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Will Brazilians Cancel Carnival? 

As many as 70 towns and cities around Brazil are reported to have canceled Carnival festivities this year because they are suffering from the worst recession in the country’s recent history.

The mayor of Taquari, in Rio Grande do Sul, has decided to use the money that would have gone to the celebrations to speed up the waiting line for health exams in public hospitals, as well as to fund a project for children with special needs. Last year, the city of Guaraí, in Tocantins, canceled New Year festivities to renovate two public schools, while in Porto Ferreira, a small town in São Paulo State, the local assembly voted to call off Carnival and use the money to buy a new ambulance.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/opinion/will-brazilians-cancel-carnival.html

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in South America

 

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Chaos in Brazil: More to Come?

Things are not well in Brazil. The country’s social and economic tensions are rising and seem increasingly prone to erupt into violence. For the past six days, for instance, there has been a frenzy of looting, mugging, rioting, and murder in and around Vitória, which anchors a metropolitan area of about two million and is the capital of the state of Espírito Santo, north of Rio de Janeiro. The reason for the mayhem is the absence of police officers, after Espírito Santo’s force went on strike last Saturday to demand that its pay be doubled. The police union has said that its members have not received raises in four years. Family members of the officers have joined the strike by creating human barricades around the state’s police stations.

Source: Chaos in Brazil: More to Come? – The New Yorker

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in South America

 

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A Same-Sex Couple Set Out to Adopt a Child. They Ended Up With Three.

When Alexandre Louzada and Francisco David decided that they wanted to adopt a child, they had only a small number of specific preferences.The couple wanted a child no older than 6 years of age. They were willing to adopt a child with chronic, treatable diseases such as diabetes or fetal alcohol syndrome, but not one with untreatable conditions — such as blindness or paralysis — which they believed themselves financially and emotionally incapable of supporting.And, unlike many prospective parents in Brazil — where a substantial portion of adopting parents only want a white child — they had no preferences when it came to race or gender. About 70 percent of the children eligible for adoption in Brazil are black or mixed race, which means that many parents who want to adopt are closed off to the possibility of taking most of the ones who need a home.

Source: A Same-Sex Couple Set Out to Adopt a Child. They Ended Up With Three.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in South America

 

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In Brazil, Major New Corruption Scandals Engulf the Faction that Impeached Dilma

A primary argument made by opponents of impeaching Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was that removing her would immediately empower the truly corrupt politicians in Brasília – the ones who were the driving force behind her impeachment – and they would then use that power to kill ongoing corruption investigations and shield themselves from consequences for their own law-breaking. In that regard, Dilma’s impeachment was not designed to punish corruption but to protect it. The last two weeks have produced new corruption scandals that have vindicated that view beyond what even its proponents imagined was possible.

In his short time in office, Temer has already lost five ministers to scandal, but these new controversies are the most serious yet. One major scandal involves an effort in Congress – led by the very parties that impeached Dilma, with the support of some in Dilma’s party – to pass a law that vests themselves full legal amnesty for their crimes involving election financing. In late September, a bill appeared in Congress, seemingly out of nowhere, that would have retroactively protected any member of Congress from being punished for the use of so-called “caixa dois” (second box) monies in campaigns, whereby politicians receive under-the-table contributions from oligarchs and corporations that they do not declare.

Source: In Brazil, Major New Corruption Scandals Engulf the Faction that Impeached Dilma

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in South America

 

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Au Brésil, l’Etat de Rio ne répond plus

Daniela Correia Dos Santos est restée deux semaines à l’hôpital au lieu d’une. « Le jour de l’opération, les médecins ne pouvaient pas m’opérer. Il n’y avait pas le matériel nécessaire », explique-t-elle, jeudi 17 novembre, à la sortie de l’établissement. Quand elle a commencé à vomir, la jeune mère, qui souffre de calculs à la vésicule biliaire, a fini par être prise en charge. Son amie Edit, venue lui rendre visite, a dû se charger de faire un brin de ménage dans sa chambre. « Tout était sale. Il n’y avait rien. Pas même de papier toilette ! », raconte cette dernière.
http://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2016/11/21/au-bresil-l-etat-de-rio-ne-repond-plus_5035077_3234.html

