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Despite all the mainstream media's stratagem, eventually Trump won.

   This time American conservatives chose a winner to regain the White House, nevertheless part of the mainstream media did not get it and the other did but acted in order not to inform news consumers that Trump really had a shot to win. So almost all the journalists acted in denial.
   As a matter of fact not all Republicans supported Trump. That's because internal fights, hurt feelings and even the disdain for the persona of the nominee became so intense that created wounds hard to heal, making it difficult for the party to rally together around the presidential candidacy. The Bushes, for instance, took as personal the attacks made by Trump on Jeb Bush during the primaries and opted by voting for Hillary Clinton.
   With a divided party and almost the entire media predicting his doom, Trump had to bootstrap his way to win the election and everyone but his constituents believed he had any chance. However, it happened that there were a lot of them who used to recognize each other in the events promoted by the candidate or being aware of the huge audience enjoyed by the alternative media.
Mainstream media wanted Trump to concede defeat before the election.

   Trump spoiled today's headlines of the mainstream media that would be "Trump is going to concede defeat". But see what Hillary already said about the election of George W. Bush:
   Oct 27, 2002, Newsweek: Hillary Clinton to Crowd at Fund-Raiser in Los Angeles: Bush Was 'Selected' President, Not Elected; Says Bush's Machine Has Raised Far More Money to 'Ruin the Reputations of Our Candidates'
   NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- At a private fund-raiser in Los Angeles for Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan of Missouri, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told the crowd that President Bush merely had been "selected" president, not elected, Newsweek reports in the current issue. "You know, I'm a fan of Clintonomics," she told the crowd while standing from a perch on the staircase of movie producer Alan Horn's art-filled Bel Air home, "and this administration is destroying in months our eight years of economic progress."

The Car Wash Shows You Cannot Be Naive In Dealing With Mafias.

   Since it began its investigations into the Petrobras’ enormous corruption scheme, the Car Wash operation has been criticized for the pyrotechnics used both in its police raids and subsequent press conferences as well as for other alleged technicalities.
   Obviously, most who speak out are those with links to the investigated themselves and who try to undermine the operation by pegging the whole of it as full of illegalities. But many naive souls reverberate some of these argumentations because they believe they are defending the rule of law by preventing the state from becoming authoritarian.
   Certainly, there is always that risk. Nevertheless, we—and mainly the opinion makers —, must have the lucidity to see that the law enforcement agents should have at least the same fire power of those who they aim to target.
   Mafias are powerful associations even while they operate in the shadow of the law but at places where they control politics, hence having the legal power to make and enforce the law, they turn out to be omnipotent.
   Therefore, if exists a mafia operating at the highest levels of a government already, it is a clear indicator that the rule of law might no longer be in effect there. And by blindly obeying the law the police can be following orders of the political mobsters.

The leftists know they have no majority in Congress to govern if Rousseff is "acquitted", but they don't care about it.

   The vote in the Senate that can seal the fate of Brazil's suspended president is still too close to call, despite the vote count required for the impeachment already had reached one vote more than the necessary minimum when the senators voted on Rousseff's suspension.
   So, the leftists, mainly those who held jobs in the now no longer existing Marxist administration, dream of changing the minds of at least two senators—which seems to be enough—to reinstate Rousseff and begin a renewed government.
   Nonetheless, the support from "pragmatic" politicians who used to back a leftist federal government, in exchange for maintaining their regional influences while taking or not personal advantages, has been waning.
   Therefore, if the suspended president were to return to power she would start with an opposition of about two thirds of the members of either house of Congress, meaning, on the one hand, her administration wouldn't be able to do anything useful for the country but, on the other hand, it would be capable of keeping the Workers' Party's supporters—who already are being sacked and replaced—safe in federal positions.

The Left is in search for outsiders’ minds to incept its “coup” version.

