In September 1969, left-wing activists kidnapped U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Charles Burke Elbrick to protest the military dictatorship in power. In exchange, they demanded the release of 15 of their comrades.
The $3.2 billion HidroAysen project is a controversial hydroelectric dam complex planned for Chile. The project’s five dams would flood almost 15,000 acres of Patagonian wilderness. Getting the power to market would require transmission lines to gauge a 1,200 mile swath through the forest.
This week on Worldview we’re taking a look at nuclear power around the world. Today's focus is on Brazil. Brazil’s nuclear energy program was in part inspired by American efforts to promote peaceful uses of nuclear science.
The driver of the car that plowed through a large crowd of people riding bikes during a Critical Mass event in Brazil last week is now under arrest, and may face charges of attempted homicide.As we reported, the event, which several people captured on video, has caused anger and outrage.
Earlier this month, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, was sworn into office. She follows in the footsteps of her mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Now, she’s facing floods and mudslides that killed over 600 people.