Category: Brazil

Brazilian Presidential Candidates Are Now in a Dead Heat

Top Story — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is now in a statistical tie with presidential hopeful Marina Silva, according to a poll released Friday by the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics […] Read More >

Brazil Supreme Court Appoints First Black President

Top Story — The Brazilian Supreme Court appointed the first black presiding judge, Joaquim Barbosa, on Wednesday. Judge Joaquim Barbosa, 58, was appointed by ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva […] Read More >

Chevron Pays $17M Fine For Oil Spill Off Brazilian Coast

Chevron Corporation paid a $17.3 million fine for unspecified irregularities leading to an oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in November. Read More >

Brazil: Court Suspends Belo Monte Dam Construction

Top Story — A federal court in Brazil ruled Tuesday that the Norte Energia consortium must suspend its work on Brazil’s controversial Belo Monte dam, arguing that indigenous communities in […] Read More >

Brazil Sends 9,000 Troops To Patrol Borders

Top Story — The Brazilian government deployed 9,000 troops to patrol its borders with neighboring countries Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay, according to the Brazilian Defense Ministry on Tuesday. The […] Read More >

Brazilian Prisoners Reduce Sentences By Cycling

Top Story — As prisons across Latin America struggle with violence and overcrowding, some Brazilian prisons are implementing new programs that attempt to prevent recidivism through exercise, education, and reading. […] Read More >

Brazil’s Truth Commission Set To Begin Its Work

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will preside over an official ceremony Wednesday to launch Brazil’s Truth Commission. The seven-member commission will convene for two years to investigate human rights abuses committed in Brazil […] Read More >

Brazilian Supreme Court Approves Racial Quotas in University

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal unanimously approved the continued use of racial quotas in the University of Brasilia in a 10-0 vote Thursday. The decision reaffirmed a policy adopted by a […] Read More >

Brazil: Environmentalists, Farmers Await Changes To Forest Code

Today in Latin America Top Story— Brazil’s lower house of Congress approved controversial revisions to the country’s Forest Code, which stipulates the number of acres of forest that Brazilian farmers […] Read More >

Brazilian, Argentine Dictatorships Received Soviet Weapons During Falklands War

Today in Latin America Top Story — Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that the Brazilian government helped ship arms from the Soviet Union to Argentina during the Falklands War between […] Read More >