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in South America

 

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Brazil’s President Michel Temer Says Rousseff was Impeached for Refusing His Economic Agenda

Brazilian President Michel Temer let an open secret become explicitly clear during a speech to business and foreign policy leaders yesterday in New York. The country’s elected and now-removed President, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached because of her position on economic policy, rather than any alleged wrongdoing on her part, her installed successor admitted. Temer’s stunning, and seemingly unscripted, acknowledgement will surely bolster the view of impeachment opponents that Dilma’s removal was a “parliamentary coup d’etat.”

Source: Brazil’s President Michel Temer Says Rousseff was Impeached for Refusing His Economic Agenda

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in South America

 

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Brazil Congress’ Sneak Grab at Self-Amnesty Shows the Deep Corruption of Its New Ruling Faction

In a move that shocked even the most longtime, jaded observers of corrupt Brasília plotting, the leaders of the House of Deputies late last night attempted to sneak into their voting schedule a sleazy bill that would grant themselves amnesty from having violated campaign finance laws. This happened with Brazil’s installed president, Michel Temer, out of the country speaking this morning at the U.N. (where he remarkably praised impeachment as a “model” against corruption as he was surrounded by his own corruption-implicated ministers), while the new president of the House, Rodrigo Maia (above with Temer), assumed the position of “interim president” of the republic in Temer’s absence. Although the plot was thwarted by vehement objections principally led by two relatively small parties (PSOL and Rede) and supported by members from a few others, the attempt itself speaks volumes about the new faction that has seized power in Brazil after impeaching the country’s elected president.

Source: Brazil Congress’ Sneak Grab at Self-Amnesty Shows the Deep Corruption of Its New Ruling Faction

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in South America

 

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Após impeachment, Temer é o presidente caixa-preta 

Michel Temer, agora presidente efetivo, é uma caixa-preta. Pouco, quase nada, se sabe sobre qual é o seu projeto de país.

Não se sabe por vários motivos. Primeiro, o PMDB, seu partido, não apresenta candidato presidencial desde que Orestes Quércia foi estraçalhado nas urnas em 1994.

http://m.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/clovisrossi/2016/09/1809090-apos-impeachment-temer-e-o-presidente-caixa-preta.shtml?mobile

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in South America

 

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Dismal Days for Brazilian Democracy 

Rio de Janeiro For an event that marked the end of an era, the final act of the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was a staid affair, punctuated by procedure and civil speeches.
Sure, there were tears. Janaína Paschoal, the lawyer who charged the president before the Senate with covering up holes in the budget to conceal the worsening state of the economy, cried at the podium. The president’s defense attorney, her former justice minister José Eduardo Cardozo, wept openly after presenting his argument.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/opinion/dismal-days-for-brazilian-democracy.html

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in South America

 

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Rousseff’s Impeachment Changes the Government, Not the Politics 

The last photograph of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as president of Brazil, taken on Jan. 1, 2011, shows him moving down the ramp of the Palácio do Planalto, like an idolized performer who dives into his audience at the end of a show, ignoring his security detail and drowning in a sea of his supporters’ hands.
Five and a half years later, Brazil’s Senate has provisionally suspended President Dilma Rousseff from office; on Wednesday she will be fully removed from the presidency. In the midst of the crumbling of the Workers’ Party, or P.T., Mr. da Silva went back to the Planalto Palace to support an embattled Ms. Rousseff. His eyes full of tears, he said to a friend, “I did not want to be part of this picture.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/opinion/rousseffs-impeachment-changes-the-government-not-the-politics.html?referer=

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2016 in South America

 

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