In May President Dilma Rousseff passed the Lei de Acesso à Informação (Access to Information Act) and the new Transparency Portal was reported to have published the wages of approximately 700,000 civil servants of the executive branch of Brazil’s government (The Rio Times).
Army captain Benoni Albernaz, head of an interrogators unit and one of the most vicious torturers of president Dilma Rousseff, when she a student leader linked to the guerrilla movement, died in 1992 according to O’Globo which published official documents from 1970 (Mercopress).
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Brazil’s bungled diplomacy infuriates President Rousseff. The crisis triggered by the removal of Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo has spilt over the borders of the country and has turned into a regional controversy that threatens to become a huge headache for Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff (Mercopress).
Uruguay says it was Brazil that forced the incorporation to Mercosur of Venezuela. The Uruguayan government revealed its disagreement with the way Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur was decided last Friday at the summit held in Mendoza, Argentina, and said “it was not the last word” since the process must be reviewed from a juridical point of view (MercoPress).
The first flight of an upgraded Brazilian Air Force (FAB) AMX International A-1 light combat aircraft was conducted by Embraer Defense & Security on 19 June. A total of 33 single-seat A-1A and 10 dual-seat A-1B aircraft are to be upgraded and delivered between 2013 and 2017 (Janes).
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In 1960 just 17% of Brazilian women worked outside the home, among the lowest rates in Latin America; now two-thirds have jobs, one of the region’s highest. That is partly because they have far fewer children than in the past. In 1960 Brazilian women had six children each; now they average 1.9, fewer than anywhere else in Latin America except Cuba (The Economist).
Less than two-thirds of Brazilians identify as Catholics, marking a record decline in what is considered to be the world’s largest Catholic country, new figures showed (Mercopress).