Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Announce Plans for Ailing Economy

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Announce Plans for Ailing Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Rising inflation and plunging economic growth have been major concerns for Brazilians this election year. According to government data, Brazil’s GDP has gone from a growth of 7.5 percent per year in 2010 to forecasts of 0.7 percent in 2014, and Brazil’s Central Bank forecasts […]

Brazil’s Top Presidential Candidates Speak on Education, Health

Brazil’s Top Presidential Candidates Speak on Education, Health

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On October 5th more than 140 million Brazilians will go to the polls to choose the country’s next president. Voters will be looking at the candidates’ positions on important issues, such as health and education to make their choices. The three top candidates, incumbent President […]

Franz Ferdinand at Vivo Rio on Thursday, October 2nd

Franz Ferdinand at Vivo Rio on Thursday, October 2nd

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Scottish quartet, Franz Ferdinand returns to Rio de Janeiro to play at Vivo Rio on Thursday, October 2nd. Well known for their dance-rock/indie rock sounds and artistic music videos, the Glasgow-based band has won multiple awards and released four studio albums, selling millions of […]

Eight-Hour Standoff With Hostage in Brasilia Hotel

Eight-Hour Standoff With Hostage in Brasilia Hotel

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After taking a hostage and holding police at bay for almost eight hours outside a hotel in the center of Brasilia, a gunman identified as Jac Souza dos Santos, 30, released his hostage and surrendered to police late Monday afternoon. The commotion started early in […]

Fluminense Beats São Paulo 3×1 in Brasileirão

Fluminense Beats São Paulo 3×1 in Brasileirão

By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Fluminense were the only Carioca team to win as the 25th round of the Campeonato Brasileiro took place this past weekend. There were defeats for Botafogo and Flamengo, with the former continuing to hover perilously close to the relegation zone. Fluminense secured an excellent […]

Bank Workers’ Unions in Brazil Call for Nationwide Strike

Bank Workers’ Unions in Brazil Call for Nationwide Strike

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Bank workers’ unions announced Thursday night they have called for a nationwide strike on Tuesday, September 30th for an undetermined period of time. The unions rejected the salary increase proposed by the National Federation of Banks (Fenaban). Bank employees in at least nineteen states, including […]

Draws For Flamengo and Fluminense in Brasileirão

Draws For Flamengo and Fluminense in Brasileirão

By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Neither Flamengo nor Fluminense managed to pick up three points last night as the 24th round of the Campeonato Brasileiro got underway. Fla conceded a late equalizer at São Paulo, whilst Flu were held at home by Grêmio. A last gasp strike from Luís […]

Brazil Prepares for the 2014 Elections on October 5th

Brazil Prepares for the 2014 Elections on October 5th

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In less than one week and a half, 142.8 million eligible voters will cast their ballots in Brazil. Citizens will cast their vote for President, the governor of one of the 27 states, almost half of the Senate and all of the representatives for the […]

Brazil Speaks on Economics of Climate Change

Brazil Speaks on Economics of Climate Change

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday the United Nations hosted in New York what is being called one of the largest summits on climate change, with leaders from around the world expected to agree to actions to limit climate change. The Brazilian government’s actions to protect the Amazon region […]

Illegal Campaign Propaganda Seized in Rio de Janeiro

Illegal Campaign Propaganda Seized in Rio de Janeiro

By Sarah Brown, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following several inspections from the Regional Election Tribunal of Rio, a total of more than ninety tons of unauthorized election propaganda has been seized within the municipality as the 2014 elections set for October 5th draw nearer. While certain approaches to propaganda distribution remains illegal, it […]

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