Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Announce Plans for Economy

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Announce Plans for Economy

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Rising inflation and plunging economic growth have been major concerns for Brazilians this election year. According to government data, Brazil’s GDP has gone from a growth of 7.5 percent per year in 2010 to forecasts of 0.7 percent in 2014, and Brazil’s Central Bank forecasts […]

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates on Education, Health

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates on Education, Health

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On October 5th more than 140 million Brazilians will go to the polls to choose the country’s next president. Voters will be looking at the candidates’ positions on important issues, such as health and education to make their choices. The three top candidates, incumbent President […]

Eight-Hour Standoff With Hostage in Brasilia Hotel

Eight-Hour Standoff With Hostage in Brasilia Hotel

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After taking a hostage and holding police at bay for almost eight hours outside a hotel in the center of Brasilia, a gunman identified as Jac Souza dos Santos, 30, released his hostage and surrendered to police late Monday afternoon. The commotion started early in […]

Bank Workers’ Unions in Brazil Call for Nationwide Strike

Bank Workers’ Unions in Brazil Call for Nationwide Strike

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Bank workers’ unions announced Thursday night they have called for a nationwide strike on Tuesday, September 30th for an undetermined period of time. The unions rejected the salary increase proposed by the National Federation of Banks (Fenaban). Bank employees in at least nineteen states, including […]

Brazil Prepares for the 2014 Elections on October 5th

Brazil Prepares for the 2014 Elections on October 5th

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In less than one week and a half, 142.8 million eligible voters will cast their ballots in Brazil. Citizens will cast their vote for President, the governor of one of the 27 states, almost half of the Senate and all of the representatives for the […]

Brazil Speaks on Economics of Climate Change

Brazil Speaks on Economics of Climate Change

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday the United Nations hosted in New York what is being called one of the largest summits on climate change, with leaders from around the world expected to agree to actions to limit climate change. The Brazilian government’s actions to protect the Amazon region […]

A Trip to See the 31st Bienal of São Paulo

A Trip to See the 31st Bienal of São Paulo

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With the title “How to … things that don’t exist” the 31st Bienal of São Paulo is underway and invites visitors to fill in the sentence with words such as ‘struggle with’, ‘use’ and ‘write about’ – demonstrating that art constantly changes, creating new objects, […]

Rousseff Increases Lead in Presidential Elections: Daily

Rousseff Increases Lead in Presidential Elections: Daily

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest Datafolha Institute poll, shows President Dilma Rousseff with a wider lead over second-placed candidate Marina Silva, less than two weeks before the October 5th Presidential elections in Brazil. The poll released on Friday shows President Rousseff of the PT (Workers Party) with 37 […]

Petrobras Executive Refuses to Testify Before Congress: Daily

Petrobras Executive Refuses to Testify Before Congress: Daily

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Petrobras director, Paulo Roberto Costa, sat for almost three hours in front of a Congressional Committee created to investigate corruption allegations within the state-controlled petroleum giant and said nothing. “I have nothing to declare,” said Costa over eighteen times to Senators and Chamber Representatives […]

Ficha Limpa Law Forces Candidates to Withdraw

Ficha Limpa Law Forces Candidates to Withdraw

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With less than three weeks to go before general elections in Brazil, gubernatorial candidates of three states announced they would withdraw their names from the ballots: a direct result of the Ficha Limpa law (Clean Record Law), say analysts. During the weekend, in a 24-hour […]