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Brazilian Senator Mulls Court Action Over Rape Comment for Showing Deep Cleavage

A Brazilian senator has faced backlash on social media for wearing a revealing outfit at her inauguration ceremony. She insists that the way she dresses has nothing to do with her job and now wants to bring her cyber bullies to justice. Ana Paula da...

Brazil’s Authorities Show Suspicious Funds Transfers to President’s Son Account

Brazilian financial authorities have identified suspicious money transfers into an account of President Jair Bolsonaro's son in 2017, the Globo news outlet reported Saturday, citing the country's Council for Financial Activities Control. According to the outlet, in 2017, 48 cash transfers of 2,000 reals (US$500)...

Brazil troops deployed to stop gang attack violence

Troops from Brazil's National Police Force are being deployed in the northeastern state of Ceara with orders to end a wave of violent attacks by criminal gangs against banks, buses and shops, local officials said Saturday. Close to 300 members of the force arrived in...

Bolsonaro Not Ruling Out US-Brazil Military Cooperation

BUENOS AIRES – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was sworn in earlier in January, expressed concern about the recent drills carried out by Russian combat planes in Venezuela. In December, two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 military transport aircraft and an Il-62 plane arrived...

Populism is not an ideology, it’s a political technique which thrives on angry people

Five of the world’s largest democracies now have populist governments, claimed The Guardian last week, and proceeded to name four: the United States, India, Brazil and the Philippines. Which is the fifth? At various points it name-checks Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom, but...

Fascist? Populist? Debate Over Describing Brazil’s Bolsonaro

(VOA) RIO DE JANEIRO, October 20, 2018 — The front-runner in Brazil's presidential race (elected president on October 28) says he wants to liberalize a largely closed economy, so why is he being called a "populist"? His speeches are laden with references to violence, but...

Last minute polls confirm Bolsonaro will be Brazil’s next elected president

The ultra right candidate Jair Bolsonaro continued ahead of Fernando Haddad in the runoff for the Brazilian presidency scheduled to take place this Sunday, 28 October. According to the latest public opinion poll, released late Saturday, the ex Army captain and paratrooper had a...

Bolsonaro’s foreign policy: following on Trump, “Make Brazil Great”

MercoPress - The far-right front-runner in Brazil’s presidential race plans to put foreign policy in the hands of a diplomat who has praised the nationalist agenda of U.S. President Donald Trump that has shaken the global order, an adviser to the candidate said. Policy experts...

You Can Be Black and Politically Conservative

Bolsonaro’s triumph in Brazil has brought back the left/right debate to the forefront. On extremism. It is a debate that, in recent months, has reached a paroxysm. With Trump in the United States, totalitarian feminism in Spain, the rejection of immigration in the United...

Brazil Elections: Bolsonaro, Haddad To Face Off In Second Round

With over 90 percent of the ballots counted, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro wins the first round with 46,3 percent of the vote but fails to reach the 50 percent necessary for getting elected the new president of Brazil on the first round. Fernando Haddad...

Latin American Leaders Travel to New York For 73rd UN General Assembly Debate

World leaders have started arriving in New York to participate in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The official theme for 2018 is Making the U.N. relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies. Two...

Brazil’s Presidential Front-Runner Says Can’t Partake in Debates After Stabbing

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming election, who was recently stabbed at a campaign rally, said he would not be able to participate in TV debates before the first round of the vote due to his condition. "I carefully follow the...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

Brazil: Poll Shows Jailed Lula Extending Lead for October Election

BRASILIA — Jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has increased his support by 5 percentage points and would win Brazil's October presidential election if he was allowed to run, a poll by CNT/MDA showed on Monday. The survey, which was last taken in...

Brazil: Facebook Censors Pages and Profiles of Libertarian Political Party

As presidential elections loom in Brazil, Facebook has closed multiple political pages, but its methods hardly appear impartial, with undue scrutiny being placed on the libertarian Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) party. Through a statement, on Wednesday, July 25, Facebook closed “196 pages and 87 profiles...

