Marchers Remember 1993 Killing of Eight Children by Police

Marchers Remember 1993 Killing of Eight Children by Police

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Twenty-two years after the murder of eight homeless boys in the center of Rio de Janeiro by police, violence towards youths in Brazil has not improved, according to human rights advocates. In many cities, the violence has increased significantly. On Thursday, groups working with children’s […]

Brazil Cuts Primary Surplus and Budget for 2015

Brazil Cuts Primary Surplus and Budget for 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The decline in federal revenues due to the weakening Brazilian economy led the country’s economic team to announce the reduction of the primary surplus from 1.1 percent this year to 0.15 percent. The primary surplus target, which at the beginning of the year was set […]

President Rousseff to Defend Government’s Accounting Practices

President Rousseff to Defend Government’s Accounting Practices

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff has until Wednesday, July 22nd, to present her defense to the country’s audit court (Tribunal de Contas da União – TCU) of budget practices which could be construed as violations of the Brazil’s fiscal responsibility laws. Auditors announced in June they were […]

Racial Inequality Continues in Brazil as Rights Statute Turns Five

Racial Inequality Continues in Brazil as Rights Statute Turns Five

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Statute of Racial Equality in Brazil completes five years of existence on Monday, July 20th but still struggles to implement laws that will reduce the enormous inequalities between whites and blacks in the country. In its 65 articles, the statute attempts to create more […]

Positive Outlook for Brazilian 2015-2024 Agribusiness

Positive Outlook for Brazilian 2015-2024 Agribusiness

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Although the growth of Brazil’s agricultural production should be lower in the coming years than in the past few seasons, expectations continue to be positive says a report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and […]

Rousseff Meets with Lula in Brazil to Reverse Negative Perception

Rousseff Meets with Lula in Brazil to Reverse Negative Perception

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff met on Tuesday afternoon with some of her cabinet members and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to try to revert the negative mood hovering over the administration. In the agenda to increase Rousseff’s popularity are plans to intensify trips within […]

Brazil’s Rousseff in Russia to Meet Leaders for BRICS Summit

Brazil’s Rousseff in Russia to Meet Leaders for BRICS Summit

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff arrived in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday for the seventh BRICS summit, where member countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will launch the New Development Bank (NDB).The five BRICS countries represent one-fifth of the world’s economy and holds forty percent […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Claims No Reason For Impeachment

Brazil’s Rousseff Claims No Reason For Impeachment

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff spoke out on Tuesday about recent rumors of a possible impeachment. In an interview to daily Folha de S. Paulo, Rousseff said the there was no proof of any wrongdoing by her part and dismissing the allegations as part of the […]

Federal Police Arrest Another Petrobras Director in Brazil

Federal Police Arrest Another Petrobras Director in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Federal Police in Brazil arrested former Petrobras director for the International Area as part of its on-going Lava Jato (Carwash Operation) operation yesterday (July 3rd). Officials say Jorge Zelada transferred more than €$11 million to Europe, money that authorities believe was part of the […]

Brazil’s Trade Balance Registers Surplus for First Semester 2015

Brazil’s Trade Balance Registers Surplus for First Semester 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The trade balance in Brazil closed the first semester of 2015 with a surplus of US$2.222 billion, according to the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC). This is the first time the index registered a surplus since the first semester since 2012. Among […]

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