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Brazil: Lula and Dilma Offered Refugee Status to Italian Communist Terrorist

For casual observers of South America, it may be difficult to understand the current political trend that has ushered in right and center-right governments across the continent, sweeping out leaders of the much-ballyhooed “Pink Tide” that looked so ascendant so recently. This phenomenon is undoubted


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Brazil's new president – often called the 'Trump of the tropics' for his inflammatory, right-wing rhetoric – won over poorer voters by stoking fear and resentment. Can he make them happy?


Celebrity birthdays for December 14: Vanessa Hudgens, Jackson Rathbone, Joshua Rush, Dilma Rousseff, Miranda Hart, Dee Wallace, Patty Duke, Shirley Jackson

Those born on December 14 are under the sign of Sagittarius. The day's celebrity birthdays include the following:. -- World War II U.S. air ace Jimmy Doolittle in 1896. -- Former U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, in 1897.


Brazil’s former president Michel Temer arrested in corruption investigation

Brazil’s former president Michel Temer – who played a key role in the 2016 impeachment of his rival Dilma Rousseff – has been arrested by federal police, according to local media.


Bolsonaro’s push to commemorate Brazil’s military rule is a celebration of torture

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado is an anthropologist at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil. When Jair Bolsonaro, then a congressman, voted for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, he criticized Brazil’s left wing, declaring, “they lost in 1964, they lost again in 2016. He then d


Brazil: the fall of three former presidents

Michel Temer on Thursday became the third former Brazilian president to fall foul of the law, which led his predecessors to be respectively jailed and impeached. Brazil's leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who served two terms as head of state between 2003 and 2010, is serving two successive 12


Brazil teeters on 'The Edge of Democracy' in Petra Costa’s emotional film

Before he reports to prison after conviction for questionable corruption charges, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reassures his party’s members and the people of his country: Although his voice — and those of his colleagues and successor — will be trounced by the apparent rebirt


Bolsonaro’s First Job Approval Ratings

(This article was first published on Daniel Marcelino's Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) President Jair Bolsonaro’s job approval ratings average 39.5% during his first quarter in office so far (from January through late February). Compared to the former presidents, for which I’ve estimate


Brazilians approve of Bolsonaro but reject policies: poll

Brazilians have a positive impression of far right President Jair Bolsonaro but not two of his signature policies, according to a poll published on Tuesday. Bolsonaro scored 57.5 percent in approval for his "personal performance" in the poll by the MDA institute on behalf of the National Transport F


You May Not be Brazilian – But You Should be Worried About What is Unfolding in Brazil

Fernanda is a gay woman who lives with her long-term partner in Brazil. She is one of my closest friends and has been since a couple of years after I moved to Brazil in 2003. We have often spoken about the changes in her country since President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in 2016.


Jair Bolsonaro, 'Brazil's Trump,' has rocky start

BUENOS AIRES | An inauguration fraught with controversy. Executive actions to limit immigration. A Cabinet filled with generals. Judging just by his first three weeks as president, Jair Bolsonaro was right to embrace his moniker as “Brazil’s Trump.”


Film and TV director Jose Padilha knows violence and corruption in Brazil. That’s why he’s worried

Over the past four years, Brazilians witnessed the impeachment of one president (Dilma Rousseff), the jailing of another (Luiz “Lula” Inacio da Silva) and multiple corruption hearings of yet another (Michel Temer) — all leading to the election of a president who has praised the country’s former mili


Why you should protest Bolsonaro

IN A show of ruling-class, right-wing international solidarity, Donald Trump has invited Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, to visit the United States. Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araújo traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a


Should Brazil Just Abolish the Vice Presidency?

In 1829, Chile’s legislature named José Joaquín Vicuña as the country’s new vice president. While this may sound like the start of the world’s most boring history lesson, Vicuña was a sufficiently objectionable figure that his appointment triggered a coup - and then a two-year-long civil war that le


Amid growing tensions with US, China poised to accelerate GMO crop imports, boost trade with Brazil

… Brazil exports to China totaled $64.2 billion in value last year, up 35 percent year-on-year, thanks in part as China boosted its soy imports from the South American country amid a trade war with the United States.


Brazil’s populist new president on women, Venezuela and his love for Trump

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, had his international coming-out party this past week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Called the “Trump of the Tropics” for his populist approach, his nationalist views and his admiration for the U.S. president, Bolsonaro ran an unusual camp


Bolsonaro scandal puts Brazil on edge as farmers eye Amazon forests

A specter haunts the Brazilian elites. His name is Lula – the former president and for the past nine months one of the world’s most notorious political prisoners, given his enormous popularity and the controversy over his conviction and jailing.


Bolsonaro: A danger to Brazil, Latin America, and the whole world

The dreaded day has come. Jair Bolsonaro has taken office as President of Brazil. In its first month, the new administration rolled back social progress. Expected increases to the minimum wage were reduced. LGBTQ people were removed from Brazil’s human rights directives. The demarcation of indigenou


Brazil and China prepare for first high-level political and economic talks since 2015

Brazil and China are expected to hold their first high-level political and economic talks since 2015 later this year, Brazil’s agriculture trade secretary said on Thursday, in a move likely to boost farm trade between the two countries.


Rubio: US should go big on Brazil

(CNN) -- On New Year's Day, President Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurated in Brazil, ushering in a new era in Brazilian politics that marks a dramatic departure from the leftist, anti-American governments of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. Our bilateral relationship improved under the admin