Lula Backs Political Reform as a Priority in Brazil: Daily

Lula Backs Political Reform as a Priority in Brazil: Daily

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former president Lula, of the governing PT (Workers’ Party), released a video in which he backs the PT’s campaign for political reform. Launched last Saturday at the party’s national conference in the lead up to October’s elections, the campaign aims to emphasise reform as […]

Rousseff: Petrobras Saved Shipbuilding: Daily

Rousseff: Petrobras Saved Shipbuilding: Daily

By William Jones, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff has said that the shipbuilding industry is expected to reach the milestone of hiring 100,000 workers in 2017. Speaking on her radio program “Coffee with the President” the Brazilian President said that the industry is “strong” and the country has Petrobras to […]

A Promise Made is a Debt Unpaid

A Promise Made is a Debt Unpaid

Editorial by Doug Gray, editor RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Poet Robert Service probably didn’t realize how apt the words of his 1907 work “The Cremation of Sam McGee” would be a century later in the light of the biggest auction in the history of Brazil’s oil industry. For as the poem opens, “There are […]

The Curmudgeon on Clueless

The Curmudgeon on Clueless

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Based on her reactions after the nationwide protests in June, the Curmudgeon has come to the conclusion that Dilma is truly clueless about politics. In her first speech, she proposed three things: importing foreign doctors to work in poor areas; spending all the “pre-salt” oil income […]

A Curmudgeonly Glossary of Brazilian Protest Terms

A Curmudgeonly Glossary of Brazilian Protest Terms

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon, who for years has deemed politics his favorite spectator sport, has been watching the demonstrations, and has paid particular attention to several slogans that are now brandished by protesters. Following up on last week’s PEC 37, he will now clarify other things people are saying. […]

Over a Million Protest in Brazil: Daily

Over a Million Protest in Brazil: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Over a million people are estimated to have taken to the streets in Brazil’s state capitals on Thursday evening, with fresh protests seen in over 100 cities from Manaus to Porto Alegre, despite a government U-turn on rises to bus and metro fares in cities […]

The Curmudgeon: “It’s Not the R$0.20!”

The Curmudgeon: “It’s Not the R$0.20!”

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The protests continue apace, and the protesters seem to be growing in number. Brazilian media of all types are having a feast day if not a feeding frenzy. Why all this tumult over an increase in bus fares that is one twentieth (1/20 or five percent) […]

The Curmudgeon on 2014

The Curmudgeon on 2014

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Elections will be held in October 2014 throughout Brazil, with contenders for federal Congress, Senate and President. Although that seems like quite a distance away, it is more than clear that the Presidential campaign has already started. There are four quasi-declared candidates, and one undeclared candidate. […]

Rumor Sparks Mass Withdrawals: Daily

Rumor Sparks Mass Withdrawals: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A rumor that the Bolsa Família anti-poverty program was set to close led to hundreds of thousands of families withdrawing the state benefit over the weekend. Caixa Econômica Federal, the state-run bank that organizes the Bolsa Família, said R$152 million (around US$75 million) had been […]

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