As the Brazilian government fights the Zika virus, its president, Dilma Rousseff and her Workers’ Party, are fighting for their political lives. Though Rousseff appears to have survived impeachment proceedings, her goals for economic reforms to combat deep unemployment and double-digit inflation are probably dead-on-arrival with a polarized and hostile legislature.
We talk about some of the cultural and societal intricacies of Brazilian electoral politics with Ruth Needleman, professor emerita of Labor Studies at Indiana University. She’s researched social justice issues, especially in the Americas and Global South, for decades.
Needleman’s latest op-ed is “Not one more Coup in Latin America!”
Guest: Ruth Needleman is a professor emerita of labor studies at Indiana University.