Dilma has 36%, Marina 33%, and Aécio 15%, says Datafolha research [PORTUGUESE]

September 11, 2014

G1, 09/10/2014

In a simulation of the second round, Dilma and Marina are technically tied.

A Datafolha poll released this Wednesday (09/10) gave the statistics of voter intentions in Brazil’s Presidential race:

- Dilma Rousseff (PT): 36%
– Marina Silva (PSB): 33%
– Aécio Neves (PSDB): 15%
– Pastor Everaldo (PSC): 1%
– Luciana Genro (PSOL): 1%
– Eduardo Jorge (PV): 1%
– Zé Maria (PSTU): 0%*
– Rui Costa Pimenta (PCO): 0%*
– Eymael (PSDC): 0%*
– Levy Fidelix (PRTB): 0%*
– Mauro Iasi (PCB): 0%*
– Blank/null/none: 6%
– Don’t know: 7%

In the previous survey conducted by Datafolha, released on 09/03,  Dilma had 35%, Marina, 34%, and Aécio, 14%. According to Datafolha, “it is the first time that Marina has had negative fluctuation in voter intention polls since she officially entered the race.”

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Marina Silva, ‘Brazil’s Obama’ or darling of discontent?

September 11, 2014

Sophie Pilgrim – France 24, 09/10/2014

A plane crash, a promise of change and a sluggish economy have made Marina Silva the greatest threat to incumbent Dilma Rousseff’s re-election in October. But is the Amazonian dubbed “Brazil’s Obama” ready to be president?

Silva’s appeal is far-reaching. Her poor, rubber-tapper background, green activism and third-party status make her the deserving underdog of a long-polarised political landscape. To many, she carries the same promise of change that fuelled Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in the United States.

Marina –– as most Brazilians call her –– was brought up, along with her 11 siblings, in the rainforest state of Acre, not far from the Bolivian border. A descendant of indigenous Amazonians, Portuguese settlers and African slaves, she describes herself as black and would be Brazil’s first non-white president. At 56, her deceivingly frail figure betrays a childhood challenged by malnutrition, mercury poisoning and persistent malaria (which killed off four of her family members).

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Brazil says rate of Amazon deforestation up for first time in years

September 11, 2014

Vincent Bevins – Los Angeles Times, 09/10/2014

The  deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil increased by 29% in the last recorded year, according to figures released Wednesday by the country’s National Institute for Space Research, or INPE. It is the first time the deforestation rate has increased since 2008, and the report comes as environmental issues move to the center of Brazil’s October presidential election.

According to the study, carried out by satellite imaging, the Brazilian region of the world’s largest rain forest lost 2,275 square miles, nearly five times the area of the city of Los Angeles, from August 2012 through July 2013.

Despite the jump, the space agency noted that this is still the second-lowest number since it began monitoring deforestation in 1988, when more than 7,700 square miles were lost.

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10 Takeaways From Pew Global Economic Survey, From Greek Pessimism To Chinese Jubilance

September 10, 2014

William Mauldin – The Wall Street Journal, 09/09/2014

The outlook for the sluggish global economy can be described as “blah,” but don’t tell that to a bipolar roster of nations with views on their own economies ranging from abject pessimism (think Greece) to an almost religious reverence (China).

In a survey of people in 44 countries, the Pew Research Center noted surprising examples (including Russia and Germany) where the public perception of the nation’s finances vastly diverged from economists’ views and hard data. Below are 10 takeaways from the study, released Tuesday.

Brazil. If the British saw the biggest improvement, Brazil saw the worst meltdown in views toward the economy, with a loss of 27 percentage points from last year. The souring views may play into the hands of Marina Silva, the new Socialist candidate who’s seeing increased support in her bid to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October.  “The mood certainly explains some of the shift in the polls,” said Bruce Stokes, the Pew center’s director of global economic attitudes.

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Marina Silva wanted to be a nun. Now she could be Brazil’s next president

September 9, 2014

Dom Phillips – The Washington Post, 09/09/2014

A former grass-roots environmentalist who once dreamed of becoming a nun has stormed to the forefront in Brazil’s presidential campaign, just three weeks after joining the race. The first round of voting is still a month away. But Marina Silva’s dramatic rise in the polls as she seeks to unseat President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party has shaken the country’s political establishment.

“She is something new, like Obama. Something that wasn’t expected. Talking a new language,” said José Moisés, a political-science professor at the University of Sao Paulo. “We are in front of a political phenomenon.”

Silva, 56, who was the environment minister in the Workers Party government of hugely popular president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has become the standard-bearer for the rival Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB). Polls show that support for her party has tripled since she was thrust into the race shortly after the Aug. 13 death of the original Socialist candidate in a plane crash.

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Brazil needs to keep pace with rise of “China 2.0″

September 9, 2014

Ji Ye (Xinhua) – English.people.cn, 09/09/2014

Brazil needs to develop a strategic vision in order to cooperate with China in a new era, said Marcos Troyjo, a Brazilian economist and co-director of the BRICLab at Columbia University, in a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua.

According to Troyjo, the way China’s economy progressed over past 30 years following thecountry’s reform and opening-up policies is called “China 1.0.”

During that period of time, China took advantage of public-private partnership, cheap workforce and a favorable approach to foreign capital to become the largest manufacturing park in the world. According to Troyjo, China has now entered a new stage, which he calls “China 2.0,” and itshould no longer rely on governmental investment and foreign trade to simulate its economic development.

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Kickback Allegations Ensnare Brazil’s Presidential Campaign

September 9, 2014

Will Connors, Luciana Magalhaes and Jeffrey Lewis - The Wall Street Journal, 09/07/2014

Leading opposition presidential candidate Marina Silva was forced on Sunday to confront a scandal involving Brazil’s biggest company that already tarnished the country’s president and has added another level of complexity to October presidential elections.

A former executive of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA PETR4.BR -4.91% alleged that dozens of prominent Brazilian politicians—including Ms. Silva’s former running mate Eduardo Campos —took part in a kickback scheme for Petrobras contracts, according to a story published Saturday by a Brazilian newsweekly.

Ms. Silva, a former environment minister who replaced Mr. Campos as the socialist party candidate after his death last month in a plane crash, currently leads incumbent Dilma Rousseff in the polls and has made clean government one of her main selling points.

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