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Brazil – Unusual cold weather in Brazil sends coffee prices soaring (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Arabica coffee prices rose 10 percent more on Monday, after jumping nearly 20 percent last week, to their highest in nearly seven years as unusually cold weather threatens coffee crops in the world’s largest producer, Brazil.

go to Al Jazeera: Unusual cold weather in Brazil sends coffee prices soaring | Agriculture News | Al Jazeera

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(Brazil) Brazilian government establishes price reduction for Oracle contracts (ZD Net)

writes for ZD Net: The Brazilian government has established a price reduction for products and services provided by Oracle as part of a broader exercise to rationalize technology spending in the federal administration.

go to ZD Net website: Brazilian government establishes price reduction for Oracle contracts | ZDNet

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(Brazil) Brazilians “impeach” Bolsonaro

Al Jazeera writes: A majority of Brazilians say they support impeaching Jair Bolsonaro, according to a poll released on Saturday, as the country’s far-right president faces allegations of corruption and mounting pressure over his handling of the coronavirus crisis. The Datafolha survey showed 54 percent of Brazilians support a proposed move by the Brazilian lower house to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro, compared to 42 percent who oppose it.

go to the analysis: Majority of Brazilians support impeaching Bolsonaro: Poll | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Brazil – Brazilian government to sell technology companies in the second half of 2022 (Angelica Mari, ZD Net)

The Brazilian government has delayed the privatization process of two of its main technology companies for the second time amid concerns over potential risks to national sovereignty relating to the sale.

Brazilian government to sell technology companies in the second half of 2022 | ZDNet

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Brazil – The Might and the Right: How Far Will Brazil’s Military Back Bolsonaro? (Crisis Group)

Jair Bolsonaro is in a tight spot. Bedevilled by a pandemic whose seriousness he does not recognise and confronted with political rivals who are gathering strength, the Brazilian president nonetheless seems to have one ally he can count on. Bolsonaro, himself a former army captain, has filled his right-wing government with military personnel, handed the armed forces additional powers and done his utmost to rehabilitate the military dictatorship that ran the country for two decades until 1985.

The Might and the Right: How Far Will Brazil’s Military Back Bolsonaro? | Crisis Group

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Brazil – Brazil in the age of Bolsonaro (Chatham House)

Whether over matters of COVID-19 infection rates, environmental concerns, or political polarization, Brazil has become a focus in the news of late.

  • What explains the seeming political and policy upheaval in a country that a short decade ago was hailed as rising global power?
  • What are the implications for the 2022 presidential elections and Brazil’s economic growth?

Participants

Richard Lapper, Author, Beef, Bible and Bullets: Brazil in the Age of Bolsonaro; Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House

Adriana Abdenur, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Plataforma CIPÓ; Member, UN Committee on Development Policy

Arminio Fraga, Founding Partner, Gavea Investimentos; President, Central Bank of Brazil (1999-2002)

Brazil in the age of Bolsonaro (chathamhouse.org)

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Brazil – Brazil Signs Artemis Accords (NASA)

Brazil Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Marcos Pontes signs the Artemis Accords as President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Palácio do Planalto in Brasilia Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Brazil Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Marcos Pontes signs the Artemis Accords as President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Palácio do Planalto in Brasilia Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Credits: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Brazil is the latest country to sign the Artemis Accords, affirming its commitment to ensuring sustainable space exploration that adheres to a common set of principles benefiting all of humanity.

Brazil Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Marcos Pontes signed the document during a ceremony June 15 in Brasília that featured President Jair Bolsonaro, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto França, and other officials.

“NASA has been looking forward to this day since last December when Minister Pontes and former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed a statement of intent regarding potential cooperation in the Artemis program,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “In undertaking this important commitment, Brazil is positioned to be a leader in safe and sustainable exploration.”

Brazil is the 12th country to sign the Artemis Accords and first in South America to do so. It joins Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and the United States in signing the document, which establishes a practical set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations participating in NASA’s 21st century lunar exploration plans. Brazil is the third nation to sign the Artemis Accords under the Biden-Harris Administration, following the Republic of Korea and New Zealand.

“The signing of Artemis Accords is a historic moment for Brazil. Together with the U.S. and other countries we will have the opportunity to explore the Moon and initiate infinite other possibilities for international cooperation,” said Pontes. “We are promoting a great national effort, with the involvement of the Government and the Brazilian space industry. As an astronaut and Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, it is an honor for me to sign Brazil’s adhesion to the Artemis Accords.”

NASA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, announced the establishment of the Artemis Accords in 2020. The Artemis Accords reinforce and implement the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, otherwise known as the Outer Space Treaty. They also reinforce the commitment by the United States and partner nations to the Registration Convention, the Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, and other norms of behavior that NASA and its partners have supported, including the public release of scientific data.

Additional countries will join the Artemis Accords in the months and years ahead, as NASA continues to work with its international partners to establish a safe, peaceful, and prosperous future in space. Working with both new and existing partners will add new energy and capabilities to ensure the entire world can benefit from our journey of exploration and discovery.

Learn more about the Artemis Accords at:

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-accords

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Brazil – Earnings inequality and dynamics in the presence of informality: The case of Brazil (Niklas Engbom, Gustavo Gonzaga, Christian Moser, Roberta Olivieri, VOXEU)

Figure 1 Evolution of percentiles (left) and dispersion (right) of the log earnings distribution from 1985-2017 – Source: RAIS, 1985-2017.

Earnings inequality and dynamics in the presence of informality | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal (voxeu.org)

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Brazil – Is there no end to Rio de Janeiro’s cycle of violence? (Al Jazeera)

A person places a handprint with red paint on a pavement during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil against police violence two days after a police operation in Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarezinho favela resulted in the death of 28 people. Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 8, 2021 [Amanda Perobelli/Reuters]

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Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

A police operation conducted on May 6 amid the COVID-19 pandemic and despite a Supreme Court order banning it resulted in the deaths of 28 people in Rio’s Jacarezinho favela.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/5/27/favela-raid-rio

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