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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 novelis


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


Accused of corruption, popularity near zero – why is Brazil's president still in office?

President Michel Temer attends a celebration of small business at Planalto Palace in Braslia earlier this month. He faces charges of corruption, racketeering and obstruction of justice. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images If Brazil's recent decline could be plotted in the falling popularity o


Brazilian court freezes former president Dilma Rousseff's assets over controversial oil refinery deal

Brasilia: Brazil's Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) has frozen former president Dilma Rousseff's assets for her alleged role in a 2006 deal when oil giant Petrobras acquired a refinery in Pasadena in the US state of Texas. The move on Wednesday, approved by the TCU to last for a year, also froze the


Brazil court freezes ex-leader Rousseff's assets over 2006 refinery deal

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's federal audit court on Wednesday ordered a freeze of former President Dilma Rousseff's assets as well as those of Jose Sergio Gabrielli, ex-head of state-run oil company Petrobras, over a $580 million loss in the 2006 purchase of a Texas refinery. The order also covered


Assets of ex-Brazilian president frozen over refinery deal

Associated PressBy Associated PressOctober 11 at 7:10 PM SAO PAULO - A Brazilian court has ordered ex-President Dilma Rousseff's assets frozen in connection with an estimated $580 million loss at state oil company Petrobras resulting from the purchase of an oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas. Wednesday


Operation Car Wash: Brazil's endemic corruption laid bare

Presidents, politics and big business have become embroiled in a scandal that has cost the country over 33bn so far A demonstrator in national colours at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters It was after 10.30pm on March 7th when a car carrying billionaire Joesley


Brazil is struggling with scandals and crises, and people there may look to the military for a fix

Brazilian soldiers during a operation after violent clashes between drug gangs in Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, September 22, 2017.Thomson Reuters Corruption and a weak economy have frustrated Brazilians. Many in the country have expressed waning support for democratic governance. Some Brazilians


Bolivia's Morales Dismisses Separation of Powers as "Imperialist" Tool amid Reelection Push

Morales suggested that the judicial branch of government for the country should not be independent, pointing to what happened in Brazil as an example, where a corruption case involving former President Dilma Rousseff was dismissed. (Flickr) EspanolBolivian President Evo Morales said that the notion


As corruption scandals spread, Brazil struggles to uphold the rule of law

With the current president Michel Temer under suspicion and two former presidents, Luiz Incio Lula da Silva (Lula) and his successor Dilma Rousseff, now facing fresh corruption charges, Brazil's political crisis is very much still underway. Although widely anticipated by the press and the public, th


BRAZIL: 'Dilma And Lula Knew About Odebrecht's Corruption,' Says Palocci

(RTTNews) - Former Brazilian minister Antonio Palocci said in testimony on Wednesday that Odebrecht had a very intense relationship with the governments of former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. Palocci was a minister in the Lula government and, during the administration of


Was Brazil's Workers' Party a 'Criminal Organization'? (And Why It Matters)

Brazil's chief prosecutor charged former presidents Luiz Incio "Lula" da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with running a "criminal organization," marking a new attempt by judicial officials to prove that the former leaders' political party functioned more like a crime syndicate. But the accusations seem lik


For Brazil's Departing Top Prosecutor, 'One Last Cannon Barrage'

Brazil's prosecutor general, Rodrigo Janot, accused former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, of running a huge kickback scheme.Credit Adriano Machado/Reuters SO PAULO, Brazil - Call it the ultimate mic drop. Just days before his four-year term ends, Br


Former Brazil presidents charged with running criminal organization

[JURIST] Brazil's Attorney General Rodrigo Janot [official website, in Portuguese] announced [press release, in Portuguese] Tuesday that former Brazilian presidents Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, along with other senior members of the Worker's Party, were being charged [indictment, PDF


Brazil: Prosecutors Find 'Olympic Corruption' in Rio 2016 Game Planning

Brazilian prosecutors have uncovered a sprawling corruption scheme following a raid on the home of Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman, presenting mounting evidence that Brazil bought its way through the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) voters to secure the 2016 Rio de Janeiro