Brazilian president recognizes huge amount of voter fraud in the US, waits ‘a bit longer’ to congratulate Joe Biden

2022 Campaign 11/30/20, 05:00

While many world leaders have congratulated Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for winning the 2020 U.S.election, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is remaining silent. The conservative Brazilian leader has a similar right-wing populist base in Brazil that PresidentTrump has courted, and Bolsonaro has joined President Trump in the fight for justice against ...

Brazil reduces top environment council, trims independents

Enviroment 05/30/19, 10:47

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is slashing the size of a body that oversees environmental policy, effectively reducing the role of non-governmental organizations.The decree issued Wednesday cuts the size of the National Council of the Environment from 100 to 21. It also eliminates 105 "alternate" members who traditionally have taken part ...

Brazil’s anti-graft crusader struggles in Bolsonaro gov’t

America 05/29/19, 19:35

Once a federal judge dreaded by Brazil's politicians, Justice Minister Sergio Moro is suffering at the hands of some of the very people he used to investigate.Since Moro joined the far-right administration of President Jair Bolsonaro in January, his authority has been repeatedly eroded by politicians, including his boss, regardless ...

Monitoring group: Deforestation up 20% in Brazil’s Amazon

Enviroment 05/27/19, 15:58

A non-governmental group that has monitored the Amazon rainforest for two decades said Monday that the pace of deforestation increased 20% in the most recent nine months.Imazon said satellite imagery showed the region lost 2,169 square kilometers (837 square miles) of forest from August through April, up from 1,807 square ...

Amid early struggles, Bolsonaro’s supporters call for demos

America 05/25/19, 23:08

After five months in office, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is battling an uncooperative Congress, street protests, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings.The stumbling start for the far-right leader who rode a wave of dissatisfaction with Brazil's political class to victory has led his backers to organize demonstrations in ...

Climate activists call for action in Latin America

Enviroment 05/24/19, 13:58

Climate change activists in Latin America rallied for action on global warming Friday, heeding a call by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to hold demonstrations across the world.In Rio de Janeiro, a small group of students gathered outside the state legislature to deliver a letter dated from the future in which ...

Crowds protest against education cuts in Brazil

Texas 05/15/19, 14:50

Brazil's president is dismissing protests against his cuts to education funding, saying the student demonstrators are "useful idiots" who have "nothing in their heads".President Jair Bolsonaro spoke from Dallas, Texas, even as large crowds gathered in several Brazilian cities to denounce cuts that include a 30% reduction for the discretionary ...

Explains: Brazil’s environmental changes under Bolsonaro

America 05/14/19, 23:03

The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a United Nations climate change workshop to be held in the city of Salvador in August, reaffirming its lack of interest in participating in international efforts to fight global warming. This is not the first time the far-right Bolsonaro has made ...

Ex-ministers condemn course of Brazil’s environmental policy

Enviroment 05/08/19, 18:24

Eight former Brazilian environment ministers are lashing out at far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, saying his administration is "wrecking" environmental protections.Gathered Wednesday at the University of Sao Paulo, the former officials issued a blistering statement on what they called the government's attacks on public policies that protect the ecosystem.They said the ...

Brazil’s president: Rio to host Formula One again in 2020

Sports 05/08/19, 15:36

Brazil's president says Rio de Janeiro will host the country's Formula One race in 2020, once the city's new autodrome is ready.President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday that the new race track will be built in six to seven months, once work begins.However, Rio Motorsports, the consortium behind the project, tells ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro signs decree easing gun laws

America 05/07/19, 17:03

President Jair Bolsonaro is loosening Brazil's strict gun laws with a new decree, delivering on a campaign promise to make it easier for Brazilians to buy guns and ammunition.The far right president signed the decree in a ceremony Tuesday night surrounded by supporting lawmakers who applauded and made finger-gun gestures ...

Bolsonaro cancels New York trip amid backlash

New York 05/03/19, 18:57

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is canceling a trip to New York after several companies pulled out of an event where he was to be honored.Government spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said Friday the far right president had canceled the trip "in the face of the resistance and deliberate attacks by the ...

Ex-president Da Silva: Brazil governed by ‘crazy people’

America 04/26/19, 17:54

From the federal police headquarters where he is serving a sentence for corruption and money laundering, Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says the South American country is now being governed by a "bunch of crazy people."Da Silva, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2010, said Brazilians should ...

Brazil’s congress receives indigenous leaders amid protests

Enviroment 04/25/19, 14:33

Indigenous leaders met with lawmakers to discuss land rights and the role of their communities in the protection of the environment Thursday amid protests against the policies of Brazil's new far-right president.The discussions in the Chamber of Deputies came on the second day of the Free Land Encampment, an annual ...

Brazil’s congress receives indigenous leaders amid protests

America 04/25/19, 11:20

Brazil's lower house is receiving indigenous leaders to discuss land rights and the Chamber of Deputies' role in the protection of the environment.Discussions held Thursday were occurring on the sidelines of an annual three-day protest known as the Free Land Encampment in Brasilia, the capital city.On his first day in ...

Brazil to auction oil camps despite environmental warnings

America 04/13/19, 23:02

The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil's main environmental body, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.Environmentalists say it's the latest example of how Bolsonaro, who campaigned on promises to revive Latin America's ...

Brazilian president faces opposition in NY over museum event

New York 04/13/19, 18:02

The president of Brazil may not be a welcome guest in New York — at least, not at one event.President Jair Bolsonaro (zhah-EER!-bohl-soh-NAH'-roh) is to be honored at the American Museum of Natural History in May, invited by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce that rented space there for its annual ...

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