   The leftists know they are losing the impeachment battle for president Dilma Rousseff, who is suspended now being judged by responsibility crime, and perhaps some of them even want her to be removed from office for good.
   However, as the struggle for power never ceases, they already are trying to make prevail their romantic version of the facts, which also fits the purpose of undermining the new government into deeming it as illegitimate.
   But right now, their fairytale only finds acceptance among diehard socialists in Brazil and the possibility of their story to become history is inversely related to the success or fail of Michel Temer’s administration.
   Thus the Left launched a campaign abroad relying on a leftward biased foreign media, in order that the “coup” version begins to be written and enhanced as the time goes by.
   Such incredible plots as the unveiled by the Car Wash investigations, which exceeded Netflix’s House of Cards’ ones, would draw big audience everywhere in the world but radical left-wing journalists are fascinated by the narrative that what is going on in Brazil is a parliamentary coup.
   And one of the strongest voices behind this strategy is the British newspaper The Guardian. The London paper mainly through its correspondent Glenn Greenwald, has been reporting the current crises in Brazil in a very favorable way for Dilma Rousseff administration, and if it does not come to the point of stating openly that Rousseff’s impeachment proceedings is a coup Greenwald does when he talks to other means of communication.

If the Left wanted to govern through the Supreme Court it should have chosen less would-be jurists and more dumb radical justices.

   The Left, which appointed nine out of the eleven justices of the STF(Brazil’s Supreme Court), was expecting the Brazilian Court for constitutional issues to strike down every attempt to impeach Dilma Rousseff going through Congress, as if it was an obligation for left-wing judges to defend a socialist government.
   Nevertheless, despite the justices nominated by the two last leftist presidents had hindered and delayed the process they did not overrule it and even now that they suspended the right-wing House Speaker, who was one of the main causers of Rousseff’s fate, they acted too late.
   Unlike the Bolivarian Venezuelan Supreme Court, whose model Brazil’s STF was meant “according to the Forum of SP’s plans” to work in a similar way, the House of the Justices in Brazil did not become entirely subordinated to the Workers’ Party’s will.
   Truly, there are two justices who would do everything to save the leftist government and its project of power and another two or three who would do “almost” everything, but except for the two most stalwart allies none of the other seven would risk their necks or legacy to spare the doom of Rousseff and the PT.

On the verge of losing power the Left tries another approach and calls for general elections.

   By making a coalition with non-leftist forces and putting a member of these forces as vice president the Left gambled that nothing would happen to president Dilma Rousseff during her terms, and if it did—in case of death or a permanent disability—the VP Michel Temer would feel compelled to subject himself to the Workers' Party guidelines.
   But that recipe that worked well for the two terms of the former president Lula and Dilma Rousseff's first one began to show cracks already in the beginning of Rousseff's second term, when the early calls for impeachment or resignation of the president or even the revocation of her 2014 presidential ticket arose.
   Also the stubbornness of Rousseff and her Workers' Party to not accept the election of the Speaker Eduardo Cunha who, for good or bad, had been elected mostly by representatives belonging to the ruling coalition and apparently did not try at first to sabotage the government, gave room to the emergence of new partnerships in Congress.
   For an administration which outspent the budget, to win the 2014 presidential election and stay in power, it would be advisable to give up its pride in order to share the burden of a weak economy with the largest possible number of allies, ceding some power but maintaining key positions.
   Nonetheless, the leftists seemed to be lost between the uncertainty of stepping up or slowing down their revolution, since given the overwhelming influence they maintained on the Supreme Court they had doubts about whether they still needed to hand so much power to Congress or if they could resist and wait until a new friendlier legislature being elected. As a result of the ban by the STF on corporate campaign financing the Left was expecting a more progressive Congress to be elected in 2018, but the fear of losing the country's presidency made them want to advance the 2018 elections to 2016.

Sérgio Moro is one of the 100 most influential people
by TIME magazine.

   Time magazine "Cleaning up corruption. Brazilians call him SuperMoro, chanting his name on the streets of Rio de Janeiro as if he were a soccer star. But Sergio Moro is just a judge, albeit one prosecuting a corruption scandal so huge it could bring down a President—and perhaps change a culture of graft that has long hobbled his country’s progress.
   Operation Car Wash, as his investigation is called, found that kickbacks were paid to middlemen and politicians in exchange for contracts at Petrobras, the state-run oil company. The money is huge, but even bigger is the political impact, with hundreds of lawmakers under investigation. Although she hasn’t been directly linked to any bribery, President Dilma Rousseff now faces impeachment in part because of Moro’s work.
   Moro has been accused of ignoring due process, and he’s been more than willing to try his cases in the court of public opinion. But most Brazilians feel that his sharp-elbowed tactics are worth the trade-off for a cleaner country."

More than the Foreign Press Rousseff Is Trying to Convince Herself and Her Peers.

