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 […]

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 […]

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