Brazil’s Rousseff in Russia to Meet Leaders for BRICS Summit

Brazil’s Rousseff in Russia to Meet Leaders for BRICS Summit

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff arrived in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday for the seventh BRICS summit, where member countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will launch the New Development Bank (NDB).The five BRICS countries represent one-fifth of the world’s economy and holds forty percent […]

PSDB Reelects Senator Aécio Neves to Lead Opposition in Brazil

PSDB Reelects Senator Aécio Neves to Lead Opposition in Brazil

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday (July 5th) the PSDB, which mounted the close run for presidency in 2014, reelected Senator Aécio Neves of Minas Gerais as their party president. Neves called for unity around the opposition parties and for the resumption of economic growth as a solution to […]

Opinion: Lame Ducks in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion: Lame Ducks in Brazil, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the United States, where Presidents cannot legislate, people have grown accustomed to the spectacle of Congressional leaders seeking to enact their own personal agendas; particularly is this the case for “lame duck” Presidents who cannot stand for re-election. In Brazil, where re-election is a relatively […]

Brasília Prepares for President Rousseff’s Inauguration Ceremony

Brasília Prepares for President Rousseff’s Inauguration Ceremony

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the incumbent President Dilma Rousseff winning reelection in October, the Presidential Palace makes the final preparations for the inauguration ceremony to be held Thursday, January 1st in Brasília. Delegations from sixty countries and 27 heads of state government, including the U.S. vice president, Joe […]

Opinion: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin, a Smidgen

Opinion: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin, a Smidgen

Opinion, by The Curmudgeon RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Marina has now come out in favor of Aécio, as have most of the political parties that supported her, and the late Eduardo Campos’s family. Campos’s own party, however, has been split: its President has publicly accused Marina of “betraying” the party’s heritage, which he sees […]

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Kitchens

Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Kitchens

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the best-known political sound bites in the U.S. is attributed to Harry S Truman: “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” One of the best-known American folk songs has a refrain that goes “Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah…strummin’ on […]

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