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BRAZIL

Brazil country profile

Brazil is South America's most influential country, an economic giant and one of the world's biggest democracies.

It is one of the rising economic powers - otherwise known as BRIC nations - together with Russia, India, China and South Africa. Over the past few years, it has made major strides in its efforts to raise millions out of poverty.

The discovery of major offshore oil reserves could propel the country into the top league of oil-exporting nations.

The exploitation of the Amazon rainforest, much of which is in Brazil, has been a major international worry, since the wilderness is a vital regulator of the climate. It is also an important reservoir of plant and animal life.

A drive to move settlers to the Amazon region during military rule in the 1970s caused considerable damage to vast areas of rainforest.

 

Deforestation by loggers and cattle ranchers remains controversial, but government-sponsored migration programmes have been halted.

In 2005 the government reported that one fifth of the Amazon forests had been cleared by deforestation.

Deforestation has been slowed down by extra policing and pressure from environmental and consumer groups. The government has fined illegal cattle ranchers and loggers, while the food industries have banned products from illegally deforested areas, such as soya beans and beef.

Officials estimate that deforestation in 2010 fell to 5,000 sq km for the year, down from 7,000 sq km the year before and a peak of 27,000 sq km in 2004.

Brazil's natural resources, particularly iron ore, are highly prized by major manufacturing nations, including China. Thanks to the development of offshore fields, the nation has become self-sufficient in oil, ending decades of dependence on foreign producers.

There is a wide gap between rich and poor, but the World Bank has praised the country for progress in reducing social and economic inequality.

Much of the arable land is controlled by a handful of wealthy families, a situation which the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) seeks to redress by demanding land redistribution. It uses direct protest action and land occupation in its quest.

Social conditions can be harsh in the big cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where a third of the population lives in favelas, or slums.

Brazil's Aids programme has become a model for other developing countries. It has stabilised the rate of HIV infection and the number of Aids-related deaths has fallen. Brazil has bypassed the major drugs firms to produce cheaper, generic Aids medicines.

Brazil is revered for its football prowess. Its cultural contributions include the music of classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bossa Nova icon Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Brazilian Newspapers

  • AC 24 Hours (Rio Branco, Acre & Monday)

  • The Critic (Amazonas)

  • The Gazette (Acre)

  • The Joinville Gazette (Joinville)

  • Now Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo)

  • The Freedom (Rio de Janeiro)

  • The News (Joinville, Santa Catarina)

  • The New Democracy

  • The Plate (Santana of Deliverance)

  • The Reason (Santa Maria)

  • The Region (Itabuna, Bahia)

  • The Afternoon (Bahia)

  • The Tribune (Acrianos)

  • The Voice of the Mountain (Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro)

  • Bahia in Focus (Bahia)

  • Power Backstage (Cuiaba / Mato Grosso)

  • BOL

  • The brazilian

  • Brazil Sun [In English]

  • Business News Americas

  • Campo Grande News (Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul)

  • Campinas Cafe (Campinas) [In Portuguese]

  • Capitalnews.com (Mato Grosso do Sul, Midwest, Campo Grande)

  • Click News (Campinas, São Paulo)

  • ContilNet (Rio de Janeiro)

  • Mail Braziliense (Brasilia, Federal District)

  • Bahia Post (Salvador)

  • People's Mail (Rio Grande do Sul)

  • Popular Mail (Campinas, Sao Paulo)

  • Southern Cross (Sao Paulo)

  • Daily rate (Ponta Grossa, Paraná)

  • Amazon Diary

  • Diary of Araxá (Araxá)

  • Canoe Diary

  • Catarinense Daily (Florianopolis)

  • Great ABC's Diary (São Paulo)

  • Iguape Diary (Sao Paulo, Iguape)

  • Morning Diary (Goiænia, Goiás)

  • Christmas Diary (Natal, Rio Grande do Norte)

  • Northeast Daily (Ceará)

  • Northern Diary

  • Diary of Pará (Belém, Pará)

  • Journal of Pernambuco (Pernambuco)

  • Popular Diary (Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul)

  • People's Daily (Campinas, Sao Paulo)

  • Regional Gazette (Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Sao Paulo)

  • Diary of Rio Doce (Minas Gerais)

