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Brazilian Supreme Court Pressures Bolsonarists with Fake News Investigation Covering 2018 Elections

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Tuesday, May 26th, Bolsonarists were rejoicing. They were celebrating the Federal Police operation, set up by the Office of the Prosecutor General and with the endorsement of the Federal Supreme Court, against a former ally, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel. The...
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Brazilian Federal Government Cannot Afford to Increase Minimum Wage

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For the Brazilian minimum wage to be maintained, the National Congress must vote on the Provisional Measure (MP) that...

61 Percent of Brazilians Believe Bolsonaro Intended to Interfere in Federal Police

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For the majority of Brazilians (61 percent) who watched the controversial April 22nd cabinet meeting video, President Jair Bolsonaro...

Federal Police, Investigating Fake News, Conduct Raids at Homes of Bolsonaro’s Allies

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The homes of President Jair Bolsonaro’s allies were searched on Wednesday morning during a Federal Police operation in compliance...

São Paulo Governor Relaxes Quarantine, Opens Malls Despite High Covid-19 Mortality

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The governor of São Paulo, João Doria, announced on Wednesday, May 27th, that he will launch the plan for the...

Covid-19: Restrictive Measures Impact Rio’s Crime Records

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Tuesday, May 26th, the Public Safety Institute (ISP) released figures on crimes registered in Rio de Janeiro in...

Brazil Central Bank: Dollar Exchange Flow Over US$10 Billion Negative by May 22nd

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The exchange flow in Brazil for the year through May 22nd was negative at US$10.264 (R$55) billion, the Brazilian...
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Brazil Has Lost 1.1 Million Formal Jobs in Two Months of Pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Heavily impacted by the crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the Brazilian labor market lost 1.1 million formal jobs...

Dollar Records 5th Straight Drop, Again Closes Below R$5.40

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The US dollar closed down on Tuesday, May 26th, reflecting optimism about the reopening of the world's major economies...

Trade Flow Down 26.6 Percent in April vs. March, Says Boa Vista

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Boa Vista index, which gauges the trade flow in Brazil, recorded its third consecutive drop in April, and...

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Brazil Deploys 8,500 Armed Forces in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The government announced yesterday (July 28th) that the implementation of the National Security Plan in...

In Colombia, Citizens are Bound by Their Feet for Quarantine Violation

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the past week, the municipal government of Tuchín, Córdoba, Colombia, stepped up its punishment of residents who violate...

Rio de Janeiro Recorded Heat Index of 54.8ºC on Saturday

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Those who were at Santa Cruz station, in Rio de Janeiro, around 12:45 PM on Saturday, felt as if...

More Than 50 Million Brazilians Living Below Poverty Line

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Data released yesterday (December 15th) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) shows...

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Coronavirus Quarantine: The Online Nightlife Guide for Thursday, May 28, 2020

With Brazil stepping up precautionary measures against COVID 19, the entertainment sector in Rio and São Paulo has suspended its activities for an undetermined...

Coronavirus Quarantine: The Online Nightlife Guide for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

With Brazil stepping up precautionary measures against COVID 19, the entertainment sector in Rio and São Paulo has suspended its activities for an undetermined...

Coronavirus Quarantine: The Online Nightlife Guide for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

With Brazil stepping up precautionary measures against COVID 19, the entertainment sector in Rio and São Paulo has suspended its activities for an undetermined...

Coronavirus Quarantine: The Online Nightlife Guide for Monday, May 25, 2020

With Brazil stepping up precautionary measures against COVID 19, the entertainment sector in Rio and São Paulo has suspended its activities for an undetermined...

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As Rio Becomes Covid-19 Epicenter, Police Violence Soars to New High

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the state of Rio de Janeiro climbs its way to becoming Brazil’s Covid-19 epicenter, favela residents find themselves...

Ambassador Urges British Citizens Traveling in Brazil to Leave Immediately

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After the Americans asked their citizens a few days ago to leave Brazil immediately, the British are also reacting. The...

U.S. Advises Citizens Still in Brazil to Return Home Now or Face Long-Term Wait

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As the world starts to consider Brazil as the new hotspot of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States, through its...

Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes Rio’s Longstanding Water and Sanitation Issues

By Sophie-Anne Monplaisir RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Long-neglected water and sewerage issues in Brazil’s favelas have gained new attention amid the global Covid-19 crisis....

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Brazil Hotels Offer Half-Price Daily Rates, Other Discounts, Valid Until 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With hotels closed or nearly empty, voucher sales are one of the means found by entrepreneurs in the sector...

Tourism Tips in Ilhabela, São Paulo State

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Famous for water sports, 'Ilhabela' (beautiful island) is the largest maritime island in Brazil and is located in the...

Búzios, the Paradise That was Made Famous by Brigitte Bardot

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A highlight of the Lake District, the city of Armação dos Búzios contains the perfect ingredients for an excellent...

Saco de Mamanguá in Paraty: World’s Only Tropical Fjord Is in State of Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A fjord is a large sea inlet surrounded by high rocky mountains. Such landscapes are common in Scandinavian countries...

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Opinion: Is Brazil Experiencing a Mild Dictatorship?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) With each passing day, Brazil wakes up with the feeling that, more than a democracy, it is experiencing...

Opinion: The Cost of Survival of the Fittest

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  (Opinion) Any reader of Charles Darwin’s 1859 classic, ‘On the Origin of Species’ will be familiar with his theory...

Opinion: What Fujimori’s 1992 Coup Teaches Brazil in 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Twenty-eight years ago, in April 1992, then-President Alberto Fujimori - elected two years earlier as an outsider who vowed...

Opinion: Bread and Circus? Send in the Clowns! Let Them Eat BBQ!

Ribeirão Preto, SP – (Opinion) Not content with the poor popular ratings of his “bread and circus” routine of going walkabout, taking (cough! cough!)...

Opinion: Brazil Loses “Liberal Democracy” Status Around the World

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) This week, UN Secretary-General Antônio Guterres introduced a revealing fact: around the world, 40 percent of posts on...