Taxi Drivers Resume Protests Against Uber in São Paulo

Taxi Drivers Resume Protests Against Uber in São Paulo

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Taxi drivers in São Paulo resumed protests today, May 11th, against the previous day’s decree from Mayor Fernando Haddad. The mayor’s decree essentially authorized the use of Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing-applications in the city. By 6AM, early Wednesday morning, May 11th, angry taxi drivers […]

Anti-Impeachment Protests Block Major Highways in Brazil

Anti-Impeachment Protests Block Major Highways in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Anti-impeachment demonstrations were held Tuesday in at least fifteen states and the capital in Brazil, with protesters blocking major highways and causing chaos for morning commuters in cities like Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia. The demonstrations were organized by the country’s leading workers’ […]

Housing Sales in São Paulo Plunge 16 Percent in March

Housing Sales in São Paulo Plunge 16 Percent in March

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday, May 10th, the São Paulo State Housing Syndicate (Secovi-SP) released the results of its most recent survey showing that new housing sales in São Paulo for March 2016 totaled 1,070 units, a 16 percent decrease compared to March 2015. Despite the March result, […]

Brazil’s Chamber Speaker is Suspended From Congress

Brazil’s Chamber Speaker is Suspended From Congress

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Supreme Court has approved a request by the country’s Prosecutor General, Rodrigo Janot, and has suspended Chamber of Deputies Speaker, Eduardo Cunha from his duties as legislator. Cunha is said to have received the order early on Thursday morning at his residence in Brasilia. […]

Judge Orders Block of WhatsApp for 72 Hours in Brazil

Judge Orders Block of WhatsApp for 72 Hours in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A Brazilian judge in the Northeast state of Sergipe ordered the nationwide suspension of the popular messaging service, Whatsapp, for 72 hours, due to the company’s failure to turn over data which the courts say are important for a current drug trafficking investigation. The decision […]

Number of Defaulting Companies in Brazil Increased 11 Percent

Number of Defaulting Companies in Brazil Increased 11 Percent

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After Brazil suffered its worst GDP decline in over 25 years, an increasing number of businesses are now starting to default on their debts. A survey released on Wednesday (April 27th) by the Credit Protection Service (SPC) and the National Confederation of Shopkeepers, showed the […]

Brazil’s Chamber Votes on Impeachment, Crowds Take to Streets

Brazil’s Chamber Votes on Impeachment, Crowds Take to Streets

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After almost 43 uninterrupted hours of debates representatives from Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies will vote this Sunday whether or not to authorize the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff to move ahead to a trial in the Senate. Millions of Brazilians are expected to flood […]

The Price of Brazilian Property Continues to Fall in Real Terms

The Price of Brazilian Property Continues to Fall in Real Terms

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The price of real estate in Brazil rose on average only 0.53 percent over the twelve months to March, according to the FipeZap index. It is the smallest increase registered since the index began in 2008. The high rate of inflation in the country […]

Uber Protests and Controversy Continue in Rio and Brazil

Uber Protests and Controversy Continue in Rio and Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Uber services in Brazil continue to draw heated conflict from taxi drivers and Uber motorists themselves. While in Rio, taxi drivers protest against Uber services, in São Paulo Uber motorists themselves protest against a reduction in tariffs by the company. On Friday, the city of […]

Brazil Faces Yet Another Health Problem: The Swine Flu

Brazil Faces Yet Another Health Problem: The Swine Flu

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – It appears that Brazil, still reeling with the surge of the Zika virus and its link to many microcephaly cases, is now facing another health problem, the H1N1 or swine flu. Since the beginning of the year more than 300 cases of H1N1 have been […]