Juliana Barbassa

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Para ser un evento que marcó el fin de una era, la destitución de la presidenta brasileña, Dilma Rousseff fue un acto formal lleno de procedimientos y discursos civiles.

También hubo lágrimas, por supuesto. Janaína Paschoal, la abogada que acusó a la presidenta ante el senado por haber disimulado las fallas en el presupuesto para ocultar la crisis económica, lloró en el podio. El abogado defensor de la presidenta, su exministro de Justicia, José Eduardo Cardozo también sollozó después de presentar su argumento.

Cuando el conteo final de votos se anunció —61 a favor de la destitución de Rousseff y 20 en contra—, los senadores se unieron para cantar el himno nacional.…  Seguir leyendo »

Rio de Janeiro For an event that marked the end of an era, the final act of the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was a staid affair, punctuated by procedure and civil speeches.

Sure, there were tears. Janaína Paschoal, the lawyer who charged the president before the Senate with covering up holes in the budget to conceal the worsening state of the economy, cried at the podium. The president’s defense attorney, her former justice minister José Eduardo Cardozo, wept openly after presenting his argument.

When the final vote count was announced — 61 for Ms. Rousseff’s removal, and 20 against — the senators joined in an impromptu rendition of the national anthem.…  Seguir leyendo »

Un muñeco inflable conocido como "Pixuleco" de expresidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva en una protesta contra Dilma Rousseff en las calles Sao Paulo Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

El fin de semana pasado cientos de miles de brasileños salieron a las calles para protestar en contra del gobierno y enviar un mensaje a la clase política: nadie es intocable.

Es algo que los políticos de Brasil deberían tomar en serio. A inicios de este mes, la Policía Federal detuvo temporalmente al expresidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva para interrogarlo sobre una enorme –y cada vez mayor– investigación de corrupción. La Presidenta Dilma Rousseff, la sucesora elegida por Da Silva, podría ser la siguiente.

El caso de corrupción que investigan las autoridades ocurrió de 2003 a 201o, durante los dos períodos de Lula.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets over the weekend to protest their government and to send a message to the country’s political class: No one is untouchable.

Brazil’s politicians should take that to heart. The Federal Police temporarily detained Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president, for questioning earlier this month in connection with a huge — and expanding — graft investigation. President Dilma Rousseff, Mr. da Silva’s handpicked successor, could be next.

The corruption scheme under investigation unfurled from 2003 to 2010, during Mr. da Silva’s two terms in office. Prosecutors allege that during that time Brazil’s biggest construction firms; the state-controlled oil giant, Petrobras; and the country’s political leaders traded bribes, padded contracts and political support in a vast, mutually beneficial scheme.…  Seguir leyendo »

What Explains Brazil’s Surfing Boom

Brazil has gone surf crazy.

In December, when a 20-year-old Brazilian named Gabriel Medina won the world’s premier surfing title, becoming the first South American man to do so, the country erupted in celebration. Mr. Medina’s path to the championship had been followed closely in Brazil throughout 2014, each victory celebrated in typically boisterous Brazilian fashion by flag-waving, often teary, always emotional fans. His arrival at the airport in São Paulo after winning the title was a mob scene and a media frenzy.

But Mr. Medina is only the most visible exponent of a rising generation of surfers known by the collective moniker “the Brazilian Storm.”…  Seguir leyendo »