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Brazil Readies Army for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil Readies Army for 2014 FIFA World Cup

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian Army introduced the troops that will be tasked with ensuring safety and assisting police officers during the 2014 FIFA World Cup last Sunday, May 4th. Close to three thousand soldiers trained to combat terrorism and chemical warfare will service Brazil’s capital city, […]

Mensalão Prison Sentences Start in Brazil

Mensalão Prison Sentences Start in Brazil

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Nearly half of the 25 high-ranking politicians and businessmen convicted in Brazil’s landmark mensalão trial started turning themselves in to police last Friday and serving their prison sentences. This comes one year after they were found guilty of crimes, such as active corruption and […]

Murder Rate Up Nearly 8 Percent in Brazil

Murder Rate Up Nearly 8 Percent in Brazil

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest figures released last week show that the number of homicides in Brazil rose steadily between 2011 and 2012, with a 7.8 percent increase in the number of murders registered last year. The Statistics Yearbook, compiled by the nonprofit Brazilian Public Safety Forum, […]

Rio Governor Cabral Drops From Spotlight

Rio Governor Cabral Drops From Spotlight

By Milli Legrain, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The next twelve months are set to be a busy time in Brazilian politics, between the international spotlight of the World Cup, and the Presidential elections. Rio de Janeiro State will also choose its new governor, and President Dilma Rousseff’s PT party has already confirmed Lindbergh […]

Brazilian Delegation Makes Rare China Visit

Brazilian Delegation Makes Rare China Visit

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A delegation of Brazilian businessmen and ministers headed by the vice president Michel Temer are visiting China in an effort to strengthen relations between the two countries. It is the first official visit to China by a group of Brazilian dignitaries since president Xi […]

Brazil’s Oil Sale Could Generate Trillions

Brazil’s Oil Sale Could Generate Trillions

By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Some of the world’s biggest oil companies joined forces in a successful bid for the country’s first pre-salt offshore oil field, Libra, this week, the R$15 billion signing fee a fraction of what will be invested in the area in the coming years. Europe’s […]

Black Bloc Grows as Rio Protests Continue

Black Bloc Grows as Rio Protests Continue

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The nationwide protests of June and July may have abated, but in their wake have come a series of cause-driven acts that continue to spiral into violent clashes between police and protesters. Tuesday night witnessed another spate of incidents following a protest in Cinelândia. Whether […]

Marina Silva Joins PSB Party in Brazil

Marina Silva Joins PSB Party in Brazil

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Senator and 2010 presidential candidate Marina Silva will meet with members of the Partido Socialista Brasileiro (PSB) this week to define a mutual political platform just three days after Silva announced she was joining the country’s Socialist Party following her unsuccessful bid to […]

Brazil Welcomes New U.S. Ambassador

Brazil Welcomes New U.S. Ambassador

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The new United States Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, arrived in Brasília on September 16th. Her appointment follows the departure of her predecessor Thomas Shannon and comes at tense time for Brazil-U.S. relations. As she disembarked at Brasília’s airport, Ayalde told assembled reporters that […]

Rousseff Denounces U.S. Espionage

Rousseff Denounces U.S. Espionage

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In her opening speech at the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, President Dilma Rousseff, as expected, took the opportunity to criticize the United States’ spying program in Brazil, and announced her intention to protect the country from further unwelcome surveillance. The […]

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