News from Brazil

Politics & Government

In Brazil on August 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

ELECTIONS

Brazil’s ruling party candidate in October’s presidential election, Dilma Rousseff, widened her lead over opposition candidate Jose Serra, an opinion poll showed on Friday (Reuters).

Some of Serra’s recent comments on economic policy issues can be found at Reuters.

The stakes are high for the hapless running-mates. The Economist glances at the two.

Though still a long way from reaching a conclusion, the leading candidates in the presidential election race have already begun to accumulate fines for illegal campaigning and propaganda (The Rio Times).

Dilma Rousseff is cruising towards victory on the coat-tails of a popular president. But there is more at stake in October’s election than meets the eye. A must read is this big story at The Economist.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

In search of soft power, Brazil is turning itself into one of the world’s biggest aid donors. But is it going too far, too fast? Read the analysis in The Economist.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to allow a woman sentenced in Iran to death by stoning to accept an offer of asylum in Brazil (Reuters).

Brazil and Japan signed an agreement that exempts their citizens from double taxation of social security in both countries when living as immigrants (Xinhua).

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim met to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries. Citing the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, particularly in trade, politics and culture, Davutoglu said that it was critical to develop the transportation network between the two countries and that Turkish Airlines’ new Sao Paulo flights were a step in the right direction (Xinhua).

DEFENCE

Brazil is to build a new 2,400-ton offshore patrol vessel (OPV) based on its Barroso-class corvette for the Equatorial Guinea Navy. The new variant will feature a CODLAG propulsion plant with MTU diesel engines and a reduced armament (Jane’s).

BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense company, said it’s targeting new arms markets including Brazil. South America’s leading economy heads a group of nations that London-based BAE is scrutinizing in a bid to expand its manufacturing base beyond the seven countries it considers “home markets”.  According to BAE, Brazil is a big economic powerhouse and it’s looking to spend money on defense (Bloomberg).

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Young children are supplying an increasing demand from foreign tourists who travel to Brazil for sex holidays, according to a BBC investigation. Chris Rogers reports on how the country is overtaking Thailand as a destination for sex tourism and on attempts to curb the problem (BBC News).

As the official campaign for the upcoming Brazilian elections begins, the Ficha Limpa (Clean Record) law, which makes politicians with criminal convictions ineligible to run for office, is being challenged and even bypassed by some politicians (Rio Times).

Organised crime takes several forms in Brazil. One is politics—a lucrative trade. Of the 513 members of the lower house of Congress, 147 face criminal charges in the supreme court or are under investigation, and the same goes for 21 of the 81 senators, according to Congresso em Foco, a website that acts as a watchdog (The Economist).

INTERNET

Which countries have the cleverest hackers? A honey trap for computer criminals proves a surprising number hail from Brazil (The Economist).

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