Dilma sees a 46% percent reduction in support by state governors

April 23, 2014

Paulo Celso Pereira – O Globo, 4/23/2014

At two months and a half from the electoral campaigns, the main candidates for the presidency are in the final stages of assembling their support among Brazilian states. Today, 24 of the 27 governors have already publicly stated who they will support.  In comparing the current scenario with 2010, President Dilma Rousseff has clearly lost space among the local executive leaders. Four years ago, Dilma had the support of 19 of the 27 governors, representing 75.3 million voters. This year, so far, the president has only secured the support of 13 governors, who rule over 55.7 million voters – a reduction of 46% percent – representing a decreased influence over approximately 20 million voters.

Read full article in Portuguese here. 

PSDB will launch the presidential campaign of Aécio Neves on June 14, in SP

April 23, 2014

Erich Decat – O Estado de S. Paulo, 4/22/2014

During a National Executive meeting of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSBD), members of the party’s leadership set June 14th as the date for the official launching of the presidential campaign of Senator Aécio Neves (MG). The event will take place in São Paulo, the largest constituency in the country, governed for over twenty years by the Social Democratic Party.

Read full article in Portuguese here.

Eduardo Campos says he is against reducing the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Brazil

April 23, 2014

Anna Fernandes – O Estado de S. Paulo, 4/22/2014

Eduardo Campos, pre candidate of PSB for the Presidency of Brazil, affirmed this Tuesday, April 22, that he is against the reduction of the minimum age of criminal responsibility. “People think that if the age for criminal responsibility is lowered it will resolve the problem of crime. This is actually a myth,” he said to Rádio Jornal from Recife.

Earlier this month, senator Aécio Neves (PSDB), the likely competitor of Campos in the race for the presidency, argued in favor of the project that allows for opportunities to reduce the minimum age of criminal responsibility in specific cases. Created by Senator Aloysio Nunes (PSDB-SP), the project proposes that those ages 16 through 18 involved in violent crimes or repeat offenders be evaluated by the Judicial branch, and can be sentenced to more than three years of imprisonment, current time limit for social-educational sentences established by the Children and Adolescents Act. “It is a proposal I would defend during the campaign,” said Aécio.

Read full article in Portuguese here. 

Eduardo Campos affirms he is against the legalization of abortion

April 23, 2014

Ricardo Brandt – O Estado de S. Paulo, 4/20/2014

The former governor of Pernambuco, Eduardo Campos (PSB), pre-candidate for the Presidency, affirmed on Sunday, April 20, that he is against abortion and that Brazilian legislation is appropriate and suitable for dealing with this issue, and should not be modified.

“As a citizen, I believe my opinion is the opinion of all of us. I know no one who is in favor of abortion,” affirmed the former governor.

Read full article in Portuguese here.

Future of the internet debated at NetMundial in Brazil

April 23, 2014

Leo Kelion – BBC News, 4/23/2014

A meeting to determine how the internet should be governed gets under way in Sao Paulo, Brazil later.

The country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, organised the two-day NetMundial event following allegations the US National Security Agency (NSA) had monitored her phone and emails.

Last month the US announced plans to give up its oversight of the way net addresses are distributed.

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World Cup rush leaves gaps in Brazil cell network

April 23, 2014

Brad Haynes & Luciana Bruno – Reuters, 4/23/2014

Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Maracanã stadium was in a frenzy. Brazil had trounced the Spanish world champions. Yet 73,000 soccer fans could scarcely send a text message to celebrate.

The final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for this year’s World Cup, was a promising 3-0 victory for Brazil’s national team but a bad omen for its cellphone network.

Despite costly investments and another year to prepare, phone companies are still struggling to provide adequate coverage of key sites for the tournament starting in June.

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Brazil’s two biggest cities roiled by violence

April 23, 2014

Luciana Magalhaes & Paul Kiernan – The Wall Street Journal, 4/22/2014

Brazil’s two biggest cities were shaken by unrest on Tuesday, as a professional dancer’s death sparked a violent protest in a Rio slum that overlooks popular beaches, and armed men torched nearly three dozen buses at a depot outside São Paulo.

The incidents come less than two months before Brazil hosts soccer’s World Cup tournament, and underscore concerns about security during the event.

In Rio, officials closed off major thoroughfares in the area, as smoke from fires set by rioters in the hillside slum hung in the air steps from oceanfront hotels.

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