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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 […]

Education Faces Challenges in Brazil

Education Faces Challenges in Brazil

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Investments in Brazil’s education sector as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) have increased from 5.8 percent to 6.1 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to a recent OECD report. However, Brazil still faces great challenges in improving the quality of education in […]

STF Reviews Mensalão Sentences

STF Reviews Mensalão Sentences

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Attorney General in Brazil petitioned the Federal Supreme Court (STF) not to issue new verdicts for the former high-ranking government officials and party leaders convicted in the “mensalão” trial. The country’s highest court finalized its review of the appeals filed by 25 people […]

Brazil’s Doctor Controversy Continues

Brazil’s Doctor Controversy Continues

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazil-trained doctors participating in the “Programa Mais Médicos” (More Doctors Program) began working in 454 municipalities where health professionals are needed last Monday, September 2nd amid reports of no shows, as the controversy over the government initiative continues to mount. Announced by President […]

Brazil’s Foreign Minister Patriota Resigns

Brazil’s Foreign Minister Patriota Resigns

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Antonio Patriota, resigned last Monday, August 26th following the fallout over a Brazilian diplomat’s decision to help a Bolivian politician who had been found guilty of corruption in that country escape to Brazil. The Bolivian Senator Roger Pinto Molina […]

Profits Soar for Bus Companies in Brazil

Profits Soar for Bus Companies in Brazil

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Just two months after protests over an increase in bus fares led to a widespread demonstration movement across Brazil, numbers from the Secretariat of Transportation in São Paulo have shown that bus companies that operate lines in that city have seen their net profits […]

State Secretary John Kerry Visits Brazil

State Secretary John Kerry Visits Brazil

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – United States Secretary of State John Kerry defended the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program that monitored Brazil’s communications, as well as other countries around the world, during a joint press conference with Brazil’s Minister of External Relations Antonio Patriota on Tuesday, August […]

Brazil Congress Faces Crucial Voting

Brazil Congress Faces Crucial Voting

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After the recesso branco, where parliament continued functioning but no votes were held, lawmakers now have a long list of crucial votes ahead of them on bills prioritized in the wave of mass protests that swept Brazil in June and continues to smoulder. President Dilma Rousseff […]

Brazil Human Development Up 50 Percent

Brazil Human Development Up 50 Percent

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Municipal Human Development Index (MHDI) rose nearly fifty percent in twenty years, the Brazil 2013 Human Development Atlas has shown. Using data from the 1991, 2000 and 2010 censuses, the study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) showed that Brazil’s overall MHDI climbed from 0.493 (“very low”) in 1991 […]

Pope Francis in Brazil for 2013 WYD

Pope Francis in Brazil for 2013 WYD

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Pope Francis is in Brazil to attend World Youth Day (WYD), and was greeted by tens of thousands of pilgrims in the center of Rio on Monday, July 22nd. Argentinian-born Pope Francis, who is the first Latin Pope, said God had wanted him to visit his “beloved” […]