News from Brazil

Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on August 5, 2011 at 9:24 am

POLITICS

Brazil’s defense minister has resigned after a newspaper reported that he had criticized two Cabinet colleagues. The defense minister, Nelson Jobim, is the third Cabinet member to quit since President Dilma Rousseff took office Jan. 1. The government said that Mr. Jobim, who denied that he had criticized other ministers, would be replaced by Celso Amorim, a former foreign minister (The New York Times).

Jobim is among other things said to have been angry that Ms Rousseff overruled him on a multi-billion dollar contract to buy fighter jets (BBC).

The corruption scandal that boiled over last week in the Ministry of Transportation and the National Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DNIT) seems to be affecting more than just the careers of the seventeen bureaucrats who resigned. Large numbers of public works in transportation infrastructure that were part of the PAC 2’s agenda are now being delayed or cancelled (The Rio Times).

In a speech at the opening of the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup® Qualifying Rounds, President Dilma Rousseff invited the world to get to know a different Brazil. “Those coming to the World Cup will get to know a Brazil beyond its soccer, its music and its popular festivals. They will get to know a better, better prepared Brazil,” she said (Portal Brasil).

High-profile scandals in President Dilma Rousseff’s government have soured ties with her allies, stalling legislation in Congress and delaying key infrastructure projects before the 2014 World Cup. Other key political risks include an apparent lack of interest in long-term structural reforms, pressure to heighten public spending, and renewed intervention in currency markets (Reuters).

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INTERNATIONAL

Argentina and Brazil reaffirmed their strategic alliance and commitment to Mercosur and regional integration during a summit in Brasilia, where President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner together with her Brazilian peer Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the new Argentine Embassy in the Brazilian capital (MercoPress).

Brazil intends to bar all Falkland-flagged shipping from its ports and backs Argentina’s position that British-backed oil exploration in the South Atlantic islands’ waters is illegal, it emerged after the two countries’ presidents met in Brasilia (UPI).

Colombia wants to double trade and increase investment with Latin American powerhouse Brazil, but tariffs and shipping costs remain obstacles, an investment conference was told (Reuters).

The biggest threat to a revolution in emerging market trade may be the emerging markets themselves as Brazil slaps import curbs on Chinese toys, Russia claims China dumps cold-rolled steel and China keeps its currency undervalued (Bloomberg).

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DEFENSE & SECURITY

Brazil’s Air Force says one of its planes crashed in the country’s southeast, killing all eight people aboard. An Air Force statement says the single-engine Cessna Grand Caravan C-98A crashed near the city of Bom Jardim da Serra in the state of Santa Catarina (Washington Post).

Unlike many of its Latin American neighbors, Brazil has yet to hold a fact-finding “Truth Commission” to clarify responsibility for crimes committed during the military rule of 1964-1985. It also has not reversed an amnesty law that shields torturers from prosecution. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared the amnesty illegal in December. But a recent granting of first-of-its-kind access to Brazil’s National Archives may be a quiet indication that the direction is changing (The Global Post).

The Brazilian government published in the Official Journal a decree creating the Special Secretariat of Security for Major Events, a body that is responsible for the security in events such as 2014 World Cup (Xinhua).

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VISA

Getting a visa can be a complicated and stressing process, so The BrazilBusiness prepared an article with a step-by-step guide on how to get a Brazilian visa.

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