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  • In August 2015, a former chief-of-staff in Brazil was accused of receiving thousands

  • of dollars in bribes while in jail for a previous bribery conviction.

  • But, he is just one of many Brazilian government officials to be involved in corruption.

  • So, just how corrupt is Brazil?

  • Over the last 30 years, quality of life in Brazil has dramatically improved, but government

  • corruption still remains a problem.

  • On the Corruption Index, Brazil holds a low ranking, behind Turkey and South Africa.

  • Backroom deals and bribery continue, and other powerful authorities like the police force

  • and drug cartels often have direct, illegitimate ties to politicians.

  • Corruption continues, in part, because voters are faced with few good choices.

  • Politicians already convicted of corruption are often re-elected, with the rationale being

  • that they are at least LESS corrupt than everyone else.

  • One researcher notes that a fundamental difference between Brazil and other nations is in the

  • kind of corrupt bargain present between politicians and their constituents.

  • Elected officials can see it as their responsibility to smuggle money from the capital to their

  • voters.

  • Money laundering and bribery are some of the most common crimes.

  • In protest, millions of citizens have staged anti-government and anti-corruption marches.

  • TheClean Company Actwas then passed in 2014 to address protestors' concerns.

  • This law can fine companies 20% of their profits, or suspend them if their employees engage

  • in corrupt activity.

  • Although no major cases have been prosecuted using the Act yet, it's ostensibly a big

  • incentive for corporations to change their ways.

  • The most recent scandal within parliament and the leading political party, involves

  • the state-run oil firm Petrobras.

  • Around 50 officials are currently under investigation for accepting kickbacks totaling $2.1 billion

  • dollars in return for business contracts with the company.

  • To make matters worse, the current President of Brazil was the former head of Petrobras

  • during the time period when much of the corruption took place.

  • So far, she denies involvement in the kickback scheme, but her public approval rating has

  • plummeted amid the allegations and there are calls for her impeachment.

  • Because of Brazil's history of corruption, their upcoming organization of the 2016 Olympics

  • has left many concerned.

  • Already there have been accusations of mishandled funds, police brutality, and unfair evictions

  • for those living nearby new stadiums.

  • It may be a long transition for Brazil to achieve less corruption within their government.

  • However, with the international spotlight on their leadership as the Olympic games approach,

  • it's more important than ever that Brazil address their corruption issues.

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How Corrupt Is Brazil?

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    joey joey posted on 2021/04/04
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