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Going to Brazil? Be sure you understand Gerson’s Law

From Wikipedia:
In Brazilian culture, Gérson’s Law (Portuguese: Lei de Gérson) is an adage in which those who “like to take advantage of everything” have no concern for ethics. This expression came into use because of a TV commercial from around 1970 for the cigarette brand Vila Rica, played by Brazilian footballer Gérson. While he is a very well known football player in Brazil and worldwide, Gérson was always a source for controversy. In the commercial, that particular cigarette brand was portrayed as being advantageous for being better and cheaper than other brands, and at the end of the commercial, Gérson said:

You like to take advantage in everything too, right?
—Gérson

Later, the player resented having his image connected to the ad, since all kinds of unethical behaviors were linked to his name with reference to the law. Read Article

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Ecuador Signs decree with Brazil to Manufacture drones in Yachay

On Tuesday during his visit to Brazil, President Rafael Correa announced the signing of a decree for the manufacture of drones or unmanned aircraft in a Research Center, which will move from Latacunga to the City of Knowledge in Yachay. The president visited the San Jose Dos Campos Technology Park in the province of the […]

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Cachaca – part of Brazilian culture

reuters.com reported… For some people, a couple of caipirinhas, the powerful Brazilian cocktail, are just what is needed to take the edge off the stress of a hard day’s work. But for others, including more than a few visitors to this year’s soccer World Cup, even a single caipirinha (pronounced kai-per-REEN-ya) will leave them with […]

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Latin America: Mexico to surpass Brazil as largest vehicle producer in region

bloomberg.com reported Mexico is poised to overtake Brazil as the top Latin American automobile producer for the first time in more than a decade as surging exports to the U.S. spur factory openings and record output. After nosing ahead of Brazil in the first six months of the year, Mexico is projected to hold its […]

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Brazil: Thieves raid samsung factory, make off with $6 million in phones, computers

theguardian.com reported thieves haved raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift, subduing workers and guards before making off with about US$6.3m worth of mobile phones and computers. The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil […]

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Brazil: Bibliotaxis promoting literacy among passengers

Bibliotaxi project latinalista.com reported…Launched in 2011 in São Paulo, the Bibliotaxi project now offers books to taxi passengers in 25 Brazilian cities. “The idea is to put the books in front of people, promoting access to culture and entertainment. There’s nothing better than taxis, and the taxi drivers themselves, who have the gift of gab, […]

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Brazil: Cartel drug lord detained on way to World Cup match

Jose Diaz Barajas Detained examiner.com reported the 49 year old Brajas was arrested yesterday in Rio de Janero, while trying to catch a flight to Fortaleza in order to watch the Mexican national soccer team play against the tournament favourite, Brazil. According to Bloomberg, Luiz Cravo Dorea, head of international cooperation at the Federal Police, […]

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Brazil: Childrens Sex Trade May Worsen During World Cup

bbc.com / Brazilian society is often accused of sexualising children. The Novina phenomenon, where internet videos and songs portray young girls as attainable, sexual objects, is strong in this region. Jessica Barbosa is from the British charity Action Aid, which has several projects running in the area. In these poor areas, children are particularly vulnerable […]

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Brazil: Government offers Federal Police pay raise to prevent strike during World Cup

bbc.com reported the Brazilian government is offering federal police officers a 15.8% pay rise to avert a strike during the forthcoming football World Cup. Under the deal, federal police agents will receive a 12% salary increase from July, and another 3.8% rise in January. The agreement follows police strikes earlier this year in which an […]

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Brazil: Gunmen fire AK47s during soccer celebration (Video)

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Illegal timber in Brazil being sold worldwide

Amazon timber is all over in the U.S. You can find it in hardwood flooring at national retailers like Lumber Liquidators and in walkways at landmarks like Atlantic City, Miami Beach, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Much of this wood comes from Pará State, Brazil’s largest timber producer and exporter. It is estimated that 78% of […]

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Brazil: protests called in 50 cities across the country

bbc.com reported demonstrators protesting against the spending on the football World Cup have blocked a number of key roads in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. They burned tyres and caused traffic disruption. Activists have called a day of protests in 50 cities across Brazil.The scale of the demonstrations is expected to give an indication […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Favelas becoming to expensive for poor, mass squatting

theguardian.com reported the Tufi Community occupying derelict factory is one of many forced out in trend accelerated by World Cup and Olympics. A constant stream of residents now wander into the Tufi Community Almost everyone here is from Alemão, a favela complex that has started to move upmarket since it was “pacified” by police in […]

