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About Edgar
My name is Edgar Maciel and I'm 30 years old. I have my major in Journalism at Pontifice University Catolic of Rio Grande do Sul. My mother tongue is Portuguese and I also speak Spanish and English fluently. I started my career in radio. I worked at Rádio Gaúcha and, recently, at Rádio CBN, the biggest radio in Brazil. I also had experience with television working for RBS TV, in Rio Grande do Sul, and for Band TV, as a digital editor.

In 2013, I moved to São Paulo and I took a specialization course about Economic Journalism at Fundação Getúlio Vargas. I worked for O Estado de São Paulo, one of the most important newspaper in Brazil, as a reporter. Over the last three years, I've had a lot of experiences with Journalism that has helped me improve my skills in different areas of Journalism. Besides economic issues, I'm interested in Human Rights, Politics and Latin American issues. At the moment, I'm working for Huffington Post in Brazil as a multimedia reporter and video editor.

Recently, I traveled to Amazonia's border, visiting Colombia, Peru and Brazil to research about HIV and Women Rights. I also covered the Olympic Games in Rio, presidential election in Brazil, in 2014, Dilma Roussef's impeachment, in 2016, and immigration issues in Brazil (such as Haitians and Syrian refugees).

I'm capable to write good articles, take photos as a photographer, record and edit videos and present any live program on radio or TV. Today, I'm a multimedia Journalist seeking opportunities .
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Concern in Brazil about Petrobras situation and government interference

12 Apr 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
There is growing concern in Brazil regarding the situation of Petrobras and the extent of government interference. The article highlights the potential negative impacts on the energy sector and the broader implications for the country's economic stability.

The uncertain future of the Black Sea grain deal: how it affects the pet food industry - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
The article discusses the potential renewal of an agreement that allows safe grain exports from Ukraine, which is threatened by Moscow's opposition. The blockade on Black Sea ports by Moscow since the Ukrainian invasion has disrupted agricultural exports. The United Nations and Turkey brokered a deal, expiring on 19 November 2022, which Russia may use as leverage at the G20 summit. The pet food industry is affected by the shortage of key raw materials, leading companies to seek alternatives. Ukraine and Russia are significant grain exporters, and the European Pet Food Federation (FEDIAF) acknowledges the industry's challenges. Kormotech, a Ukrainian pet food manufacturer, is adapting to raw material shortages. Argentina and Brazil are mentioned as alternative grain markets, with South America benefiting from increased exports and higher prices due to the volatility caused by the conflict.

Zoetis included in Fortune’s 2022 Change the World ranking - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
The article discusses Zoetis, a New Jersey-based veterinary company, which was ranked 20th on a list by a multinational business magazine for its positive social impact through business practices. The recognition comes from Zoetis' African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement initiative aimed at enhancing veterinary care in Sub-Saharan Africa by improving access to vaccines, medicines, and diagnostic services. Zoetis VP Jeannette Ferran Astorga expressed pride in the Fortune recognition. Additionally, Zoetis has expanded its market reach by acquiring the Australian veterinary company Jurox.

Pet Nutrition House opens new factory - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
Pet Nutrition House Limited, a Maltese pet food manufacturer, is expanding its production capabilities with a new €8 million investment. The factory was inaugurated by Malta's Prime Minister, Robert Abela. The expansion is expected to boost trade volume and share while also focusing on sustainability. The company is committed to reducing its environmental impact by using recycled or recyclable materials and cutting down on plastic usage. All new products from their pet food brands, Prince and Princess, now have packaging made from 100% recyclable materials. Pet Nutrition House, established in 2001, exports to 70 countries, with a focus on Europe and the Middle East.

Is Kangaroo pet food in danger? - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
The RSPCA has decided not to endorse the use of kangaroo meat in pet food due to animal welfare concerns. They have removed such products from their e-commerce platform and stated opposition to the killing of wild animals for commercial purposes unless it's part of a controlled management program. The AWPC reported that 27,900 kangaroos have been killed in Canberra Nature Park over the past 12 years. Campaspe Meat Company's plan to open a pet food plant in Victoria faced opposition from activists and was ultimately rejected by the Loddon Shire Council due to zoning issues.