  • Diary of Sorocaba (Sao Paulo)

  • Red Diary (Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul)

  • Echoes of the News

  • Left Daily

  • Estadão

  • State of Minas (Belo Horizonte)

  • Expresso News (Sao Paulo) [In Portuguese]

  • Today Fair (Santana Fair, Bahia)

  • Managed Sheet (Rio de Janeiro)

  • Londrina Leaf (Paraná)

  • Morning Leaf (Passos, Minas Gerais)

  • Niterói Leaf (Niterói / Rio de Janeiro)

  • Northern Leaf (Paranaense)

  • Ponte Nova Leaf (Minas Gerais / Ponte Nova) [In Portuguese]

  • Rio Preto Leaf (São José)

  • Sao Paulo Leaf (Sao Paulo)

  • St. Peter's Leaf (St. Peter's)

  • Gazeta Esportiva.Net (Sao Paulo)

  • Merchant Gazette

  • Online Gazette (Paraná)

  • Gazette of Parana (Paraná)

  • People's Gazette (Curitiba, Paraná)

  • Toledo Gazette (Paraná)

  • Globe (Rio Grande do Sol)

  • Globe News

  • Today (Minas Gerais)

  • Jacarei Press (Paraiba Valley, Sao Paulo)

  • Free Press (Sao Paulo)

  • Industry & Commerce (paraná)

  • JCNET (Bauru, Sao Paulo)

  • 24 Hours Newspaper (Campo Grande)

  • Agazeta Newspaper (Mato Grosso, Cuiabá)

  • Agora Newspaper (Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul)

  • Current Journal (Portuguese)

  • Bahia Business Journal (Salvador / Bahia)

  • Journal of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)

  • Brasilia Newspaper

  • Capixaba Newspaper (Espírito Santo) [In Portuguese]

  • City Newspaper (Rio Claro, Sao Paulo) [In Portuguese]

  • City Newspaper (Serra Negra, Sao Paulo)

  • Journal of Commerce (Porto Alegre)

  • Jornal do Commercio (Recife, Pernambuco)

  • Corrido Paraíba Newspaper

  • Cruzeiro do Sul Newspaper (Sorocaba, São Paulo)

  • Journal of the Day (Amapá)

  • Evolucao Newspaper (Sao Bento Do Sul)

  • Gazeta do Sul Newspaper

  • Goyaz Newspaper (Goiás)

  • Grapiuna Newspaper (Bahia)

  • Informative Journal

  • Integration Journal (São Paulo)

  • Morning Newspaper (Uberaba)

  • Morning Newspaper (Ponta Grossa, Paraná)

  • Metropolis Newspaper (Bahia)

  • Journal of the Missions (Santo Ângelo)

  • NH Newspaper (Rio Grande do Sul)

  • Small Newspaper (Maranhão)

  • Piracicaba Newspaper (Piracicaba, Sao Paulo)

  • O Povo Newspaper (Fortaleza, Ceará)

  • Santa Catarina Newspaper (Blumenau)

  • Sports Journal (Rio de Janeiro)

  • Uberaba Newspaper (Uberaba)

  • Vale Do Aco Newspaper

  • VS Journal

  • JorNow

  • Latin Correspondent [In English]

  • Middle North (Teresina, Piauí)

  • MercoPress [In English]

  • Optical World

  • Niterói Urgent (Rio de Janeiro / Niteroi) [In Portuguese]

  • Hourly News

  • Botucatu News (Botucatu)

  • High acre

  • The Atibaiense (Atibaia)

  • The Day (Rio de Janeiro)

  • The State Online (Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul)

  • The state of Sao Paulo

  • West News (Sao Paulo, Southwestern, Presidente Prudente)

  • The Globe (Rio de Janeiro)

  • The Impartial (Sao Paulo, Southwestern, Presidente Prudente)

  • The Impartial (Maranhão, São Luis)

  • Today's Journal (Natal, Rio Grande do Norte)

  • The thing

  • The Liberal (Belém, Pará)

  • The Movement (Pirassununga, Sao Paulo State)

  • The North (Of Minas)

  • The Popular (Goiænia, Goiás)

  • The People (Cearà)

  • The Progress (Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul)

