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Politician Goes to Jail in Brazil. Really.

The governor of the Federal District, Jose Roberto Arruda, was jailed yesterday after the Supreme Court of Justice, Brazil’s second highest court, voted 12-2 that the proof of corruption against him was sufficient to do so. If that does not shock you, you know little about corruption in Brazil. Despite plenty of previous opportunities scandals, this was the first time any governor has gone to jail for corruption, ever. 

Lula feeling better after hospitalization

Top news: President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had a health scare on January 27, when he was hospitalized for high blood pressure in the northeastern city of Recife.

Chickens: made in Brazil, sold in Iraq

SAO PAULO, Brazil — The Brazilians call it "frango" and the Iraqis call it "dajjaj," but more than ever before, they’re referring to the same chickens. Brazil’s direct exports to Iraq have exploded from virtually nothing before the American occupation to $107 million in 2008 to $250 million last year. And poultry is leading the charge. Chicken and anything it can be turned into now make up about 80 percent of those exports.

Manioc flour, served up with a song

CAMETA, Brazil — In this old riverfront town in the Amazonian state of Para, toasted manioc flour is served with just about every food, be it pirarucu fish, sliced steak or acai fruit. In a hole in the wall shop near the town center, however, it’s served up with a song.

Obama: In Brazil, an idol still

SAO PAULO, Brazil — It was to be a moment of racial awakening for Brazil. The United States, about one-eighth black and with a history of legal segregation, had elected a black president. Brazil, half-black by some counts, with no post-slavery history of race-based laws and a popular image of racial harmony, was nowhere close to such a feat. (Read about Brazilians anticipation of Obama's inauguration one year ago.)

Brazilian stocks up 92 percent in 2009

Top News: In the case of Sean Goldman, the nine year-old boy taken by his mother from New Jersey to Rio de Janeiro five years ago, the Supreme Court’s chief justice, Gilmar Mendes, dismissed the final obstacle, a habeas corpus request by Sean’s maternal grandmother to have the court hear her grandson’s wishes when it returned to session.

Carnaval? Not in Sao Luiz do Paraitinga.

SAO LUIZ DO PARAITINGA, Brazil — This valley town of 11,000, nestled between cow-flecked green hills and the Paraitinga River, was known for its charming colonial buildings and old-fashioned Carnaval. But the river flooded over on New Year’s weekend, knocking down at least 20 of 90 state-landmarked buildings and leaving dozens of others structurally damaged and potentially unsalvageable. Hundreds of other homes were flooded, some destroyed, and thousands of people left homeless. Next month’s Carnaval has been canceled.

Lawyer for Brazilians lashes out, contradicts himself

Chaos erupted outside the American consulate in Rio today when a traumatized Sean Goldman, 9, arrived with his Brazilian relatives and their lawyer to be turned over to his father. Reporters scrambled, cameramen elbowed, people shouted and traffic stopped. Afterwards, many second-guessed the decision by the lawyer, Sergio Tostes, to have the family emerge from their cars and walk the final block to the consulate rather than driving in through one of the garage doors and allowing the child to avoid the tumult.

Why Sean Goldman is on a jet to the US

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Almost five years after Bruna Bianchi took her American-born son Sean Goldman on vacation from New Jersey to her native Brazil and never returned, Sean is finally back with his father. At about 10 a.m. today, they left the American consulate on President Wilson Avenue in downtown Rio de Janeiro, and sped away in police-escorted SUVs to the airport. There the Goldmans boarded a private jet to the United States.

Frenzy greets Sean Goldman's arrival

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