07 Jan 2019

Days after Bolsonaro inauguration, Brazil deploys troops to stop surge in violence in Fortaleza

“About 300 troops have been sent to the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza to tackle a surge in criminal violence, authorities said. Soldiers will patrol there and across the state of Ceará in a bid to halt attacks on shops, banks and buses. The justice ministry ordered the special deployment

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03 Jan 2019

Honduras and Brazil planning to move embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

On track to join Guatemala and the US in moving embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Honduras is holding talks with the US and Israel on the subject. The meeting was held in Brazil next to the inauguration of its new president Jair Bolsonaro, who has said the Brazil’s move

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28 Dec 2018

Latin America grapples with migrant exodus that looks set to worsen in 2019

“About 3.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates about two million more, from a population of 32 million, could follow in 2019. Every day, about 5,000 Venezuelans leave home, according to the United Nations, in one of the biggest exodus of people in modern

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26 Dec 2018

Brazil’s oil revenue is set to fuel multibillion-dollar warship program

Brazil’s new right-wing populist government is preparing to implement a longstanding but often unimplemented national policy of using 2% of offshore drilling royalties for military spending. The move has made shipbuilders hopeful for large or expanded orders as the country bolsters its maritime capabilities. President-elect Bolsanaro takes office in January

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14 Dec 2018

Taxpayer IDs for 120 Million Brazilians Exposed Online

“A misconfigured server exposed the taxpayer identification numbers, or Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas (CPFs), for 120 million Brazilian nationals for an unknown period of time Before a Brazilian national can perform many tasks such as opening a bank account, creating a business, paying taxes, or getting a loan, they must first apply for a Cadastro

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28 Nov 2018

Brazil’s president-elect shakes up foreign relations

Brazil’s right wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has completed a regional movement towards a more pro-American stance and has already suggested a tone for his presidency. He has feuded with Cuba, threatened trade limitations with China, and even incensed Muslim countries around the world for promising to move Brazil’s embassy in

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook shuts accounts of marketing group in Brazil election

Facebook has announced the shutdown of 68 pages and 43 accounts run by a Brazilian marketing group contracted by right-wing candidate and frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro for violating its misrepresentation and spam policies. Facebook underscored that the decision was driven by “the behavior of these actors…rather than on the type of

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook’s WhatsApp flooded with fake news in Brazil election

Two-thirds of Brazil’s voters use WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook that is often the primary means of communication. And, in the run-up to the extremely polarizing October 28 election between right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad, it has become a tool for legitimate campaign information, as well

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07 Sep 2018

Brazil presidential election plunged into chaos after front-runner stabbed

The front-runner and far-right candidate in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed and placed in intensive care only a month before the country’s votes. While he expected to recover fully in two months after one week in the hospital, the stabbing has escalated uncertainty and tension in

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24 Jul 2018

Trade war highlights importance of BRICS

BRICS countries are meeting for a high level summit this week in South Africa to discuss trade, among other things. And, as China squares off against the U.S., it has simultaneously been working to improve trade ties with other BRICS countries in an effort to reduce its dependency on trade

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