VAFO to Open New Pet Food Factory in Finland and Expand Production in Czech Republic

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
Czech pet food manufacturer VAFO is expanding its production capabilities with a new dry pet food factory in Nokia, Finland, aiming to produce up to 20,000 tons annually starting from the next year. The company has invested over €15 million in this facility, which will primarily produce the Finnish brand Hau-Hau Champion, but it is also open to producing other private-label brands. VAFO emphasizes the use of local ingredients and sustainable practices, including carbon-neutral operations and fully recyclable packaging. Additionally, VAFO plans to build a new fully automated factory for premium wet pet foods by 2025 in Chotoviny, Czech Republic, to significantly increase its wet food production capacity.

Bioriginal Achieves ORIVO Verification for Transparency in Pet Nutrition Ingredients

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
Bioriginal Food & Science, a Canadian ingredients manufacturer, has obtained the ORIVO Origin verification for its salmon and fish oils, which are used in pet nutrition products. This verification is intended to assure customers that the ingredients listed on the product labels are accurate and transparent. ORIVO, a Norwegian company, uses DNA analysis methods to test the authenticity of food and feed ingredients. Their recent tests in the US and Europe found that a significant percentage of pet food products did not comply with their ingredient listings. Similarly, omega-3 products in Asia were found to have discrepancies in their listed ingredients. Bioriginal's Vice President, Cameron Kupper, emphasizes the growing demand for ingredient transparency among pet owners.

New research found that 40% of US pet parents decide which trips they do based on their animals.

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
A survey conducted by OnePoll and Chewy has revealed that a significant number of American pet owners prioritize their pets' needs over their own, influencing major life decisions. The study, which involved 2,000 pet owners, found that 71% often put their pets first, and 40% consider their pets when planning trips. Pets also affect where individuals choose to live and their social interactions. The concept of 'pet prioritization' is highlighted by Dr. Katy Nelson from Chewy, indicating that pets are central to the daily lives and choices of their owners. The survey also suggests that pet ownership can lead to increased responsibility and empathy among owners, and many get additional pets to prevent loneliness or to provide companionship for their existing pets. Financially, nearly half of the respondents spend more on their pets' healthcare than on their own, showing the extent to which pets are valued in their lives.

Montego Pet Nutrition appoints new supply chain leader - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
Johann Kotze has been tasked with optimizing business strategies and creating a standard for Montego, a South African pet food manufacturer. Kotze, who joined the company less than a year ago, has already led the acquisition of six distribution facilities, enhancing Montego's delivery and fleet processes. Montego's Managing Director, Johan van Jaarsveld, believes Kotze's role will improve supply chain performance and expedite decision-making. Montego is the largest pet food manufacturer in Africa, operating in 21 countries and accounting for 11% of South Africa's pet food exports. The company has a production capacity of 100,000 tons per year and recently acquired a new facility in Pretoria to increase production by 25%. Additionally, Montego upgraded its Graaff-Reinet facility in 2018 with a $4.25 million investment.

How does Mars’ pet biobank work? - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
Mars Petcare has launched a large-scale research project, aiming to create the world's largest pet biobank. The project will collect clinical, genetic, and lifestyle data from 20,000 cats and dogs over a 10-year period to improve disease diagnosis and prevention. Unlike other biobanks that focus on specific breeds or diseases, this biobank welcomes all breeds and breed makeups. Currently, the project is enrolling healthy pets in the US, with plans to expand internationally. The goal is to enroll 1,000 pets soon, with the potential to study rare and very rare illnesses as more animals participate. Mars Petcare President Poul Weihrauch expressed the company's ambition for the biobank to lead to significant scientific advancements in pet health.

Is cannabis positively affecting the well-being of dogs? - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
A study by Waltham Petcare Science Institute for Mars on the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on dogs has found that daily oral doses are well-tolerated and do not negatively impact the well-being of healthy canines. The research involved 40 dogs over a six-month period and monitored the levels of cannabis in their bodies. Mars' Chief Medical Officer, Jennifer Welser, expressed optimism about the study's findings and the potential for future guidance for pet owners. Additionally, Canopy Growth Corporation conducted similar research on dogs and cats, finding that CBD was generally well-tolerated with no significant safety concerns. These studies contribute to the growing body of research on the safety and efficacy of CBD for pets.

