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Fake profiles boosted Brazilian ex-president Dilma

A BBC investigation has found that fake social media accounts and blogs were used to back the candidacy of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil during the 2010 election campaign. Rouseff won the election and was later re-elected before being impeached on corruption charges. She and her party deny any knowledge


The assassination of a black human rights activist in Brazil has created a global icon

Rio de Janeiro When Michel Temer became the president of Brazil in May of 2016, replacing the impeached Dilma Rousseff, he nominated a 23-member cabinet of all white men. His bold rejection of diversity shocked women and blacks, who had grown accustomed to at least some minimal representation in nat


Film about downfall of Brazilian President Rousseff hits screen in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Brazilian society remains deeply divided one and a half years after President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from office, said the director of a new documentary about the period. "O processo" ("The Trial"), directed by Maria Augusta Ramos, blends footage of Rousseff's t


Maria Ramos on Dilma Rousseff Impeachment Doc 'The Trial'

Half-Brazilian half-Dutch, director Maria Ramos is no stranger to Brazil's judicial system, or its complicated political situation. She revisits these themes in her Berlin Film Festival world premiere documentary "The Trial," selected for Panorama. Her previous critically acclaimed and award winning


One in 10 senior politicians in Brazil funded by companies 'linked to slavery'

Michel Temer is sworn in as interim president following the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff on 31 August 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. Photograph: Igo Estrela/Getty Images More than one in 10 of Brazil's high-ranking politicians, among them President Michel Temer, received campaign donations f


Latin America's Female Leadership Void

SANTIAGO, Chile - After President Michelle Bachelet of Chile leaves office in March, Latin America will have no female presidents. There was a time in 2014 when the region had four: Laura Chinchilla in Costa Rica, Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner in Argentina, Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and Ms. Bachelet.


Brazil on the Brink

On January 24, 2018, former Brazilian president Luiz Incio Lula da Silva was sentenced to twelve years in prison by a court of appeal that maintained Judge's Moro's decision from last year. The judgment was an extremely controversial one, the evidence deemed fragile and formally inadequate by a numb


Brazil court to issue ruling key to Lula re-election hope

Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, right, holds up the hand of his successor Dilma Rousseff, impeached in 2016, as he speaks during a demonstration in Porto Alegre, Brazil AFP Jefferson Bernardes An appeals court in Brazil convened Wednesday to issue a ruling critical to former presid


Brazil: Impeached Ex-President Enters 2018 Campaign Against Leftist Convict Frontrunner

Fernando Collor de Mello, the first president of Brazil to be impeached, announced this weekend that he will run for that office again in this year's presidential elections. He currently serves as a senator representing Alagoas. Collor will face off against another former president, leftist Luiz Inc


Leftist Lion and Far-Right Provocateur Vie for Brazil Presidency

Luiz Incio Lula da Silva during a campaign rally in So Paulo in July. Mr. da Silva, who was Brazil's president from 2003 to 2011, wants to return for a third term.Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times SO PAULO, Brazil - The contest to replace President Michel Temer in October is shaping up to


Brazil 'ungovernable' if court blocks Lula bid: Rousseff

Former president Dilma Rousseff said Friday Brazil will be ungovernable if a court decision due next week blocks Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva from running in October polls, and upholds his corruption conviction. "Any government that assumes power by winning the 2018 elections, without a transparent and


Brazil 2018: Amazon under attack, resistance grows, courts to act, elections

Michel Temer, Brazil's agribusiness-friendly president who seems likely to remain Brazil's president through 2018, despite serious corruption charges against him. Photo courtesy of Agncia Brasil It's never easy to predict what will happen next in Brazil. A year ago, few thought that President Michel


Chile Election Ends Era of Female Presidents in Latin America

SANTIAGO - When Chile's President Michelle Bachelet leaves office in March, it will mark the end of a generation of women leaders in Latin America, leaving the region without a female head of state as it shifts to the right politically. At the start of this decade, women held the top jobs in Argenti


Famous birthdays for Dec. 14: Vanessa Hudgens, Dilma Rousseff

Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include: -- French astrologer and prophet Nostradamus in 1503 -- British King George VI in 1895 -- World War II U.S. air ace Jimmy Doolittle in 1896 -- Former U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, in 1897 -- Horror n


Moving Backwards: What Happened to Citizen Participation in Brazil?

Where participation depends on governments, civil society can't do much to redeem democracy from the flaws of elections and the bias of parties. Espanol In 2011, Harvard political scientist Archon Fung wrote that "many of us may soon turn our eyes to Latin America, and to Brazil in particular, to un


Brazil's Abortion Battle

The Brazilian right's efforts to destroy abortion rights are key to their broader crusade against the Left. A protest against anti-abortion legislation in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on November 11, 2017. Mdia NINJA / Flickr Brazil's right wing has gotten ahead through a series of dirty tricks. The 2015


Yesterday's 'Coup Mongers' Are Tomorrow's Allies in Brazil Race

Less than 18 months after the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff members of her Workers' Party, or PT, are already negotiating alliances with the party that usurped her. Despite the lingering bitterness over last year's brutal power struggle, PT leaders in seven states are currently negotiating


How market-friendly are Brazil's presidential candidates?

Brazil's resilience has been put to the test in the last couple of years. The country has faced its worst economic recession, the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and corruption accusations against its current president, Michel Temer. The 2018 presidential election is set to be the "election


Brazil Supreme Court judge handling graft probe killed in plane crash

Rescuers found three bodies in the wreckage of the small, twin-prop plane that crashed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state amid heavy rains, firefighters said. Zavascki, 68, had in recent weeks been reviewing explosive testimony from executives at engineering group Odebrecht, expected to implicat


Tweeter-in-Chief Trump Faces Test After Yellen's Rate Decision

If you're looking for drama surrounding this week's meeting of Federal Reserve officials, don't look for it in their post-meeting statement. Policy makers are almost universally expected to raise their benchmark lending rate. Keep an eye, instead, on President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter feed. He w