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Brazil sends 30,000 troops to secure border in preparation of World Cup

Brazil began deploying over the weekend some 30,000 troops to secure its borders as it prepares to host the World Cup that kicks off next month. The operation involving the army, navy and air force will extend over the 16,900-kilometer frontier separating the South American giant from its 10 neighbors. The internationally coordinated effort is […]

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Brazil: Protests return to the streets month before World Cup

Elpais.com reported after several months of content silence, Brazilian social movements and trade unions have launched the unequivocal signal that the next World Cup, which will start in about one month, will not be, nor much less, the peaceful and festive event aimed at FIFA and the Government of Dilma Rousseff. Then start the new […]

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Brazil: Soccer fans warned of Dengue fever exposure during World Cup

bbc.com reported…Football fans going to the World Cup in Brazil should be aware of the risk of dengue fever, a UK expert warns. The tropical disease, spread by mosquito bites, could be a problem in three of the 12 host cities next summer, says Prof Simon Hay, of Oxford University. There are no vaccines or […]

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Brazil: Police clash with shantytown in Rio de Janeiro

BBC.com reported…Brazilian police have clashed with residents of a Rio de Janeiro shantytown that was hit by deadly protests on Tuesday. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse dozens of angry protesters from the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela. The protesters were returning from the burial of a man whose death – allegedly at the hands […]

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Sao Paulo Brazil, the New York City of South America

A sprawling metropolitan area of nearly 20 million people, São Paulo is sometimes referred to as the New York of South America. While the comparison may be a bit overstated, Brazil’s business capital boasts a rich cultural life and a bar and restaurant scene that rival the world’s premier cities. It is also Brazil’s most […]

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Brazil: Human Rights Campaigners sound alarm about proposed anti-terrorism laws before World Cup

Theguardian.com reported that campaigners fear legislation being introduced for the tournament will be used to suppress anti-government protests. Human rights campaigners have sounded the alarm about proposed Brazilian anti-terrorism legislation that they fear will be used to crack down on legal protests during the World Cup. The government says that it needs the new law […]

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Military moves into Bahia Brazil, police strike, looting, transportation interruptions

bbc.com reportd that Brazil has sent thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay. Shops and supermarkets in the state capital, Salvador, have been looted and public transport was severely reduced following attacks on some buses. The Brazilian city is due to […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Listening to music on public transport without headphones banned

servidornoticias.com reported the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro today, banned by a regional law, listen to music with sound devices in the interior of public transport vehicles unless the user use earphones, official sources said. As the Act makes clear, they are considered sound devices any personal music player in digital format, mobile phone, […]

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Bitcoin ATM installed in Brazil

Beginning Monday, technology enthusiasts in Brazil became able to convert the Brazilian Real to Bitcoin using a Bitcoin vending machine, also known as a Bitcoin ATM. The unveiling marks the first Bitcoin ATM to be installed in Latin America, with a permanent position at a Sao Paulo bar which is already accepting Bitcoin. As the […]

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Brazil: UK expat murdered in Rio de Janeiro in attempted carjacking

dailymail.co.uk reported a British oil worker has been shot dead in an attempted carjacking in Brazil. Scot Peter Campsie, 48, was killed by two gunmen in Rio de Janeiro as he returned home to his family following a business meeting. The operations manager for Diamond Offshore Drilling International was shot twice as he tried to […]

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Brazil: Authorities to send army into slums of Rio de Janeiro, due to increase in violence

thetuardian.com reported that Brazilian authorities are poised to send the army into the slums of Rio de Janeiro less than three months before the World Cup. The move follows attacks on police that have resulted in the most tense standoff for years in the favelas. The Rio state governor, Sérgio Cabral, has requested the reinforcements […]

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Brazil: Arid Regions Suffers Worst Drought in Decades

theguardian.com reported that the Brazilian semi-arid region has over the last few years experienced the worst drought in decades. According its national agency of water, this drought is increasingly proving to be major challenge for South America’s largest nation. “The water level of the São Francisco River [one of the most important in Brazil] is […]

