First of all, the entire plus55 team wishes you a happy 2017. Thanks for following us every week! We’ve created plus55 because we wanted to help to explain our country to a foreign audience. In December alone nearly 300,000 readers followed us, and we are happy to know that Brazil has a place in your heart.
A few days ago, we thought that 2016 would be our country’s craziest year (just to name a few major headlines: Petrobras scandal, Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, the Olympics, Lula under federal prosecution, the murder of the Greek ambassador).
Yet the first few days of 2017 have been anything but a walk in the park. A gunman shot 12 people dead on New Year’s Eve. On the following day, a prison riot ended with the deaths of 56 inmates – exposing how inhuman our penitentiary system is.
But it is still too early to label 2017 as “the year of all dangers.” The future is unpredictable, especially in Brazil. Regardless of what happens in the world, Brazil will be a relevant player. And don’t worry, we will be here to bring you the best information about our favorite country.