House of Cards - Any resemblance to reality is NOT pure coincidence.

Underwood's speech in House of Cards shows astonishing resemblance to Bush's address to the Congress in 2001 when the War on Terror was declared. Although season 4 was not as good as previous ones I applauded the ending just because it was an ultimate sarcastic representation of reality. 15 years gap between those speeches and both scare the same. The fear tactic was brilliantly adapted to a TV series, and it deserves a closer look. In this video I compare the last scenes of season 4 of the political drama House of Cards and what happened in the US after 9/11. WARNING- contains major spoilers for season 4.

House of Cards is a Netflix original series running since 2013. Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is the ruthless and sarcastic democrat US president. He is under investigation for a series of crimes, and in order to divert attention he creates his own war on terror in the hope voters will support him in the coming election.

The former republican US president George W. Bush …

About Marisa Felicissimo


MARISA FELICISSIMO has graduated in Medicine at the Federal University ofMinas Gerais in 1999, completed medical residency in Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IPUB) in 2002, and specialization on Integrated psychosocial care of alcohol and drug users - CAPS-AD (IPUB / Ministry of Health) in 2003.
As part of the 2007/2008 Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University in USA, Marisa Felicissimo concluded several professionals affiliations with American specialists and researchers in Virginia (Richmond Behavior Authority), Seattle (Addiction Behavior Research Center, University of Washington) and San Francisco (The Harm Reduction Therapy Center).
As a civil servant of the Municipal Health Secretary of Rio de Janeiro, Marisa Felicissimo worked for 2 years in the psychiatric outpatient service of the Municipal Center Nise da Silveira and for 4 years at the Center for Addiction Treatment o…

Brasil e a lei de drogas: o retrocesso

Se eu fosse cartunista desenharia uma charge assim: dois brasileiros de classe media alta conversando. Um, que poderia ser um psiquiatra, diria: "Vencemos a primeira batalha! Lugar de usuário de drogas é na cadeia!" O outro, que poderia ser o Tio Sam, um grande comerciante ou um político, responderia: "Graças! Conseguimos! Agora vamos privatizar o sistema carcerário!" Uma outra tirinha poderia ser assim: Richy Martin modificando sua música e dança para o caso brasileiro: "Un, dos, tres, un pasito pa'delante Maria, Un, dos, tres, dos pasitos pa'atras".Como não sou cartunista, e cansei de "pregar aos convertidos". Aqui vai um pequeno comentário sobre a mudança da lei de drogas no Brasil e alguns links pra quem quiser saber mais. Quem acompanhou essa história da "epidemia do crack" e do "sucesso" do BOPE desde o início, ou pelo menos desde que esse assunto foi parar na mídia (2007-2008), sabe muito bem como tudo começou.…

Rio+20: is HEALTH on the agenda?

According to the new editorial by The Lancet, health was "barely mentioned" in the initial draft of the Rio+20 agenda. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)which is about to start in Rio de Janeiro, with the slogan “the future we want” is not on the minds of 80% of brazilians, as health is. That was revealed by a inquiry conducted by the Ministry of Environment, where health was among the first concerns of the ones interviewed while environment was at 6th place.

Actually, health and environment are more interconnected than most of people think. And that is why WHO and other major global health players are so keen to “ensure that health is protected and promoted in global policy arenas outside the health sector”. The idea is to integrate health concerns to every policy, from economy, through transport to environment.

The editorial brings two other articles that explores links between health and sustainable development that are worth reading. I'll conclud…

AIDS and Government responses: Brazil X South Africa

AIDS and the State:The Politics of Government Responses to the Epidemic in Brazil and South Africa. I've chosen this article that best illustrates what I'm studying right now. It analyses the case of both countries and lists factors that contributes to explain why the Brazilian program to fight HIV/AIDS had a faster and better impact than the South African one. I copy here the abstract but it's worthy to take a look at the entire article, that is available on the internet (just follow the link). Enjoy!

"Political scientists have paid little attention to the politics of epidemics. This article begins to fill this gap by taking up the question of why some states have responded to the HIV/AIDS epidemic more aggressively than others, conceptualizing AIDS responses as a form of state-building. We attempt to answer the general question by comparing two countries, Brazil and South Africa, in which we might have expected similar state responses but in which we in fact observe …

HIV/AIDS - Brazil, an emerging actor in development cooperation

For all those months, since I last wrote here, I've been wondering how could I merge my background in drug policies and addiction treatment studies with my new goal of learning and engaging into the international cooperation field. Focus myself into Global Health would be the obvious choice. And at this moment it seems the most reasonable path. After all, it's relatively easy to quit medical practice but it's not that easy to delete nearly 16 years of medical learning and practice from a CV. The difficult thing is to try to find a common ground between the old and the new and still looks coherent. That has been my challenge.

I'm not quite ready to quit the idea of focusing my studies on governance, participatory democracy, international migration and refugees (my new passion?!), but at least to make a smooth transition, specially for this blog, I'll start writing and posting things that I consider the link between my past and my future. Soon I'll be changing the…

A crise no Rio, por Luiz Eduardo Soares

Desde julho estou dando uma pausa ao blog para me dedicar aos estudos de cooperação internacional ao desenvolvimento. Durante este período, apesar da extrema restrição de tempo, não deixei de acompanhar os assuntos mais importantes no "mundo das drogas". Nem a mudança do diretor do UNODC, nem a derrota da propositon 19 na Califórnia, nem as discussões sobre maconha medicinal no Brasil me motivaram a voltar a escrever sobre o assunto. Por que então "a crise no Rio"?

Dentre todos os assuntos sobre os quais já estudei, debati, critiquei, realmente são somente dois que me movem profundamente. Um é a questão dos direitos dos usuários, principalmente no que diz respeito às decisões sobre tratar, não-tratar e como tratar e o outro e a violência ligada ao comércio de drogas, principalmente no Brasil. Assim resolvi "re-inaugurar" o meu blog com a reprodução deste artigo do blog de Luiz Eduardo Soares, que embora seja mais conhecido do grande público por seus livro…