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Brazil: new business model to get electricity into the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

theguardian.com reported that over recent decades, the favelas became infiltrated by the drug trade. Drug lords established territorial control, often denying the population access to basic services – fresh water, sanitation, energy, or healthcare, as public utilities refused to service areas where the integrity of their infrastructure or the safety of their employees could not […]

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Five countries in Latin America rank in top ten in the world with computer Malware infections

Pandasecurity.com reported that the Cloud Security Company has published the results of its 2013 Annual Report, compiled by PandaLabs. In 2013 alone, cyber-criminals created and distributed 20 percent of all malware that has ever existed. There were a total of 30 million new malicious strains in circulation which averages out to 82,000 attacks per day. […]

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Brazil: Online activists threaten to disrupt World Cup 2014

bbc.com reported that Brazilian online activists are threatening to disrupt the 2014 Fifa World Cup, it has been reported. A group that affiliated itself to the loose collective known as Anonymous said it would target official websites. There have been major protests in Brazil against what some have said is an overly extravagant outlay. Read […]

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Haitian immigrants may not find Brazil to be a Paradise

vice.com reported that… Many Haitians dream of finding economic prosperity in Brazil, with the majority wanting to settle in São Paulo, a sprawling industrial center that’s been absorbing migrants since the late 19th century. But for most of the newcomers, the journey there is rife with difficulties. Just like hundreds of thousands of migrants before […]

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World Cup Brazil: Adidas announces ceaseof selling raunchy t-shirts

Sportswear maker to stop selling T-shirts before World Cup after Brazil’s ministry of women’s affairs said shirts were offensive. Adidas agreed on Tuesday to stop selling two raunchy T-shirts in the run-up to the World Cup after the Brazilian government complained that they associated the country with sexual tourism. One shirt shows a bikini-clad woman […]

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Brazil plans to deploy 150,000 security personnel for World Cup

boanews.com reported that Brazilian authorities say more than 150,000 security personnel will be deployed across the country during this year’s World Cup football tournament. Officials on Thursday briefed reporters and coaches from 25 of the 32 teams competing in the tournament in June and July. One-hundred 50-thousand public security personnel will be diverted to World […]

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Brazil to use survillance, undercover agents to counter World Cup protests (Black Blocs)

theguardian.com reported that officials fear anti-government protests that have dwindled to hardcore of ‘Black Blocs’ could flare up again before tournament…Brazilian security forces are using undercover agents, intercepting emails, and rigorously monitoring social media to try to ensure that violent anti-government protesters do not ruin the World Cup this year, officials say. Demonstrations in recent […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: protesters take over train, bus hub provide free rides

theguardian.com reported that after street protests, station invasions and turnstile vandalism, Rio de Janeiro’s free public transport movement finally got what it wanted for a few hours on Thursday night with a takeover of the city’s main train and bus hub. Thousands of commuters were shepherded through demolished ticket gates at the Central do Brasil […]

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Brazil: police clash with protesters over increase in transportation costs

presstv.ir reported that Brazilian police have clashed with hundreds of people protesting against the rise in public transportation fares in Rio de Janeiro. On Thursday, police and protesters violently clashed in the city’s main train station. The protest came after the mayor of Rio announced a ten percent rise in bus fares from February 8. […]

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Brazil: low income citizens receive culture voucher to stimulate arts

The Brazilian government has begun issuing reloadable magnetic cards that will credit those who earn under $300 a month with $20 to spend on culture. The “Vale Cultura” credits can be spent on books, museum entry, theater and movie tickets, and art and dance classes among other uses. The initiative is intended to stimulate an […]

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Brazil: Police threaten strike during World Cup 2014

Mercopress reported that only four weeks away from the World Cup and in a climate of growing social unrest Brazil police unions are threatening the government of President Dilma Rousseff with a national strike. For Rousseff it also means an additional challenge since on February 10 the ruling Workers Party will be launching her re-election […]

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Sao Paulo Brazil: Demonstrations break out against World Cup

telegraph.co.uk reported that demonstrations against the World Cup descended into street riots in Sao Paulo on Sunday as a Brazilian anti-inequality protest movement started a campaign against public spending on sports extravaganzas. Cars were burnt in the streets, shop fronts were vandalised and bank windows were smashed as Brazilian chapters of the worldwide radical activists […]

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Brazil: new species of river dolphin discovered