   Dilma Rousseff, who is unable to convince more than ten percent of her own people that she did nothing wrong and is being an innocent victim of a right-wing conspiracy, now goes abroad to sell the speech that she is suffering a coup.
   Perhaps, left-wing "big fans of Lula" correspondents, who make up the majority of the foreign press in Brazil, gave to Rousseff the misleading sensation that other nations would be more willing to listen to her complaints and support her.
   In Brazil every time Rousseff tries to reach the public no one—except for the mandatory media coverage—pays heed to her and people even resort to banging pans and booing her when she starts speaking.
   Nevertheless, as she and the leftist radical parties supporting her government rule out the possibility of giving up the presidency of Brazil they at least need to show for their loyalists that there still are outsiders who believe them.

Coup Would Be If They Stay.

   Now, 69 percent of Brazilians want the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff and 82 percent disapprove of her government, she has no more a majority in Congress and both her administration and presidential campaigns are targets of investigations into allegations of enormous corruption schemes, but she and her supporters keep saying that it would be a coup if Congress members approve her ousting without a proven crime.
   The catch is that even if there is the certainty that a crime was perpetrated, if you give the defendant president all the rights to appeal, which is granted for any ordinary citizen, an eventual political punishment with the loss of her mandate would end up being ineffective, because when it comes to happen the presidential term would be ended or be in its last days.
   Therefore, it could be rewarding for an elected authority, to the detriment of the voters, to break the law relying on the relative slowness of common legal proceedings, when—weighing up the pros and cons—it can translate into political gains.
   And that is the very case of Dilma Rousseff and her ruling Workers’ Party, which after coming to power do not intend to hand it over anymore. The communists think they are promoting a never-ending revolution, since they do not have a strong conviction of how a post-revolutionary society should turn out to be, which leaves them free to stay in charge of the government for good.
   To follow the Foro of Sao Paulo's plans of a Great Socialist Latin America it is inconceivable for the communists to lose Brazil's presidency even if momentarily, because the country is thought to be the powerhouse for its more fundamentalist bolivarianist satellite neighbors.
   Thus, to avoid that a ruler breaks the law intentionally, thinking about benefiting from the passing of the time, is that impeachment proceedings are more politically quick than legally slow.

The Right-wing Option.

   If you are a higher educated middle-class guy “even being conservative” you would probably first-hand disapprove of Jair Bolsonaro presidential campaign strategy. The representative from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil’s lower house of Congress is increasingly attending cheesy popular talk shows, where he argues with gay activists and human rights champions (sometimes in vulgar language), praises the 1964 military regime and does not care to discuss the so-called “major” political and economic issues.
   And because of his outbursts of political incorrectness the mainstream media—which seems to enjoy writing headlines about him—unanimously smears the right-wing politician as homophobic, fascist and admirer of military dictatorships. Therefore, many of the rightists who are eager to support a true conservative candidate must think Bolsonaro is unfit to be president and that he should first change his manners to stand a better chance.
   Nevertheless, amid the overall awareness of what the current left-wing government has turned out to be and of what the one that was overthrown by the military in 1964 could really have meant, as the time goes by the representative has been gaining more acceptance and his name already appears on lists of the top five politicians who are thought to be running in the 2018 presidential race.
   It seemed that Bolsoraro, who is also a former Army captain, understood that it makes no sense to waste time courting the so-called opinion makers who would hardly vote on him and decided to look directly for people who did not know him and could do otherwise. And despite his presidential bid seeming a long shot now, it already represents good news for the conservative cause since a stronger right-wing candidate can move the axis of Brazil’s politics that has become so much imbalanced to the Left.
   Moreover, if he was already able to fare well in debates with two or more people, even when biased mediators gang up on him as shown on the above video, he is now acquiring a more consistent economic and political speech that makes his sharp tongue sharper.

They Speak There As They Speak Here.

