B1 中級 318 タグ追加 保存
In March 2016, millions of Brazilian residents took to the streets, in the largest ever public
outcry against their president, Dilma Rousseff. The latest scandal surrounding Rousseff involves
the appointment of the former Brazilian president to a high ranking cabinet position. The former
president, known as “Lula de Silva”, is facing corruption and money laundering charges,
and Rousseff’s appointment would grant him protection from prosecution. Protesters, along
with a large portion of the Brazilian congress are calling for the removal of Rousseff from
office. Congress has even begun impeachment proceedings. So why does Brazil hate their
Well, since President Rousseff began her second term in 2014, her approval rating has plummeted,
reaching an all-time low of under ten percent. Many citizens blame her for Brazil’s recent
economic downturn, which is its worst since the 1930s Great Depression. In 2015, the country’s
GDP fell by almost four percent, while the value of its currency dropped by roughly a
quarter. Brazilians have paid roughly 10 percent more on consumer goods every year since Rousseff
took office in 2011, and inflation is now at its highest rate since 2003. Experts say,
if Brazil’s economy continues to fail at the current rate, the country will face a
full-blown depression by 2017.
Many Brazilians attribute this to bad policy, corruption and frivolous spending on the part
of Rousseff and her leftist Worker’s Party. Under Rousseff, the state has spent lavishly
on social programs and massive infrastructure projects that have gone over budget or were
never completed. This includes billions in public spending on the 2014 World Cup and
2016 Olympics, despite the widespread public opposition.
Brazil’s already struggling economy sunk even further after the 2014 Petrobras Scandal,
in which public officials pocketed millions from fraudulent contracts with Brazil’s
state-run oil giant, Petrobras. Rousseff has never been directly linked to the scandal,
though she is strongly suspected of foul play, as she was the company’s chairwoman during
the period in question.. Moreover, almost every alleged or convicted offender is part
of her governing coalition. This includes her campaign manager and Brazil’s former
president, Lula, who hand picked Rousseff as his successor. Rousseff was roped even
further into the scandal in March 2016, as allegations surfaced that she had appointed
a justice to Brazil’s supreme court, ostensibly to release jailed executives.
But perhaps the lowest point of Rousseff’s presidency was in December 2015, when congress
began impeachment proceedings against her. According to her accusers, Rousseff’s 2014
presidential win was invalid, as her campaign was allegedly funded through illegally acquired
assets. Rousseff is also being cited for covering up massive budget gaps with funds from public
banks, essentially creating the illusion of a functioning economy while carrying out poor
economic policies.
Rousseff has denied any involvement in the Petrobras scandal, and claims she is committed
to fighting corruption and strengthening Brazil’s economy. And although her approval rating
continues to dwindle, Rousseff does have a small but vocal group of supporters. They
say she is a scapegoat for Brazil's extraneous economic problems, like falling commodity
prices and less demand from China. Moreover, experts say that Congress’ case against
Rousseff is not strong enough to successfully remove her from office. So, whether they like
it or not, Brazilians will likely see another two years of President Rousseff.
But the President isn’t the only source of corruption in Brazil. Learn more about
how corrupt the hosts of the 2016 Olympics really are by watching this video up top.
You can also learn more about the Olympics themselves, and just how much of a disaster
they’ve turned out to be for Brazil by watching the video below.


Why Does Brazil Hate Its President?

318 タグ追加 保存
song 2016 年 6 月 15 日 に公開
  1. 1. クリック一つで単語を検索


  2. 2. リピート機能


  3. 3. ショートカット


  4. 4. 字幕の表示/非表示


  5. 5. 動画をブログ等でシェア


  6. 6. 全画面再生


  1. クイズ付き動画


  1. クリックしてメモを表示

  1. UrbanDictionary 俚語字典整合查詢。一般字典查詢不到你滿意的解譯,不妨使用「俚語字典」,或許會讓你有滿意的答案喔