Scientists have discovered a new species of dolphin in the Amazon River system for the first time in almost 100 years – and say it should immediately be given endangered status. Experts from the Federal University of Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil found that a small group of river dolphins, also known as botos, in the […]

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Tourist from UK killed in Brazil by lighting strike

arabiantravelnews.com reported that a tourist holidaying in Brazil with her family is reported to have died after she was struck by lightning. According to a British newspaper, 36-year-old Rosângela Biavati, mother of one, died instantly when she was hit by a bolt of lightning in Guaruja, on the coast of Sao Paulo. Read Article

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Brazil: Bomb threat forces TAM aircraft to make unplanned landing

wdef.com/AP reported that Brazil’s federal police said Saturday that a bomb threat forced a passenger airliner to make an unplanned landing in the Amazon city of Manaus. Federal police in Manaus said a TAM Airlines flight took off from Brasilia Saturday morning and was en route to the city of Boa Vista. Read Article

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Guarani Indians of Brazil urge Coca-Cola to stop buying sugar from U.S. firm Bunge

scoop.co.nz reported that the Guarani Indians in Brazil have urged Coca-Cola to stop buying sugar from US food giant Bunge, which has been implicated in a landgrabbing scandal. A recent Oxfam report revealed that Coca-Cola is sourcing sugar from Bunge – which in turn buys sugar cane from land stolen from the Guarani to produce […]

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Brazil rejects Snowden’s request for political asylum

Brazil has reportedly rejected US fugitive Edward Snowden’s request for political asylum even as he offered to help investigate the alleged snoop-ops carried on the Brazilian soil. A Brazilian government spokesman said that there has not been any official request made by Snowden yet and without a formal request, asylum will not be considered. However, […]

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Brazil: Doctors perform caesarean operation on woman found not to be pregnant

sowetanlive.co.za reported that officials in southeastern Brazil say doctors performed a caesarean section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she wasn’t pregnant. Simone Carvalho is a spokeswoman for the Health Department of the coastal city of Cabo Frio. She said Tuesday the woman told doctors at the city’s Woman’s Hospital she was 41 […]

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Germany to build its own training camp in Brazil in preparation for World Cup 2014

thelocal.de reported …Not impressed by what Brazil already had to offer, Germany’s head coach Joachim Löw has decided to build his own training camp for the football World Cup in 2014. Located in the small coastal village of Santo André, which has less than 1,000 inhabitants, the site is only 15 kilometres away from an […]

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Snowden offers to help Brazil in regards to U.S. spying, in return for aslyum

nz.news.yahoo.com reported that Edward Snowden is offering to help Brazil’s inquiry into US spying – in return for asylum. In an open letter, the NSA whistleblower says he can help the country with its inquiries into alleged spying into its Government leaders. But he says he can’t speak freely until a country grants him asylum, […]

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Brazil: judge suspends construction on World Cup arena after death of construction worker

A Brazilian judge ordered a halt to construction of the Arena da Amazonia located in the city of Manaus, reported local media Thursday, a day after a worker died after falling from the roof of the stadium that will host World Cup matches Soccer 2014. Prosecutors asked that the work was detained pending an investigation, […]

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Brazil: Explosion of child prostitution feared as World Cup approaches

theguardian.com reported that officials and campaigners fear explosion in child prostitution amid rising demand from football fans. Despite more than a decade of government pledges to eradicate child prostitution, the number of child sex workers in Brazil stood at about half a million in 2012, according to the National Forum for the Prevention of Child […]

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Brazil: Militias now control major areas of Rio’s slums.

NYTIMES.COM reported that Officials have been lauded for reclaiming lawless areas from drug traffickers in various favelas across a sprawling metropolitan area with 11.8 million residents. But the image of a city on the mend has been undermined by the actions of its own security forces, particularly the spreading militias composed largely of active-duty and […]

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Sao Paulo Brazil: over last six years 100,000 dead from air pollution related illnesses

de.de reported that Smog in Sao Paulo kills more people annually than road accidents, AIDS and breast cancer combined says a recent report. While the city seeks a solution ahead of next year’s World Cup, local residents remain frustrated. A recent study has found that over the last six years, 100,000 people in Sao Paulo […]

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Brazil: risk of contracting dengue fever in several host cities at World Cup 2014

bbc.co.uk reported that football (soccer) fans going to the World Cup in Brazil should be aware of the risk of dengue fever, a UK expert warns. The tropical disease, spread by mosquito bites, could be a problem in three of the 12 host cities next summer, says Prof Simon Hay, of Oxford University. There are […]

