Brazil Reacts to U.K. Decision to Leave European Union

Brazil Reacts to U.K. Decision to Leave European Union

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian politicians received with mixed feelings the news that the U.K. voted to withdraw from the European Union. All through the day on Friday, Congressional representatives spoke of concern with the possible repercussions of the decision on E.U.-Mercosur negotiations. “For years we have been seeking […]

Beverage Giants in Brazil to Halt Sale of Soft Drinks in Schools

Beverage Giants in Brazil to Halt Sale of Soft Drinks in Schools

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In a surprising decision the three largest soft drink companies in Brazil have announced that starting in August they will no longer distribute soft drinks at cafeterias and snack bars in schools which cater to children twelve years old and younger. “Obesity is a complex […]

Cunha, Brazil’s Suspended Chamber President Speaks Out

Cunha, Brazil’s Suspended Chamber President Speaks Out

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Suspended Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil, Eduardo Cunha, reiterated to reporters on Tuesday that he will not resign his position in the Congressional Lower House and said that he will not seek a plea-bargain agreement with federal prosecutors. “I will not resign […]

Brazil as World’s Most Dangerous Place for Environmentalists

Brazil as World’s Most Dangerous Place for Environmentalists

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – According to a report released on Monday by non-governmental organization Global Witness, Brazil ranks as the most dangerous country in the world for environmental and land activists. The NGO states that fifty activists were killed in 2015, an increase of 59 percent compared to 2014. […]

Third Cabinet Member Resigns in Brazil in Less Than a Month

Third Cabinet Member Resigns in Brazil in Less Than a Month

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With a little more than a month to go before the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Tourism Minister resigned on Thursday, after being linked to the mega-corruption Lava Jato (Carwash) scandal. Henrique Eduardo Alves was named by former president of Transpetro Sérgio […]

Brazil’s Interim President Temer Linked to Bribery Scheme

Brazil’s Interim President Temer Linked to Bribery Scheme

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A key player in Brazil’s Lava Jato (Carwash) scandal, Sergio Machado, told investigators that he paid millions of dollars worth of bribes to at least twenty politicians from several political parties, and was asked by interim president, Michel Temer, to arrange illegal campaign contributions for […]

Brazil’s House Speaker Eduardo Cunha Closer to Losing Mandate

Brazil’s House Speaker Eduardo Cunha Closer to Losing Mandate

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Ethics Committee at Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies approved on Tuesday eleven votes to nine to remove suspended Speaker of the House, Eduardo Cunha from office for lying about having a foreign bank account. Through a press release, Cunha reiterated that he is innocent of […]

Brazilian Prosecutors File Suit Against House Speaker

Brazilian Prosecutors File Suit Against House Speaker

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian federal prosecutors investigating the Lava Jato (Carwash) mega-corruption scandal have asked a federal court to revoke suspended Chamber Speaker Eduardo Cunha’s political rights for ten years, in addition to demanding the return of approximately R$20 million in assets he has abroad but did […]

The First Month of Brazil’s Interim President Michel Temer

The First Month of Brazil’s Interim President Michel Temer

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Sunday, Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, completed a month in office, after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended while the country’s senate votes on her impeachment process. With many ideas on how to bring Brazil out of one of its worst economic and political […]

Impeachment Trial Begins for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Impeachment Trial Begins for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The first witnesses for the prosecution took the stand on Wednesday (June 8th) in the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The witnesses, speaking before Brazilian senators, stated that the Executive branch knew that what it was doing was illegal. The first witness to […]

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