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What is Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's real crime?

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, isabout to go on trial. She is temporarily suspended from office while Brazilian politicians debate whether she broke the country’s laws.


Massive Truckers’ Strike Exposes Political Chaos as Brazil Gears Up for Elections in October

It’s rush hour in Brazil’s largest cities. But the traffic, which is nearly always chaotic, is flowing smoothly. It’s as if the inhabitants have fled some lethal epidemic: The main universities are closed; basic items like eggs and tomatoes can’t be found in grocery stores; and nearly half of the ci


Dilma Rousseff - BBC News

Brazil is gripped by a scandal that started with a state-owned oil company and spread outwards.


A truckers’ strike puts Brazil on edge

Hundreds of thousands of independent truckers are continuing the second week of a nationwide strike, and oil workers have walked off the job for a 72-hour strike aspolitical tensions escalate in Brazil.Since President Dilma Rousseff, of the center-left Workers Party (PT), was impeached in an August


Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras : Brazil's Labor Strife Exposes Roadblocks to Temer's Economic Agenda | 4-Traders

SÃO PAULO -- Just as Brazil began to recover this week from a crippling 10-day strike by truckers protesting rising fuel prices, some workers at state-run oil giant Petroleos Brasileiros briefly walked off the job, signaling growing opposition to President Michel Temer's attempts to get Brazil's fin


Documentary on Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff Hits Rio Movie Theaters | The Rio Times | Brazil News

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, May 17th, Brazilian documentary “O Processo” (The Trial, 2018) made its big-screen debut in Rio de Janeiro. Directed by Maria Augusta Ramos, the documentary narrates the controversial downfall of Brazil’s former president Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached by the


The Wholesale Attack on Brazilian Sovereignty: An Interview With Former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim

For the past 25 years, Celso Amorim has been Brazil’s most important diplomat, serving as Foreign Affairs Minister in the governments of Itamar Franco (1993-1995) and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), and Minister of Defense for Dilma Rousseff (2011-2015). Born in 1942 in the port city of Santo


Brazilian President Michel Temer won't run in October election

Announcement was not a shock given Temer's approval ratings and the corruption-plagued government Brazilian President Michel Temer scrapped plans to run for re-election on Tuesday and said he supported his former finance minister, Henrique Meirelles, to stand as the presidential candidate of the rul


François Hollande rallies to the cause of Brazil’s Lula

On May 15, the Spanish news agency EFE reported that the former president of the French Senate, Jean-Pierre Bel, has organized a “European Leaders Call in Support of Lula” manifesto asking for Lula to be allowed to run in the October general elections.


Breaking Down Brazil's Messy Presidential Race

Many hope the 2018 election will give Brazilian democracy a much-needed restart, but given the circumstances of corruption and bad candidates, that seems like a long shot.


Brazilian candidate still crushing his rivals from jail

Lula was a top contender in the 1989, 1994 and 1998 elections. Hewon the presidency in 2002and wasre-elected by a landslide in 2006. Leaving office with an80 percent approval rating, he helped get his protege Dilma Rousseffelected to succeed himin both 2010 and 2014.


Brics, Venezuela and fight against crime fill Brazil presidential in-tray

Past example: Lula, in particular, enjoyed favourable conditions that enabled an activist foreign policy © EPA


The shape of resistance in Brazil

HOW WOULD you characterize the situation after Lula's imprisonment? What are potential scenarios for the near-term future, keeping in mind October's presidential elections?


Swedish PM to testify as witness in Brazil fighter jet case

The request to testify came from Brazil’s Ministry of Justice on behalf of the defendants, including Lula, a court document seen by Reuters showed. Lula’s lawyers say the case amounts to “political persecution”.


The Ebb and Flow of Latin America’s Pink Tide

Last December’s election of Sebastián Piñera of the National Renewal party to the Chilean presidency was doubly significant for Latin American politics. Coming on the heels of the rise of right-wing governments in Argentina in 2015 and Brazil in 2016, Piñera’s victory signaled an unmistakable right-


Women in politics in Latin America, from the Pink Tide to the turn to the Right

Towards the end of the last century, a change of course in Latin American politics was interpreted and described by many as a "turn to the Left". It was a process which scholars came to call the Pink Tide, characterized by the democratic coming to power of progressive governments in most countries i


Women, political power and gender equality law in Paraguay

“Don’t ask for equality, you’re beautiful without it”Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay


Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions

Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say


Political Corruption Haunts an Afrofuturist Film Set in Brasília

Not unlike many countries around the world, Brazil is in a state of unease and unrest. Things have been bad, but they’ve only gotten worse ever since ex-President Dilma Rousseff wasimpeachedin 2016, with some calling it acoup. Former Vice President Michel Temer took her place and surrounded himself


4 things the international Left gets wrong about Brazil's political crisis

Brazil has been going through a profound political crisis in the past five years or so. The narrative of the center-left Workers' Party, which governed Brazil from 2003 until Dilma Rousseff's impeachment nearly two years ago, has dominated the Brazilian institutional Left and academia. Perhaps becau