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Brazil: concerns that stadiums may not make completion in time for 2014 World Cup

cbc.ca reported…From the moment a crane dramatically collapsed at the Sao Paulo stadium, it was clear World Cup organizers would have their hands full trying to deliver all 12 venues by FIFA’s end-of-December deadline. The giant crane buckled when hoisting a 500-ton metal structure that came crushing on top of the stadium, clipping part of […]

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Brazil: World Cup official asks Brazilians not to hurt tourists

Agence France-Presse reported that World Cup local organizing committee CEO Ricardo Trade says Brazilians have a perfect right to demonstrate during the tournament, as long as it doesn’t spill over to mistreatment of tourists. It is just over six months ahead of Brazil’s first World Cup since 1950, a mammoth logistical undertaking for the giant […]

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Brazil: consumer prices edge up October 2013

mercopress.com reported that consumer prices in Brazil edged up last month but remained stable at 5.8% over 12 months, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reported Thursday. It put October inflation at 0.57%, up from 0.35% the previous month. On an annualized basis, the 5.84% rate in October, which compared with 5.86% in […]

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South America: Major Military Exercises begin in Brazil

theaviationist.com reported that about 90 airplanes and nine helicopters, and more than 2,000 Brazilian and foreign military personnel are currently taking part to Cruzex 2013, South America’s largest military exercise this year. Hosted by the airbases of Natal and Recife, in the north of Brazil, the international drills organized by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) […]

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Brazil spied on U.S, Russia, Iran, and Iraq

Globalpost.com reported that Brazil, which hotly denounced US surveillance of its leaders, itself spied on US officials as well as on Russia, Iran and Iraq a decade ago, the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported on Monday. The paper indicated it had access to a document from the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, ABIN, describing surveillance operations […]

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Brazil: Soccer player kidnapped, decapitated

bleachereport.com reported that former Brazilian footballer Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos has reportedly been kidnapped and decapitated by suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. As confirmed by Matt Roper of the Mirror, the former player’s severed head was delivered to his wife on the morning of Oct. 29: The horrified wife of Joao Rodrigo Silva […]

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Brazil: Federal Police Seizes 800 Kilograms of Marijuana

On October 16, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Police (PF) reported that it seized a truckload of marijuana weighing 800 kilograms.  The truck was stopped in São Luís do Purunã, about 50 kilometers south of Curitiba, the state capital of Paraná.  After receiving tips from local residents, the police spotted the truck at the tollbooth near […]

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Police Operation in Paraná, Brazil, Creates Eighteen Arrest Warrants

On October 24, 2013, Gazeta do Povo reported that the Brazilian Federal Police (PF) has created arrest warrants for eighteen people involved in a cigarette smuggling scheme originating in Paraguay.  Arrest warrants have been issued in several towns in the west of the state of Paraná, as well as Belém, capital of the state of […]

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Gender Inequality Falls for Third Straight Year in Brazil

On October 24, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that a study produced by the World Economic Forum found that gender inequality in Brazil fell for the third straight year.  The survey used four categories:  political power, economic participation, access to education and health.  Out of 136 countries, Brazil placed 62nd in 2013, 20 […]

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Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Accuse Policemen in Favela Brutality Case

On October 22, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that state prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro have accused 15 more policemen of involvement in a case in which a stonemason, Amarildo de Souza, was tortured and killed in a favela in Rio de Janeiro in July.  Police are accused of wrapping the body up, then, and taking […]

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Police in Campina Grande, Brazil, Arrest Trio with 11 Kilograms of Drugs

On October 22, 2013, NE10 reported that police arrested a trio in the state of Paraíba with 11 kilograms of drugs hidden in their car.  Police made the bust in the city of Campina Grande, about 125 kilometers west of the capital city of João Pessoa.  According to reports, police found six kilograms of crack […]

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Brazil: Research Finds 53% of São Paulo Residents as Victims of Crimes

On October 22, 2013, O Globo reported that more than one in every two residents of the city of São Paulo have been victims of a crime.  Of 3,000 respondents in a recent survey, 53.4% reported that they had been robbed, assaulted or threatened at gunpoint.  Even more striking is the number of crimes reported: […]

