Brazil : The Largest Country Of The World With A Population Of Over 202000

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Introduction
Brazil is the sixth largest country in the world with a population of over 202,000,000. In many aspects it is viewed as a regional leader and continues to boast both industrial and agricultural growth, development of its interior, and an ever growing role on the international stage. Brazil gained its independence from Portugal under a monarchial system of government in 1822. This period was followed by a military dictatorship lasting from 1888 to 1985, at which point the military peacefully transitioned power to civilian rulers. Brazil shares many of the challenges faced by other South American countries that have undergone transition from authoritarianism to a democratic government, one being a persistent breach between the principle and practice of democracy. The 1988 enactment of a new constitution following the military regime sought to establish the basis for political representation and universal citizenship rights. Yet an analysis of police brutality in Brazilian streets reveals a troubling institutional mechanism of domination that lacks both transparency and oversight of state authority, and fails to clearly define citizenship, resulting in an unequal application of rights to citizens. The country‚Äôs motto "Ordem e Progresso" (Order and Progress) can be argued to represent a country that has anything but that. This topic is one of particular interest due to the amount of media coverage on the issue and recent events in the United States such as the…

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