Pet Valu presents new subscription service - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
Pet Valu, a Canadian pet retailer, has introduced a new subscription service called AutoShip, which allows customers to place recurring orders for pet products for either home delivery or in-store collection. Tanbir Grover, the company's Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, emphasized the convenience of the service and its unique feature of offering in-store pickup, setting it apart from other Canadian pet retailers. Pet Valu has been expanding its omnichannel capabilities, having launched a direct-to-consumer delivery site in February 2021 and a click-and-collect service in September 2022. CEO Richard Maltsbarger discussed the new service and other initiatives in an interview with PETS International.

A new regional rental law in Queensland aims to protect tenants living with animals.

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
The Housing Legislation Amendment Act, which took effect on 1 October 2022 in Queensland, introduces new rules for pet ownership in rental properties. The law prevents landlords from rejecting pets without 'reasonable grounds.' The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has clarified that tenants in apartments must still obtain consent from property owners, who have 14 days to respond. The REIQ's CEO, Antonia Mercorella, explained that landlords can refuse pets if the property cannot accommodate them humanely or if pets are likely to cause significant damage. Landlords can also set conditions for pet approval, such as requiring pets to be kept outside.

Indian startup raises $500,000 in seed funding - Go-to resource for the global pet industry

04 Apr 2024  |  globalpetindustry.com
Goofy Tails, a Delhi-based pet care company, has received seed funding to expand its range of pet food and accessories and to increase its online market share. The company aims to improve its warehouse infrastructure for faster delivery and to enhance its research and development. The funding round was led by BeyondSeed and The Chennai Angels, with additional overseas angel investors participating. Co-founder Kartik Gupta sees an opportunity in the direct-to-consumer pet care segment, which currently represents a small portion of overall retail. Goofy Tails, which started in 2019, is focusing on scaling its operations and capitalizing on the demand for healthy pet food and care products in India.

The government of President Lula da Silva in Brazil continues its criticism of the electoral process in Venezuela

28 Mar 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The government of President Lula da Silva in Brazil continues to criticize the electoral process in Venezuela, reflecting ongoing political tensions between the two countries.

Brazil starts its famous carnival this weekend and expects a strong impact on its economy

09 Feb 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Brazil is set to begin its famous carnival this weekend, which is anticipated to have a significant positive impact on the country's economy.

In Brazil, the number of new weapon registrations has fallen by 70% in the last year

07 Feb 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In Brazil, the number of new weapon registrations has decreased by 70% over the past year.

Brazilians Reflect on One-Year Anniversary of Bolsonaro Supporters' Siege

08 Jan 2024  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the reflections of Brazilians on the first anniversary of the siege on the president's palace and other buildings in Brasilia by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro. The siege was a result of the disputed election that resulted in Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva returning to office. The report is from Sao Paulo, provided by Edgar Maciel.

Brazil marks one year since the invasion of Brasília

08 Jan 2024  |  voaportugues.com
On the one-year anniversary of the so-called coup acts against the headquarters of the Three Powers in Brasília on January 8, 2023, the Brazilian Federal Police are executing warrants against suspects accused of financing and promoting the events.

Brazil Remembers Today the Invasion of Brasilia, When Followers of Former President Jair Bolsonaro Attacked Several Government Facilities

08 Jan 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil commemorates the week of the invasion of Brasilia by followers of former President Jair Bolsonaro, who vandalized the Congress, Supreme Court, and the Palacio del Planalto, as reported by Edgar Maciel from Brazil.

Pardon in Brazil

03 Jan 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazilian President Lula da Silva has decided not to include prisoners linked to last year's coup attempts in the final list of pardons, which forgives those convicted of minor offenses, causing repercussions.

Brazil's most popular sport could be in trouble

27 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
FIFA and CONMEBOL are set to travel to Brazil to investigate the elections of the CBF, the Brazilian Football Confederation, with threats of imposing sanctions on the national team and the country's clubs. The report comes from Sao Paolo by Voice of America correspondent Edgar Maciel.