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Police Seize 35 Kilos of Marijuana at Brazilian Amazon Checkpoint

On October 18, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Highway Police (PRF) reported that police busted a motorist traveling from Mato Grosso do Sul to Manaus with 35 kilograms of marijuana in his car. The car was stopped in Vilhena, in Rondônia.  Police found 33 tablets of marijuana in the trunk, as well as side and rear […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Study Reveals Genetic Diversity of HIV in Infected Patients

On October 22, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that a study recently released by the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) revealed that cases of HIV in Brazil reflect a variety of subtypes of the virus.  This finding is key to understanding the proper diagnosis and […]

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Mensalão in Brazil: Roberto Jefferson First to Request New Trial

On October 17, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that Roberto Jefferson, former leader of the Brazilian Labor Party (PDT) and whistleblower in the infamous mensalão case, has become the first of the case’s defendants to request a new trial, as well as a pardon.  Jefferson was sentenced in September to seven years, 14 days in prison […]

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Men Arrested in São Paulo and Pará, Brazil, on Human Trafficking Charges

On October 17, 2013, Portal ORM reported that two men have been arrested in São Paulo and the Brazilian state of Pará in connection with a string of human trafficking charges.  Police captured José Guedes, 25, of Inhangapi, in the northeast of Pará state.  He was picked up along with a transvestite of whom he […]

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Highway Police in Brazil Targets Cases of Sexual Exploitation of Minors

On October 14, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Highway Police (PRF) reported numbers related to its pursuit to stop sexual exploitation of children and teenagers in the country.  From 2006 until today, the PRF has arrested 1,662 individuals suspected of sexual abuse of minors, and rescued roughly 3,812 children from situations where they could be exploited. […]

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Brazil Ranks 94th in Global Modern Slavery Rankings, Study Finds

On October 16, 2013, Estado de São Paulo reported that Brazil ranked 94th in an inaugural study of modern slavery indicators according to the Walk Free Foundation, a global human rights organization.  The study used numbers such as rates of forced marriage, human trafficking and slave labor as indicators.  A majority of Brazilian cases come […]

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Brazilian Human Rights Commission OK’s Church Leaders to Ban Participation of Homosexuals

On October 16, 2013, Folha de São Paulo reported that a bill has passed through Brazil’s Human Rights Commission to give priests and pastors the right to bar homosexuals from attending church functions.  The sponsor of the bill, federal deputy Washington Reis (PMDB-RJ), affirmed that many churches preach against the open practice of homosexuality, and […]

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Siemens Executives in Brazil Admit to Bribery Charges

On October 15, 2013, Estado de São Paulo reported that a former executive of the German multinational firm Siemens has admitted to using bribery to gain bids on projects in São Paulo’s subway sector.  The content of these admissions are still under investigation; however, reports suggest that these depositions could significantly alter the direction of […]

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Doctors in Brazil Plan Electoral Campaign Against Incumbent President Dilma

On October 15, 2013, Folha de São Paulo reported that Brazilian doctors, angry with the government’s policy to import physicians from other countries, are planning a campaign in anticipation of the 2014 presidential elections against incumbent President Dilma Rousseff.  While those groups hold a critical view of the program, a majority of Brazilians are still […]

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Brazil plans secure email service in wake of cyber spying

Brazil has confirmed plans to create a secure email service, following revelations of cyber-surveillance techniques used by the US and UK. President Dilma Rousseff posted a series of tweets over the weekend, saying the move was required to “prevent possible espionage”. Read Article

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Brazil apologizes to racist maltreatment, detention of Japanese during WWII

Brazil’s truth commission has apologised for the government’s “racist” maltreatment and detention of its large Japanese community during the second world war in a step that could open the way to compensation claims. Twenty-five years after similar steps by the US and Canada, the move to make amends has been welcomed by groups representing the […]

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Journalist says Brazil should grant asylum to Snowden

American journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first published secret documents leaked by US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden, says Brazil should grant asylum to Snowden. Greenwald of Britain’s Guardian newspaper made the remarks on Wednesday during a briefing to Brazilian senators investigating reports about US, British and Canadian spying on the Latin American nation. Read Article

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Brazil: Doctors remove wrong leg, man now left legless

theguardian.com reported that a Brazilian hospital says a patient with diabetic kidney failure has been left legless after doctors mistakenly amputated the wrong limb. Marilda Santos is the spokesperson for Rio de Janeiro’s Pedro Ernesto University Hospital. She said that on Friday doctors were supposed to amputate the right leg of Antonio Cesar Victorio but […]

