Monthly Archives: August 2012

Brazil: Federal Judge Rules with the Indigenous

Applying extremist social welfare preventing progress, a federal appeals court has ordered construction to stop on the controversial Belo Monte dam, citing insufficient consultation with local indigenous communities. Brazil’s Regional Federal Court ruled last Tuesday that the consultation process outlined in Brazil’s constitution and U.N. Treaty 169 on indigenous rights was not properly followed.

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Brazil: Many Dress Rehearsals to 2014

The dress rehearsal is the final walk through to work out the kinks of any production.  Fine tuning, final adjustments, and logistical assignments are all finalized.  The dress rehearsal is not the time or place for drastic overhauls.  Brazil is undergoing stadium building and arena renovations at a drastic pace as the country prepares forContinue Reading

Brazil’s Rousseff Inviting Private Sector

Rousseff is applying a formula that, if done in a correct dosage, could be very beneficial for any country. For anyone who follows Brazilian politics, the juxtaposition was surprising: a left-leaning president from the Workers’ Party, which has its roots in the 1980s trade union movement, auctioning off government property to private investors while jiltedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Brazil: Federal Judge Rules with the Indigenous

Applying extremist social welfare preventing progress, a federal appeals court has ordered construction to stop on the controversial Belo Monte dam, citing insufficient consultation with local indigenous communities. Brazil’s Regional Federal Court ruled last Tuesday that the consultation process outlined in Brazil’s constitution and U.N. Treaty 169 on indigenous rights was not properly followed. ReadContinue Reading

Brazil: Venezuela Joins Mercosul

Despite huge disagreement and controversy among Mercosul members, President Hugo Chávez met with the leaders of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in Brasília Tuesday to formalize Venezuela’s entrance to Mercosul – six years after the oil-rich Caribbean nation’s first attempt to join the trade bloc. The decision to let in Venezuela was taken, controversially, without Paraguay’sContinue Reading

Brazil: Dash to Rio 2016

Is the world ready for Rio?  Is Rio ready for the world?  Massive infrastructure projects as well as programs to upgrade the performance of Brazilian athletes are under way as Rio counts down to 2016.  On the athletic side, if the Brazilian Soccer teams or the Men’s Volleyball team is any indication, Brazil could standContinue Reading