This week’s edition was only published online on Thursday (3), but some of the special material on Brazil included in The Economist magazine was already circulating on social media, in financial market profiles, one day. earlier.
It once again brings the altered image of Christ the Redeemer on the cover of the regional edition, aimed at Latin America (with illustration below) – but not on the main cover, for the rest of the world , which discusses “The New Geopolitics of Business” dominated by companies from the United States and China.
Now the statue of the Corcovado is artificially breathing oxygen, amid the pandemic, under the headline “On the Brink”, which has the dubious feeling of being about to fall into the abyss or start a new round, what he speculated the financial market. Rather, matter points to the abyss.
In the editorial with the Latin American cover title “The Terrible Decade of Brazil”, the magazine declares that “Bolsonaro is not the only reason your country is in a pit”, adding that “the political system that helped him to conquer the post needs a deep reform “.
The ten-page notebook, produced by correspondent Sarah Maslin, covers topics such as the economy, corruption, the Amazon, and prospects for Brazil.
In the opening text, “The Captain and his Country”, Maslin points out that “Brazil is backing down” and assesses that “Bolsonaro and Covid-19 are just the latest in a decade of disasters”. In short, “Brazil is facing its biggest crisis since the return to democracy in 1985”.
On the economy, with the title “A deferred dream”, he specifies that “After a generation of progress, social mobility is decreasing”. Closing the notebook, with a photo associating Bolsonaro with Hitler, he says it is “time to go” and “the future depends on the elections” next year.
He reaffirms that reforms are needed, fight corruption, defend the Amazon, “but it will be difficult to change the course of Brazil as long as Bolsonaro is president. The most urgent priority is to get him out by a vote.”
The section coincides with the promotion of an event on the country, by The Economist, next week.
Changing the Image of Christ the Redeemer is a resource that has already been used by the magazine on other occasions, with two of the best known covers (above): “O Brasil takes off”, from 2009, under administration Lula, and “O Brazil has ruined everything?”, From 2013, in the government of Dilma Rousseff.
They were then also based on special country notebooks, each of 14 pages.
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