Ben Tavener

americas

The Nemesis of Brazil’s Beleaguered President Is Now the One Feeling the Heat

Eduardo Cunha — the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress who wants to see President Rousseff impeached —is under pressure over his alleged role in a major kickback scheme in the state-owned oil company Petrobras.
Ben Tavener
12.16.15
americas

Brazil Opens Impeachment Proceedings Against President Rousseff

The process could take months, even if it is supported by Congress, though analysts say that President Rousseff's abysmal approval ratings may persuade her to jump before she is pushed.
Ben Tavener
12.3.15
americas

While Murders of Black Women in Brazil Rise Sharply — Murders of White Women Fall

A new comprehensive study has revealed that while murders of black Brazilian women rose by 54 percent between 2003 and 2013, they fell by 10 percent for white women.
Ben Tavener
11.19.15
environment

This Socially Responsible Pension Fund Invested in Brazilian Farms Seized by Violent Land Grabbers

A new NGO report alleges that the US-based TIAA-CREF circumvented Brazilian law and is linked to a businessman accused of two murders.
Ben Tavener
11.18.15
americas

This Report on Brazil's Prisons Exposes a 'Human Rights Disaster'

The report, by US-based group Human Rights Watch, found prison guards at horrifically overcrowded jails in the northeastern state of Pernambuco gave control, including the keys to their blocks, to particularly dangerous inmates.
Ben Tavener
10.20.15
americas

Brazil’s President Just Came One Step Closer to Impeachment

Opposition says end is nigh for embattled president after one court rules her government cooked the accounts, while another opens probe into campaign funding.
Ben Tavener
10.8.15
politics

Brazil's Top Court Outlaws Corporate Contributions to Political Campaigns

Although touted by good governance advocates as vital to the fight against graft and malfeasance, others believe the ruling in Brazil will simply force campaign cash under the table.
Ben Tavener
9.19.15
tipping point

Brazil Pledges on Climate Change, Zero Deforestation Are a 'Crushing Disappointment'

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff says the government will cut illegal deforestation to zero by 2030 and ramp up renewable energy production.
Ben Tavener
7.2.15
Crime & Drugs

Video Shows Brazil Cop Shooting Teens at Close Range After Motorcycle Chase

A police investigation will now assess whether this was an excessive use of force, which will involve a close evaluation of the footage that was broadcast on television.
Ben Tavener
6.26.15
americas

Despite Firearm Restrictions, Gun Violence Kills Five People Every Hour in Brazil

Brazil's national mortality rate of 21.9 gun-related fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants is the second highest ever recorded by the annual Map of Violence report.
Ben Tavener
5.16.15
Health

Nearly a Million Brazilians Contracted Dengue Fever Already This Year

The epidemic is most severe in drought-stricken São Paulo, where residents have taken to storing water — a practice that public health officials say is creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Ben Tavener
5.11.15
americas

The Olympics Are Screwing Rio de Janeiro’s Poorest Citizens Out of Housing

Construction for the games and a worsening housing crisis have prompted accusations that Olympic preparations are riding roughshod over Rio's most vulnerable inhabitants.
Ben Tavener
4.16.15
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