Economic Questions for 2016

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Brazil’s economy sunk into recession in 2015, and while 2016 may be a bit better, the recession isn’t going away anytime soon. Brazilians are struggling amid a slowed economy that has led to rising unemployment. Everyday consumers must also contend with an inflation rate now topping over 10 percent. While everyone from salesmen to small More...

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On October 20, 2015
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Brazilians are Angry

In 1969, when the British rock band The Who titled a song “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” an entire generation of young people knew exactly what that meant. It was an anthem of social revolution. Across Western More...

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On October 10, 2015
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It’s Hard Keeping Up with the News

Every day seems to bring another surprise. We check the news in the evening, but by the next day, everything has changed. Institutions that were once steadfast and solid are falling apart. FIFA The top three men More...

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On August 28, 2015
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Brazil: Too Big to Fail

Protestors in Brazil are certain of one thing – they want better government. International economic experts agree, but now they are most concerned about the country’s stability. Political upheaval fosters More...

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On August 26, 2015
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Dilma vs. Cunha: Behind the Scenes

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 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...