   For many who still see the U.S. as a last resort to flee the communist advance in Latin America, it’s worth taking a look at what is going on there now to evaluate whether the Americans are living in an environment so different to ours.
   Right now, even an open socialist candidate—being that not so long ago any American politician regarded as leftist had no chance of flying high—is dreaming of replacing the current not-so-open socialist president Barack Obama.
   Bernie Sanders, 74, is supported mostly by the so-called millennial generation, people aged between 18 and 29 who have a world view in line with the preaching the Left has been delivering over the last decades.
   And his platform follows a standard leftist script, advocating public campaign financing, higher taxes on the rich, a welfare state, less incarceration and more education as a panacea to fight criminality and so on, which makes his young audience cheer him as if he is a rock star.
   It may sound mean to say that governments establish the drafting age around 18 because if it were 40 no one would show up for duty, but the youth indeed is a kind of naive and more susceptible to accept pipe dreams as something achievable.
   In its last issue, Veja, the biggest Brazilian weekly magazine, brought a special coverage on the lifestyle of Brazil’s millennial generation, reporting that parents are taken aback by their teenage children’s behavior and are learning how to deal with them.
   Really? Are parents learning how to treat their children when they are almost grown-ups?
   But what makes things worse is that even self-proclaimed conservatives—as the above referred magazine—seem to believe that this “eccentric” generation comes as a result of a social evolutionary process.
   It’s an undisputed truth that the Left lost the armed war of the ‘60s and ‘70s in Brazil but has been winning the culture war since then. The mainstream media, which lie on the front lines of the battles, are made up almost entirely of leftist journalists who are ever replaced by new ones whose minds were carefully indoctrinated at classes from the elementary school to college.
   Over almost five decades the Right, either by snobbery of its thinkers or by being expelled from newsrooms, was practically eliminated from the cultural scenario leaving the battleground—the new generations’ ever-hungry-for-knowledge minds—uncontested to be conquered by the Left. The left-wing thought spreads smoothly back and forth from the news outlets to universities and schools retro feeding each other with argumentations that aim at sustaining the ideas which form the socialist ideologies and keeping a nearly hegemonic way of thinking.
   So, it was not by chance that the millennium generation is what it is.

Some are waiting for the eleventh hour to resort to an unorthodox solution in order to avoid a communist dictatorship in Brazil, but then it could be too late.

   An interview and a lecture given by the chief of the Southern Military Command, general Antonio Hamilton Martins Mourão, criticizing the Workers’ Party’s government, raised concerns on those who fear the return to a military regime and were enough to remove him from a command of troops.
   In the interview the general was questioned about a threat of invasion of the country by Evo Morales of Bolivia, who vowed to do so in case of Brazilian Congress come to topple Dilma Rousseff from the presidency, and answered that Brazil was prepared for such a menace; and in the lecture he envisaged possible scenarios either for Rousseff staying or falling—but in both talks the general stressed the current political degradation that may lead the country into chaos.
   So the communist government that seems to be constantly checking the political mood on the military to feel if there’s some kind of resistance to its agenda, which already imposed a member of the communist party as defense minister, ordered the removal of the general to an administrative post.
   Obviously, everybody who supports Dilma Rousseff’s government approved the punishment of the general but most of those who are against the Workers’ Party’s administration also agree that he should keep his mouth shut on behalf of the democracy.
   But is the PT’s administration a government that follows democratic rules or is it only using the loopholes of democracy to establish an autocratic regime? And if the latter is true, how democratic still are we?
   Should we righteously obey democratic principles while the communists, who really want a dictatorship of the proletariat, bend the laws to gradually destroy democracy?
   Also in an interview, after the dismissal of the general Antonio Mourão, the commander of the Army, general Eduardo Villas Bôas, said the Armed Forces fulfils its constitutional role, which is to answer the call of one of the three branches of the Republic. But what the Military must do if two or even three of these branches were corrupted?
   Now there are enough evidences already that the Federal Government, the Supreme Court and the Congress either were involved in crimes or in a communist conspiracy and that those taking part in the plots represent the dominant forces in each of these institutions, and that they got there misleading the people.
   So, there is no solution coming from these powers that doesn’t suit the interests of authorities who, under suspicion, are only not proven guilty because they are protected by the same government bodies they command.
   About two million people took to the streets on March 15, 2015 and a little bit smaller massive protests occurred in another two posterior dates, when Brazilians called for the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. For almost 70 percent of voters the president must leave based on a series of logical rationales that make her directly or indirectly responsible for both electoral and administrative crimes, which are still unproven only because her cohorts work all the time to block any investigation from being successful.
   Therefore, an impasse was reached with the large majority of Brazilians feeling they were cheated by the communists and their associates—who used several illegal means to keep their president in power—and acknowledging they are powerless to change the situation.
   Some could argue that also wouldn’t do any good to avoid a dictatorship by favoring an unorthodox solution, which will be seen as a mere coup d'état, and that we must fight for democracy through democratic rules above all the things.
   However, as the Gramscian strategy aims at destroying the values of the bourgeois society—so that the revolution of the proletariat may bring about the new values of the communist society—but it was the emergence of the bourgeoisie which made the existence of the democratic system possible, a Gramscian revolution neither will lead us through a democratic path nor we will reach a democratic destination.
   Thus, it might be even more important to maintain the values on which a democratic regime is based than blindly obey the rules that were created inspired in such values, because the values are which sustain the rules and the contrary isn’t necessarily true.


