Moses Talemwa – All Africa, 11/6/2014
The emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) as a strong economic bloc continues to spur global economic growth. Africa offers immense potential for the bloc with Brazil now ready to come to Uganda.
Moses Talemwa recently met Joao Bosco Monte, the chief executive of the Brazil-Africa Institute, who was in the country to check out investment opportunities of interest to Brazil.
When will Brazil follow in the footsteps of its peers in the BRIC and come to Uganda? Uganda should present itself to Brazil. Brazil is already close to Africa. Our former president Lula Da Silva set the agenda by stating that Africa is a priority. He led a delegation of businessmen to Africa and we have been investing there ever since. We have contacts with mostly Lusophone Africa – Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau. Now we are looking at other countries.
Anthony Boadle – Reuters, 4/3/2014
Aecio Neves is running for president of Brazil and promising to turn the page on 12 years of leftist government. But he has a problem.
Despite being the grandson of a famous politician and the leader of Brazil’s main opposition party, seven out of 10 Brazilians have never heard of him.
Unfazed, he says that will change after Brazil finishes hosting the soccer World Cup in July and the presidential race kicks off in earnest in the Brazilian media.
Simon Romero – The New York Times, 2/28/2014
IN his fits of rage, Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, has thrown a stapler at one aide. He threw an ashtray at another. He berated a councilwoman in her chambers, calling her a tramp. Stunning diners at a crowded Japanese restaurant where he was being taunted by one constituent, a singer in a rock band, he punched the man in the face.
While Mr. Paes, 44, has apologized to the targets of his wrath after each episode, he adds that he is under a lot of stress. Normally clocking 15-hour days as he tears up and rebuilds parts of Rio in the most far-reaching overhaul of the city in decades, Mr. Paes is finding that consensus over his plans is elusive.
“Don’t ever in your life do a World Cup and the Olympic Games at the same time,” Mr. Paes recently said at a debate here on Rio’s transformation, making at a stab at gallows humor over the street protests that have seized the city over the past year. “This will make your life almost impossible.”
John Lyons – Wall Street Journal, 12/18/2013
A murder trial here that brought attention to Brazilian police brutality is now shining light on something else: A court system that can take years to produce verdicts, sometimes leaving both defendants and accusers feeling bereft of justice.
On Monday, a judge declared a mistrial in the prosecution of four São Paulo state policemen who are charged with the shooting a suspect in their custody, Paulo Nascimento, as he pleaded for his life in November 2012.
Soon after the trial began, a three-way shouting match broke out between the defense attorney, the lead prosecutor and the judge over a procedural question. It descended into a crossfire of accusations of judicial favoritism and an unqualified expert witness. A new trial won’t start before late 2014, officials said.
Kenneth Rapoza – Forbes Magazine, 11/01/2013
In the U.S., say the word “welfare” and certain types of people cringe and see hammers and sickles. Admittedly, the same goes for those in richer south Brazil. But even a middle class south Brazilian recognized the need for massive social welfare programs to rid the country of a poverty that even embarrassed people unaffected by it. If there was one thing wealthy Brazilians from Rio to Port Alegre could agree on, it was the African-style poverty in the north and northeast was a rotten shame on an otherwise great country.
While states like Bahia and Para are still home to the bulk of the country’s poor, Brazil’s “Bolsa Familia” took millions out of no-water, no-sewer, no-shoes poverty.
The sweeping social welfare program launched under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in 2002. For families to get on the program, children had to be in school, get vaccinations from diseases that were putting needless stresses on hospitals with already lackluster services, and at least had to be looking for a job. They got more money, a little under a hundred dollars more a month, for a piece of society already earning under $200 a month at the time. They took that money and bought more rice, more chicken, more diapers, and the northern half of Brazil suddenly joined the modern era. What once looked like the Congo now started to look a bit more like the Brazil many in the country wished to see.
Four former Brazilian presidents Jose Sarney, Fernando Color de Mello, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Lula da Silva were honored at a ceremony in the Senate to commemorate the 25 years of the 1988 constitution.
The four ex heads of state and other politicians received the Ulyses Guimarares medal the highest decoration of the Brazilian Congress for their contributions to the current constitution.
The constitution, the seventh in the country’s history, was promulgated on 5 October 1988, after a year and eight months of discussions by a constituent assembly elected in 1986.
Bradley Brooks – AP, 12/13/2012
Pressure is growing for prosecutors to open an investigation into popular former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid new accusations he knew about a cash-for-votes in Congress scheme that has seen convictions of 25 people, including his one-time chief of staff.
Silva, who left office in 2010 with an 87 percent approval rating and was once called “the most popular politician on Earth” by President Barack Obama, has so far dodged accusations against him. He denies any wrongdoing in what is seen as the biggest corruption case in Brazil’s history.
But now newspaper editorials, opposition politicians and some average Brazilian voters are saying they want to see the Attorney General’s Office order an investigation into allegations made by a top figure in the corruption case that Silva approved of the scheme and used cash from it while in office.