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Secretary Kerry receives cold reception in Brazil

Pravda.ru reported that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry faced a rather cold reception in Brazil and Colombia where he traveled for his first state visit to Latin America. He justified the spying activity for the governments of these countries by the existence of a terrorist threat. However, no one wants to be held hostage […]

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Brazil Security Forces Occupy 12 Shanty Towns in Rio de Janeiro

Hundreds of Brazilian security officers, backed by armoured vehicles and helicopters, have occupied 12 shanty towns in Rio de Janeiro. The major operation is part of an ongoing drive by authorities to push drug gangs away from poor areas. Two new police pacification units (UPP) will be set up in Lins de Vasconcellos, home to […]

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Ten Brazilian Police Officers charged in murder of Favela resident

bbc.co.uk reported that ten Brazilian police officers have been charged with murdering Amarildo de Souza, a bricklayer who lived in Rio de Janeiro’s biggest shanty town Rocinha, two months ago. Mr Souza, 43, has not been seen since 14 July, when he was taken by police officers who were investigating drug-trafficking activities at the favela. […]

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Russian Tourist Murdered in Resorty City of Marica Brazil

Eturbonews.com reports that a 17-year-old Russian tourist was found dead on the outskirts of Marica, a resort city near Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian police said. Sergey Danshin’s body was discovered Saturday morning on the banks of the Canal da Costa, a stream outside Marica. The Russian tourist was shot at least three times in the […]

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Brazil will continue to dominate growth of airline market in Latin America

According Airbus estimates , the growth of the airline market in Latin America will continue to be led by Brasil over the next 20 years. The estimate was released on Tuesday by the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. For the company, the Brazilian domestic air traffic expected to grow at an average annual rate of 6.9 […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Video of two thieves being lynched after robbing tourists

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Federal Police Launch Operation Against Social Security Fraud

On September 26, 2013 Terra reported that the Federal Police in conjunction with other federal agencies, carried out Operation “Corredeira” in Sao Paulo, against a gang resposble for committing fraud to the National Institute of Social Security between 2006-2013. The gang has caused about R$4 million in loss and may be more than that considering […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Police Arrest Notorious Drug Trafficking Gang in Region

Globo reported on September 26, 2013 that the police detained 10 suspects of a drug trafficking gang in Mato Grosso do Sul. Among those detained was the leader of the gang; a 21-year old man in a wheelchair. The gang is responsible for murdering members of rival gangs, including that of a 17-year old. They […]

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President of Brazil Speaks at the UN General Assembly

bb.co.uk on September 25, 2013 reported that President Dilma at the UN General Assembly in New York City, called upon the UN, a proposition to design international legislation to protect online security. Brazil discussed installing submarine cables between Brazil and other countries that would avoid data being monitored by the US. In addition, this would […]

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Amapá, Brazil: Army Launches Cross-Border Operation with French Guiana

Globo on September 26, 2013 reported that the Brazilian Army in Oiapoque, Amapá launched an operation along the border of French Guiana in attempt to fight cross-border crimes. Operation “Curare” will work to combat environmental crimes, human trafficking, and illegal mining. 550 soldiers were used, including boats and helicopters. The Operation, continuing into October of […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Suspect Arrested at Airport for Drug Trafficking

acritica.uol.com.br reported on September 23, 2013 that a suspect was detained at the Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Santos Dumont, Manaus for transporting 12 kg of marijuana in his luggage. The suspect was traveling from Rio de Janeiro, receiving R$6,000 to transport the drug between both cities. He was previously arrested in England for drug […]

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Brazil: Investigations Commence for Illegal Flight Usage of Drones in Country

CBN.com.br reported on September 21, 2013 that the National Civil Aviation Agency is investigating three cases of irregular drone usage in the country. Only four civil models are allowed to operate which received certification to do so earlier this year. However, three states are reported to have conducted irregular flights. Reports reveal more than 200 […]

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Brazil: 61% of refugee cases in country are due to drug trafficking association

CBN.com.br reported on September 21, 2013 that according to the National Human Rights, more than 1,400 Brazilians are now living as refugees in their own country. 61% of these cases are related to drug trafficking activity and are now part of the Program to Protect Children and Adolescents at Risk of Death. Founder of the […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: Police Discover 400 kilos of Marijuana Hidden Inside Truck

