Teachers at Federal Universities in Brazil Go on Strike

Teachers at Federal Universities in Brazil Go on Strike

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Professors and administrative officials at at least eighteen federal universities in twelve states in Brazil have began a nationwide strike for more government investments in education, better working conditions and a 27 percent pay increase. Last week, the government announced that it would be making […]

Brazil’s Economy Contracts 0.2 Percent in Q1 of 2015

Brazil’s Economy Contracts 0.2 Percent in Q1 of 2015

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s economy registered a decrease of 0.2 percent during the first quarter of 2015 in relation to the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the IBGE (Brazilian Statistics Bureau), totaling R$1.408 trillion for the first three months of the year. In comparison to the same […]

Brazil’s Rousseff In Mexico To Sign Trade Agreements

Brazil’s Rousseff In Mexico To Sign Trade Agreements

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff starts her official visit to Mexico on Tuesday, May 26th, with the objective of strengthening commercial bilateral relations between the two nations, as Brazil and Mexico together make up more than half of the production, population and territory of Latin America. […]

Brazil’s Congress Gives Mixed Reaction to R$70B in Budget Cuts

Brazil’s Congress Gives Mixed Reaction to R$70B in Budget Cuts

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The R$69.9 billion budget cuts announced by Brazil’s government on Friday was received with mixed feelings by Congressional representatives, who are debating this week whether to authorize the fiscal adjustments requested by the Rousseff Administration. While some say that this is the only way to […]

Banks to Pay More Taxes as Brazil Tries to Increase Revenues

Banks to Pay More Taxes as Brazil Tries to Increase Revenues

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government announced this past week it would be increasing financial institutions’ taxes over net profits from fifteen percent to twenty percent, hoping to raise an additional R$3-4 billion per year to compensate the drop in revenues due to an ailing economy. The government’s […]

New Biodiversity Law Receives Mixed Reviews in Brazil

New Biodiversity Law Receives Mixed Reviews in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned on Wednesday, May 20th, the new Biodiversity Law, which regulates access to the country’s genetic wealth. President Rousseff said the new law would allow Brazil to advance in the biotechnology race. The law, while receiving praises from government agencies, has […]

Brazilian Cities Unable to Cope with Wave of Haitian Refugees

Brazilian Cities Unable to Cope with Wave of Haitian Refugees

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian federal government has suspended the transportation of Haitian immigrants from the Northern state of Acre to São Paulo city until a new plan for the relocation of these refugees has been found. On Tuesday, São Paulo city mayor, Fernando Haddad, complained that the […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Discusses Budget Cuts With Economic Team

Brazil’s Rousseff Discusses Budget Cuts With Economic Team

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met with her economic team over the weekend to finalize the discussions of budget cuts so that fiscal adjustments, announced by the government since the beginning of the year, as well as the primary surplus, are met. Attending the meeting were […]

Domestic Workers Still Waiting for New Law in Brazil

Domestic Workers Still Waiting for New Law in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A new bill introduced in Congress in 2013 which should give domestic workers more rights and benefits, such as an eight-hours work day, pay of overtime and unemployment insurance, is further delayed, making the lives of people working in this sector ever more difficult. Two […]

Study Finds Black Brazilians Killed by Gunfire 2.5 More than Whites

Study Finds Black Brazilians Killed by Gunfire 2.5 More than Whites

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In 2012, five people were killed by firearms every hour in Brazil, according to a study conducted by UNESCO, FLACSO (Latin American Social Sciences Institute) and the Brazilian government. The Mapa da Violência 2015 (Map of Violence 2015) released on Wednesday shows that in all […]

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