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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Ministry for Cities has announced it is launching an inquiry into accusations that former civil servants defrauded the government’s major public housing program, known as Minha Casa Minha...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The second largest airline in Brazil, Gol, will give bonuses if its teams manage to save the company fuel by reducing flight times and delays, it has been revealed....
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Over twenty years after the infamous massacre in São Paulo's Carandiru prison, in which a police operation to quell a riot left over a hundred prisoners dead, the first of 79...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Sales of cars, light vehicles and trucks grew 20.8 percent in March, compared to February, according to figures revealed by Anfavea, Brazil’s National Association of Vehicle Manufacturers. Although the total...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government has extended its policy of reduced IPI (tax on industrialized products) for vehicles for a fourth time, with a return to standard rates now scheduled for December...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Talks between the five leaders of the BRICS nations of developing economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa – have been dominated by discussions over medium-term investment in the...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Five of the world’s biggest emerging economies, which together make up the BRICS group – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have met in Durban, South Africa, to...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff has unveiled plans for legislation to improve the quality of products and customer services offered in Brazil, affording shoppers greater protection and more rights. The proposed Plano Nacional de...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After celebrating becoming the world’s sixth largest economy and relegating the UK to the number seven spot at the end of 2011, Brazil’s economy has slid back to its previous...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After a gloomy 2012 in which the Brazilian economy all but ground to a halt, a cautiously optimistic sense is returning to some sectors of Brazilian industry, fueled by better-than-expected...
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