Author: Arkady Petrov

In a significant shift in Brazil’s approach to combating organized crime and militias, President Lula has proposed a constitutional amendment aimed at empowering the Polícia Federal (PF). This initiative is set to allow the PF to operate in forests, conservation areas, and even beyond borders, with the goal of unifying federal and state security efforts. Justice Minister Ricardo Lewandowski is leading the charge, expanding the PF’s role to directly combat militias and organized crime. This proactive strategy acknowledges the complexity of modern crime that transcends traditional boundaries. The reform promises better coordination between federal and state authorities, overcoming bureaucratic obstacles…

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In Brazil, the government is actively engaging in intense policy debates and preparing for leadership changes in February 2025, which will impact Congress’s direction this year. House Speaker Arthur Lira and Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco, representing different political leanings, are prioritizing conservative caucus interests. The federal government, amidst business sector backlash, has reversed contentious measures, while conservative forces have successfully enacted key legislation. The “bullet caucus” has strengthened criminal laws, and Bolsonarists are pushing for amnesty for ex-President Jair Bolsonaro, facing challenges based on upcoming municipal election results. Ruralist and evangelical groups, alongside Bolsonarists, form a powerful coalition, overshadowing the…

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The Republican primary race began nearly a year ago in Milwaukee, setting the stage for the recent Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum. Last August, key players like Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis emerged as contenders against Donald Trump, who was unanimously nominated this past Tuesday. Despite initial tension with Trump, both Haley and DeSantis ultimately endorsed him at the convention. Haley’s speech faced mixed reactions, signaling a moderate Republican base, while DeSantis received widespread praise for his alignment with Trump and strong critique of Joe Biden. The convention showcased a united Republican front and highlighted shifting party dynamics,…

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President Joe Biden is facing intense scrutiny and mounting pressure within his own Democratic party, with calls for his withdrawal from the presidential race gaining momentum. Even Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney has joined the chorus of voices questioning Biden’s leadership abilities in a scathing New York Times article. Amidst a crucial NATO summit in Washington, internal dissent threatens to overshadow Biden’s efforts to project strength. The media narrative has shifted to focus on Biden’s age and perceived decline, rather than the positive economic trends like job growth and easing inflation happening under his administration. This internal turmoil has implications for…

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2024 saw Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva experiencing fluctuations in public approval, reflecting varying sentiment towards his administration’s performance. In January, Lula’s approval rating rose to 52%, with 42% rating his government as “excellent” or “good,” showing a positive shift from the end of the previous year. By June, his approval had recovered to 54%, indicating resilience amidst earlier dips, such as the low of 33% in March. These fluctuations were influenced by economic issues and government policies, highlighting the challenges faced by his presidency. Public opinion in Brazil is sensitive to political and economic climates, showcasing the…

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Welcome to the CPAC Brasil 2024, where conservative leaders gathered in Santa Catarina’s Balneário Camboriú on July 6th, drawing 5,000 supporters. With the symbolic entrance of the Bolsonaro family during the national anthem, the tone was set for a powerful event. Founder Eduardo Bolsonaro highlighted the importance of CPAC Brasil for Brazil’s conservative movement, asserting their imminent return to power. Michelle Bolsonaro focused on women’s roles and Governor Jorginho Mello and Jair Bolsonaro received ovations with Bolsonaro offering a live press Q&A session for two hours. However, the event faced disorganization issues, which were promptly addressed by Eduardo Bolsonaro and…

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Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro is facing serious charges of peculation, criminal association, and money laundering, which could impact public opinion ahead of the October 2024 municipal elections. The allegations stem from a scandal involving the illegal sale of presidential jewels, potentially leading to a lengthy prison sentence if found guilty. Despite denying any wrongdoing, Bolsonaro and his legal team are facing a tough battle in court. The charges of money laundering, peculation, and criminal association carry significant penalties under Brazilian law. If convicted, Bolsonaro could also face a ban from holding any political office for over eight years, impacting…

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Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva faces scrutiny over his spending strategy as public expenses spiral, putting his economic policies to the test. Last year, Social Security, healthcare, and the Continuous Cash Benefit (BPC) accounted for over half of Brazil’s primary spending, totaling R$1.23 trillion ($217.7 billion). The surge in expenses is attributed to tying the minimum wage to GDP growth, amplifying payouts in Social Security and BPC, while healthcare spending has risen due to its connection to government revenue. Despite mounting fiscal pressures, Lula’s administration remains steadfast in its fiscal direction, sparking discussions about the Central Bank and…

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Discover the alarming reality of drug trafficking and crime in Brazil as revealed by an Ipsos survey. Shockingly, 61% of Brazilians have witnessed drug trafficking crimes in their neighborhoods within the past year, placing Brazil at the top among 31 countries surveyed. But that’s not all. The survey also uncovers that 72% of Brazilians have observed illicit drug consumption in their areas, surpassing the global average. These figures shed light on the pervasive challenges facing the country. Delve deeper into the main causes of crime in Brazil, including poverty, unemployment, poor education, and drug abuse, as perceived by the population.…

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France’s legislative elections on June 30 saw Marine Le Pen’s National Rally leading in the first round, reflecting growing public discontent with President Macron’s administration. Despite Macron urging voters to reject the National Rally due to its anti-immigration stance and EU skepticism, the party secured about a third of the votes, with polls indicating a 34% lead nationally. The New Popular Front follows at 28%, and Macron’s alliance at 20%. If the National Rally extends its lead in the second round on July 7, it could achieve a majority. Jordan Bardella, at 28, could potentially become the first National Rally…

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