There are No Pacts between Lions and Men.

   It is laughable that the leftists in power, who not long ago were seeking hegemony, are now talking about pact, truce, transition or anything of the kind.
   To them the political game must stop until the government finds its feet or at least until the eve of the 2018 election.
   Roughly compared it would be the same that in the disastrous 7-1 World Cup game, after the third German goal, Brazil asked the adversary not to kick to the goal anymore until the Selecao had recovered.
   In the case of the Team Brazil it is certain to affirm the game would finish 3-0 but in the current political game we couldn’t say the same because the leftists play a dirty game—they would not be ashamed of committing any wrongdoing to remain in power.
   In other words what they are asking for is nothing else than a time to catch their breath, so that they can take the heat off them and restart their project of hegemony.
   There are so many interests at stake for people in power not only in Brazil, but in Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia and other leftist states—that were benefited by the largeness of Brazilian policies—to they let Dilma Rousseff give up the presidency.
   And Rousseff herself plays a role of a soldier of her party in the same way other members of the Workers' Party do—as its treasurers who bear all the blame for their party's corruption but do not snitch their superiors.
   The president is supposed to stay in office for the good or the bad, putting the PT in a win-win situation with its supporters splitting themselves into half for and half against the government policies. This is a cheated game and, as soon as one side fares better, both the factions should regroup under the command of which of them comes out victorious.
   However, another major factor to be analyzed in this "culture war" is the tactic now employed by the Left, aiming at fighting a presumed intolerance on the part of the Right, which means nothing more than a way to pose as a victim, play dead and lower the political temperature.
   The Left now cries wolf for every move of the Right that may seem more aggressive to them, alleging that there is a climate of bigotry and that it affects more the poor, the blacks and the minorities.
   So, meanwhile it's hard to the socialists—due to the recent corruption scandals—to assemble a huge army of fierce loyalists to stand for progressive causes, they want to shut up the fiery opponents by pegging them as intolerant people.
   Nevertheless—as it was recently demonstrated by the STF's ban on corporate campaign donations—the authoritarian leftists never cease their attempts to advance to occupy spaces, and if the conservatives do not take advantage from their current weakness the democracy in Brazil is seriously threatened.

The Spins The Leftist Media Do.

   Every newspaper has its agenda and even if a media company tries to keep itself neutral the inevitable fights inside its offices would end up making its contents lean toward the Left or the Right.
   Indeed in most firms aren’t even the owners who determine which color one vehicle has to carry and, as the example of Rupert Murdoch who has both leftist and rightist media companies shows, since the business goes on profitable the editors have free rein.
   It’s also undeniable that most of the mainstream media is biased to the Left, such that Murdoch himself was able to perceive the obvious: if half the Americans used to vote in the Republicans and all of the TV channels had a progressive agenda, by creating a conservative broadcaster he would grab half the viewers who like to watch politics on TV.
   In Brazil TV stations are licensed under a concession regime that makes impossible the emergence of a TV network like Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, nonetheless these are other times and the Internet has given strength to conservative voices without the need of the media outlets’ approval.
   The recent rightist mass demonstrations that took place across Brazil were a direct result of the mobilization through online social networks, and they would have occurred as much as big even if the mainstream media hadn’t covered them.
   Such a loss of influence has worried the Left, whose opinion-makers make up the great majority of the journalists, reporters and chroniclers in the largest TVs, radios and newspapers, so that the leftists in the press have been forced to turn themselves into big spinners to justify Rousseff’s government and deconstruct the rightist movement.
   One of the leftist men in the press is the Datafolha director Mauro Paulino, who enjoys making comments after his polling institute having surveyed any political issue. Paulino is either an undeniable leftist or he is a kiss-ass of the government of the day, for his comments always are biased positively towards the Left and negatively towards the Right
   In his last commentary about the August 16 demonstrations against Dilma Rousseff’s government, Paulino said—based on a Datafolha survey—that there were few youngsters in the rallies because themes such as security, which is among the major concerns of poor young teenagers, were not present and asked why there was no banner condemning a 19-victim slaughter of days before. However, if such banner was spotted in the demonstrations he for sure would have said the anti-government rallies had no focus.

