Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Global Politics

Brazil top court ruling could free Lula, derail corruption fight

Several justices on Brazil's top court have already made clear they want to overturn a landmark 2016 ruling that allowed defendants to be jailed if their graft convictions were upheld on a first appeal — the sole reason that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and several senior politicians and businessmen are currently behind bars.

Global Politics

With opportunity scarce, Brazil's youth are demanding more than the World Cup

While Brazilian leaders are hoping the coming World Cup and Olympics will set the stage for the country’s coming-out party as an economic force to be reckoned with, young Brazilians tell a less promising tale. The youth unemployment rate is a formidable 15.6 percent. However, the larger problem for young people is actually underemployment. Working youth may be making a living, but they are not building careers.

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Life in Brazil's favelas

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says that during his administration millions of people were lifted out of poverty, including those living in Rio's notorious favelas. Reporter Jason Strother visited the Rocinha favela, to find out what residents think.

Global Politics

With opportunity scarce, Brazil's youth are demanding more than the World Cup

While Brazilian leaders are hoping the coming World Cup and Olympics will set the stage for the country’s coming-out party as an economic force to be reckoned with, young Brazilians tell a less promising tale. The youth unemployment rate is a formidable 15.6 percent. However, the larger problem for young people is actually underemployment. Working youth may be making a living, but they are not building careers.