Brazil’s Vale Denies Allegations of Environment and Labor Violations

Brazil’s Vale Denies Allegations of Environment and Labor Violations

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – One of the largest mining companies in the world, Brazil’s Vale, has been accused of human rights violations and causing negative environmental impacts for profit by the NGO International Articulation of Those Affected by Vale in its “Vale Report 2015”. The multinational company, with projects […]

Workers’ Unions Protests Against Outsourcing Bill in Brazil

Workers’ Unions Protests Against Outsourcing Bill in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Workers’ unions in at least 22 states took the streets on Wednesday to protest the bill that will regulate outsourcing contracts in private companies in Brazil, expanding the types of jobs which can be outsourced by businesses. Today outsourcing is only allowed for positions such […]

Ruling Party Treasurer Arrested in Corruption Scandal in Brazil

Ruling Party Treasurer Arrested in Corruption Scandal in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The treasurer of Brazil’s ruling party, the PT (Workers Party) was arrested on Wednesday morning by the Federal Police. João Vaccari Neto was arrested at his home in São Paulo as part of the on-going mega-corruption scandal Operação Lava Jato (Carwash Operation). Vaccari Neto is […]

Rousseff Opposes Reducing Age of Criminal Responsibility in Brazil

Rousseff Opposes Reducing Age of Criminal Responsibility in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff took to social media on Monday to speak out against a bill which would reduce the age for criminal responsibility from eighteen to sixteen years old. The bill was approved at the end of March by the Commission of Constitution and […]

Although Smaller, Nationwide Protests Continue in Brazil

Although Smaller, Nationwide Protests Continue in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An ocean of yellow and green shirts swept through Avenida Paulista, one of São Paulo’s most famous avenues on Sunday, April 12th, calling for change and protesting against corruption and the Rousseff administration. The scene was repeated in hundreds of cities across Brazil, and although […]

Protests Expected in 500 Cities Throughout Brazil Today

Protests Expected in 500 Cities Throughout Brazil Today

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to protest today throughout Brazil against corruption and the government of Dilma Rousseff. Protests have been scheduled for at least 500 cities, including major urban centers such as São Paulo, which according to military police gathered more than […]

First 100 Days of Brazil President Rousseff’s Second Term in Office

First 100 Days of Brazil President Rousseff’s Second Term in Office

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff marked her first 100 days of her second term as the country’s leader struggling to maintain political and economic control. After an extremely tight presidential race in October of 2014, Rousseff has been losing popularity and support from both the […]

Brazil’s BNDES to Disburse US$19.4 Billion for Infrastructure

Brazil’s BNDES to Disburse US$19.4 Billion for Infrastructure

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Social and Economic Development Bank, BNDES, announced this week it would allocate approximately R$60 billion (around US$19.4 billion) from a total of R$170 billion (approximately US$55 billion) of disbursements planned for 2015 towards the infrastructure sector. The volume of disbursements for the sector, forty […]

Brazil’s Inflation Soars with Higher Energy Bills

Brazil’s Inflation Soars with Higher Energy Bills

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s IPCA (Consumer Price Index) for the month of March registered an increase of 1.32 percent, according to the IBGE Statistics Bureau, the highest inflation growth rate since February of 2003. For the last twelve months inflation has risen by 8.2 percent, well over the […]

Latin America Expected to Grow Less in 2015

Latin America Expected to Grow Less in 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest report from the United Nation agency ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) shows a downward revision of its economic growth projection for the regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to only a 1.0 percent increase in 2015. The latest forecast is […]

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