Latin America One of Three Regions With Persistent Deforestation

Latin America is one of three regions where deforestation continues, according to The State of the World’s Forests 2018, published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO. The FAO report indicates that between 1990 and 2015, the world's forests decreased...

Costa Rica vs. Brazil most tweeted game of World Cup 2018 so far

The group stage of the World Cup came to an end on Thursday. 122 goals were scored in the 48 games, and 24 penalties were awarded so far in the 2018 edition, the highest ever in a World Cup. The group stage also witnessed...

Neymar scores! And sister dislocates shoulder

(AFP) When Neymar finally scored against Costa Rica, Brazil cheered, the superstar striker cried, and his sister... dislocated her shoulder. Brazil's SporTV reported Wednesday that Rafaella Santos was so excited at her brother's last-gasp goal in the tricky win against Costa Rica on Friday that...

Who will win the first Latin American World Cup duel? (Video)

On Friday Costa Rica and Brazil face off in the only match between Latin American teams of the entire first phase of the 2018 World Cup Russia. Neither of them can afford the defeat after their stuttering start, so the match promises maximum emotion....

Latin American elections mean volatility for emerging markets investors

Latin America has election fever. El Salvador held parliamentary and mayoral votes in March, Costa Rica elected a new president in April and Paraguay held general elections two weeks ago. Venezuelans go to the polls in two weeks’ time, Colombians a week later, and...

Brazilian Police Under Pressure to Catch Killer of Campaigning Politician

A city councillor in Rio de Janeiro has denied any involvement in the assassination of campaigning politician Marielle Franco, who was gunned down in March. Franco was a black lesbian who believed paramilitary groups were targeting people in impoverished neighborhoods for extra-judicial killings. On Thursday,...

‘Breathtaking homicidal violence’: Latin America in grip of murder crisis

Latin America has suffered more than 2.5 million murders since the start of this century and is facing an acute public security crisis that demands urgent and innovative solutions, a new report warns. “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking,” says the report by...

Venezuela: ‘Lula’s Imprisonment Directed by US Empire’

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has approved a resolution demonstrating solidarity with Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Brazilian people. Brazil’s former President Lula (R) and Venezuela’s former President Chavez during a ceremony in Salvador City in 2013. | Photo: Cubadebate Constituent...

Stop and Search? This Poor Community in Brazil Says Yes, Please.

Rio De Janeiro: To quell a burst of carjackings, supermarket lootings and murders, military troops rolled into this tropical metropolis last month heading straight for the slums. They set up checkpoints and sent armed patrols to root out criminals, searching everyone from children to...

CDC Warns About Yellow Fever Outbreak in Urban Areas of Brazil

Travelers to Brazil are being warned to vaccinate themselves against yellow fever due to an outbreak of the disease in urban areas, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned in a press release on Friday. "In response to a large, ongoing outbreak of yellow...

Only One Country Ready to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, According to Scientists

Brazilian mathematicians considering humanity's chances of surviving a zombie uprising have calculated that to have any sort of shot, civilians would need help from a fairly large standing army. Their estimates led them to a surprising conclusion. According to the researchers' standard model, which requires a...

Populism and Division: Latin America At The Ballot Box

It does not seem long ago that analysts were predicting a new chapter in Latin America. At the start of the 21st Century, the region's politics were entering a new dawn. For many the change was invigorating: a new socialist era in a region long-known...

Guatemala to Claim US$122 Million From Odebrecht

Following the Brazilian construction company's abandonment of the road work contract that had been awarded, the government intends to make a claim on the advance payment and performance bails which amounts to US$122 million dollars. The contract consisting of the extension of 140 kilometers of...

Meet the Dark Side of Brazil’s Legendary Rio Carnival

Brazil’s female samba dancers the spill the beans on the darker side of working at the iconic Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Viviane Morais Ferreira Guimarães, 24, works for a living as a street pizza saleswoman, but when the Carnival is in full swing, she dons...

Colombia and Brazil Announce Border Controls as Venezuelans Flee En Masse

Colombia and Brazil have announced a series of measures to control their border with Venezuela, as hundreds of thousands of people have fled the deteriorating situation there. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that strict immigration controls would be implemented, with 2,120 Colombian soldiers deployed...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

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