A regularly updated Brazil news feed compiling news reports.


  • Brazil dam disaster: police arrest eight employees of mining company February 15, 2019
    The Vale employees arrested on Friday were responsible for the security and stability of the Brumadinho damBrazilian police have arrested eight employees of mining company Vale SA accused by state prosecutors of covering up weaknesses at a dam that collapsed and likely killed more than 300 people.Police also carried out 14 search warrants as part […]
    Reuters in São Paulo
  • Vogue Brazil director resigns over birthday photos evoking slavery February 15, 2019
    Images show Donata Meirelles, who is white, sitting on a throne-like seat flanked by four black women dressed in white The fashion director of the Brazilian edition of Vogue has resigned after photos from her 50th birthday party drew criticism for evoking colonial depictions of slavery.Images from the party showed Donata Meirelles, who is white, […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in Rio de Janeiro
  • 'It was execution': 13 dead in Brazil as state pushes new gang policy February 14, 2019
    Recent raid suggests police are implementing ‘shoot-to-kill’ tactics that Rio’s new governor campaigned onWhen he was campaigning to become the governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Wilson Witzel promised “shoot-to-kill” tactics against armed members of the city’s powerful drug gangs.Now, after a deadly operation in which 13 people were killed, fears are rising that police […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Monos review – Apocalypse Now on shrooms February 13, 2019
    Chaos intensifies in Alejandro Landes’s deeply mad thriller about a wild cult of teenage bandits who have rituals, guns and a hostage – but no KurtzThis overpoweringly tense and deeply mad thriller from Brazilian film-maker Alejandro Landes is the best thing I have seen at Berlin this year: something between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the […]
    Peter Bradshaw
  • Nationalist strongmen are bent on controlling women’s bodies | Afua Hirsch February 13, 2019
    From Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro to Hungary led by Viktor Orbán, women’s reproductive rights are being targetedWhen Brazil, where I am writing from this week, became worried that almost two-thirds of its population was black or mixed race, radical steps were taken. Never mind that the blackness of its population was thanks to its own […]
    Afua Hirsch
  • Brazil environment minister's dismissal of slain Amazon defender stirs outrage February 12, 2019
    Ricardo Salles’ comments fuel criticism of administration’s stance, which environmentalists say is excessively pro-businessBrazilian environmental groups have blasted Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”. Related: Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister Related: 'That's going to burst': Brazilian dam workers say they […]
    Reuters in Sāo Paulo
  • Rio declares three days of mourning after fire kills 10 teenage footballers February 9, 2019
    Flamengo president says it is ‘the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years’Rio de Janeiro has declared three days of mourning as investigators seek to determine the cause of the fire that killed 10 teenage footballers at the training centre of the city’s Flamengo football club on Friday morning.Cláudio Castro, the […]
    Sam Jones and agencies in Rio de Janeiro
  • Evacuation alert at Vale-owned mine in Brazil two weeks after disaster February 8, 2019
    Five hundred people told to leave area around Sul Superior tailings dam at mine near Belo HorizonteBrazilian authorities have ordered the mining company Vale to evacuate hundreds of people from the vicinity of a dam in Minas Gerais, two weeks after a dam breach at another Vale mine in the state killed an estimated 300 […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Fire at Flamengo football training centre kills 10 people February 8, 2019
    • Firefighters confirm fatalities at Brazilian club• Youth players were sleeping at centre when fire broke outTen people have been killed and at least three injured in a fire at the training centre of the Rio de Janeiro football club Flamengo.Firefighters were called to the blaze at the Ninho de Urubu training ground just after […]
    Sam Jones and agencies in Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro hospitalised with pneumonia February 8, 2019
    Bolsonaro was recently admitted to hospital for the removal of a colostomy bag after he was stabbed during a campaign rallyBrazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is being treated for pneumonia, after coming down with a fever on Wednesday, the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo has said.Bolsonaro recently had a follow-up operation to remove a colostomy […]

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