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Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on August 26, 2011 at 10:40 am

POLITICS

President Dilma Rousseff, who is of Bulgarian origin, is the world’s third most powerful woman, according to Forbes (Novinite).

President Rousseff is demonstrating a desire to end a level of institutionalized corruption inherited from a long and often embarrassing past. A recent wave of corruption scandals and ministerial resignations has motivated Rousseff to take a stand against corruption, and the impunity that for years has characterized Brazilian governments. Her actions are dubbed “faxina: the cleanup (The Rio Times).

A Brazilian minister accused his own party of trying to destroy him and said he might not have enough support to continue in his job, raising the odds of yet another high-level departure from President Dilma Rousseff’s beleaguered government (MercoPress).

Another Brazilian minister, and particularly close to President Dilma Rousseff has been targeted by Epoca magazine. According to the report Communications minister Paulo Bernardo has been using the private jet of a major public contractor of the Brazilian government (MercoPress).

But Dilma Rousseff has told allies that she will not force out any more officials from her government, in an apparent attempt to put an end to a political crisis (Reuters).

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INTERNATIONAL

In 2009, China overtook the US as Brazil’s largest trading partner. The United States had been Brazil’s main trading partner for about 80 years but a surge in Chinese demand for Brazilian agricultural and mineral commodities, such as soybeans and iron ore , dislodged the Americans. Brazil is so dependent on China that some traders even describe Brazil as a “derivative” of China. Derivatives are contracts whose prices depend on the value of another asset. This expression shows to what extent the performance of Brazilian market is linked to China (Forbes).

As one of the world’s emerging economic powerhouses, Brazil is vigourously pursuing one of the key economic objectives on the U.N.’s development agenda: South-South Cooperation. The Brazilian Cooperation Agency is currently participating in scores of economic projects, mostly in the agricultural sector, in over 80 developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean (IPS News).

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DEFENSE & SECURITY

The technology transfer which the United States promised to Brazil if it choses Super Hornet aircraft to re-equip the Armed Forces, will be the same applied to countries like England, Canada and Australia, countries which are closely related to Washington. The promise was made by the president of Boeing Military Aircraft, Christopher Chadwick, during a public hearing held by the Committee on External Relations and National Defense (Federal Senate).

Which plane should it be according to you?

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, urged the Brazilian authorities to take immediate action to provide judges, magistrates, prosecutors, public defenders and lawyers with effective and adequate measures of protection (MercoPress).

Brazil’s military regime opened a file on soccer great Pele in 1970. Veronica Cristo, a spokeswoman for the Sao Paulo State Public Archives, says the thin file with Pele’s name on it was opened by police after a man gave him a document calling for the release of political prisoners (Washington Post).

A crack cocaine epidemic sweeps Brazil from the Amazon to Rio. At street level the consequences of addiction are dramatic: murder, robbery and destruction of families (The Guardian).

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