Residents in Brazil's major cities organize to combat street crime

15 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the two largest cities in Brazil, are experiencing a wave of insecurity and violence. The population has even started to form vigilante groups to confront thieves.

Violence in Brazil - Robberies in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Increasingly Frequent

14 Dec 2023  |  voaportugues.com
São Paulo Police seized nearly a thousand cell phones last week as a result of a year-long investigation. The frequency of these robberies, marked by violence, is increasing in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, contributing to a growing sense of insecurity among residents.

The announcement that Brazil joins OPEC as an observer sparked great concerns

13 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil faces international criticism for accepting an invitation to join OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, as an observer. Edgar Maciel provides details on the situation.

Brazil attempts to mediate in the conflict between Venezuela and Guyana while reinforcing its border

01 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil is positioning itself as a mediator between Venezuela and Guyana to prevent a confrontation, as the Venezuelan government has threatened to invade and annex nearly two-thirds of the neighboring country. Edgar Maciel provides the details.

Milei's victory in Argentina poses a question mark for the future of relations between that country and Brazil

28 Nov 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Javier Milei, the future president of Argentina, is taking concrete steps to approach Brazilian President Lula da Silva, despite having accused him of being a 'corrupt communist' during his electoral campaign. Edgar Maciel provides the details.

African immigrants use Brazil as a transit point to the USA

23 Nov 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Brazil has become a transit point for many immigrants and refugees, rather than their final destination, with a notable increase in Angolans and Congolese using the country as a passage to the United States in recent years.

Brazil launches operation to try to contain international trafficking

15 Nov 2023  |  voaportugues.com
The Brazilian federal government has launched an operation to combat the rise of organized crime and international drug trafficking, with increased security measures implemented at ports and airports.

Brazilian Federal Police arrest suspects linked to Hezbollah planning terrorist attacks

09 Nov 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazilian Federal Police have arrested two suspects for planning terrorist attacks, with investigations indicating funding from the Lebanese Islamic group Hezbollah. Edgar Maciel reports on the details.

The Brazilian government makes extreme efforts to evacuate Brazilian citizens from Gaza

02 Nov 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil is experiencing frustration after three weeks of negotiations to secure the release of Brazilians in the Gaza Strip, as the group was not included in the first list of foreigners authorized to leave the Palestinian enclave.

Indígenas relatam drama para sobreviver em meio à seca na Amazónia

01 Nov 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Especialistas indicam que a seca na Amazônia atingiu seu pico. Apesar das recentes chuvas na região, elas não foram suficientes para reverter a situação do Rio Amazonas, que continua com níveis muito baixos de água. A preocupação com o maior rio de água doce do mundo é evidente, mas ainda não há sinais de melhora significativa no nível de água.

Brazil prepares for a green summer with a record use of renewable energy

19 Oct 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil is gearing up for a 'green summer' with a record use of renewable energy, nearly fulfilling 100% of the country's demand through hydroelectric plants, solar panels, and wind turbines, as reported by Edgar Maciel.

Brazil Nears Completion of a Revolutionary Cocaine Addiction Vaccine

29 Sep 2023  |  newsfounded.com
In the article, journalist Edgar Maciel reports on the development of a new vaccine in Brazil that is nearing the final stages of research. This vaccine is said to have the potential to revolutionize the treatment of individuals addicted to cocaine. The article focuses on the scientific progress being made and the implications it could have for addiction therapy. However, the article does not provide detailed information about the institutions or companies involved in the vaccine's development.

President Lula intensifies his efforts to position Brazil as a protagonist on the international stage

18 Sep 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazilian President Lula da Silva is set to deliver the opening speech at the United Nations General Assembly, seizing the opportunity to showcase Brazil's image and its international policy priorities.

