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Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – All of Brazil has come to a screeching halt this month. Schools are on holiday, the legislative and judicial branches of government are (again!) in recess; pundits have almost nothing...
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...
By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – Seven years after the scandal surfaced, Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday, August 2nd began to hear the huge cash-for-votes corruption case that threatens to tarnish former President Lula’s legacy and the...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been diagnosed with throat cancer, São Paulo’s leading Sírio-Libanês Hospital said on Saturday, and will undergo chemotherapy as part of his treatment. Initial complaints...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For baby Wanderson, a newborn from Complexo do Alemão, it's his first Christmas. For little Wanderson's mother it's her first Christmas without gifts from the drug traffickers of Comando Vermelho...
By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - As overseas investors continue to speculate on the thriving Rio de Janeiro property market, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva came out against the untethered purchasing of land by...
By Jewellord Singh, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - The three main parties competing for the presidential elections have now announced their potential Vice Presidents to help drum up further support for their bids. Marina Silva, front runner of Partido...
Jaylan Boyle, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - The ongoing corruption scandal that has dogged the Conservative Democrat Party (DEM) has claimed another victim, with the resignation of acting governor of Brasilia Paulo Octavio. As the latest member of...
By Carlos Graffigna, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - As the starting date for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) drew closer, President Lula met with his advisers and three sources of Brazil's proposal, the Ministry of...
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