Articles February 25, 2018

Under intervention, Rio relives problems of 200 years ago

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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

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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 »

Intervention lacks policy grounding, Amnesty International says

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Increasing levels of violence were a recurring symbol over the course of last year in Brazil, says Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of human rights. However, the introduction of the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro is unlikely to curb violence, according to the organization. The NGO said that the intervention is a… Read More »

Who are the Venezuelans moving to Brazil?

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Venezuelan migrants are arriving to Brazil in record numbers: in the first six months of 2017, the total number of refugee requests reached 7,600, already higher than the total 3,368 in 2016. But arrivals are in fact higher. The country’s political and economic collapse has created an extraordinary migration wave, but just 33.7 percent of… Read More »

Will 2018 be the year that Brazilian politics are renewed? Don’t count on it

Will 2018 be the year that Brazilian politics are renewed

Brazilians don’t trust their institutions anymore. According to Latinobarómetro, a non-profit organization that conducts political surveys in Latin America, Brazilians’ appreciation of democracy is down to just 32 percent. Only 1 percent of people trust political parties “a lot.” Congress is appreciated by a mere 3 percent of people. And unsurprisingly, Brazilians think that corruption… Read More »

Explaining Brazil: our new weekly podcast

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You’ve grown accustomed to reading The Brazilian Report‘s content online. Now, we’re bringing you our latest project: Explaining Brazil, a weekly podcast. We will talk about the most pressing issues in Brazil, ranging from politics, to economics, to social issues. Our first installment tackles the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian President Michel Temer announced on… Read More »

How the House voted on the Rio security intervention decree

Rio security intervention: How did Congressmen vote?

On February 16, President Michel Temer signed a decree declaring a security intervention in Rio de Janeiro. For the measure to be effective until the end of the year, however, it needs to be approved by Congress. The House had scheduled the vote on the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro for 7 p.m. yesterday. The opposition, however,… Read More »

Rio security intervention ‘a smokescreen’

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Rio de Janeiro’s security intervention is a “smokescreen” for government agendas, warn opposition politicians. The intervention, which was announced in the early hours of Friday, February 16, will see national armed forces on the streets of Brazil’s most famous city through the end of 2018. For the first time since Brazil declared its 1988 Constitution,… Read More »

What to make of Temer’s Rio de Janeiro army intervention

michel temer declares army intervention in rio de janeiro

When President Michel Temer signed the decree declaring a federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro’s security system, he completely altered Brazil’s political debate. Up until Friday, we were discussing how the 2018 presidential election would unfold, or that TV presenter Luciano Huck dropped out of the race (again), or even the government’s inability to approve… Read More »