All About Brazil

BRAZIL / 8 FEB 2012

Express kidnappings rose 62.5 percent in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, according to recently released government statistics. But one research organization has implied there may be reason to…

BRAZIL / 6 FEB 2012

The city of Salvador in northeastern Brazil has suffered a crime wave since state police went on strike over pay and conditions, with demands echoing those of security officials in…

BOLIVIA / 25 JAN 2012

After months of negotiation, Bolivia has agreed to work with Brazil and the US to track coca cultivation, in an apparent policy shift for the government of Evo Morales.

BRAZIL / 25 JAN 2012

Brazil, which borders on the world's three biggest cocaine producers, is increasingly moving to make itself a key force in regional anti-drug efforts, funneling security aid to its neighbors in…

BOLIVIA / 16 JAN 2012

Brazil's regional support in the fight against drugs grew further with the announcement it will donate four helicopters to Bolivia to help combat narco-trafficking.

BRAZIL / 9 JAN 2012

Peruvian groups carry out illegal logging in Brazil before transporting the wood along tributaries of the Amazon into Peru, unhindered by law enforcement, reports O Globo.

BRAZIL / 6 JAN 2012

A radio reporter may have been killed for angering drug traffickers in Brazil's northeastern state Bahia, where violent crime and drug trafficking has surged dramatically in recent years.

BRAZIL / 28 DEC 2011

Rio-based blogger and journalist Julia Michaels parcels out the gems from two recent interviews of Rio State's Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame. The official's message concerning the state's vaunted…

BRAZIL / 19 DEC 2011

Brazil's police seized 80 times more ecstasy tabs this year compared to 2010, a sign that availability of the synthetic drug is rising dramatically inside the country.

BRAZIL / 16 DEC 2011

Authorities highlighed drug seizure and arrest statistics in an updated review of Brazil's $6.3 billion border security plan.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 13 DEC 2011

Police in Rio de Janeiro arrested 16 people, including 11 military police, accused of selling confiscated firearms to criminal groups.

BRAZIL / 9 DEC 2011

The Brazilian government has announced a $2 billion dollar program aimed at curbing the spread of crack cocaine in the country.

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