Gomes calls to expropriate offshore oil leases

Gomes calls to expropriate offshore oil leases

Ciro Gomes — third among eligible candidates in presidential polls and one of four candidates who is believed to have a fair chance at winning October elections — has said that he would move to expropriate the giant pre-salt offshore oil leases sold to foreign...
Rio militia war with authorities engulfs the city

Rio militia war with authorities engulfs the city

An expanding crack-down by the police and army against Rio de Janeiro’s powerful and violent militias has led to surges in open armed conflict and retaliatory killings. The result is that the city’s major streets and highways have been blocked, and public spaces and...
Brazil gears up for the October 2018 election

Brazil gears up for the October 2018 election

The proliferation of political parties in Brazil’s coalition system means that normal government tends to give way to a melee of alliance-brokering, feints and manoeuvres of candidates, and kite-flying once Brazil’s 2018 election is in sight. The distractions...
The new populism of Brazil’s Michel Temer

The new populism of Brazil’s Michel Temer

With pension sector reforms dropped, President Michel Temer has been returning to the security theme at every opportunity. This included the ceremonial announcement of a new BRL42 billion (US$12.9 billion) credit facility that is available through the Banco Nacional...