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Under intervention, Rio relives problems of 200 years ago

Rio de Janeiro - illustration Jean-Baptiste Debret

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s picture-perfect city, faced rampant crime rates, problems caused by unplanned urban expansion, and latent social tensions.  The clueless government couldn’t manage the crisis, opting instead to rely on military forces to act as law enforcement in peripheral neighborhoods. Intervention troops were accused of brutality and of attempting against Brazil’s legislation. While… Read More »

Federal judges threaten standstill over housing allowances

Federal judges threaten standstill over housing allowances

Two Senate bills aim to end long-standing housing aid benefits for federal judges. In response, the Association of Federal Judges of Brazil (Ajufe) has called for a strike on March 15. Ajufe president Roberto Carvalho Veloso said judges should not accept “differential and derogatory treatment”, asserting that federal judges should receive “the remuneration that is… Read More »

How inflation impacts Brazilians according to income

inflation rate brazil income

Though it may seem like a statement from Captain Obvious, inflation rates impact rich and poor Brazilians in different ways. And while logic would suggest that poorer populations are more vulnerable to price hikes, in this particular instance, it’s wrong. For the past 12 months, inflation rates have been higher for richer Brazilians when compared… Read More »

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