Mac Margolis

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contributing columnist focusing on Brazilian and Latin American politics
Mac Margolis is a Global Opinions contributing columnist. A longtime correspondent and foreign affairs writer, Margolis has spent four decades reporting on Brazil and the rest of Latin America, as a correspondent for Newsweek International and a contributor to The Economist, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Times of London and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. From 2014 to 2021, he worked for Bloomberg Opinion. Margolis is also the author of “Last New World: The Conquest of the Amazon Frontier.”
Latest from Mac Margolis

Latin American governments are gaming their numbers

Census-canceling is the latest form of democratic backsliding in Central and South America.

March 13, 2023

To stop Amazon plunder, Brazil must change hearts and minds

The Brazilian government has all the technology and troops it needs to keep miners out of the rainforest, but needs to get the people on its side.

February 7, 2023

The mob in Brazil has done the new government a favor — for now

Chances are, the mob havoc in Brasilia will end up playing to President Lula's advantage, at least for the moment.

January 10, 2023

Pelé showed Brazil the beauty of a level playing field

In a country where money is power and politics seems a rigged game, Pelé represents another possibility.

December 30, 2022

More than a new government, Peru needs one that can last

After uniting to prevent a coup, the country should take steps to stabilize its leadership.

December 10, 2022

Brazil still needs to get its military out of politics

Keeping uniformed officials out of government is easy enough. It will be harder to depoliticize the military.

November 28, 2022

Lula’s triumph is a win for Brazil’s political center — not the left

Lula won, by the thinnest of margins, by gathering support from establishment economists, disillusioned centrists and the hard left.

October 31, 2022

Brazil’s fake-news problem won’t be solved before Sunday’s vote

Untruths running rampant in the runoff between President Jair Bolsonaro and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva erode the foundation of a fair election.

October 27, 2022

Bolsonaro beats the polls — and plunges Brazil into more uncertainty

A tighter race poses greater risks for turmoil and violent conflict.

October 3, 2022

Bolsonaro’s quest to be Brazil’s top gun endangers the whole country

Bolsonaro’s call to arms threatens Brazilian security, civic concord and perhaps democracy itself.

September 17, 2022