  • The Progress (Empress, Maranhão)

  • The South (Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre)

  • The Weather (Minas Gerais)

  • Pantanal News (Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso)

  • Paraná Online (Curitiba, PR)

  • Plus55 [In English]

  • Popular (Mato Grosso do Sul)

  • Radar News (Bahia)

  • Republic (Itu, Sao Paulo)

  • The Rio Times (Rio de Janeiro)

  • Solonopole (Ceara)

  • Sonoticias (Mato Grosso)

  • Tamoios News

  • Tribune of Bahia (Salvador, Bahia)

  • Tribune of the Day (Criciuma)

  • Press Tribune (Rio de Janeiro)

  • Printed Tribune (Araraquara)

  • Tribuna de Minas (Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais)

  • Northern Tribune (Natal, Rio Grande do Norte)

  • Petropoly Tribune (Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro)

  • Tribune of St. Peter (Piracicaba, St. Peter & Rio das Pedras)

  • Trivela (Sao Paulo) [In Portuguese]

  • Paraibano Valley (Sao Jose Dos Campos, Sao Paulo)

  • Economic value

  • West View (Osasco, Sao Paulo)

  • Your lord

  • Voice of Acre (Acre)

  • Zero Hora (Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul)

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President: Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff is the first woman to be elected as Brazil's president. She is former chief of staff to, and favoured successor of, outgoing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Dilma Rousseff has pledged to continue the policies of her predecessor, Lula

In the October 2010 elections to succeed President Lula, she narrowly failed to win an outright majority in the first round.

The result meant Ms Rousseff faced the second-placed candidate, Sao Paolo mayor Jose Serra of the main opposition Social Democracy party, in a run-off vote on 31 October.

Ms Rousseff, 62, was little known to her compatriots until Mr Lula selected her as his favoured successor after a number of high-profile candidates were forced out by corruption scandals during his time in office.

She joined the government in 2003 as energy minister. In 2005, Mr Lula made her his chief of staff, a post she held until March 2010, when she launched her campaign for the presidency as the Workers Party (PT) candidate.

During the election campaign, Ms Rousseff made it clear that she represented continuity with the Lula government, under which millions of Brazilians saw their standard of living rise.

She is known to favour a strong state role in strategic areas, including banking, the oil industry and energy.

Dilma Rousseff was born in 1947 and grew up in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte, in the coffee-growing state of Minas Gerais.

Her father, Pedro Rousseff, was a Bulgarian immigrant.

Her seemingly conventional background changed in the mid-1960s, when she was in her late teens. She became involved in left-wing politics and joined the underground resistance to the military dictatorship that seized power in 1964.

She has said that she was never actively involved in armed operations, but in 1970 she was jailed for three years and reportedly tortured.

After her release at the end of 1972 she studied economics and went on to become a career civil servant.

Ms Rousseff is twice divorced and has one daughter. In August, she became a grandmother.

In 2009, she was treated for and recovered from lymphatic cancer.

 

MEDIA

South America's biggest media market is home to thousands of radio stations and hundreds of TV channels. TV has long been the most influential medium.

Media ownership is highly concentrated. Domestic conglomerates such as Globo, Brazil's most-successful broadcaster, dominate the market and run TV and radio networks, newspapers and pay-TV operations.

Brazilian-made dramas and soaps - known as telenovelas - are aired around the world. Game shows and reality TV attract huge audiences.

The constitution guarantees a free press and there is vigorous debate in the media about political and social matters.

However, US-based Freedom House warned in 2011 that court injunctions were hampering reporting of key criminal cases. Journalists, particularly those in provincial areas, are vulnerable to physical attack.

Many homes subscribe to pay TV. Brazil is rolling out digital TV and aims to switch off analogue signals from 2016.

By December 2011, more than 79 million Brazilians were online (Internetworldstats.com), many of them via internet cafes.

Brazilians are among the world's top users of blogs and social networks. Internet access is not generally restricted. However, the judiciary has grown "increasingly aggressive" in its attempts to regulate content, says Freedom House.

Leading sites include UOL and Globo's G1. Google's Orkut and Facebook are the main social network rivals.

The press

 

Television

 

Radio

 

News agencies/internet