Brazilian Candidates Prohibited From Arrest Until Election Day

Brazilian Candidates Prohibited From Arrest Until Election Day

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – For the next two weeks, candidates running for this year’s mayoral elections throughout Brazil are not allowed to be arrested or detained until election day (October 2nd), unless they are caught in the act of committing crime. “This measure seeks to protect mainly the applicant’s […]

Former President Lula Denies Wrongdoing in Brazil

Former President Lula Denies Wrongdoing in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One day after being charged by federal prosecutors for corruption and mismanagement of funds, former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva said in a rally in São Paulo that the entire list of accusations announcement on Wednesday was ‘a pyrotechnic spectacle’ and that he […]

Brazil’s Former Speaker Eduardo Cunha Impeached by Landslide

Brazil’s Former Speaker Eduardo Cunha Impeached by Landslide

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil, Eduardo Cunha, has been ousted from the Brazilian Congress as his impeachment process was approved by a crushing 450 votes in favor, ten against and nine abstaining. The measure puts an end to a […]

Impeachment of Former Speaker in Brazil Expected Monday

Impeachment of Former Speaker in Brazil Expected Monday

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former Speaker of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, is expected to be impeached today by the country’s Lower House. Cunha is accused of receiving bribes related to Operação Lava-Jato (Operation Carwash) as well as lying to lawmakers about having foreign bank accounts. “It […]

Brazil’s Government to Reduce Ministries from 39 to 24

Brazil’s Government to Reduce Ministries from 39 to 24

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, the new administration of President Michel Temer registered one of its first victories in Congress, with the approval of a bill that reduces from 39 to 24 the number of ministries in Brazil. Most of the ministries extinguished were created during the presidencies […]

Brazil Minister of Education Calls for 7 Percent Budget Increase

Brazil Minister of Education Calls for 7 Percent Budget Increase

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Ministry of Education announced this week that it will increase the country’s education budget next year by approximately R$9 billion. The 2016 education budget approved by Congress in January called for resources of up to R$99.8 billion to be used for the sector this […]

Brazil’s Independence Day Marked by Parades and Protests

Brazil’s Independence Day Marked by Parades and Protests

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In several cities throughout Brazil today, Independence Day is being celebrated with military parades as well as protests against Michel Temer’s presidency. Parades featuring the country’s armed forces are scheduled in most state capitals on Wednesday, but so are protests against the new administration. In […]

Brazil’s Pension Funds Investigated for R$8 Billion in Fraud

Brazil’s Pension Funds Investigated for R$8 Billion in Fraud

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Federal Police in Brazil issued 147 warrants and ordered the seizure of assets of persons accused of mismanagement of funds in four of the country’s largest pension funds: Funcef (Caixa Economica), Petros (Petrobras), Previ (Banco do Brasil) and Postalis (Brazilian Postal Service). The losses […]

Impeached Rousseff Still Able to Hold Political Office in Brazil

Impeached Rousseff Still Able to Hold Political Office in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Wednesday Dilma Rousseff was impeached by the Brazilian senate. The controversy that arose after the impeachment vote however, was not about Rousseff being ousted from the presidency but the fact that the senate also voted to allow her to maintain her political rights, and […]

Rousseff’s Impeachment Sparks Reactions in Brazil and Abroad

Rousseff’s Impeachment Sparks Reactions in Brazil and Abroad

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Reaction to former President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment on Wednesday (August 31st) came swiftly, both from within Brazil as well as from foreign nations. Abroad, a few Latin American countries criticized the decision to oust Rousseff, but not all reaction was negative. In São Paulo, violence […]

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