Weekly Report - 01 September 2022 (WR-22-35)

BRAZIL: Foreign affairs emerge in election debate

In a continent-sized country, foreign affairs do not often figure prominently in the daily news. So it was all the more intriguing when President Jair Bolsonaro appeared in the first campaign interview on television network TV Globo with the words Argentina, Colombia, and Nicaragua written in blue ink on the palm of his hand. He never really got to explain the importance of each during the debate but he did on several other occasions before and after. All three countries are part of what Bolsonaro considers the ‘axil of evil’ in Latin America, the nations that have chosen left-wing governments and whose people and economies, in his mind, are suffering as a result of it.

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