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Pirates Threatening Brazilian Amazon Highlight Regional Security Concern

Pirates Threatening Brazilian Amazon Highlight Regional Security Concern

Q24N BRAZIL (Insightcrime.org) Marauding pirates represent a growing threat along the Amazon river in Brazil, the New York Times reports, but this remote outpost is not the only place in Latin America where piracy is becoming a greater security concern. Police forces in Brazil are struggling to curtail river piracy in the Amazon river basin, […]

Battle for Impeachment of Brazil’s Rousseff is Being Waged in Courts

Battle for Impeachment of Brazil’s Rousseff is Being Waged in Courts

BRASILIA (Prensa Latina) The battle unleashed by the process of impeachment against the deposed Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, is now being waged in the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF), with two actions to be undertaken by the parties in dispute. An injunction demanding the annulment of the Senate’s session, which approved by majority the definitive separation […]

Olympic Flame Starts Tour in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Olympic Flame Starts Tour in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Q24N (Prensa Latina) The Olympic Games flame, which will light the sports activities during the 2016 Games, will start its tour on the state of Minas Gerais, after being received by 15 cities in the states of Goias and the Federal District of Brasilia. Coming from Goiandira the flame of the Olympic fire will reach […]

Brazil WhatsApp Ban Highlights Tech Controversies in Crime Probes

Brazil WhatsApp Ban Highlights Tech Controversies in Crime Probes

(Q24N) A drug trafficking investigation in Brazil has exploded in a row over internet privacy and civil liberties after a judge ordered the temporary freezing of popular messaging application WhatsApp, presaging future conflicts over communication and encryption tools in organized crime investigations. A judge in the Northeast state of Sergipe ordered Brazilian telecom companies to […]

Brazilian Chamber Resumes Discussion of Impeachment against Rousseff

Brazilian Chamber Resumes Discussion of Impeachment against Rousseff

Q24N (Prensa Latina) The plenary of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil is scheduled to resume today the debates on the admission of the request of impeachment against President Dilma Rousseff, accused of an alleged crime of responsibility. At least 249 of the 513 legislators of the Chamber registered to speak in the sessiontoday, each […]

Pictures Capture Daily Battle Against Zika Mosquitoes

Pictures Capture Daily Battle Against Zika Mosquitoes

(Q24N) By Becky Little, National Geographic –  How do you stop disease-carrying mosquitoes from multiplying? That’s the question plaguing the Brazilian government, which has been sending army soldiers door to door on a mission to fight Zika—the virus suspected of causing microcephaly in infants born to infected mothers. “They are giving leaflets saying you have […]

Brazilian Armed Forces Wage War on Mosquito Tied to Zika Virus

Brazilian Armed Forces Wage War on Mosquito Tied to Zika Virus

(Q24N) Diaologo-Americas.com –  The Armed Forces of Brazil are waging war against Aedes aegypti , a mosquito that carries the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses. The Brazilian government will mobilize 220,000 service members to inspect concentrations of insects at private residences and to raise awareness among residents of 356 cities where mosquitoes are endemic. The […]

Brazil’s President Urges Latin America To Settle Political Differences

Brazil’s President Urges Latin America To Settle Political Differences

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – Latin America has the capacity to settle its political differences and needs greater cooperation, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said here Monday. When addressing the 49th Summit of Mercosur, a regional bloc grouping Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, Rousseff said, “I want to underscore Latin America’s capacity to channel its differences.” […]

Inmates Run the Show In Brazil

Inmates Run the Show In Brazil

Q24N – (São Paulo) The Brazilian state of Pernambuco has effectively turned over its vastly overcrowded prisons to hand-picked inmate “keyholders,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Pernambuco prison system holds more than three times as many inmates as its official capacity in conditions that are dangerous, unhealthy, and violate regional […]

Police Killings Up 37% in Brazil

LATIN AMERICAN NEWS – Meanwhile, the south remains Brazil’s least violent region. This includes the state of Sao Paulo, which — with a murder rate of 12.7 per 100,000 — is the most peaceful out of 27 states. Rio de Janeiro state ranks in the middle, with a rate of 34.7. The statistics gathered by […]

How Soccer Fans and Violence Mix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