Bolsonaro couple to testify in luxury items and jewelry diversion case

30 Aug 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Former President Jair Bolsonaro and former First Lady Michele Bolsonaro are set to testify on August 31st at the Federal Police in Brasília regarding their involvement in a scandal involving the sale of luxury items and jewelry received during Bolsonaro's term. The items were sold during official trips abroad, such as to the United States. Military aide Mauro Cid, who is now in prison, is accused in these operations and has recently confessed during a ten-hour testimony, although it is unclear if he implicated Bolsonaro as a beneficiary of the sales proceeds. Cid's account showed eight million reais, a sum inconsistent with his military income, raising suspicions that the money was intended for the former Brazilian president. Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes authorized the breaking of the Bolsonaros' bank secrecy. Political scientist Guilherme Carvalhido notes the weakening of the Bolsonarist movement in Brazil, while analyst Vinicius Vieira compares Bolsonaro to Trump, who gained more support among voters after being indicted. Jair Bolsonaro is currently facing over 600 lawsuits and is ineligible to run for office until 2026 due to actions against electronic voting in the last election.

The president faces difficulties governing with a congress controlled by the opposition

30 Aug 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil's President Lula da Silva is facing governance difficulties due to the lack of a majority in Congress. To attract new allies, he has had to release a record amount of parliamentary amendments and create new ministries.

Representation: Teacher creates line of black dolls in Brazil

27 Aug 2023  |  voaportugues.com
In Brazil, where 54% of the population is of African descent, only 7% of the dolls sold are black. Jozi Belizario, a teacher and entrepreneur, struggled to find toys that represented her race as a child and teenager. In 2017, she founded Aneesa, the first e-commerce platform dedicated solely to toys with black phenotypes. She brings these dolls into her classroom, helping students recognize themselves in the toys' features.

A new scandal involves former President Jair Bolsonaro and his inner circle

17 Aug 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
The Supreme Court of Brazil may lift the banking secrecy of former President Jair Bolsonaro as Federal Police investigations suggest that jewels received by Bolsonaro during his presidency were sold during official trips abroad, as reported by Edgar Maciel.

Financial market reacts negatively to Milei's victory in Argentina

15 Aug 2023  |  band.uol.com.br
The financial market responded negatively to Javier Milei's victory in Argentina's primary elections for the presidency, with sovereign debt titles falling 12% and Argentine company shares dropping 18% on Wall Street. The government increased the basic interest rate by 21 points to 118% annually and set the dollar exchange rate at 350 pesos to stabilize the market. Milei, a far-right economist and deputy leading the La Libertad Avanza coalition, advocates for radical changes such as the abolition of the Central Bank of Argentina and the dollarization of the economy. The first round of the Argentine elections is scheduled for October 22.

Vizinhos cada vez mais distantes? Turismo e negócios sofrem com falta de e voos entre Brasil e países africanos

04 Aug 2023  |  voaportugues.com
The article discusses the limited knowledge Brazilians have of the African continent and notes a decline in tourism between Brazil and its African neighbors. The author suggests that one of the issues contributing to this problem is the lack of direct flights connecting the two regions.

Who killed Marielle? Investigation progresses in Brazil, but without discovering the mastermind behind the crime against former Rio councilwoman

25 Jul 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Investigations in Brazil are advancing to uncover who ordered the killing of Marielle Franco, who was assassinated on March 14, 2018, in an attack. New plea bargains are expected to be concluded soon, according to the Federal Police. The case has taken a new turn with revelations from former military police officer Élcio Queiroz.

Brazil becomes the main drug route to Europe and Africa

12 Jul 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Studies have shown that cocaine and other substances produced in South America are destined for Brazil, from where they are shipped worldwide. Combating this crime is difficult and complicated.

Brazil assumes the pro-tempore presidency of Mercosur in a summit divided by the situation in Venezuela

05 Jul 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil has taken over the rotating presidency of Mercosur, a trade bloc that still counts Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay as active members. The summit featured new criticisms of the European Union regarding trade agreement negotiations and disagreements over the situation in Venezuela. Edgar Maciel provides details.

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro assures he will not leave politics and will fight for his country

03 Jul 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Following the conviction by Brazil's Electoral Court, former President Jair Bolsonaro has elicited various reactions, particularly regarding who will be his political successor. Voice of America correspondent Edgar Maciel reports from Brazil.