The Economic Model Proposed by the Left for the Country Smacks of Brazil’s Slavery Era.

   A pack of wild dogs, of hyenas or other hierarchical organized groups like ants or bees, where only for the Alpha couple or the queen is allowed privileges such as procreation, would illustrate well the communist model the Left was carrying out in Brazil.
   Big businesses, whose managers are coerced into contributing to the ruling party’s war chest, picked out from their sectors to be leveraged by public banks, along with a nationalistic argumentation that those companies create jobs and need to compete abroad make up the core of the economic system conceived by the Workers’ Party (PT) to govern Brazil.
   In short, that’s what they call Capitalism of State, a pretentious name for the new communist shape they hint that will be a transitory and necessary stage for a truly socialist country in the future.
   By giving carrots to big business — through low interest rates loans and facilitated, overpriced government contracts — and sticks — through turning their companies addicted to the state and sort of illicit — the ruling party became the real controller of Brazil’s biggest firms making their shareholders totally irrelevant.
   The party even implemented the creation of several large BNDES-funded start-ups — whose Boards of Directors have to be friendly and helpful to Workers’ Party members —, to supply state-owned companies such as Petrobras with national-content equipment as demanded by a law passed under the PT’s rule.
   Although the executives and owners of those privileged businesses were replaceable according to the political will, they — together with the politicians — formed the new elite of the country.
   By means of such arrangement people are incentivized to set up a business but can grow only up to a certain point, where from there they will need the endorsement of members of the ruling party to become bigger and in return must contribute with money. Consequently, there is a phony capitalism since prices and demands are established from the top to the bottom.
   If this economic and political system was previously planned or came through an adaptation the leftists found to undermine Brazil’s weak capitalism, aiming at turning the country’s economy into a state-regulated one, is anybody’s guess. But the fact is that the system suits perfectly well the communists’ projects in any circumstances since it dismantles the capitalist model.
   However, it is startling to see how similar the so-called new model is to the old in slavery time, which is blasted by the leftists as the mother of all the evils. Both these models are made up of a tiny elite and a huge disfigured population, where outside the upper social layer people do not identify each other inside any common moral standard.
   Because formerly the slaves were brought from different places and gathered randomly they used to lose their social principles; and now on the strength of an intense campaign orchestrated by the Left aiming at dismantling the existing bourgeois standards, the two societies seem increasingly similar.

The House Speaker Is Dead, Long Live The House Speaker!

Jarbas Vasconcelos offers his name as a candidate for Speaker of the House.

   It seems that the doom of the House Speaker Eduardo Cunha is inevitable, nevertheless the Right must anticipate itself to prevent the Left from electing the new president of Brazil's lower chamber.
   In the same way it is hard to believe PT's members have nothing to do with the corruption scandal that started in Petrobras and now spreads to other government bodies, it is difficult to deny that Mr Eduardo Cunha is somehow involved in it.
   The eagerness for the ouster of Dilma Rousseff cannot blind the conservatives to the point of they thinking there will not be impeachment and the Left will regain the House if the current Speaker is removed.
   Mr Eduardo Cunha despite posing as a conservative seems to be more a soldier of fortune, he already had several opportunities to kill Rousseff's term — as in the case he helped change a law because the president had overspent the 2014 budget — and now his refusal to step down is what the Left wants more than anything to deflect the spotlight from the impeachment.
   Maybe the next Speaker, who we are rooting for being a rightist one, won't be as cunning as Mr Eduardo Cunha is, but the lessons given by Cunha on how to deal with the Workers' Party and everyone else in the Left during his presidency are worthy of being learned.

Smooth Criminal.

