The 2016 Budget Plan in Brazil Pressures Congress

The 2016 Budget Plan in Brazil Pressures Congress

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – To get the approval of what is being called by many supporters as the ‘most transparent budget bill’ ever to be drafted, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said on Monday she is willing to visit Congressional representatives to explain the document. The 2016 budget bill announced […]

Protesters Take to the Streets in Brazil Against Rousseff

Protesters Take to the Streets in Brazil Against Rousseff

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Protesters took to the streets in hundreds of Brazilian cities on Sunday, August 16th to demonstrate against the Rousseff Administration and corruption, many calling for the impeachment of the President. The largest crowd was seen in São Paulo city, where official sources say more than […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Vetoes Bill for Mandatory Tipping in Service

Brazil’s Rousseff Vetoes Bill for Mandatory Tipping in Service

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vetoed a bill which would require restaurant clients to tip waiters and waitresses ten percent of the bill as a service tax, whether they liked the service or not. According to the President in her justification for the veto, the bill […]

Worker’s Party Ad Disrupted by Panelaço Protest Sounds in Brazil

Worker’s Party Ad Disrupted by Panelaço Protest Sounds in Brazil

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff made an appearance on TV yesterday night together with several members of her Worker’s Party PT, including ex-President Lula, campaigning for the party and the government’s program. However, in several cities all over the country, people starting banging their pans […]

Approval Rate Drops For Brazilian President Rousseff

Approval Rate Drops For Brazilian President Rousseff

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s disapproval rates have increased even further in the past month, according to polling institute Datafolha, even surpassing rates for former President Fernando Collor de Mello on the eve of his impeachment (September 1992). The survey shows that 71 percent of those […]

Brazil Credit Rating Not Downgraded but Outlook Negative

Brazil Credit Rating Not Downgraded but Outlook Negative

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Against widespread expectations from financial experts, rating agency Standard & Poor’s has decided not to downgrade Brazil’s credit rating yet. The country’s current rating status of BBB- is still within investment grade and will be maintained, while the agency changed the outlook to negative. […]

Brazil Temporarily Introduces Reduced Work Hours and Salaries

Brazil Temporarily Introduces Reduced Work Hours and Salaries

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed a temporary measure allowing companies to reduce working hours and employees’ salaries in order to avoid layoffs. Through the Programa de Proteção ao Emprego (Program to Protect Employment) companies in dire financial situations in designated sectors can reduce […]

Brazil’s President Rousseff Ensures Security for Rio 2016 Olympics

Brazil’s President Rousseff Ensures Security for Rio 2016 Olympics

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After returning from her first official visit to the U.S., Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff attended the Olympic Torch presentation ceremony yesterday (July 3rd) in Brasília and spoke about security for the Games. She ensured that Brazil will provide adequate security for the 2016 Olympics being […]

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 […]

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