Judge in the case votes in favor of disqualifying former Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro

28 Jun 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is increasingly at risk of being barred from politics after the case's reporting judge voted in the Superior Electoral Court, with the final decision expected on Thursday.

Trial Against Former President Bolsonaro Resumes in Brazil Seeking His Political Disqualification

26 Jun 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
The Brazilian Electoral Court has resumed the trial of a case that could potentially render former President Jair Bolsonaro politically ineligible for eight years. Edgar Maciel provides details.

Jair Bolsonaro may become ineligible for the next 8 years. Understand why

21 Jun 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Starting tomorrow, former President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, will begin his trial in the Electoral Justice system. The process seeks to declare him ineligible for public office for the next eight years due to the alleged misuse of public resources during last year's campaign.

Angolan immigrant in Brazil says 'We came in good faith (...) to make our lives, as far as God allows'

20 Jun 2023  |  voaportugues.com
In São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, a new wave of refugees consists of Angolans. Since January of this year, more than 400 people have arrived at the Missão de Paz. Gilda Cândida Valência, an Angolan immigrant, left Angola due to socio-economic conditions and shared her experience with Edgar Maciel.

Father and grandparents dispute custody of children who survived in the Amazon Forest

14 Jun 2023  |  band.uol.com.br
In Colombia, a custody battle ensues over children who survived 40 days in the Amazon Forest after their mother died in a plane crash. The father, Manuel Ranoque, seeks custody of his two biological children and two stepchildren, while maternal grandparents accuse him of domestic violence and oppose his custody. The children are recovering in Bogotá's Military Hospital, where the father's visitation rights have been revoked. The government will decide their fate. Meanwhile, the Colombian Army continues to search for Wilson, a Belgian shepherd dog instrumental in finding the children.

The President of the European Union visits Brazil to discuss trade issues

13 Jun 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Ursula Von der Leyen, the President of the European Union, visited Brazil with a focus on trade-related matters.

The number of Angolans in Brazil grows

09 Jun 2023  |  voaportugues.com
A new wave of Angolan immigrants has been arriving in Brazil, leading to overcrowded shelters in São Paulo as they primarily move in search of employment. Edgar Maciel reports on this story.

Congress shows signs that Lula will not have an easy life in his third term

30 May 2023  |  voaportugues.com
In his third term, Brazilian President Lula da Silva faces significant challenges from Congress, which has blocked social and environmental policy changes promised during his campaign. Lula, lacking a majority, has already conceded ministries to center parties for support in important votes. However, he has experienced a series of defeats since January, particularly on social agendas and environmental commitments, such as land demarcation for indigenous peoples and rural registration to prevent deforestation. The latest defeat involved Congress overturning a measure to expand the number of ministries, undermining the environmental and indigenous peoples' portfolios. Environment Minister Marina Silva expressed frustration, noting the contradiction between Brazil's international anti-deforestation stance and its internal policies. Political analyst Vinicius Vieira suggests Lula must urgently change his strategy and reconnect with center-aligned deputies.

A synthetic drug is causing problems for law enforcement in São Paulo

19 May 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazilian authorities are alarmed by the production and consumption of K9, a new synthetic drug that is highly addictive, easily accessible, and prevalent in central São Paulo. Police operations are frequently arresting traffickers and uncovering drug labs. The drug's rapid spread is attributed to its low cost, with a vial priced under one dollar. Originating in prisons and promoted by the criminal faction Primer Comando de la Capital, K9 activates the same brain regions as THC. Toxicology experts describe its disturbing hallucinogenic effects. São Paulo's municipality has dealt with over a hundred suspected K9 intoxication cases this year, and the city is attempting to manage the increase in thefts and assaults by removing users from the city center. However, security specialist Guaracy Mirard believes that operations alone are not the solution. Brazil's Health Department reports that suspected cases of intoxication by synthetic cannabinoids have doubled this year compared to 2022.

K9: 'Zombie' Drug Terrorizes São Paulo

16 May 2023  |  voaportugues.com
A new synthetic drug named K9 is causing significant concern for police authorities in São Paulo, Brazil. Priced at only three reais, the highly addictive and widely consumed drug has spread throughout the central region of Brazil's largest city.

