Political violence casts shadow over Brazil general election

Brazil’s upcoming elections are the most polarized in recent history and also the most radicalized – across the country, the election campaign was marked by physical assaults, death threats and even murder. It is a source of growing concern as the October 2 vote draws near, with more than 67 percent of the population saying … Read more

In Brazil’s sacred dunes, critics see evangelical encroachment

SALVADOR, Brazil — The expansive blanket of white sand overlooking Salvador is a place to escape rumbling traffic, ringing phones and crying children. A space to find solitude and, increasingly, God. Evangelicals have gathered on the massive Abaete dune system for some 25 years now, but especially recently, with thousands now coming every week to … Read more

New Murders Raise Fears of Election Violence in Brazil

SAOO PAULO — Brazilian police said on Monday that a 39-year-old supporter of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was stabbed to death in a bar amid mounting concerns about political violence in a tense presidential campaign. O Povo newspaper reported that witnesses told police a man walked into a bar in the town … Read more

Poll suggests a former president will win Brazil’s presidency

A poll shows that former left-wing Brazilian President Lula da Silva’s chances of winning the first round of the presidential election on October 2 are increasing.According to the poll conducted by the Datafolha Institute, Lula (President of Brazil from 2003 to 2010) received 47% of the vote, up from 45% last week.For example, he increased … Read more

More Amazon fires so far this year than in all of 2021, Brazil report shows

Issued on: 19/09/2022 – 22:41 The number of wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon so far this year has already surpassed that for all of 2021, according to official figures released Monday that have set a new alarm for the world’s largest rainforest. Satellite monitoring has detected 75,592 fires from Jan. 1 to Sept. 18, already … Read more

Brazilian Bolsonaro and Lula seek evangelical vote ahead of presidential election

Issued on: 17/09/2022 – 15:50 Evangelical Christians make up an estimated 30 percent of Brazil’s 213 million residents and are considered a key demographic as the country heads to the polls in the October 2 presidential election. Four years ago, the vast majority of them supported Jair Bolsonaro. But today their allegiances waver with left-wing … Read more

Bolsonaro hopes country titles will attract votes in rural areas

SAOO PAULO — Antônio Luis Durão is a member of a small minority in Brazil: he is a undecided voter with just weeks until the presidential election. Had the vote taken place a year ago, 61-year-old fruit grower Luiz Inácio would have supported Lula da Silva, the left-wing former president who ruled between 2003 and … Read more

Shock, anger after assassination attempt on Argentine Vice President Kirchner

Messages of shock and solidarity poured in from around the world on Friday after a man attempted to shoot Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Kirchner at close range. Footage from the incident shows a man pointing a gun directly at Kirchner, who was president from 2007 to 2015 and is accused of corruption at the time.

Brazilian President Bolsonaro launches personal attack on female journalist during election debate with rival Lula

So Paulo CNN — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his main election rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva exchanged insults on Sunday during a fraught election debate in which Bolsonaro launched a highly personal attack on a journalist who questioned his response to the coronavirus pandemic. “I think you’ll go to sleep if you think … Read more

Bolsonaro and Lula swap jabs in fiery presidential debate ahead of election

Issued on: 29/08/2022 – 04:40 Sparks flew Sunday when far-right President Jair Bolsonaro accused left-wing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of massive corruption — and in return accused of “destroying Brazil” — as they faced each other in their first-ever election debate. The two frontrunners, who waited until the last minute to confirm they … Read more