Brazil’s Rousseff In Mexico To Sign Trade Agreements

Brazil’s Rousseff In Mexico To Sign Trade Agreements

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff starts her official visit to Mexico on Tuesday, May 26th, with the objective of strengthening commercial bilateral relations between the two nations, as Brazil and Mexico together make up more than half of the production, population and territory of Latin America. […]

Although Smaller, Nationwide Protests Continue in Brazil

Although Smaller, Nationwide Protests Continue in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – An ocean of yellow and green shirts swept through Avenida Paulista, one of São Paulo’s most famous avenues on Sunday, April 12th, calling for change and protesting against corruption and the Rousseff administration. The scene was repeated in hundreds of cities across Brazil, and although […]

Traffic in Centro Changes Again with New Rio 450 Tunnel

Traffic in Centro Changes Again with New Rio 450 Tunnel

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The latest piece of infrastructure in the project to replace the Perimetral highway in Rio’s Centro and Port Zone, the Rio 450 tunnel has been inaugurated on Sunday March 1st, the city’s 450th birthday. With the tunnel, traffic in Centro changes again considerably. The 1,480 […]

Opinion: Fisiologismo 101, a Smidgen

Opinion: Fisiologismo 101, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – When you look up this word in Portuguese, you get a short description. If you put it into Wikipedia, but the English language version, the same description is entitled “cronyism”. Both terms mean, essentially, passing out relatively important governmental positions to your political buddies, regardless of […]

Opinion: Impunity 102, a Smidgen

Opinion: Impunity 102, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Under long-standing Brazilian administrative law, all companies whose executives have been convicted of corruption of government officials must be declared “inidôneo” (literally “disreputable”) and excluded from performing or bidding on government contracts. President Dilma has publicly advocated NOT applying the bidding and contract exclusion to the […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Urges Cabinet to Reduce Spending

Brazil’s Rousseff Urges Cabinet to Reduce Spending

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, asked cabinet ministers to maintain strict control over government spending and combat corruption, during a meeting with her new cabinet members on Tuesday, January 27th. This is Rousseff’s first cabinet meeting since she started her second term in office, on January […]

President Rousseff Announces More Cabinet Members in Brazil

President Rousseff Announces More Cabinet Members in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced on Monday, December 29th, seven more new cabinet members who will help her during her second term in office. Among the nominations announced yesterday are Transport Minister Antonio Carlos Rodrigues, Agrarian Development Minister Patrus Ananias and Social Security Minister Carlos […]

President Rousseff Announces Cabinet For Second Term

President Rousseff Announces Cabinet For Second Term

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil announced on Tuesday, December 23rd, thirteen new cabinet members for her second term, which begins on January 1st. In November Rousseff had already named her economic team, and the President is expected to release the name of the other cabinet […]

Mercosur Partners Discuss Entry of Bolivia in Bloc

Mercosur Partners Discuss Entry of Bolivia in Bloc

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The 47th Mercosur Summit (Common Market of the South) starts on Wednesday, December 17th, with leaders of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela discussing among other things the entry of Bolivia as the newest member of the group. The governments of Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay and […]

Decisive Week in Brazil for Top Petrobras Executives

Decisive Week in Brazil for Top Petrobras Executives

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – This will be a decisive week for top executives at Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras, say analysts, as additional reports reveal that directors and even the company’s president, Maria das Graças Foster, have known for years that some of the company’s key directors were receiving bribes. […]

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