New School of Technology Inaugurated in Barra Mansa

New School of Technology Inaugurated in Barra Mansa

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — State officials in Rio de Janeiro along with the Department of Science and Technology and the Foundation for Support of the School of Technology (Fundação de Apoio à Escola Técnica, FAETEC), inaugurated the tenth School of Technology (Faculdade de Educação Tecnológica, FAETERJ) this July in […]

Mensalão Convict Dirceu Begins Work Release Program: Daily

Mensalão Convict Dirceu Begins Work Release Program: Daily

By George Utley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – José Dirceu, the former Chief of Staff to ex-President Lula da Silva’s government imprisoned on corruption charges in the landmark “mensalão” case conviction, has been granted “work release” from the prison. As of last week, the former minister will work in a lawyer’s office under […]

Campos and Silva to Run for PSB Party in Brazil

Campos and Silva to Run for PSB Party in Brazil

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At the PSB (Brazilian Socialist Party) National Conference this weekend in Brasília, Governor of Pernambuco state Eduardo Campos formally announced his candidacy for President in October’s national elections. Marina Silva, of the Rede Sustentável (Sustainable Network), with whom the PSB struck an alliance nine […]

Rousseff, Pezão and Paes Present United Front in Rio: Daily

Rousseff, Pezão and Paes Present United Front in Rio: Daily

By George Utley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the run up to a long electoral campaign beginning on July 6th, President Dilma Rousseff praised her partnership with the state governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando de Souza (Pezão), and the mayor, Eduardo Paes. Speaking at two separate public events in Rio […]

Dilma Rousseff Announced as PT 2014 Presidential Candidate

Dilma Rousseff Announced as PT 2014 Presidential Candidate

By George Utley and Maria Creamer, Contributing Reporters RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On June 21st President Dilma Rousseff was officially announced as the Worker’s Party (PT) 2014 presidential candidate for re-election in October this year, while Michel Temer will stand for re-election as vice-president. The protege and successor of immensely popular ex-President Lula has […]

Brazil’s World Cup Set to Affect October Elections

Brazil’s World Cup Set to Affect October Elections

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party (PT), began the World Cup with approval ratings below forty percent. This has fallen continually from sixty percent before last year’s Confederations Cup, which was rocked by protests over corruption and misuse of public money in […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Direct Democracy

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Direct Democracy

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last June, there was a revolt throughout Brazil against the failures in habitation, sanitation, education and transportation—it wasn’t about the twenty centavos. A common factor uniting the disperse groups that demonstrated was the organizers’ insistence upon distancing themselves from traditional political parties — “No party represents […]

New Governor Focuses on UPPs and Metro

New Governor Focuses on UPPs and Metro

By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The new governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando de Souza, better known as Pezão (Bigfoot), has prioritized security, health care and transport at the beginning of his tenure, after replacing Sérgio Cabral. Pezão came into office on April 4th, four days after Cabral formally […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on GIGO

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on GIGO

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The title acronym, short for “Garbage In, Garbage Out”, was once only for computers, but now describes failures in decision-making due to faulty, incomplete or imprecise data. Carioca residents have since last week recognized the cogency of this logic, as we have all seen garbage (still) […]

Fire Code Enforcement Still a Challenge in Brazil

Fire Code Enforcement Still a Challenge in Brazil

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Over one year after a fire inside the Kiss nightclub took the lives of 242 people in the city of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil faces tough challenges in enforcement of the fire safety regulations already in place across the […]

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