Globo reported on September 20, 2013 that the Federal Police launched Operation ‘Invasion IV” in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais to combat drug trafficking and organized crime. Police discovered 400 kilos of marijuana divided into 481 tablets on a truck that left Mato Grosso do Sul destined for Juiz de Fora. The drugs were hidden […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Weapons and Drugs Confiscated at Paraguay-Brazil Border

Terra reported on September 20, 2013 that the Federal Police in conjunction with the IRS confiscated two guns, 200 points of LSD and 60 perfume bottles on the International Friendship Bridge between Paraná and Paraguay. The police detained two suspects after approaching a vehicle entering Brazil with Paraguayan license plates. Read Article

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Brazil and Peru Police Forces Close 8 Cocaine Laboratories

acritica.uol.com.br reported on September 20, 2013 that the Federal Police with the help of the Peruvian police closed eight cocaine-producing laboratories on Peruvian territory. The laboratories were 1 kilometer from the Brazilian border. One seizure involved confiscating 240 kilos of cocaine. In addition, the police seize 5,920 gallons of gasoline on a Peruvian vessel traveling […]

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Brazil: 27 suspects detained for money laundering charges

midianews.com.br reported on September 20, 2013 that the Federal Police arrested 27 suspects in Mato Grosso and eight other states including the Federal District. Operation “Micah” is designed to combat criminal organizations specializing in money laundering and the misuse of public resources for social security purposes. Among those arrested include two agents of the Civil […]

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Pará, Brazil: Suspects Arrested for Drug Trafficking and Possession of Explosive Material

agenciapara.com.br reported on September 19, 2013 that the Civil Police detained four suspects for drug trafficking activity in the village resort of Santarém , Pará. The police seized drugs and materials used to pack the narcotics. The operation in the village is an attempt to control drug trafficking and other related crimes such as theft […]

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Bahia, Brazil: Human Trafficking Complaints Increase in State

tribunadabahia.com.br reported on September 20, 2013 that national and international trafficking in Bahia has raised concern in the state as the number of complaints have increased. The secretary of the Committee for Preventing and Combating Trafficking in persons states that 80% of trafficked people are women forced into sexual acts or labor between 18 and […]

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Brasilia, Brazil: Brazil and Congo Sign Bilateral Agreement to Combat Deforestation

agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br reported on September 17, 2013 that Brazil and Congo signed the Memorandum of Understanding in attempt to reduce deforestation and promote environmental sustainability as both countries have the largest rainforests in the world. The bilateral effort aims to share technology and resources such as satellite imagery, staff training and management practices. The issue of […]

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Peruvians Detained at Airport for Theft Charges

On September 16, 2013 Globo reported that three Peruvians were detained at the International Airport of Guarulhos, Campinas in Sao Paulo after attempting to steal a laptop and other electronic devices. Police report the gang specializes in stealing hand luggage at airports. The arrest was a joint mission between the military and civil police. Read […]

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Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina Join Forces to Combat Sexual Exploitation Along Border

Globo reported on September 15, 2013 that actions to address and combat the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents will be the focus of attention as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Borer security will strengthen between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina as a means to educate the population and tourists on ways to […]

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Brazil: Brazilian President Confirms Canceled Trip to the US Next Month

Terra reported on September 17, 2013 that the President of Brazil officially canceled her trip to the United States at the end of October due to the illegal spying on the Brazilian government and companies such as Petrobras. President Obama called President Rousseff in which the conversation lasted for 20 minutes. The two presidents have […]

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Brazil: Increase in Tourists Visiting Country Rises by 5.5%

ebc.com.br reported on September 13, 2013 that based on information from the Federal Police, the number of tourists visiting Brazil increased by 5.5% in August of this year. This year, 346,000 foreigners visited Brazil. Airports of Brasilia , the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo reported to have the highest rates of entry for foreigners. […]

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Paraiba, Brazil: Prison Cells Designed to Protect LGBT Rights

Globo reported on September 14, 2013 that three prisons in Paraíba created special cells to protect homosexual and transvestite detainees who report allegations of homophobia and sexual abuse against them. Prior to this, the detainees had to reside in the common cells in which they were forced to have sex with other prisoners. Among other […]

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