The Brazil Institute mourns the death of Governor Eduardo Campos

August 13, 2014
Eduardo Campos

Eduardo Campos

The Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute mourns the untimely passing of Eduardo Campos, former governor of the state of Pernambuco and candidate of the Brazilian Socialist Party in Brazil’s October presidential elections. The 49 year old Campos died tragically this morning when the executive jet carrying him and a few advisers crashed in bad weather in the port city of Santos, state of São Paulo. He is survived by his wife Renata and five children.

A promising politician of the first generation of Brazilian leaders to emerge after the reinstatement of democracy in 1985, Campos was a federal congressman and minister of Science and Technology during the first government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva before successfully running for governor of his home state, in Brazil’s Northeastern region. He was the grandson of Miguel Arraes de Alencar, a founder of the Socialist party and twice governor of Pernambuco. Campos rose to national prominence in 2010, when he was reelected governor with a record 82 percent of votes. In September of last year, Campos’ party withdrew from the coalition led by President Dilma Rousseff. Read the rest of this entry »


Coordinator for Marina Silva Wants Former Presidents Lula da Silva and Fernando Henrique Cardoso as Allies

August 25, 2014

Mariana Carneiro – Folha de S. Paulo, 8/25/2014

On the morning of Friday, Aug. 22, economist Eduardo Giannetti da Fonseca was excited with the result of research done by the PSB and financial market institutions that suggested growth of electoral preferences of the party’s presidential candidate, former senator Marina Silva.

The research indicates that Silva, who Giannetti met on the 2010 campaign trail, has settled into second place in the presidential race this year and has the potential to defeat Dilma Rousseff (PT) in the second round.

The possibility of victory tends to feed speculations of the purpose of Giannetti, who describes himself as a person “without political ambitions,” in any future government. But he says he has no interest in being the next finance minister.

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Students In Brazil Use Pattern Recognition Algorithm For Safe Driving

August 25, 2014

Empire State Tribune, 8/25/2014

Five students at the Santa Catarina State University in Brazil submitted a project to Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition subjects that functions as a pattern recognition system in a dashboard camera to detect the use of mobile phones of drivers while on the road.

The head proponent Rafael Berri, together with his friends, Alexandre Silva, Rafael Parpinelli, Elaine Girardi and Rangel Arthur introduced a solution to prevent drivers from using their mobile phones while driving. The camera monitors the pattern of the face, ears, and hands and other signs of ‘on the phone’ to lessen the chances of accidents.

Berri and his team said that drivers tend to fix their gaze straight ahead while on the phone. Thus, placing the dashboard camera in front of the driver is an ideal spot to effectively scan the patterns, according to MIT Technology Review. If the driver is caught while on the phone, the system sends a warning.

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Massive Protests in Brazil Denounce “Black Genocide”

August 25, 2014
TeleSUR, 8/23/2014
Hundreds of people demonstrated on Friday in several cities of Brazil about the high and increasing rates of violent death recorded in the country´s Afro-descendent population

The protesters peacefully blocked the main avenue of Sao Paolo, and people also participated in the National Day of  Black Genocide in Brasilia, the capital, and in Florianopolis, near the Argentinian border.

An academic study called The Color of Homicides in Brazil revealed in 2012 that while homicides of white people decreased by 24.8 percent between 2002 and 2010 (from 20.6 to 15.5 percent of the total population), homicides against black people reached 36 percent in 2010, a 5.6 percent increase from 2006.

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Brazil Pollution: CO2 Emissions From Energy Have Doubled As Drought Puts Strain On Hydroelectric Supplies

August 25, 2014

Maria Gallucci – International Business Times, 8/21/2014

Brazil’s power sector has doubled its global warming emissions in the past two years, a new analysis found. The uptick threatens to offset some of the country’s gains in slowing deforestation – an effort that climate groups say has led to dramatic cuts in carbon dioxide pollution. That could diminish the government’s negotiating power ahead of global climate talks in Paris next year, analysts say.

From January to July 2014, the cumulative monthly average of emissions grew by 182 percent for every one megawatt-hour of electricity produced, compared with the same period in 2012, according to data from Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, São Paulo-based newspaper Valor Economico reported on Thursday (link in Portuguese).

Overall, the energy sector accounts for about 30 percent of Brazil’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Insight: Brazil’s slump hits job market as election approaches

August 25, 2014

Brad Haynes and Silvio Cascione – Chicago Tribune, 8/22/2014

Many of Brazil’s biggest retailers, homebuilders and carmakers are cutting jobs as Latin America’s largest economy teeters on the edge of recession, a fresh blow to President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election bid.

For years, low unemployment was key to Brazil’s emergence as an economic power and important gains in the fight against poverty.

The unemployment rate remains near record lows of around 5 percent and the leftist Rousseff regularly touts it as a success of the ruling Workers’ Party over the last 12 years.

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Can China-Brazil trade keep up its promising momentum

August 25, 2014

Zhang Fan – China Daily, 8/25/2014

The world is facing overwhelming change and the rise of China is among the key factors, said Marcos Troyjo, a Brazilian economist and co-director of the BRICLab at Columbia University, at a conference hosted by Brazilian law firm Demarest in Sao Paulo on Aug 19.

Troyjo said China has entered a new stage, what he calls “China 2.0″. Compared with the 30 years following the county’s Reform and Opening-up policies of 1978, China can now no longer rely on governmental investment and foreign trade to simulate its economic development.

China 2.0 needs to alter its economic development, reduce overproduction and enlarge its importation, said Troyjo, which could mean great opportunities for Brazilian industries.

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Girls From Brazil’s Slums Find Escape In Ballet

August 25, 2014

AP – Fox News Latino, 8/25/2014

Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride to her new favorite activity: ballet. Peeling back the tarp over the doorway, the skinny girl reaches out into the dirt alleyway to hug the church volunteer arriving to take her to dance class.

Growing up amid drug dealers and addicts, Gabriela has yet to learn how to read. Yet she and other girls from a rough neighborhood known as a “cracolandia,” or crackland, are learning the graceful art courtesy of a local church group that also offers them food, counseling and Bible studies. The class is among several groups where young dancers hope to catch the eye of a respected Brazilian ballerina who recruits dozens of disadvantaged girls for an annual workshop.

Twice a week, more than 20 girls, ages 5 through 12, board a Volkswagen van for a 10-minute ride to class, where they put on pink or black tights and ballet shoes donated by a dancewear store.

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