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” […]

Rio WYD Security Details Revealed: Daily

Rio WYD Security Details Revealed: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio’s security officials have revealed plans for next week’s World Youth Day (WYD), which Pope Francis is set to attend in the first major overseas trip of his papacy. A regional defense coordination center for the event is being set up in the Guaratiba […]

Brazil Simplifies Visas for Foreign Workers

Brazil Simplifies Visas for Foreign Workers

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government has announced that the application process for work visas to Brazil has been simplified significantly in response to demands from industry, calling for more qualified overseas workers to fill gaps in the Brazilian labor market. The government says it hopes that regular […]

Rio Police Operations to Secure Cristo

Rio Police Operations to Secure Cristo

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Youth Day (WYD 2013) set to arrive in Rio, the city has seen pacification operations in favelas at the base of Corcovado Mountain. Rio’s 33rd Police Pacification Unit (UPP) will establish a permanent presence in the area and […]

Brazil Firearm Sales to U.S. Up 187.5%

Brazil Firearm Sales to U.S. Up 187.5%

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sales of Brazilian-made firearms to the U.S. increased 187.5 percent while former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in office, compared to the same eight-year period of his predecessor. The U.S. purchased nearly 7.9 million, or eighty percent, of the 9.9 million exported […]

4G Data Services Launched in Rio: Daily

4G Data Services Launched in Rio: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Telecoms giant Oi launched its high-speed 4G mobile internet service in Rio on Thursday, becoming the city’s second operator to offer the service. Rival operator Claro launched its 4G services in cities hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup, including Rio, last week. TIM and Vivo […]

Rio State Court Approves Gay Marriage

Rio State Court Approves Gay Marriage

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The State of Rio High Court last week approved so-called “direct authorization” of same-sex civil marriages, making Rio one of eleven states which have approved gay marriage in Brazil, including São Paulo and the Federal District. However, there is uncertainty over whether judges in […]

Logistics Slow Brazil Soybean Trade: Daily

Logistics Slow Brazil Soybean Trade: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil could overtake the U.S. in terms of soybean production this year to become to the world’s largest producer of grain, O Globo newspaper reports. Yet it has been a long uphill climb for Brazil to reach this level of production, and experts are […]

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