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Brazil: Lula’s Conviction and Electoral Reforms Stirring Up Presidential Race

By Paulo Castro*

Already overshadowed by the Lava Jato corruption investigations, Brazil’s preparations for general elections in October are likely to take place amid rising tensions – and perhaps even some violent protests.  683 mais palavras

Brazil's Growing Prison Population

Brazil’s prisoners have earned the reputation of being some of the most violent in the world. The prisons are overcrowded, underfunded, and discriminatory… educated detainees, or those with public connections, can count on receiving special treatment. 642 mais palavras

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BRAZIL: Favelas Or Slums Of Brazil

A favela is Portuguese for slum and is a low-income historically informal urban area in Brazil.

The first favela, now known as Providencia in the center of Rio de Janeiro, appeared in the late 19th century, built by soldiers who had nowhere to live following the Canudos War. 6.686 mais palavras

Corruption: As Brazilian as Samba and Soccer

In Brazil, corruption in politics has become as common as samba and soccer. In recent years, top government officials have been accused of siphoning, laundering and improperly distributing money, buying votes, and lining their own pockets at the expense of others – often taxpayers. 1.397 mais palavras


Brazilian Senate Votes to Reinstate Senator Accused of Corruption

The Brazilian Senate voted 44 to 26 on Tuesday to return Aecio Neves back to the legislative body. The vote in favor of Senator Neves is a blow to recent anti-corruption efforts in Brazil. 492 mais palavras

Pro-Military Protesters Camp in Brasilia

Pro Military protesters have been camping out in the Brazilian capitol of Brasilia this last week. They are demanding a state of emergency be declared where a military-run government should take over the state. 92 mais palavras


Brazilian Ex-president Silva Complains of 'Witch Hunt'

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told a Brazilian court Wednesday that the corruption charges against him stem form a witch hunt and questioned the impartiality of the judge. 725 mais palavras

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