Challenges for Transgender International Travelers

After a series of high-profile incidents between Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agents and transgender travelers in mid-2015, LGBT rights organizations and travelers report that security processing during domestic travel has become less fraught. However, the way security personnel at airports outside the US treat transgender individuals is inconsistent, leading to situations where transgender international travelers still face insensitivity and confusion, such incidents can be emotionally difficult and disruptive to travel.

A Cidade Maravilhosa: Will the Olympic Games live up to Rio de Janeiro's nickname?

Rio de Janeiro’s nickname, the Marvelous City, is coming under fire as the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games approach. On June 17, Rio de Janeiro State Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles did the improbable: declared an economic state of emergency with just 49 days until opening ceremonies. Fearing a “total collapse” of the public security, transportation, health, and education infrastructure, Dornelles essentially filed for a state’s version of bankruptcy. To avoid possible strikes and protests that could disrupt the Games, the federal government was forced to step in and provide BRL 2.9 billion (USD 868 million) to the state.

United Kingdom: "Leave" Vote Triggers Uncertainty, Sparks Fear of Domino Effect across European Union

While the long-term implications of Great Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) are difficult to predict in the current climate of uncertainty, it is clear that the referendum's result will have a significant impact on the economic, political, and social climate within the United Kingdom (UK) and the wider EU bloc for at least the next two to five years. Until Article 50 is implemented and negotiations on the details of the future relationship commence, expect a mix of volatility and extreme caution in British and EU financial markets and business communities, amid a tumultuous political atmosphere in both the UK and the broader EU.

Brazil: Counting Down to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

With less than 40 days remaining until the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, civil unrest, security, and health remain key concerns for visitors and residents in Rio de Janeiro. The fallout from corruption scandals and the impending impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff will likely weigh heavily on the opening ceremonies. Moreover, Rio de Janeiro State declared a fiscal state of emergency on June 17, citing its inability to pay civil servants and fulfill its financial obligations for the upcoming Games.