Brazil’s Courts Suspends Impeachment Process After Scuffle

Brazil’s Courts Suspends Impeachment Process After Scuffle

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Opposition leaders had little time to celebrate winning the chance to head a special committee in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies which will decide whether or not to start impeachment proceedings against Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff. Hours after the turbulent vote, the country’s Supreme Court decided […]

Impeachment Proceedings Opened Against Brazil’s President

Impeachment Proceedings Opened Against Brazil’s President

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The speaker of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, accepted on Wednesday a request to open impeachment proceedings against the country’s leader, President Dilma Rousseff. Cunha stated that there was evidence that the President had violated Brazil’s fiscal laws and manipulated government finances. Although both […]

Difficult Week Ahead in Brazil for President Rousseff and Cunha

Difficult Week Ahead in Brazil for President Rousseff and Cunha

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Still trying to digest the negative political outcomes of last week and preparing for what promises to be another turbulent political week, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff spent her long, three-day holiday weekend meeting with top aides to discuss the country’s current political scenario. This week […]

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 […]

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