Dilma vs. Cunha: Behind the Scenes

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It’s been an unusually warm August in Curitiba. People are asking if it’s global warming, or a reflection of the heated atmosphere of high-profile arrests that’s forcing powerful men into federal detention in Curitiba. Prosecutors have announced their first charges against politicians in the Petrobras case, accusing the head of the More...

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On July 27, 2015
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Lula is Getting Nervous

Federal prosecutors in Brazil announced on Thursday, July 16, that they were opening a full investigation into former president Lula. The announcement came from the special anti-corruption unit of the Public Ministry, More...

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On July 6, 2015
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And the Beat Goes On . . .

Only the most avid news fans could keep up with the rapid developments in the Petrobras investigation. Every day, it seems, new revelations appear. To assist readers in the most recent headlines involving Petrobras More...

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On June 2, 2015
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Where is the BNDES Money Going?

Like many of Brazil’s major companies, Lojas Americanas borrows money at a heavy discount from Brazil’s state-run national development bank, BNDES. Last year the store and an affiliate received R$2.7 billion More...

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On May 25, 2015
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China Deals with Brazil

Agreements valued at U$53 billion were signed last week in the presence of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. At the meeting, it was announced plans for a rail line across More...

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On May 1, 2015
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Curitiba Clash: Teachers versus Governor

Police unleashed waves of rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades on striking teachers in Curitiba on Wednesday, April 29, leaving over 150 people injured. Live television images showed police firing non-lethal More...

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On April 22, 2015
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Brazilians are Unhappy

The postcard images a country projects out into the world are a better version of reality. For example, much of the developing world views the US through the eyes of Hollywood or Disney World. Brazil’s images More...

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On April 20, 2015
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Crime Catalogue for Brazil

In the US, time is measured in seasons. People speak of time passing with the expression, “Seasons come and seasons go.” In Brazil this might be translated into, “Scandals come and scandals go.” Brazilians More...

João Vaccari Neto
On April 16, 2015
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Brazil’s Turmoil

The large-scale uprisings that occurred on March 15 and again on April 12 in Brazil are having devastating effects on the country, and not only on President Dilma Rousseff and her party, PT. Brazil’s currency, More...

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On March 26, 2015
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Brazil Protests: What next?

The world sat up and took notice on Sunday, March 15, when millions of Brazilians marched in the streets to protest their government. In a land known for its relaxed complacency, protests that take place in every More...