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.

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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.

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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.

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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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World Cup’s road to Brazil remains bumpy

April 23, 2014

Vincent Bevins & Kevin Baxter – The Los Angeles Times, 4/22/2014

In 50 days the best athletes in the world’s most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer’s sacred spiritual homes, for the game’s most important tournament.

It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the “beautiful game” that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.

That, at least, is what the government and organizers are hoping will happen given that the price tag for their six-week World Cup party is expected to top $11 billion, a figure local media estimates say is extremely conservative.


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Brazil passes “internet constitution” ahead of global conference on web future

April 23, 2014

RT, 4/23/2014

Ahead of a two-day Net Mundial international conference in Sao Paulo on the future of the Internet, Brazil’s Senate has unanimously adopted a bill which guarantees online privacy of Brazilian users and enshrines equal access to the global network.

The bill known as the “Internet constitution” was first introduced in the wake of the NSA spying scandal and is now expected to be signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff – one of the primary targets of the US intelligence apparatus, as leaks by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden revealed.

Rousseff plans to present the law on Wednesday at a global Internet conference.

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Study finds Brazil’s state to be tax-guzzling, inefficient

April 22, 2014

Thalita Carrico – The Financial Times, 4/22/2014

You cannot stay one day in Brazil without hearing someone complain about high taxes and poor public services. According to this narrative, the prices of everything from cars to beauty products are inflated by opaque taxes even as the nation struggles with sub-standard hospitals, inadequate public transport and other services.

Now a study from a consulting company, Brazilian Institute of Planning and Taxation (IBPT), seems to bear out the common perception about Brazil’s tax burden. It ranked Brazil last in a list of the 30 countries judged by taxation versus quality of services.

Topping the list was the US, Australia and South Korea. Among emerging markets, Slovakia ranked 11th and Uruguay 13th. Surprisingly, even Argentina, with its problems with inflation and chaotic economic policies, ranked higher than Brazil.

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Brazil World Cup host city police back to work bu number of slaying people climbs to 39

April 22, 2014

Merco Press News, 4/22/2014

Union and official sources said officers were back at work after last week’s strike, which was marked by looting, robberies and the slaying of at least 39 people, according to official numbers.

But local newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported on Sunday that an extra 16 homicides took place during the night from Friday to Saturday and then three more on Sunday, raising the death toll related to the police strike to 58 people and raising security concerns ahead of the soccer World Cup.

Military police from the state of Bahia went on strike a week ago to demand pay raises and a “new model to manage public security.” The police force eventually lifted the measure on Thursday after a meeting between union leaders and state authorities, but the two-day strike and the violence that followed sparked concerns as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup in less than two months.

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Brazil and Argentina clash over auto-export restrictions: top level mission heads for Buenos Aires

April 22, 2014

Merco Press News, 4/22/2014

According to the president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association from Brazil, Anfavea, Luiz Moan, President Dilma Rousseff instructed Minister of Development, industry and foreign trade Mauro Borges to organize a round of urgent formal talks with Argentina to discuss the issue.

“During the meeting with President Rousseff we explained that Argentine measures in the first quarter of 2014 have meant a drastic drop of 32% in automobile exports to Argentina, which is a great blow for the industry” said Moan who added he spent three hours talking about the issue with the Brazilian head of state.

Moan also recalled that Brazil and Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding last March to try and generate financial mechanisms to promote bilateral trade.

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Brazil tourism forecast cools for World Cup

April 21, 2014

Claire Rivé-The Rio Times, 4/15/2014

The tourism sector in Brazil has had to adjust their inflated estimates concerning the expected influx of tourists during the FIFA World Cup in June and July this year, leading to big discounts on local and international flights and accommodation during the tournament.

Following a disappointing 2014 Carnival period, slow bookings for the World Cup has made many of the country’s biggest tour agencies and airlines reduce their prices by up to ninety percent during June and July.

Demand during the World Cup month doesn’t look likely to reach the Ministry of Tourism’s estimated 600,000 foreign visitors and many Brazilians uninterested in the event are also seeing the nation-wide school holiday as an opportunity to dodge the madness and take family holidays to other destinations.

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