By Harold Emert

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Nine thousand Academics from such esteemed universities as Harvard, Cambridge, and the Sorbonne, as well as from universities in Canada, Australia, Germany, Israel, Greece, and the Netherlands, are protesting against cuts of 30 percent of Brazil's Federal University budgets announced last week by Brazil's Ministry of Education.

In an open letter, written by two Harvard graduate students, they claim that Brazil’s plan to disinvest in philosophy and sociology at public universities could have "a devastating effect on Brazil's democracy."

Brazilian-born Sergio Tenenbaum, an associate professor of philosophy at . . .

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