Secret Recordings Cause Political Turbulence in Brazil

Secret Recordings Cause Political Turbulence in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With new segments of the secret recordings made by Sergio Machado, former president of Transpetro, being made public, Brazilian politicians are trying to explain comments and restate their commitment to the Lava Jato (Carwash) mega corruption investigation. President of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, tried once […]

Brazil’s Senate President Caught in Dubious Conversation

Brazil’s Senate President Caught in Dubious Conversation

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Days after Brazilian Planning Minister, Romero Jucá, stepped down under suspicion of trying to limit investigations on mega-corruption scandal Lava-Jato (Carwash), another recording has implicated other, high-level officials in the scheme. Recorded conversations between Sergio Machado, the ex-president of Transpetro, and Senate president Renan Calheiros […]

Brazil’s New Planning Minister Steps Down Amidst Scandal

Brazil’s New Planning Minister Steps Down Amidst Scandal

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The new interim government in Brazil was shaken early Monday morning with the release of a recording where Planning Minister, Romero Jucá, allegedly tells a colleague that impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff are necessary so as to limit investigations on the Lava Jato (Carwash) […]

Serra Reaffirms Brazil’s Partnership Priority with Argentina

Serra Reaffirms Brazil’s Partnership Priority with Argentina

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The newly appointed foreign relations’ minister in Brazil, José Serra, announced on Wednesday (May 18th) the new strategies which will guide the country’s foreign policy, moving away from what he called ideological preferences to the general values of the Brazilian society. According to Serra, in […]

Brazil’s New Government Cuts Resources for Housing Program

Brazil’s New Government Cuts Resources for Housing Program

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The new Cities Minister in Brazil, Bruno Araujo, revoked on Tuesday (May 17th) a government order that would allow state-run bank, Caixa Economica, to authorize the construction of up to 11,000 new housing units under the entities modal of the Minha Casa, Minha Vida (My […]

Brazil’s Interim President Temer Faces Panelaço Protest

Brazil’s Interim President Temer Faces Panelaço Protest

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The interim president of Brazil, Michel Temer, gave his first TV interview on Sunday night as temporary leader of the country. In several cities all over the country, however, people starting banging their pans in a form of protest against the interview, known as ‘Panelaço’. […]

Michel Temer, Brazil’s New Interim President Takes Over

Michel Temer, Brazil’s New Interim President Takes Over

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Calling for unity and support of the population, Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, asked his fellow countrymen to trust his government and support the reforms needed to overcome the deep economic recession and corruption scandal which has shaken Latin America’s biggest nation. “It is essential […]

Opinion: Brazil and the Laws of No Responsibility

Opinion: Brazil and the Laws of No Responsibility

Opinion, by Simon Thomas RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil is chock full of laws, rules, and regulations (LR&Rs). This is a country that in 2018 should pass the one million lawyers mark. That’s a lot of heads to take your feet off to save from drowning, as the joke goes. But no, really, we […]

Sports Minister in Brazil Resigns Months Before the Olympics

Sports Minister in Brazil Resigns Months Before the Olympics

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The resignation of sports minister, George Hilton, was announced in a statement by Brazil’s presidency late on Wednesday evening (March 30th). Ricardo Leyser, a senior official in the ministry, was named as his successor on an interim basis. Rumors of Hilton’s resignation surfaced last […]

Brazil’s Bar Association Presents Impeachment Request

Brazil’s Bar Association Presents Impeachment Request

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil was dealt a new blow in her attempt to remain in the presidency with yet another request for her impeachment, this time from Brazil’s Bar Association (OAB). On Monday (March 28th), as OAB president Claudio Lamachia presented the request, groups […]

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