Brazil cans e-voting due to recession

Angelica Mari, Brazil Tech, 12/1/2015

Next year’s elections in Brazil will be processed manually due to substantial cuts in public spending, it emerged yesterday.

This is the first time elections will be carried out through paper-based means since 2000, when electronic voting machines were used to process all votes. E-voting in Brazil was first introduced in 1996 and rolled out gradually in the following years.

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Brazil Government Announces Spending Freeze

Paulo Trevisani, Wall Street Journal, 12/1/2015

Brazil announced a freeze on spending Monday, as its fiscal picture worsens amid a deep recession and political gridlock.

The government said it was freezing all that is remaining in the 2015 budget, except earmarked, mandatory costs such as public-servant salaries, retirement benefits, jobless insurance and the administration’s hallmark income-distribution program known as Bolsa Família.

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Brazil discovers virus reportedly causing babies to be born with abnormally small heads

Fox News Latino, 11/30/2015

The Zika virus, which has spread across a large part of Latin America, is the cause of abnormally small heads in newborn babies, a condition known as microcephaly, Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed Saturday.

Since last July, at least 739 cases of babies born with microcephaly have been detected in Brazil, a number five times greater than usually occurs in an entire year.

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Brazil dam disaster: Toxic red mud threatens endangered wildlife in Rio Doce basin

David Sim, International Business Times, 11/24/2015 

The collapse of the dam caused Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster. Sixty million cubic metres of iron ore waste – enough to fill 25,000 Olympic-size swimming pools – engulfed villages and contaminated rivers in south-east Brazil on 5 November.

Eleven people were killed and 12 people remain missing, presumed buried in the mud.

Brazil dam


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Brazil’s Real Rises Ahead of Congressional Vote on Fiscal Target

Paula Sambo, Bloomberg, 11/24/2015

Brazil’s real rose ahead of planned vote in congress for the fiscal target and as the central bank stepped up support for the currency.
The real climbed 0.4 percent to 3.717 per U.S. dollar at 11:29 a.m. in Sao Paulo. The government is working to gather support among lawmakers to guarantee approval of a change to this year’s fiscal target and next year’s budget guidelines ahead of a vote that could happen as early as Tuesday, Valor Economico reported. The chances of approval have improved, the newspaper said.

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Brazil trade minister says new Argentina leader ‘music to our ears’


Brazil’s trade minister said on Monday that the election of pro-business candidate Mauricio Macri as Argentina’s next president is good news for trade relations between the South American neighbours.

Macri, the centre-right mayor of Buenos Aires, ended more than a decade of leftist Peronist rule in Sunday’s election after promising to overturn the free-spending populism of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez.

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Brazil’s Opposition Also Has A Problem

Forbes, Kenneth Rapoza, 11-23-2015

Brazil’s opposition has a problem. If President Dilma Rousseff is sacked, and this is looking less likely at the moment, there is no guarantee that would get a shot at a new election before 2018. If they did, the Social Democrats (PSDB) would win. They’d be piloting Brazil’s beleaguered ship of state around a black hole. Sorry, Dilma haters…the PSDB will not save you.

At least not anytime soon.

What does the opposition get by trashing Dilma? Nothing. They get nothing but hopes for an impeachment; a process that is being led by Eduardo Cunha, a former Dilma ally implicated in the Petrobras bribery scandal. A money-launderer who lied to Congress about some $5 million he has in a Swiss bank account. Although Cunha is not part of the PSDB party, this is the man they have relied on to stir things up in Congress and give Dilma the boot.

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