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Jul 2, 2013

Brazil’s Rousseff pushes political reform to quell discontent

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff sent Congress reform proposals on Tuesday intended to make Brazilian politics more representative in a bid to recoup popularity she lost in a wave of angry protests against the country’s political establishment.

Making good on a promise in the wake of the protests that rocked Brazil in June, Rousseff asked Congress to hold a non-binding national vote, or plebiscite, to see what Brazilians want changed. In the request, she listed broad themes that she wants to see addressed, including campaign finance reform, an end to anonymous votes by lawmakers in Congress, and a possible shift from proportional representation to district voting.

Jun 28, 2013

Analysis: Brazil’s mass protests peak, ball in politicians’ court

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The massive protests that paralyzed Brazil last week appear to have peaked after sending the country’s shaken political establishment a loud message that it needs to change its ways.

It’s now up to the politicians to deliver improvements to the country’s deficient public services and more transparent and accountable government demanded by frustrated Brazilians, or the crescendo of angry protests could suddenly return.

Jun 28, 2013

Brazil’s mass protests peak, ball in politicians’ court

BRASILIA, June 28 (Reuters) – The massive protests that paralyzed Brazil last week appear to have peaked after sending the country’s shaken political establishment a loud message that it needs to change its ways.

It’s now up to the politicians to deliver improvements to the country’s deficient public services and more transparent and accountable government demanded by frustrated Brazilians, or the crescendo of angry protests could suddenly return.

Jun 26, 2013

Fresh protests in Brazil despite government concessions

BRASILIA/BELO HORIZONTE, June 26 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Wednesday in new demonstrations calling for a crackdown on corruption and better public services, just a day after Congress ceded to some of the key demands galvanizing protests across the country.

In Belo Horizonte, some 50,000 people gathered to demand improved education and healthcare as Brazil’s third-largest city hosted a Confederations Cup semi-final soccer game between Brazil and Uruguay in a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup.

Jun 26, 2013

Fresh protests under way in Brazil despite government concessions

BRASILIA/BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Wednesday in new demonstrations calling for a crackdown on corruption and better public services, just a day after Congress ceded to a handful of the key demands galvanizing protests across the country.

Police deployed in force and shut down traffic in the central esplanade of the modernistic capital of Brasilia ahead of Wednesday’s marches.

Jun 26, 2013

Rousseff’s referendum plan for Brazil runs into trouble

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s bid to defuse a sudden outburst of national discontent by proposing a referendum on political reforms ran into stiff opposition on Tuesday from politicians and lawyers who questioned its legality.

Tens of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets this month in the biggest protests in 20 years, fueled by an array of grievances ranging from poor public services to the high cost of World Cup soccer stadiums and corruption.

Jun 10, 2013
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Evangelical Christians gain political clout in traditionally Catholic Brazil

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(Pastor Silas Malafaia, leader of the evangelical church in Brazil, speaks at the “March For Family” demonstration against gay marriage and abortion, in front of the National Congress in Brasilia June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

When televangelist Silas Malafaia gathered 40,000 followers outside Brazil’s Congress this week, it wasn’t just to raise their arms to the sky and praise the Lord.

Jun 9, 2013

Evangelical Christians gain political clout in Catholic Brazil

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When televangelist Silas Malafaia gathered 40,000 followers outside Brazil’s Congress this week, it wasn’t just to raise their arms to the sky and praise the Lord.

The rally was a show of support for lawmakers who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage and a message to other politicians that they should not ignore Brazil’s fast-growing evangelical churches if they want to stay in office.

Jun 5, 2013

Brazil calls in army to defuse conflicts over Indian lands

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s government said on Tuesday it would send 110 federal troops to the Brazilian farm state of Mato Grosso do Sul to try to prevent more violence between Indians claiming their ancestral territory and ranchers.

The government has been struggling to defuse tensions with indigenous tribes over farmland in several states as well as over hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.

Jun 4, 2013

Brazil tries to defuse conflicts with Indians over land, dams

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, June 4 (Reuters) – President Dilma
Rousseff’s government sought on Tuesday to defuse mounting
conflicts with indigenous groups over its decision to stop
setting aside farm land for Indians and plans to build more
hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.

The government flew 144 Munduruku Indians to Brasilia for
talks to end a week-long occupation of the controversial Belo
Monte dam on the Xingu river, a huge project aimed at feeding
Brazil’s fast-growing demand for electricity.