World Health Organization declares Zika virus global health emergency

In May of last year, an outbreak of the Zika virus was discovered in Brazil.  Less than a year later, the virus has spread to over twenty countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it an international public health emergency in early February. An increasing body of evidence links the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, to microcephaly, a condition which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and, consequently, inco...
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A Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Brazil

Brazil has had little to celebrate as of late. Unemployment has jumped to 7.6% in August, up from 5% a year ago. With an inflation rate of 9.5% significantly greater than an increase in nominal wages of 6.3% over the last 12 months, real wages have actually fallen by 3.2%. Household consumption, the main driver of Brazil’s recent economic growth, is thus expected to fall by 4.0% by the end of the year. The Central Bank of Brazil now expects GDP to contract by 2.7% in 2015, accentuating a recessi...
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Confronting Slavery's Legacy: Affirmative Action in Brazil

The Brazilian population is one of the most ethnically mixed in the world. Biologist Stephen Yearns of Yale University says that in a few centuries, “we will all look like Brazilians.”[1] Brazil was the last country in the Western world to abolish slavery, and by the time it was abolished in 1888, an estimated four million slaves had been brought to Brazil.[2] Because Brazil had a large population of free blacks and mulattos at the time, no racial segregation laws were enacted following the abol...
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