Brazilian Politics

Brazil’s Temer Backs Former Finance Chief for President

Brazil’s President Michel Temer endorsed his former finance minister for the nation’s top job amid growing investor anxiety on whether the next head …

Brazil

Brazil Leader Won't Seek Re-election

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Michel Temer is ending speculation that he might seek re-election despite dismal poll ratings. He's …

Brazil

Brazil's 'new' middle class holds key to election

The October elections are expected to be the most unpredictable since Brazil's return to democracy in the 1980s, with jailed ex-president Luiz Inácio …

Middle-class

Brazil's right wing attacks anti-fake news campaign

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) -<p>An influential right-wing group in Brazil has lashed out against a fact-checking campaign launched by Facebook, saying the measure amounts to censorship aimed at stifling political debate.<p>Facebook, which is embroiled in scandals over fake news, Russian election-tampering …

Fake News

Brazilian politicians confront fear and loathing in election year

Aruined wattle-and-daub hut sits outside of Caetés, Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, surrounded by small farms. The bucolic scene belies …

Brazil

Brazilian synagogue damaged in arson attack

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Vandals set fire to a synagogue in southern Brazil after painting threats to the Jewish community on its walls.Flammable fuel …

Jewish Culture

Ex-Lula minister Dirceu starts 31-year jail term in Brazil

BRASÍLIA (AFP) -<p>Jose Dirceu, former chief of staff under ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, surrendered Friday to start a nearly 31-year prison sentence for corruption, officials said.<p>Dirceu lost an appeal against his conviction for money laundering, corruption and membership of a criminal …

Brazil

Letter From Jail: Brazil Needs Me More Than Ever

Brazil's imprisoned former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, writes an impassioned plea published by Le Monde, alongside a call by European …

Brazil

Brazil Corruption Probe Has No Expiration Date, Judge Moro Says

Sergio Moro, the Brazilian judge who put some of the country’s most powerful business leaders and politicians behind bars, says there’s no end in …

Brazil

Brazil's wealthy farm belt backs Trump-like presidential candidate

CAMPO NOVO DO PARECIS, Brazil (Reuters) - A right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate who compares himself to Donald Trump is attracting support across Brazil's farm belt, where the fiery former paratrooper may secure the funding needed for his bid to run Latin America's biggest country.<p>Jair …

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Dilma Rousseff: Lula can help 'stabilise' institutions

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could help stabilise democratic conditions in the country's institutions, Dilma Rousseff has said.<p>Lula started a 12-year prison sentence last month for corruption. He maintains he is innocent.<p>Dilma Rousseff, who was herself president of Brazil …

Brazil

Breaking Down Brazil's Messy Presidential Race

Many hope the 2018 election will give Brazilian democracy a much-needed restart, but given the circumstances of corruption and bad candidates, that …

Brazil

Brazilian apartment at center of Lula's downfall sold

SAO PAULO (AFP) -<p>The seaside apartment at the center of the corruption case that saw popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent to prison last month was auctioned Tuesday for more than $600,000.<p>The triplex, which Lula was found guilty of having accepted as a bribe, was sold in an online …

Brazil

Brazil’s corruption busting judge prompts wildly opposing views

Sérgio Moro, the Brazilian judge whose name strikes fear into the country’s most crooked politicians and businesspeople, allows himself a brief …

Brazil

Brazil’s democracy not at risk, says crusading judge

Democracy in Brazil is safe despite a sweeping corruption investigation that has devastated the major political parties in Latin America’s largest …

Brazil

EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil real weakens on election jitters; LatAm currencies down

By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, May 14 (Reuters) - The Brazilian real weakened on Monday after a presidential poll showed strong support for candidates …

Brazil

Investors Way Too Stressed Out About Brazil

On balance, investors are much more pessimistic about Brazil due to pending elections this October than they are optimistic. The scales have clearly tipped in favor of a negative outcome, with a non-reformer taking the presidency.<p>Over the last three months, Brazil’s stock market has been getting …

Stock Markets

Brazil election poll shows right-winger Bolsonaro holds lead

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro held on to his lead in early polling ahead of October elections, with leftist Ciro Gomes challenging the more moderate Marina Silva for second place, a survey showed on Monday.<p>Excluding jailed former president Luiz …

World News

Lula's 'heir' sets his sights on becoming Brazil's youngest president

It sounds like the longest of long shots.<p>Guilherme Boulos has never stood for political office of any kind, but he is somehow now aiming for the very top job.<p>“Clearly, it’s a David v Goliath battle,” the 35-year-old social activist admits of his unlikely quest to become Brazil’s youngest ever …

Brazil

Brazil's New Finance Minister Hopeful Legislation Can Pass Before Elections

BRASÍLIA—Brazilian efforts to reform the economy have lost momentum, but Congress is still likely to pass some market-friendly legislation before October elections, the country’s new finance minister, Eduardo Guardia, said Thursday.<p>A pension overhaul considered key to keep the country solvent was …

World News

Imran Khan's message for PM Mohathir Mohammad, his hero

ISLAMABAD - Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as the world’s oldest leader. Mahathir ousted the government of Najib …

Pakistan

Brazil’s Economic Deliverance, by Otaviano Canuto

WASHINGTON, DC – Ongoing corruption investigations in Brazil have exposed a tangled network of illicit relationships between private firms, …

Brazil

Swedish PM to testify as witness in Brazil fighter jet case

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has been summoned to testify next month as a witness in a Brazilian corruption case involving the purchase of fighter jets by Brazil, the Stockholm District Court said on Wednesday.<p>Lofven will be asked in a Swedish court about his contacts …

World News

‘Privatization’ Is No Longer a Dirty Word in Brazil, Even in an Election Year

In one of the most iconic photo moments of his presidency, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva waves a pair of hands slicked with crude oil from a petroleum …

Brazil

Anti-Corruption Crusader in Brazil Says He Won’t Run for President

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — The man many Brazilians thought would shake up October’s presidential election, Joaquim Barbosa, Brazil’s first black Supreme Court justice, announced on Tuesday that he would not run, upending the already unpredictable race.<p>Mr. Barbosa, 63, had joined the Brazilian Socialist …

Brazil

Brazil's first black justice says he won't run for president

Brazil's first black Supreme Court justice says he won't run for president, quashing widespread speculation.<p>Joaquim Barbosa announced his decision on …

Brazil

Brazil anti-corruption judge says he will not run for president

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Joaquim Barbosa, a former chief justice on Brazil's Supreme Court with anti-corruption credentials, said on Tuesday he would not run for the presidency in October, despite a growing clamor for his candidacy.<p>Barbosa, the first and only black member of the high court, had in …

Brazil

Brazilian Anti-Corruption Judge Bows Out of Presidential Race

Former Brazilian Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa said on Tuesday he will not run for the country’s top job, pulling one of the …

Brazil

Former chief justice withdraws from Brazil election

The man supporters hoped would become Brazil’s first black president, former chief justice Joaquim Barbosa, surprised the nation on Tuesday by …

Brazil

Brazil's Barbosa stays out of presidential race

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) -<p>Joaquim Barbosa -- a former Supreme Court justice seen as a potential heavyweight in Brazil's presidential race this year -- announced Tuesday that he will not be a candidate.<p>Barbosa, who if elected would become the first black president in modern Brazil, tweeted that he had …

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