Power June 20, 2018

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Even from jail, Lula is Brazil’s kingmaker

lula kingmaker

Datafolha, Brazil’s most reliable polling institute, has published its latest opinion poll ahead of the presidential election. At first glance, it would seem that support for former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is waning. Since September 2017, Lula has lost almost half of his most loyal supporters. Electoral polls in Brazil usually follow the… Read More »

Brazilian government accused of selling citizens’ personal data

personal data brazil breach

Federal prosecutors in Brasilia are investigating whether the Federal Data Processing Service (Serpro), a state-owned IT processing firm, has been selling the personal data of Brazilian citizens without their consent. The prosecutors argue that information such as social security numbers, tax return statements, electoral information, date of birth, and the name of citizens’ parents are… Read More »

U.S. finally greenlights space accord negotiations with Brazil

U.S. finally greenlights space accord negotiations with Brazil

The U.S. Department of State has finally agreed to renegotiate the terms of a technological space accord with Brazil. Both countries have resumed negotiations over a technological safeguards agreement (TSA). Without such a deal, no U.S. rocket can be launched on Brazilian soil. Sixteen years ago, the Brazilian Congress rejected a proposal that protected the… Read More »

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Keep an eye on Brazil’s state races

Keep an eye on Brazil’s state races

Brazil’s 2018 presidential election is five months away, but it has certainly attracted attention. There is, of course, no shortage of storylines – from the front-runner who is in jail to the extreme-right-winger who leads all polls. This year’s race occurs during a crucial moment for Brazil, with the country struggling to recover from the… Read More »

Drug money financed Brazilian politicians, Feds believe

Brazil's Pablo Escobar drug politics

Brazil’s Federal Police might have discovered a connection between Brazil’s most prominent cocaine dealer and high profile politicians. This connection would be Carlos Alexandre de Souza, a.k.a. Ceará, a money launderer who worked for the Brazilian equivalent of Pablo Escobar – and alleged paid bribes to politicians. “We know that drug money went to politicians. What… Read More »

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What to make of Brazil’s latest presidential poll

jair bolsonaro presidential poll

A new presidential poll has been released this week, confirming that the 2018 election is the most unpredictable race in Brazil’s democratic history. The front-runner for the race, former President Lula, is expected to remain excluded from the ballot. If that scenario is confirmed, then nearly half of the electorate won’t know who to vote… Read More »