Everything you always wanted to know about Brazilian elections (according to me)

Let me reintroduce myself. I am a reporter since 2004.In 2006 I covered Brazil presidential elections for Reuters. In 2010, I was working for UOL, Brazil’s most popular news site. Soon afterwards I became their senior correspondent in Brasilia, writing stories about Congress, President Dilma Rousseff, ministers and Supreme Court trials. I left in 2012 to cover the Olympic Games for the third time and to take my master’s in London. Now I am a freelancer, mostly to English speaking outlets, and also a Brazilian politics specialist. This Sunday I will be on Al Jazeera many times during election day to talk about the future of Brazil.

Thanks to all readers who have endured this gruesome campaign with me. I have to say I am excited. No preference at all: Dilma Rousseff can resist a more conservative Congress like the one Brazil just elected, but Aécio Neves can also frustrate radicals who want him to throw successful social programs away. They are both moderates and very similar, to be honest.

If you need a Brazil analyst or a freelancer, get in touch.

So here are links of every political story I wrote in this blog since the June 2013 protests — before that moment I barely touched this, I have to admit. I think I have been reasonably right about most of this political process, but you are all free to disagree.

2014 campaign trail from October to August

The four most important moments of the Dilma Rousseff administration
President Dilma Rousseff is a moderate. Her fans are a bit crazy, though
Top 5 jingles in Brazilian presidential elections
Opposition’s Aécio Neves is a moderate. His fans are a bit crazy, though
Brazil’s run-off: continuity with change or change with continuity?
Brazilian elections for dummies: what is at stake in the first vote
And winner of Brazil’s presidential elections is… Lula da Silva
Brazil presidential hopefuls face tough challenges until October 5
Presidential hopeful Marina Silva is whatever you want — that’s why she is rising
Who was Eduardo Campos and why his death matters so much
What really matters in Brazil’s presidential elections

2014  from June to January

The Brazilian 1% at the World Cup opener: an elite in need of a reality check
It is the World Cup that has to be ready for Brazil
Brazilian elite uses the World Cup to show their discomfort in being Brazilian
What does the Brazilian military do now?
Brazil is so democratic 50 years after coup that mainstream politicians were all against the dictators
Protests, and the World Cup – Changing attitudes
How to detect a Brazilian political idiot
Brazil does not have apartheid, exactly
Flashmobs at malls beg the question: what is the role of the Brazilian elite?
Fourteen predictions for Brazil in 2014

2013 from December to June

After 3 years of sluggish growth, Brazil needs to change its economy
The 2014 World Cup and politics – a love story
Brazil in my 10 years as a journalist
World Cup spending shows Brazilians can’t tell policies from corruption
Brazilian opposition alliance is an improvisation, not a symbol of power
Snub on the US makes Rousseff the favorite again for re-election in Brazil
Brazil’s debt relief in Africa shows how confusing our foreign policy is
Mark my words: protests in the World Cup will be small. Maybe violent, though
Why is Brazil important?
Brazilian doctors don’t like foreigners. Specially when they come to help
New Brazil HDI shows how much the dictatorship hurt the country
Brazilians love Pope Francis for similar reasons they still miss President Lula
Top 10 most unbelievable things Brazilian politicians do
Goodbye to the Brazilian protests. Now the political aftermath awaits
Brazilian protesters reexplained: it is about us, not the World Cup
Protests in Brazil and Turkey: not much in common. Try Chile instead
Unacceptable hatred for the press unites protesters and police in Brazil
The day the politics of no transformed Brazilian protests in riots
Brazilian political parties: the losers after first massive protests
Brazilian protests explained — it’s not the economy, stupid 

About Mauricio Savarese

I am a Brazilian journalist who got tired of reporting only in Portuguese. Politics and football, these are my turfs. Twitter: @msavarese. Email: savarese.mauricio@gmail.com

Posted on 26/10/2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Mauricio, I stumbled upon your blog at WP as I also blog here and I ma glad I did. You were the only place I could go and read impartial, objective and factual journalism. It has also greatly helped my journalist husband to read quality information in English about Brazil.
    I’m a Brazilian living abroad for countless years; I just couldn’t stand anymore reading the vast amount of misinformed journalism played by many – turned into last-minute-political-scientists – on Brazilian social media. The rants I witnessed there (not for long, though) made me feel that watching CNN on current world’s diseases and conflicts, could be a lighter pass-time.
    Thanks for being here covering this event with utmost professionalism, as a true and credible journalist. I’m off to the consulate to vote.

  2. bamabrasileira

    Your site has been an excellent resource for us gringos living in Brazil who want to gain a clearer understanding of the country – past and present. Thanks for your hard work, and I hope you keep it up for as long as possible!

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