Echo and the Bunnymen Return to Rio

Echo and the Bunnymen Return to Rio

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the most influential groups of the post-punk era, British band Echo and the Bunnymen return to Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, November 1st to play live at Lapa’s Fundição Progresso. Well known for their hits that include “Killing Moon,” “Lips Like Sugar,” […]

Brazil’s Central Bank Increases Interest Rate

Brazil’s Central Bank Increases Interest Rate

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In a surprising move Brazil’s Central Bank (CB) Copom (Monetary Policy Committee) increased the Selic (benchmark interest rate) by 25 basis points to 11.25 percent on Wednesday afternoon, taking the rate to its highest level since November 2011. The last time the Copom increased the […]

Halloween 2014 Celebrations in Rio de Janeiro

Halloween 2014 Celebrations in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While Halloween celebrations in Brazil remain less elaborate than those in others locations around the world, Dia das Bruxas (Day of Witches), as the holiday is also known here, is gaining in popularity. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, many venues, both […]

Challenges Faced by Brazil’s Rousseff in 2nd Term

Challenges Faced by Brazil’s Rousseff in 2nd Term

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The incumbent President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, won Sunday’s election by a very small margin, leading some political analysts to believe that she will have a difficult time in approving in Congress austerity reforms needed to restore international credibility while still trying to meet demands […]

Brazil’s Stock Market Tumbles With Rousseff Re-Election

Brazil’s Stock Market Tumbles With Rousseff Re-Election

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s stock market (Bovespa) tumbled on Monday, as the financial market reacted negatively to the re-election of incumbent president Dilma Rousseff on Sunday, falling by as much as 6.18 percent during the morning trading hours and closing down by 2.77 percent, at 50,503 points. “The […]

Community Members Fight Closure of Museu da Maré

Community Members Fight Closure of Museu da Maré

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Museu da Maré, a well known museum and cultural center located in Rio’s Complexo da Maré favela, faces possible closure on December 9th and community members joined by supporters from around the world are rallying to save it. Well known throughout the city […]

Dilma Rousseff Re-Elected as Brazil’s President

Dilma Rousseff Re-Elected as Brazil’s President

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff won re-election on Sunday by a straight margin over opposition candidate Aecio Neves. With 99.7 percent of votes counted Rousseff obtained 51.6 percent of the valid votes while Neves received 48.4 percent. According to the TSE (Brazil’s Electoral Court) twenty percent […]

Pezão Wins Gubernatorial Race in Rio de Janeiro

Pezão Wins Gubernatorial Race in Rio de Janeiro

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Incumbent governor Luis Fernando de Souza, most commonly known as Pezão (‘Bigfoot’ in Portuguese), won the gubernatorial race in Rio de Janeiro against Marcelo Crivella. According to election officials, Pezão received 55.78 percent of the valid votes against Crivella’s 44.22 percent. Numbers also show […]

Voters Go to Polls Today to Elect Next President in Brazil

Voters Go to Polls Today to Elect Next President in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The last voter intention polls conducted by Datafolha and Ibope before Sunday’s Presidential elections give Brazil’s incumbent President Dilma Rousseff of the PT (Workers Party) a slight lead over PSDB (Social Democracy Party) candidate Aecio Neves. Datafolha has Rousseff with 52 percent of the […]

Biometric Voting During Brazilian Runoff Elections

Biometric Voting During Brazilian Runoff Elections

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On the eve of the weekend of the 2014 Brazilian runoff elections, the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) verified the biometric identification systems to be used in many Brazilian polling stations. On Sunday, October 26th, the biometrics machines once again will identity many voters by […]

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