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Richard Matousek

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About Richard
RICHARD MATOUSEK is a journalist and photographer based between Glasgow and Barcelona. He has written for Jacobin, New Internationalist, Rough Guides, The Guardian and other publications, specialising on housing issues and LGBTQ+ travel. His focuses are on Scotland, Italy, Portugal and Brazil and he speaks English, Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish and Catalan.
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The Rough Guide to the Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Places in Europe

18 Oct 2023  |  Rough Guides
The article introduces 'The Rough Guide to the Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Places in Europe,' a new coffee-table book from Rough Guides. This book lists 20 European destinations known for being welcoming to LGBTQ+ travellers and includes historical context and profiles of notable LGBTQ+ figures from each location. The destinations are selected by experts and organized by season to facilitate year-round travel planning. The guide provides a concise overview of each place, along with tips on sightseeing, dining, accommodation, and shopping. The book is richly illustrated with photographs and maintains Rough Guides' straightforward style of sharing travel information.

New Internationalist article on housing occupations in São Paulo, Brazil (behind paywall)

New Internationalist article on housing occupations in São Paulo, Brazil (behind paywall)

Richard Matoušek

18 Oct 2023  |  jacobin.com
The article discusses the high housing costs in Lisbon, which have escalated to the point where the city is considered less affordable for renters than New York. It critiques the attempts to address the housing affordability issue through market-based solutions, suggesting that such approaches have exacerbated the problem rather than resolving it.

After Bolsonaro, Can Brazil Move Beyond Neoliberalism and Toward Greater Global Cooperation?

22 Nov 2022  |  znetwork.org
Brazil's election saw Luiz Inácio 'Lula' da Silva of the Workers’ Party defeat incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, marking the first time an incumbent was beaten since the country's return to democracy in the 1980s. Despite facing obstructions from the Federal Highway Police and not receiving a concession from Bolsonaro, Lula's victory was recognized internationally. The election's aftermath raises questions about the future of neoliberalism in Brazil and the potential for greater global cooperation, especially in light of Lula's proposed policies and the Pink Tide's resurgence in Latin America. Lula's challenges include addressing Brazil's hunger crisis and navigating international relations, particularly with the BRICS nations and the United States.

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