right to the confidentiality of the doctor-patient relationship, given the incapacity of voluntary consent from the patient. It is necessary to discuss this recommendation, which, if in practice, counters what has been understood as humanized care or "good death" (Menezes, 2004) practices and aggravates the isolation imposed by the Covid-19 context in Brazil."
Edited and reviewed by Giovanna Imbernon and Anna Paula Bennech. "Brazil is a country marked by historical inequalities. Therefore, the poorest population is the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This effect was expected. However, President Bolsonaro’s lack of commitment to the health of the Brazilians surprised everyone. A series of meaningless statements integrates Bolsonaro’s speech. He said: “the virus is like a mild cold;” “no restrictive measures are necessary to control the spread of the virus;” and “drugs not approved by the FDA can be used to prevent the disease.” Making matters worse, Bolsonaro delayed the arrival of vaccines in the country."
Translated, reviewed, and edited by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Pedro, "I would add artists like Emicida, Adriana Varejão, or Chico Buarque and writers like Djamila Ribeiro and Silvio Almeida to the list of current "interpreters of Brazil." The essayism of the 1920s and 1930s has surely gained new forms. A documentary-lecture-concert like Emicida's "AmarElo" is an outstanding "hermeneutic" achievement, to use a philosophical term. From Emicida and through the visualization of what, a hundred years ago, was seen as a heritage to be overcome, we can understand a huge historical debt: the evils of slavery that still remain in the Republic."
Reviewed by Giovanna Imbernon. "The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is clear about his stance on indigenous issues and peoples. Already during his presidential campaign, he said that his administration would not demarcate "even a centimeter" of indigenous lands, a promise that he is keeping. Recently, he would say that indigenous peoples were "evolving" and that they were "almost humans like us." Not surprisingly, there is a widespread perception that the violence against indigenous peoples increased because perpetrators find encouragement in the president's prejudicial assessments regarding such populations and his frequent appeals to invade indigenous lands."
Edited and reviewed by Giovanna Imbernon and Anna Paula Bennech. "The new stance adopted by the United States (USA) concerning the climate agenda has been very representative. In addition to announcing that the country would return to the Paris Agreement, Joe Biden, the current president of the United States, invited on March 26, 2021, about 40 world leaders to participate in a climate summit."
Translated and Reviewed by Matheus Lucas Hebling. "Many phrases define the country. One of the best known today is: “Brazil is not for amateurs”. In other words, very proud boasted that we were the country of the future: in the present, however, it can be seen that we have demolished the wealth and national institutions like no one else. The ball was in turn for Petrobras - not only because of the militarized intervention in his presidency but above all because of the leakage of sensitive information that led to a drastic drop in the value of the company and its shares."
Reviewed by Matheus Lucas Hebling. "Researchers who study education and its social relations seem to have reached a consensus that the COVID-19 pandemics have severely hampered the learning experiences of millions of students in Brazil. Nevertheless, the negative impact of pandemics is far from uniform. The change from face-to-face lessons to remote learning brought into light the intense inequalities of educational opportunities in our country, deepening them like never before in Brazil's recent history. As parents' pedagogical support becomes even more decisive for the proper execution of school tasks at home, it is of paramount importance that we reflect on how families from different social classes are dealing with remote learning."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Silvana, "Regarding Bolsonaro's succession in 2022, I think the right-wing is competing for space, and the left-wing is out of the game. Bolsonaro managed to unify the right-wing in 2018 with his anti-PT speech, and the 2022 unifying force may be the anti-Bolsonaro discourse. However, the question remains: Who will be Bolsonaro's nemesis?"
In Brazil, several studies have been dedicated to discussing the new configurations and the re-spatialization of the automotive industry in recent years. The assumption is that there was a process of deconcentration of production about traditional producing regions from the 1990s on. The reasons why companies in the sector sought these new territories fostered two sets of explanations.
This article is based on two premises: The first is to show that democracies weaken no longer through authoritarian institutions, but rather people who are within the democratic game and favor flexible institutions and laws to lead the country to an authoritarian regime; the second is that cases like Hungary's, it can make us learn so that we have stronger democracies.