Margaridas Women’s March Takes Thousands to Streets of Brasília

Margaridas Women’s March Takes Thousands to Streets of Brasília

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As many as 70,000 women, many wearing the symbol of the movement – a straw hat with flowers on it – descended on Brasília on Tuesday (August 11th) for the fifth March das Margaridas (March of the Daisies). During the event, marchers want to call […]

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 […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Presidents under Investigation

Opinion: Brazil’s Presidents under Investigation

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It’s been a bad week for Presidents in Brazil, with almost daily headlines containing denunciations of corrupt behavior. The best known “President” is former President Lula. This week it was announced that the Public Ministry in Brasília is investigating him for alleged international “influence peddling” which […]

Lula and Cunha Investigated in Lava Jato Corruption Scandal

Lula and Cunha Investigated in Lava Jato Corruption Scandal

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Both ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and current Speaker of the House of Representatives Eduardo Cunha are being investigated in two different inquiries of the Lava Jato (Carwash) corruption scandal. While a witness said Cunha had received a US$5 million bribe for a […]

Rousseff Meets with Lula in Brazil to Reverse Negative Perception

Rousseff Meets with Lula in Brazil to Reverse Negative Perception

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff met on Tuesday afternoon with some of her cabinet members and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to try to revert the negative mood hovering over the administration. In the agenda to increase Rousseff’s popularity are plans to intensify trips within […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Chutzpah in Brazil

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Chutzpah in Brazil

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yesterday’s headlines brought the news that former President Lula told the world that PT has lost its way, lost its faith; in short, lost its “utopia”. According to him, PT members only think about “public positions, sinecures, being elected”. According to him, PT members need to […]

Convicted Italian Activist Arrested for Seven Hours in Brazil

Convicted Italian Activist Arrested for Seven Hours in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Italian activist, Cesare Battisti was arrested in São Paulo on Thursday, March 12th and faced deportation to Italy, where he has been convicted to life in prison for four homicides, only to be released seven hours later due to a habeas corpus given by […]

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 […]

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