A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Confronting the Ebola crisis. David Gartner calls for the U.S. and other countries to invest in public goods that can help defeat Ebola.
- The promise of blanket primaries. In a new post from the Primaries Project series, Alexander Podkul and Elaine Kamarck have significant questions about the blanket primary as a political reform measure.
- Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi awarded Nobel Peace Prize. Rebecca Winthrop and Eileen McGivney remark on Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi winning the Nobel Peace Prize for their continuous efforts to help improve girls education.
- The poverty of poverty data. Laurence Chandy and Homi Kharas applaud that global poverty is diminishing but critique how the World Bank collects its data.
- A snapshot of USAID public-private partnerships. George Ingram looks at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s dataset of its public-private partnerships.
- Africa in the news. The Africa Growth Initiative’s regular roundup of top Africa news stories.
- Protecting internally displaced women. The Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement details a gender-sensitive implementation of laws and guidelines for internally displaced persons.
Charmaine Crutchfield contributed to this post.
President-elect Bolsonaro has embraced tough-on-crime measures that egregiously violate basic human rights and eviscerate the rule of law. Responding to Brazil’s 63,880 homicides in 2017, Bolsonaro calls for increasing protection for police officers who kill alleged criminals and arming citizens. He calls for further militarizing urban policing, reducing the age of criminal liability from 18 to 16, reinstating the death penalty, authorizing torture in interrogations and imprisoning more people... Brazil’s police are already notorious for being one of the world’s deadliest in the use of force. In many favelas, Brazil’s retired and current police officers operate illegal militias that extort and control local communities, murdering those who oppose them and engaging in warfare with Brazil’s highly-violent gangs and in social cleansing. Bolsonaro is simply threatening to turn the rest of the police into state-sanctioned thugs.