Monday, December 28th 2009 - 12:27 UTC

Calls on Brazil’s highest court to review censorship on investigative reports

Senator Jose Sarney, a man of many influences and apparently “untouchable”

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has urged Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court to review its decision that resulted in the ongoing censorship of investigative reports that might expose wrongdoing in the Federal Senate.

Monday, December 28th 2009 - 09:09 UTC

Lula da Silva unhappy with the media sponsors “social control” of content

The popular president also has his dark side

Brazil’s most popular president in recent history, Lula da Silva, seems to be in a collision course with some of the big media corporations. His administration is sponsoring a National Conference on Communications allegedly to draft a regulatory framework which media corporations claim has an only purpose, government control of the press and its content.

Friday, December 25th 2009 - 16:40 UTC

US Senate confirms ambassadors: Shannon to Brazil and Nelson to Uruguay

Thomas Shannon

United States Senate confirmed Thomas Shannon as the newly appointed US Ambassador to Brazil, after a long delay due to the veto of Republican national deputies, who have showed discontent towards US President Barack Obama's policies as regards Latin America.

Friday, December 25th 2009 - 15:43 UTC

Le Monde names Brazil’s Lula da Silva as “Man of the Year”

Lula:  “The most popular politician in the world”

French daily Le Monde named Brazilian President Lula da Silva “Man of the Year” for “personifying a giant”. It is the first time in its history the French publication has made this designation.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 15:23 UTC

Brazilian Central bank ready to “preventively” increase rates in 2010

The Brazilian economy set to accelerate 5.8% next year according to the bank

Brazil’s Central bank is ready to act preventively to fight inflation after it forecast growth in 2010 will accelerate to the fastest in three years, triggering above-target inflation, said Mario Mesquita, the bank’s Economic policy director.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 - 06:13 UTC

Brazil not pressing Paraguay on Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Lacognata

The Brazilian government is not putting pressure on the Paraguayan Congress to vote the full incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur. Paraguay is the only remaining full member which still has to vote for Venezuela to join the South American trade block, following last week’s Brazilian senate divided approval.

Tuesday, December 22nd 2009 - 16:30 UTC

“Truth Commission” still divides Lula da Silva’s cabinet

Presidential hopeful Dilma Rousseff, one of several cabinet members who was detained and tortured by the military regime when she was a student

Brazilian president Lula da Silva said it was “worth while” to fight against the military dictatorship, which lasted from 1964 to 1985. He made the statements during the launching of a Human Rights program which includes the possibility of creating a Truth Commission to investigate crimes committed under the de facto regime.

Monday, December 21st 2009 - 17:19 UTC

Brazilean industry to manufacture 2.044 armoured vehicles for the Army

Guarani, the new armoured vehicle prototype

The Brazilian Army and Fiat Iveco signed an agreement for the manufacturing or 2.044 armoured vehicles involving 3.5 billion US dollars as part of the new National Defence Strategy launched by the administration of President Lula da Silva.

Sunday, December 20th 2009 - 08:53 UTC

Face-lift for Rio’s Maracana Stadium which will host World Cup and Olympics

Inaugurated for the 1050 World Cup, Uruguay had a full nation in tears

Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium, which is due to stage the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics as well as the 2014 World Cup final, is to get a 300 million US dollars face-lift, announced the city's Secretary of Sports and Tourism.

Thursday, December 17th 2009 - 03:05 UTC

Brazil strong message to Paraguay on support of Venezuela inside Mercosur

Chancellor Celso Amorim left no doubts about a five full member Mercosur

Following this week’s Brazilian Senate vote to for the incorporation of Venezuela as a Mercosur full member, only Paraguay’s support is pending, but the Paraguayan Senate is divided on the issue. More over President Fernando Lugo had to withdraw the initiative last August when he was informed the divided coalition that took him to office could not garner the sufficient votes to ensure support.


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