   Despite being always forgiven, the stupidity can cause more damage than the worst of the crimes.
   Let’s consider Dilma Rousseff knew nothing about the huge scandal that involved Petrobras — and which now begins to show that tainted Eletrobras too — , even if it was possible, given the posts she held, it already would be a strong reason to put most of the blame on her.
   Rupert Murdoch, an international media mogul, also used as excuse, when grilled at a British parliamentary hearing over his knowledge about the use of hacking by his employees, that he commanded an enormous conglomerate with about 25,000 workers and that it would have been unthinkable to know everything about what was going on in his companies.
   And although the assertion may be true, it couldn’t ever be used as an excuse by a top executive about ignoring any detail of the business he or she is or was in charge. Being a big entrepreneur or an important CEO demands that a person takes risks that are proportional to how large his or her business is, moreover no one forces anybody to be a big businessperson.
   However, people tend to accept such excuses taking into account that if there was no bad faith, and the damages were caused either by negligence or incompetence everything should be forgiven or at the best deserve a light punishment.
   Two opposite telling cases happened in the U.S., at the time of an enormous spill caused by British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico, when an investment fund manager was sentenced to more than a hundred years in jail, for misleading several investors looking for easy money and the BP CEO, whose company’s explosion and spill killed tens of employees, destroyed plenty of marine life and provoked losses to fishermen, enjoyed a comfortable retirement after his firm paid compensations.
   The immense difference between the punishments in the two cases above illustrates how tendentious is the justice to punish more based on the criminals’ intentions than on the consequences caused by an offender.
   So, the allegations of Dilma Rousseff’s defenders that there are no evidences of any illegality committed by the president is irrelevant and the disastrous results produced by her government are enough to call for her resignation.
   Furthermore, Dilma Rousseff can really be incompetent but can also be hiding behind a supposed incompetence to allow her cohorts to do anything they want, and by keeping her away from any wrongdoing — despite occasional casualties — her group could remain in power even plotting illicit things.


The Scorched Earth Policy.

   Invaded by Napoleon and Hitler the Russians preferred to sacrifice their farms and cities through the scorched-earth tactics to see their enemies go away quickly than risking giving them a stay.
   Most Brazilians, who were minding their own business and were awakened to the realization that something was going wrong in the country's politics, already understood that first we need to get rid of the leftist government and only afterwards think about rebuilding the country.
   So, it ends up being boring to watch foreign and national economics pundits giving advice for Brazil without considering being a priority the removal of the current president. And amid the political and economic crisis — whose furnace has been stoked up with the general distrust of the plans the leftists in power may have — some condemn the opposition for voting against policies it defended in the past as if it was possible to compromise with a government seeking hegemony.
   Indeed, the opposition must have as its main objective to overthrow Dilma Rousseff for the simple reason that she conspire against our Western Christian Democratic way of life. Democracy presupposes smooth handovers of power and this is something the masterminds of the Sao Paulo Forum, whose ideologues establish the guidelines to be followed by most Latin American countries, aren’t willing to do.
   The president and her inner circle are notoriously communists, and as such they despise everything linked to the foundations of the bourgeois state. They do not believe in the Western Democratic model and think that every time the Left hands over power to the Right means a backsliding on their road to a socialist state.
   However, not all the Left must be regarded as enemy of the democracy, there are leftists who accept the democratic game, only the extremists “the communists” are hegemonic.
   Dilma Rousseff and her entourage already gave enough evidence they do not have any intention of handing over the power, which can be easily verified by associating their plans of creating the Social Participation Councils “like the Soviets” aiming at weakening Congress, nominating ultra-leftist Supreme Court justices “who also alternate themselves as chairman of the Supreme Electoral Court” and, above all, disregarding the laws when it comes to overspending the budget to win an election.
   Furthermore, all their actions pertaining to the social issues make us believe more and more that there is indeed a Gramscian conspiracy under way to subvert our Western Christian values and let the communist revolution create new ones, as preached by the Italian Marxist theoretician and politician Antonio Gramsci.
   It is undeniable that people on the Right are consciously or unconsciously pushing to derail the economy on the grounds that a strong economy, regardless of its concepts being dead wrong it would certainly be running out of steam sooner or later, could give a lifeline for the bolivarianist model.
   Therefore, the depressing comparison that Brazil only grows more than countries such as Ukraine and Syria, which are living under civil wars, is misleading since we also are living under a civil war despite being ours an economic and cultural one.

