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How Vale bought off Brazil’s political class

How Vale bought off Brazil's political class

Besides the huge human loss — already 110 deaths and 238 missing —, the Brumadinho dam collapse sparked such outrage in Brazil because a similar incident happened just three years ago. And once again, the company responsible for the tragedy and environmental damage is Vale, one of Brazil’s largest companies, and the world’s largest iron ore and nickel producer.

Why were no lessons were learned since 2015? Earlier this week, we showed that part of the problem is that it took less than a year for Vale to recover its value after Mariana, as investors are more worried about commodity...

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