Brazil Embarks on Major Privatization Plan

Brazil Embarks on Major Privatization Plan

The budget deficit of the government of Brazil is expected to be slightly lower than 8% of GDP this year. That is an improvement on last year’s figure of 9% of GDP, but is still well higher than any figure that could be considered sustainable and more than double the deficit levels expected to be […]

Former Peruvian President to Remain in Detention

Former Peruvian President to Remain in Detention

Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia were ordered remain in pre-trial detention by a Lima court this past Friday for money laundering. The alleged crimes of Humala and Heredia are related to allegations of receiving $ 3 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht as part of his 2011 election campaign. Humala was subsequently elected […]

How Lula evolved from Brazil’s top politician to its most notable convict

How Lula evolved from Brazil’s top politician to its most notable convict

Brazilians watched along with the rest of the world as one of the country’s leading federal judges ruled that its most popular political figure is a criminal. On July 12, Sergio Moro, the federal judge leading Brazil’s massive “car wash” investigation, convicted former two-term President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva of corruption and sentenced him to nine and a half years in prison. […]

Why police reforms rarely succeed: Lessons from Latin America

Why police reforms rarely succeed: Lessons from Latin America

President Donald Trump’s appointment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has led people to speculate about the fate of recent police reform efforts. Early into his tenure, Sessions said he intended to “pull back on” the Justice Department’s investigations of police department abuses, saying they diminish effectiveness. Americans have mobilized extensively in the past three years against police brutality, militarization […]

Brazil Corruption Crisis Deepens

Brazil Corruption Crisis Deepens

Latin America’s nexus of corruption has been widely known for a long time, even if specific players and evidence has been harder to get. But, no one would have been able to forsee the explosive revelations that have emanated from Brazil in the recent past. The country, once seen as on a path to joining […]

Ex-President Testifies in Brazilian Corruption Probe

Ex-President Testifies in Brazilian Corruption Probe

Lula da Silva (commonly just called “Lula” by Brazilians), one of Brazil’s most popular leaders ever while he was President, was deposed by Judge Sergio Moro as part of a broad probe of political corruption in Brazil. The probe has already claimed da Silva’s successor Dilma Rousseff, who was removed from office last year. At […]

Zika Vaccine Hopes Rise

Zika Vaccine Hopes Rise

Scientists at The Rockefeller Institute in New York City have discovered an antibody to the Zika virus in what could be a key step in developing a vaccine. The antibodies were found in people exposed to the virus in Mexico and Brazil and examined by the researchers. Four hundred individual blood samples were analyzed. The […]

Indigenous Group in Brazil Faces Vicious Attack

After passions were inflamed by a land dispute, Brazilian farmers viciously attacked members of the indigenous group Gamela with machetes in the Brazilian state of Maranhao. Maranhao is in the northeastern part of Brazil and is among the poorest and most violent states in the country. Thirteen members of the Gamela tribe were hospitalized, with […]