Federal Police Threaten Strike During World Cup

Federal Police Threaten Strike During World Cup

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Federal police in Brazil staged a protest on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on Sunday, April 13th, calling for better working conditions, higher wages and restructuring of their career paths. The group vows to strike during this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament, which will […]

Rousseff Labels Petrobras CPI a Political Dispute

Rousseff Labels Petrobras CPI a Political Dispute

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff deemed the opposition’s efforts to establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) into alleged irregularities at state-controlled Petrobras a “political dispute” this Monday, April 7th. At a speech in Minas Gerais, Rousseff discarded the claims that she approved of the […]

Military to Investigate Human Rights Crimes

Military to Investigate Human Rights Crimes

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Armed Forces will investigate human rights violations practiced in military units during the dictatorship that led the country between 1964 and 1985, as announced by the coordinator of the National Truth Commission, Pedro Dallari yesterday, April 1st. The news came on the 50th […]

São Paulo Hosts Lollapalooza 2014 on April 5th-6th

São Paulo Hosts Lollapalooza 2014 on April 5th-6th

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The legendary festival that started as a grunge rock affair to bid adieu to band Jane’s Addiction in 1991, Lollapalooza, will celebrate its third Brazilian edition with fifty international and domestic acts in São Paulo this weekend (April 5 – April 6, 2014). Headlining […]

Brazil Eases Child Adoption for Foreigners

Brazil Eases Child Adoption for Foreigners

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Stories of families increasing their ranks by adopting children from distant lands could soon become commonplace in Brazil. On Monday the National Council of Justice (CNJ) moved to approve a change in the country’s National Adoption Registry (CNA) that facilitates the adoption of Brazilian […]

Out and About in São Paulo: April 2014

Out and About in São Paulo: April 2014

By Maria López Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The business center of Brazil, São Paulo, may be known for its relentless bumper-to-bumper traffic and rows of office buildings that stretch as far as the eye can see, but Paulistanos also know how to unwind. The concrete jungle’s endless array of cultural offerings […]

Brazil Arrests 24 in Money Laundering Operation

Brazil Arrests 24 in Money Laundering Operation

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s federal police arrested 24 people accused of laundering over R$10 billion in six states across Brazil this Monday, March 17th. The arrests were part of the federal police’s Lava Jato (car wash) operation, which included the apprehension of luxury vehicles and large amounts […]

Rousseff Moves to Quell PMDB, PT Crisis

Rousseff Moves to Quell PMDB, PT Crisis

By Maria López Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The President of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), Valdir Raupp, affirmed last Monday that his party will attempt to join forces with the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) to present a slate of candidates in six states across Brazil this October. This statement followed […]

Repression Allegations at World Cup Protests in São Paulo

Repression Allegations at World Cup Protests in São Paulo

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Lawyers from a trade group in São Paulo have concluded that there was excessive repression at an anti-World Cup demonstration that occurred in the country’s financial capital last Saturday, February 22nd, as support for the international sports tournament appears to wane in Brazil. “Even […]

Imprisoned Mensaleiros Fundraise to Pay Fines

Imprisoned Mensaleiros Fundraise to Pay Fines

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Supporters of high-ranking members of the Workers’ Party (PT), José Genoino, Delúbio Soares and José Dirceu, condemned in the landmark mensalão cash-for-votes corruption trial have set up crowdfunding websites, as well as organized fundraisers, to help pay for the fines imposed by Brazil’s highest […]

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