Brazil to Reinstate Visa Requirement for Tourists, Including Americans

09 May 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
The Brazilian government under President Lula da Silva has announced the reinstatement of visa requirements for tourists from the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia. Edgar Maciel provides details on the policy change.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Visits Brazil and Meets with President Lula

18 Apr 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a trusted associate of President Vladimir Putin, visited Brazil and met with President Inácio Lula de Silva, sparking critical reactions and causing tensions.

Lula Strengthens Relationship with China and Blames the US and Europe for the War in Ukraine

17 Apr 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Brazilian President Lula da Silva returned from China with 15 signed trade agreements and an estimated total of 50 billion reais in investments. The trip strengthened the BRICS group, which is attracting new members, including some from Africa. Lula announced that Brazil and China would conduct trade using their local currencies, bypassing the dollar, which led to criticism from the US. He also controversially claimed that the US and EU are actively participating in the Ukraine conflict, prioritizing it over peace. Political analysts have expressed concerns that Lula's statements could increase tensions between the US and China. In Beijing, Lula attended the inauguration of former President Dilma Rousseff at the BRICS bank, which is focusing on investments in developing countries, particularly in Africa and South America.

President Lula da Silva has the support of 41% of Brazilians

22 Mar 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Nearly three months into his administration, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva holds an approval rating of 41%, a figure that surpasses that of former President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazilian government wants to resume demarcation of indigenous lands. Why is this important?

16 Mar 2023  |  voaportugues.com
São Paulo, the largest city in South America, was once indigenous territory and still has indigenous villages within its limits in 2023, such as the Jaraguá hill, which includes over 500 hectares of forest belonging to the Guarani people. The Brazilian government is looking to resume the demarcation of indigenous lands, and the significance of this move is being examined.

Brazil: Yanomami Genocide and the Halt of Land Demarcation

15 Mar 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Brazilian President Lula da Silva faces numerous challenges, including the genocide of the Yanomami people and the cessation of land demarcation processes.

Special 'Women in Latin America. Education and Gender Equality' - Brazil

08 Mar 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Edgar Maciel highlights the underrepresentation of Afro-descendant women in science in Brazil, despite them being the majority in society, they are an exception in the scientific field.

Brazil dances Carnival after the pandemic suspends festivities for two years

20 Feb 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Carnival in Brazil has taken shape as one of the country's major cultural events. Edgar Maciel reports on how the festivities are proceeding after a two-year suspension due to the pandemic.

Brazil celebrates Carnival with lots of samba, economic revival, and heavy rains

20 Feb 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazil is ecstatic with the full return of Carnival after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, bringing lots of samba, a significant boost to the economy, but also intense rains that have so far resulted in 12 fatalities.

President Lula returns to Brazil hopeful for a good relationship with the US

13 Feb 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
After visiting President Biden, Brazilian President Lula da Silva returned to Brazil with a promise of US participation in a fund to protect the Amazon. Correspondent Edgar Maciel reports from Brazil for Voice of America.

Brazil faces a health and environmental emergency affecting an indigenous people

03 Feb 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Over five hundred indigenous children have died in the past four years in the region inhabited by the Yanomami, Brazil's largest indigenous group.

Brazilian authorities investigate possible genocide against the Yanomami and Bolsonaro speaks of a farce

24 Jan 2023  |  voaportugues.com
The Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security, led by Flávio Dino, has initiated a police investigation into potential genocide in the Yanomami indigenous territory in Roraima, where over 500 children have died in the past four years due to illegal mining contamination. Indigenous Peoples Minister Sonia Guajajara corroborates the genocide claim, citing severe neglect in indigenous healthcare. Researcher Estevão Senra from the Instituto Socioambiental highlights the drastic cuts in healthcare resources for indigenous people. Following a federal government visit and President Lula's declaration of a public health emergency, the judicial system is probing the deaths for signs of genocide. Over 60 health workers have been dismissed. Former President Jair Bolsonaro, potentially facing accountability, has dismissed the allegations as a left-wing farce.

