Author Archives: Beatrice A Costa

About Beatrice A Costa

I have an interest in politics and current events that are taking place in Brazil. Mailing address: Rua Rio Grande do Sul 439, São José dos Pinhais, Paraná 83030-350 Phone number: (41) 3805-4108 Email:

Minister Marcos Pontes to announce the new director of INPE shortly

The Minister of Science and Technology, Innovation and Communication, Marcos Pontes, said in an interview with Radio Eldorado that the name of the new director of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) should be announced between Monday and Tuesday. According to him, the criterion will be technical and, among the favorites, is an Air Force officer and an expert… Read more »

Bolsonaro says Brazil has too many labor rights

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday to YouTube’s Leda Nagle Channel that workers who are complaining about their joblessness and “criticizing their boss” should try to endeavor to “see what a heavy bar is like.” The president also said that he has already expressed to the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, the desire to create a program entitled “My First… Read more »

Deforestation fires at Xingu, one of the last ‘shields’ of the Amazon

Deforestation in protected areas in the Xingu River basin in the states of Pará and Mato Grosso grew 44.7% in May and June 2019 compared to the same period last year, reinforcing the upward trend in Amazon deforestation and increasing pressures on one of the biome’s main ecological corridors. The data is from Sirad X, a bulletin published every two… Read more »

Bolsonaro says NATO designation of Brazil is “welcome”

President Jair Bolsonaro commented on Thursday the announcement of the official designation of Brazil as the preferred military ally of the country outside NATO. He said the matter was dealt with by President Donald Trump during his visit to the United States in March. “We welcome our participation as a great extra-NATO ally, which facilitates many things. The most important… Read more »

Entrepreneurs want a ‘gradual’ free trade agreement

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s agenda in Brazil this week will be split between the agenda with the Brazilian government and meetings with the business community. In both groups, one issue will come up: the possibility of negotiating a free trade agreement with Brazil. At the first stop in Sao Paulo, Ross will be confronted by the businessmen’s call… Read more »

Former Minister Eliseu Padilha undergoes surgery in Porto Alegre

Former minister Eliseu Padilha had surgery at Hospital Moinhos de Vento, in Porto Alegre, and his condition is stable, according to a medical bulletin released by the hospital on Tuesday. The hospital did not disclose the reason or where the surgery went. Padilha is admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), is in the recovery phase and is expected to… Read more »

Volcano erupts in Peru and ashes cancel flight in Brazil

Brazil suffered cancellation of at least one flight because of the ashes of the Ubinas volcano, which erupted in southern Peru on Friday. According to the airline Azul, flight 2934 from Cuiabá to Curitiba and connecting to Campo Grande was canceled on Saturday morning, due to the arrival of volcanic ash. At present, the affected area is located in part… Read more »

GDP grows 0.5% in May, after three consecutive monthly declines

The Brazilian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) advanced 0.5% in May compared to April, according to the GDP Monitor, released on Wednesday by the Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Ibre / FGV). The high broke a sequence of three monthly declines in a row. Compared to May 2018, GDP grew 4.3%, but the result was contaminated by… Read more »

Seven out of ten Brazilians support pension reform

Based on research conducted by the National Confederation of Shopkeepers (CNDL) and SPC Brazil, most Brazilians support the pension reform. The proportion, according to the survey organizers, is seven supporters in each group of ten surveyed. The survey listened to 800 people aged 18 and over in the 26 states and DF. The opening of the survey shows that 40%… Read more »

Colleagues mourn the death of journalist Paulo Henrique Amorim

Journalists and co-workers mourned the death of journalist Paulo Henrique Amorim on Wednesday. Amorim was at home in Rio de Janeiro when he suffered a massive heart attack. Journalist Michael Keller, in an interview with Record TV, described Amorim as a great journalist. “A controversial person? Yes! But no one can deny his contribution. He was a very interesting man…. Read more »