How Soccer Fans and Violence Mix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Among soccer fans worldwide, Argentina’s “barras bravas,” Italian “ultras,” and British hooligans are the fan groups best known for perpetrating violence. However, soccer aficionados know that Brazil’s Torcidas Organizadas (organized fans, or TOs) also mix violence, soccer fans, and crime, especially in the state of São Paulo. Recently, the country’s most important criminal organization, the […]

‘Crime without Punishment’: Brazil’s Massive Contraband Trade

‘Crime without Punishment’: Brazil’s Massive Contraband Trade

LATIN AMERICA  – An investigation into Brazil’s massive contraband trade highlights the scope of the problem and the modus operandi of smuggling networks responsible for economic losses of around $20 billion dollars a year. During a two-month investigation called “Crime without Punishment,” Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo traced smuggling routes from sellers in neighboring […]

Brazil Arrests Narco-Plane Suppliers for Venezuela-Honduras Route

Brazil Arrests Narco-Plane Suppliers for Venezuela-Honduras Route

SOUTH AMERICA NEWS (InsightCrime) — In an operation that saw dozens arrested across four states, authorities in Brazil targeted a crime ring that allegedly provided aircraft to move cocaine from Venezuela to Honduras, supplying cartels in Mexico. The hub of the criminal group’s operations was the city of Sinop, in Mato Grosso state. Arrests were […]

Rousseff Takes 15 of 26 States in Winning Brazil Election

Rousseff Takes 15 of 26 States in Winning Brazil Election

LATIN AMERICA NEWS (Today Brazil) — Incumbent Dilma Rousseff, the winner of Brazil’s presidential election, took 15 of 26 states. Rousseff won in Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Amapa, Amazonas, Tocantins, Para, Bahia, Sergipe, Alagoas, Pernambuco, Paraiba, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceara, Maranhao and Piaui. Aecio Neves won in Sao Paulo, Espirito Santo, Parana, Santa […]

World Cup: Rents in Brazil Skyrocket

World Cup: Rents in Brazil Skyrocket

(TODAY BRAZIL) RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Rents in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup are priced to match international soccer stars’ million-dollar salaries. What about a penthouse apartment – complete with two bedrooms, a Jacuzzi and barbeque area – that’s a block from Ipanema beach? The monthly rent is R$45,000 (US$19,462) for June […]

Brazil targets synthetic drug designers

Brazil targets synthetic drug designers

ANVISA is streamlining its chemical prohibition process to prevent narco-traffickers from circumventing the law with similar drugs. (TODAY BRAZIL) “Drug designers” are a new trend in the world of drug trafficking. To circumvent existing laws, they create new synthetic drugs that cause effects similar to those of other illegal drugs. Since a drug can be […]

Armed Forces Could Ensure World Cup Safety

Armed Forces Could Ensure World Cup Safety

(TODAY BRAZIL) BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the Armed Forces could be deployed to break up any unruly protests during the World Cup. Federal law enforcement officers will bolster local police units in each of the 12 cities that will host World Cup games. The tournament runs opens with Brazil facing Croatia […]

Brazil: War against marijuana in the hinterlands

Brazil: War against marijuana in the hinterlands

  TODAY BRAZIL – SALGUEIRO, Brazil – The Marijuana Polygon has many sides. Brazil’s Federal Police (PF), which gave the area its name, estimates that at least 15 municipalities between the northeastern state of Bahia and the geographic center of Pernambuco have marijuana plantations. About 10% of the marijuana consumed in Brazil comes from the […]

Salvador: The sad side of the ‘capital of happiness’

Salvador: The sad side of the ‘capital of happiness’

TODAY BRAZIL – Famous for its party atmosphere, Bahia’s capital city of Salvador suffers from violence, drug trafficking and social inequality – against all of which the government has bolstered its fights. Military police officers watch over the Calabar favela in Salvador, the state capital of Bahia. In 2011, the city installed its first community […]

Brazil: River pirates of the Amazon

Brazil: River pirates of the Amazon

TODAY BRAZIL – Pirates aren’t limited to operating on the high seas. Even on the rivers of the Amazon region, there are gangs that specialize in overtaking and pillaging all types of vessels. Recent incidents show river pirates of the Amazon may be just as cruel as the Somali pirates portrayed in Captain Phillips, the […]