Approval Rates of Brazil’s President and Congress Drop

Approval Rates of Brazil’s President and Congress Drop

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest Datafolha opinion poll shows that more than half of Brazilians classify President Dilma Rousseff’s administration as well as the Brazilian Congress as bad or terrible. President Rousseff is finishing up the third month of her second term in office and the survey shows […]

Manaus and São Paulo Confirmed as Hosts of Olympic Football

Manaus and São Paulo Confirmed as Hosts of Olympic Football

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Both Manaus and São Paulo have been confirmed as two of six cities to host football (soccer) games for the 2016 Olympic Games held mainly in Rio de Janeiro. Manaus was cleared by the FIFA after the football organization had voiced concerns about the suitability […]

Dow Jones Removes Brazil’s Petrobras From Sustainability Index

Dow Jones Removes Brazil’s Petrobras From Sustainability Index

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Editor SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Dow Jones has announced that Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras is no longer a part of its Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). The reason for the removal of the Brazilian company from the index is the widespread corruption scandal known as Operação Lava Jato […]

More Than One Million Protest Against Government in Brazil

More Than One Million Protest Against Government in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – More than one million people took to the streets in Brazil to protest against corruption and the government of President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday. From the capital, Brasília, to Latin America’s economic hub, São Paulo, to coastal cities, such as Recife and Salvador, crowds of […]

Forecasts for Inflation in Brazil Continue to Rise, GDP Fall

Forecasts for Inflation in Brazil Continue to Rise, GDP Fall

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Estimates by financial analysts regarding annual inflation in Brazil for 2015 have once again increased, from 7.77 percent to 7.93 percent this week, according to the latest Focus Survey, released by the Central Bank. According to the survey analysts also see deterioration in the country’s […]

Thousands of Pro-Government Supporters March in Brazil

Thousands of Pro-Government Supporters March in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Thousands of pro-government backers took to the streets on Friday in Brazil to show their support for President Dilma Rousseff’s administration as well as state-owned oil giant Petrobras. Marches entitled ‘National Day of the Struggle in Defense of Workers’ Rights, of Democracy, of Petrobras and […]

Convicted Italian Activist Arrested for Seven Hours in Brazil

Convicted Italian Activist Arrested for Seven Hours in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Italian activist, Cesare Battisti was arrested in São Paulo on Thursday, March 12th and faced deportation to Italy, where he has been convicted to life in prison for four homicides, only to be released seven hours later due to a habeas corpus given by […]

MST Landless March to Protest Brazil’s Agribusiness Model

MST Landless March to Protest Brazil’s Agribusiness Model

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Protesting against the country’s agribusiness model, thousands of landless Brazilians have been marching on highways, occupying rural properties and public buildings since the beginning of the month. According to the MST (Landless Workers Movement) at least 30,000 rural workers have participated in these actions in […]

Tougher Law for Crimes Against Women in Brazil

Tougher Law for Crimes Against Women in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President announced during International Women’s Day that she was signing into law a bill to toughen legislation on domestic abuse and crimes against women. The new femicide (killing of women because of gender) law will carry sentences of twelve to thirty years for those […]

Government Suspends Program Linked to Minha Casa, Minha Vida

Government Suspends Program Linked to Minha Casa, Minha Vida

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life) the massive public low income housing campaign launched by the Brazilian Federal Government in 2009 has entered its third phase, focusing now on housing in the country’s large cities. Although government officials say that the main program […]