Ruling Party Treasurer Arrested in Corruption Scandal in Brazil

Ruling Party Treasurer Arrested in Corruption Scandal in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The treasurer of Brazil’s ruling party, the PT (Workers Party) was arrested on Wednesday morning by the Federal Police. João Vaccari Neto was arrested at his home in São Paulo as part of the on-going mega-corruption scandal Operação Lava Jato (Carwash Operation). Vaccari Neto is […]

Petrobras Signs Agreement with China’s Development Bank

Petrobras Signs Agreement with China’s Development Bank

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Petrobras announced on Wednesday, April 1st, that it has obtained a financing contract with China Development Bank (CDB) for US$3.5 billion to be disbursed during 2015 and 2016. According to analysts this financing credit is likely to relieve some of the financial pressure on Brazil’s […]

Former Petrobras CEO Testifies Before Brazilian Congress

Former Petrobras CEO Testifies Before Brazilian Congress

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s former Petrobras CEO, Maria das Graças Foster, told a Congressional committee on Thursday (March 26th) that she felt ashamed about the widespread corruption scandal that has engulfed one of the country’s largest companies, but reiterated that she knew nothing about the bribes-for-contracts scheme. During […]

Brazil’s Petrobras Pre-Salt Clusters Set Record Production

Brazil’s Petrobras Pre-Salt Clusters Set Record Production

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the fallout from the on-going corruption scandal which has tarnished Brazil’s largest state-controlled company, Petrobras, the oil giant announced on Thursday, March 19th, that the output from the Santos and Campos basin pre-salt clusters reached record levels in February. According to a press release, […]

Brazil’s President Announces Anti-Corruption Measures

Brazil’s President Announces Anti-Corruption Measures

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff announced on Wednesday, March 18th, anti-corruption measures which she says will inhibit and punish irregularities in the public administration. According to the President these measures will go a long way to curbing widespread corruption which have tainted and weakened her administration. […]

Dow Jones Removes Brazil’s Petrobras From Sustainability Index

Dow Jones Removes Brazil’s Petrobras From Sustainability Index

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Editor SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Dow Jones has announced that Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras is no longer a part of its Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). The reason for the removal of the Brazilian company from the index is the widespread corruption scandal known as Operação Lava Jato […]

Thousands of Pro-Government Supporters March in Brazil

Thousands of Pro-Government Supporters March in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Thousands of pro-government backers took to the streets on Friday in Brazil to show their support for President Dilma Rousseff’s administration as well as state-owned oil giant Petrobras. Marches entitled ‘National Day of the Struggle in Defense of Workers’ Rights, of Democracy, of Petrobras and […]

Protests Against President Rousseff Announced for Sunday in Brazil

Protests Against President Rousseff Announced for Sunday in Brazil

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A combination of facts discovered in Operation Lava Jato (car wash) regarding a huge money laundering scandal in Brazil involving oil giant Petrobras together with a weak economy, have led the support for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff plummet. Now, a new protest wave has been […]

Brazil’s Petrobras to Sell US$13.7 Billion in Assets

Brazil’s Petrobras to Sell US$13.7 Billion in Assets

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Petrobras, Brazil’s state-led oil giant, announced that it has approved a plan to sell assets worth US$13.7 billion in 2015 and 2016 in order to cut costs and reduce its debts. The company is currently involved in a large-scale corruption scandal and has seen its […]

Brazil’s Real Falls Due to Weakening Economy

Brazil’s Real Falls Due to Weakening Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s currency, the real, fell to its weakest level against the U.S. dollar since 2005 in February this year and according to an international economic consultancy group the reason is not the current corruption scandals at oil giant Petrobras, but deteriorating economic fundamentals. According to […]

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