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Brazil’s President Offers Son U.S. Ambassador Job

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro invited his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, to become ambassador to the U.S. on Thursday (BBC; Al Jazeera). Bolsonaro has yet to formally nominate his son for the position which has been vacant since April (AP 2; BBC). Eduardo is currently a congressman and councils his father on foreign affairs (BBC). The nomination […]

Protest and Celebration in Brazil for Lula

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Thousands of people chanted “Free Lula!” on Sunday outside of the jail where the government is holding former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. These protests come about on the one-year anniversary of his incarceration (Al Jazeera). Meanwhile, other Brazilians were throwing parties in celebration of the government cracking down on corruption. Lula is serving […]

Brazilian Judge Blocks Lula’s Release from Prison

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Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro overruled another judge’s order to release imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, or “Lula,” on Sunday (Reuters). Lula is serving a 12-year sentence in prison for bribery, and awaits six additional trials for corruption charges (Reuters). Lula denies wrongdoing, calling the bribery accusation a “conspiracy” to bar him […]

Brazil’s Senate Approves Amended Uber Bill

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Brazil’s Senate approved legislation regulating ride-hailing phone applications, such as the popular Uber application, on Tuesday. The bill is an amended version of an earlier bill that would have required drivers to use their own cars and register with local municipalities (Reuters 1). After discussing regulations with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, legislators removed those requirements, […]

Brazilian President Fails to Narrow Modern Slavery Definition

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A government directive by Brazil’s ministry of labor published a redefinition of “slave-like work” on Monday, October 17 (The Guardian). The International Labor Organization (ILO) expressed concerns that the new government decree “runs the risk of interrupting” the progress made by Brazil on fighting slave labor (Reuters). The original law listed four conditions to categorize […]