News and Analysis: Brazil
The tally is in: Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party (PT) will be Brazil's first female president. Rousseff is an economist and the former chief of staff of outgoing President Luís Inácio "Lula" da Silva, who threw all of his political weight behind her candidacy.
A community of Brazilian indigenous people had their village burned to the ground by a wealthy farmer just days after they were evicted by a court order. The 130-strong Guarani-Kaiowá community had occupied the land nearly two years earlier, and was forced out on Sept.
Brazil has sent a ship filled with containers of trash that included dirty diapers, used syringes, food waste and computer parts from Great Britain back to where it came from. A company in Britain sent the 89 containers of waste under the pretense that it was actually plastic to be recycled.
On May 23, the leaders of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela met in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, to sign the constitution of the Union of South American Nations.
For the first time, police units will be deployed to prevent construction of new housing in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known as favelas. Officials cynically claim to be concerned about favelas hurting the wild vegetation on the hillsides.
The Bank of the South, an initiative spearheaded by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, was inaugurated on Dec. 9. The finance ministers of Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru and Chile will all sit in the bank’s board of directors.