Brazil’s Rousseff and President Obama Hold Press Conference

Brazil’s Rousseff and President Obama Hold Press Conference

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After canceling her official visit to the United States in 2013, following reports that the U.S. had wiretapped some of her conversations, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff appeared at ease next to President Barack Obama on Tuesday (June 30th), during a press conference at the White […]

Brazil’s President Rousseff Meets with President Obama in U.S.

Brazil’s President Rousseff Meets with President Obama in U.S.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, met with United States President Barack Obama yesterday (Monday, June 29th) on her week-long official visit to the United States. President Obama accompanied Rousseff to Martin Luther King’s Memorial and later Obama offered his Brazilian counterpart a state dinner at […]

Brazil’s President Rousseff Starts First Official Visit to the U.S.

Brazil’s President Rousseff Starts First Official Visit to the U.S.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – This past weekend Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff started her first official state visit to the United States and will visit New York, Washington and San Francisco. Rousseff and the Brazilian delegation accompanying her will explain to U.S. businessmen and officials the fiscal adjustments currently underway […]

Brazil Announces Export Plan to Boost Economy

Brazil Announces Export Plan to Boost Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The government of Brazil announced this week its National Export Plan (PNE) with the objective of increasing Brazilian exports to help the country’s ailing economy. According to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, companies should take advantage of the favorable foreign exchange rate to increase their export […]

Brazil’s Central Bank Increases Inflation Forecast for 2015

Brazil’s Central Bank Increases Inflation Forecast for 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Central Bank delivered more negative economic news on Wednesday (June 24th), increasing its inflation forecast and estimating a greater decline in the country’s GDP for this year. According to the Quarterly Inflation Report inflation should rise to nine percent this year in Brazil, from […]

Overcrowding in Brazilian Prisons May Increase with New Law

Overcrowding in Brazilian Prisons May Increase with New Law

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Ministry of Justice released a study on Tuesday showing that Brazil is the country with the fourth largest prison population in the world, falling only behind the United States, China and Russia. Now according to Brazil’s Justice Minister, Eduardo Cardozo, if the bill on […]

Brazil Announces R$29 Billion for Family Farming Harvest Plan

Brazil Announces R$29 Billion for Family Farming Harvest Plan

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s government announced on Monday (June 22nd) it would make available R$28.9 billion (over US$9.3 billion) for the 2015/2016 Family Farming Harvest Plan. The volume of resources is twenty percent greater than that made available in the 2014/2015 harvest season. The announcement is part of […]

Brazilians Agree with Reduction of Criminal Responsibility Age

Brazilians Agree with Reduction of Criminal Responsibility Age

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest survey by Datafolha shows that an overwhelming number of Brazilians are in favor of decreasing the age of criminal responsibility from eighteen to sixteen years old. According to the survey, more than 87 percent of those interviewed defended the measure which would allow […]

Lava Jato Operation Arrests High-Level Executives in Brazil

Lava Jato Operation Arrests High-Level Executives in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Federal Police in Brazil issued warrant arrests for twelve suspects in the 14th phase of the mega bribery and corruption scheme known as Operação Lava Jato (Carwash Operation). Among those arrested early Friday morning were the owner and president of Odebrecht and the president […]

Rio Reports Decrease in Violent Crimes, but Shootings Common

Rio Reports Decrease in Violent Crimes, but Shootings Common

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite reports of shootings and police confrontations at some of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela complexes, the city’s Public Security Institute (ISP) announced this week that May 2015 registered the lowest rate of homicides for the month in the past 24 years. The announcement comes […]

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