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 […]

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 […]

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