Argentina and Brazil Presidents Meet in Buenos Aires within the Framework of CELAC

24 Jan 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Prior to the start of the CELAC summit in Buenos Aires, the presidents of Argentina and Brazil held a bilateral meeting to discuss economic and trade issues. The report was provided by Voice of America correspondent Edgar Maciel from Brazil.

Brazil: Repercussions of the Brasilia Invasion

10 Jan 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
The Brazilian government continues to arrest those involved in the violent invasion of government buildings, with over 1,200 detainees reported.

Federal Government Intervenes to Quell Brazil Riots

10 Jan 2023  |  voanews.com
In Brazil, national security forces have been deployed to address the chaos caused by approximately four thousand supporters of the country's former President, Jair Bolsonaro. These individuals, who refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of the October election results, have caused significant damage to key government buildings in Brasilia, including the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President’s Palace. The report comes from Edgar Maciel, who is based in Sao Paulo.

Authorities regain control of public institutions in Brazil

09 Jan 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazilian authorities regained control of state institutions following invasions by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro. The protestors, who attempted a coup, were met with minimal police resistance as they stormed the Congress, Supreme Court, and Presidential Palace. President Lula, who was in São Paulo during the attacks, set up a crisis committee and vowed to punish those involved, labeling them fascists and vandals. Bolsonaro, in Florida, distanced himself from the violence, stating that peaceful protests are democratic but not invasions. Analyst Vinicius Vieira holds Bolsonaro partly responsible, calling him an intellectual mentor for the attacks. National Forces and the Army have taken over security in Brasilia, and Congress has scheduled an extraordinary session to discuss the invasions.

Brasilia assesses the damage after Sunday's invasion

09 Jan 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazilian authorities have arrested over 1,200 individuals following the invasion of the three branches of government in Brasilia by thousands of supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro. The incident occurred on Sunday and was an act of repudiation against the current President Lula da Silva.

Brasília under federal intervention

09 Jan 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Brasília, the capital of Brazil, has been under federal intervention since Sunday night following the invasion of over 4000 supporters of former President Bolsonaro. The protestors stormed the Praça dos Três Poderes and destroyed the buildings of the Brazilian Congress, Supreme Court, and the Palácio do Planalto.

BRAZIL: Crisis, Invasion of Public Buildings

09 Jan 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Brazilian authorities regained control of the state buildings invaded on Sunday by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, as reported by Voice of America correspondent Edgar Maciel from Brazil.

Brazil Mourns the Death of Football Legend Pele

30 Dec 2022  |  voanews.com
The article reports on the passing of the legendary football player Pele, who died at the age of 82 in São Paulo, Brazil. Recognized as one of the greatest football players of the last century, Pele's death prompted Brazilians to take to the streets to honor their national sports idol. The report is from VOA, with Edgar Maciel covering the story from Sao Paulo.

Brazil, a year marked by political polarization

30 Dec 2022  |  voaportugues.com
In Brazil, 2022 was marked by the election of a new President, with Jair Bolsonaro and Luis Inácio Lula da Silva competing in a historically polarized race. Lula won by over two million votes and will begin his third term in January 2023. He emphasized unity in his victory speech. The election was characterized by controversies, fake news, and political ideologies rather than policies, according to political analyst Rodrigo Prando. Bolsonaro questioned the integrity of electronic voting machines, which he claimed were insecure. Experts suggest that the nation is divided and that the upcoming government faces the challenge of rebuilding and unifying the country.

Reactions to Pelé's death: 'I lost a family member I never knew'

30 Dec 2022  |  voaportugues.com
Pelé, aged 82, recently battled health issues and underwent surgery to remove a colon tumor in early September. Fans express a sense of loss, likening it to losing a family member they never knew.

Bolsonaro's Government Comes to an End. Four Years Later, What Brazil Does the President Leave Behind?

29 Dec 2022  |  voaportugues.com
Jair Bolsonaro has left office in Brasília, ending his presidency which began in 2018 with a mandate to rebuild a country tarnished by corruption scandals. Bolsonaro, who traveled to the United States, will not hand over the presidential sash to his political opponent Lula, who defeated him in the October elections.

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