Brazilians Agree with Reduction of Criminal Responsibility Age

Brazilians Agree with Reduction of Criminal Responsibility Age

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The latest survey by Datafolha shows that an overwhelming number of Brazilians are in favor of decreasing the age of criminal responsibility from eighteen to sixteen years old. According to the survey, more than 87 percent of those interviewed defended the measure which would allow […]

São Paulo Exhibit of Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)

São Paulo Exhibit of Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)

Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While today we take for granted that female artists work and present their efforts in public, just a hundred years ago it was considered taboo. An exhibit in São Paulo is honoring the Brazilian female artists that blazed the trail, with “Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)” which […]

Lava Jato Operation Arrests High-Level Executives in Brazil

Lava Jato Operation Arrests High-Level Executives in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Federal Police in Brazil issued warrant arrests for twelve suspects in the 14th phase of the mega bribery and corruption scheme known as Operação Lava Jato (Carwash Operation). Among those arrested early Friday morning were the owner and president of Odebrecht and the president […]

New Unemployment Law in Brazil Could Save R$15 Billion

New Unemployment Law in Brazil Could Save R$15 Billion

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Determined to push through much needed fiscal adjustments to boost Brazil’s ailing economy, President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned on Wednesday (June 17th) a law which will limit unemployment benefits. With unemployment rates slowly beginning to rise, the federal government hopes to spend less on benefits with […]

U.S. Visa and Passport Services Delayed in Brazil

U.S. Visa and Passport Services Delayed in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Due to technical problems with the U.S. State Department passport and visa systems, the United States’ overseas embassies and consulates have announced delays in the processing of U.S. visas for foreign nationals and the issuance of U.S. passports abroad. The U.S. consulate in São Paulo, […]

Economic Indicators in Brazil Continue to Deteriorate

Economic Indicators in Brazil Continue to Deteriorate

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Annual inflation forecasts in Brazil for 2015 by financial analysts have increased for the ninth consecutive time, from 8.46 percent to 8.79 percent this week, according to the latest Focus Report released by the Central Bank. The significant increase from the previous report was due […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Calls for Unity During PT Conference

Brazil’s Rousseff Calls for Unity During PT Conference

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, June 11th, Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party (PT) opened its fifth conference in Salvador, Bahia, trying to garner optimism while plagued by plummeting popularity and widespread corruption scandals. Concerns about the divisions within the party have been so great that President Dilma Rousseff cut […]

Brazil May Waive Visa Requirements During Olympics

Brazil May Waive Visa Requirements During Olympics

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Talks are underway to lift tourist visa requirements for citizens from certain countries, starting with the United States, for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Summer Games. The announcement was made on Thursday (June 11th) by Tourism Minister Henrique Alves. According to the official the […]

Food and Energy Prices Keep Inflation High in Brazil

Food and Energy Prices Keep Inflation High in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The IPCA (Consumer Price Index) in Brazil rose by 0.74 percent in May, according to the IBGE (Brazilian Statistics Bureau) registering a slightly higher inflation than that registered in April (0.71 percent). The inflation rate now accumulates an increase of 5.34 percent in the first […]

Brazil Announces R$198 Billion Plan in Infrastructure

Brazil Announces R$198 Billion Plan in Infrastructure

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s government unveiled plans for investments of R$198.4 billion (US$64 billion) in the country’s infrastructure with the objective of boosting the nation’s ailing economy. The investment will focus on expanding and improving rail lines, airports, ports and highways, through privatizations. According to President Dilma Rousseff […]