Corruption

The latest scandal in Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet. The imminent departure from Brazil of China's biggest private conglomerate. And how inflation hits different social classes differently

Brazil DailyJan 10, 2020

How politicians silently cripple local newsrooms in Brazil

A new way to cripple local news organizations in...

Brazil DailyDec 19, 2019

Investigation into President Bolsonaro’s son resumes—and could affect him

Good morning! We’re covering the continuing investigation into Senator...

SportsDec 09, 2019

Cruzeiro fans riot after historic relegation

Hello, and welcome to the Brazil Sports newsletter! With...
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Power Dec 04, 2019

Corporate money still rules Brazilian elections

In Brazil, corporations are forbidden from donating to political campaigns. There are no PACs or Super PACs, as exist in the U.S., it is...
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Society Nov 30, 2019

Numbers of the week: Nov 30, 2019

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest of the most interesting figures tucked inside the latest news about Brazil. Random numbers that...
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Power Nov 29, 2019

Supreme Court ruling spells trouble for Bolsonaro son

On Thursday, Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for financial control agencies—such as the Federal Revenue Service and Central Bank—to share...
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Latin America Nov 20, 2019

Why Operation Car Wash wants to arrest Paraguay’s ex-president

Since the inception of Operation Car Wash in 2014, it was a matter of time before Brazil’s sweeping corruption investigation into wrongdoings within construction...
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Power Nov 18, 2019

OECD hails Brazil’s anti-bribery progress, but “problems” remain

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is more confident about Brazil’s ability to continue fighting corruption. However, the good impression left by...
The OECD will send its Working Group on Bribery to Brazil later this year, and there are concerns that the country is backsliding on its anti-corruption fight

Power Oct 23, 2019

Why is the OECD worried about the future of Brazil’s anti-corruption fight?

After years of pursuing efforts to fight corruption, Brazil is at risk of a backslide, which could get in the way of the country’s...
Pension reform: is this it?

Brazil Daily Oct 22, 2019

Pension reform: is this it?

Good morning! We’re covering today’s upcoming pension reform vote (and what comes next). The Brazilian stock market reaches a record high. And, the OECD’s...
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Brazil Weekly Oct 07, 2019

Dummy candidate scandal opens can of illegally funded worms

Good morning! This week, we are covering Brazil’s new Telecom Law, recently sanctioned by the president. Plus, a campaign financing scandal involving dummy candidates...
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Latin America Oct 05, 2019

The involvement of Bolsonaro’s party in Paraguay dam scandal

“Itaipu-gate” is how experts have dubbed the political scandal that almost brought down the Paraguayan government earlier this year. At the core of the...
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Society Oct 05, 2019

Numbers of the week: Oct. 5, 2019

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest of the most interesting figures tucked inside the latest news about Brazil. Random numbers that...
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Brazil Daily Oct 04, 2019

The links between Jair Bolsonaro and organized crime

Good morning! Today we are covering the possible ties of the Bolsonaro family to organized crime. One of Brazil’s largest investment banks suspected of...
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Power Oct 03, 2019

At long last, major Brazilian banks set to go through the Car Wash

Among the recurring criticisms of Operation Car Wash—Brazil’s sweeping corruption investigation which for the last five years has caused untold damage to the country’s...
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Podcast Oct 02, 2019

#80: Odebrecht’s Peruvian wrecking ball

Peru is in turmoil. The country’s president, Martín Vizcarra, has shut down Congress—and in retaliation, Congressmen have tried to remove Vizcarra from office. Lawmakers...
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Latin America Oct 01, 2019

How the Odebrecht scandal imploded Peruvian politics

Just four years ago, the Odebrecht construction group was an international behemoth, with a presence in 28 countries, principally in Latin America. The company...
Corporate money still rules Brazilian elections

Power Sep 30, 2019

How transparent will Brazil’s 2020 elections be?

Back in 2017, Brazilian lawmakers approved the end of private campaign financing. After dozens of scandals involving major corporations supporting candidates in a quid...
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