The Night of the Long Knives.

Beware of your travelling companions PMDB, by purging no longer useful allies, such as the SA, Hitler consolidated his hegemonic power.

   OK, that's an enormous conspiracy theory: even going through record low popularity ratings President Dilma Rousseff strikes the presidents of the two chambers of Congress, “while the iron is hot” during a parliamentary recess, making them toothless, the impeachment more improbable and buys time to regain people's confidence.
   It sounds like nonsense, everybody sees her as a simple person incapable of such a devilish plot, but Stalin looked like a dumb guy too, and was capable of doing unimaginable things.
   And one could ask “Why would she do a highly risky move when her government seems so weak?” And the not-so-obvious answer would be “Why not now?”
   If the communists in the ruling coalition want to put their plan into effect to achieve a hegemonic power, makes no difference if the government is stronger or weaker, they need above all to destroy their rivals. Notwithstanding, they have to do it quickly to give no chance for their opponents to recover and counter-attack.
   President Dilma Rousseff represents the ultra-radical leftists and although no one believes she would order to kill anyone, chiefly the House Speaker who can kick off the impeachment proceedings, it would be enough for her to make some important political figures untrustworthy to call for her resignation.
   Decapitating a rebellious House of Representatives has been, along with maintaining Rousseff in power, one of the main priorities of the Left since Mr Eduardo Cunha was elected Speaker. The socialists think that the House only escaped from their control due to the personal leadership of the incumbent House Speaker and that without him the representatives tend to be more easily cajoled into supporting the government.
   If, on the one hand, it will be hard for the leftist administration to pull the strings in Congress again after the dizzying pace Mr Eduardo Cunha set as presiding officer of the lower chamber, and in which became clearer the Left has got at best 30% of the votes when it comes to approve a progressive agenda, on the other hand the socialists could always return to their original plan of undermining the legislature to govern.
   And albeit the federal judge in Paraná, where the investigations that are rocking the whole Brazilian political world began, has demonstrated no partisan bias — disregarding the whines of supporters and allies of those involved — the Attorney-General, who is nominated by the president and is running for re-election, has shown to be more preoccupied in investigating the non-leftist legislative branch than those who might be somehow linked to Dilma Rousseff.
   Thus, despite the staggering amount of evidence of wrongdoing committed by Rousseff's administration which could lead to the impeachment, such as "the fiscal pedalling" — meaning the use of public banks' advances to pay federal welfare programs before the Treasury had deposited the money committed to them — the freewheeling spending of the 2014 budget with electoral purpose and the increasingly clear influence peddling of the former president Lula helping leverage large companies through the Brazilian Development Bank, the PMDB slowness to take over the government may turn out to be a fatal error.

Betting on the Wrong Horse.

If Eduardo Cunha Was Going To Be A Gun For Hire At Least He Should Have Drawn And Fired For The Right First.

   It could be an ingenious plan: after learning he would be investigated for involvement in the Petrobras scandal the representative Eduardo Cunha decided to run for the House Speaker's post in order to control the House of Representatives' inquiries and blackmail Dilma Rousseff's administration with an eventual impeachment.
   But if it was the plan; then an entrepreneur involved in the Petrobras scandal blew the things up by saying in his affidavit that Mr Cunha took $ 5 million in bribes from him, proving the now crippled Speaker was slow by letting himself be shot first and now it could be too late to react.
   By criticizing, early this week, the federal judge Sergio Moro, responsible for the Car Wash operation which is investigating corruption in the highest levels of the government, for making use of the excessive remands to force criminals to turn state’s evidence, the House Speaker Eduardo Cunha already had expressed either a concern that the investigations were closing in on him or that he thought the inquiries were enough to weaken the Workers’ Party (PT) and thus he could be seen as a legalist.
   If the Speaker is guilty of any wrongdoing he has reasons for wanting to stop the operation, but if he thought it already had been sufficient to rule out the PT from winning the 2018 presidential election and that his Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) would be able to handle the crisis, maintaining a weak president in power, so that he would become the next president or prime minister he was dead wrong.
   This week’s phase of the Car Wash operation, which instead of Curitiba, Paraná, took place in Brasília, DF, under the mutual coordination of the Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), had no member of left-wing parties exposed to the headlines and the Congress seemed to be more involved in the scandal than the Executive Power. Moreover, the last IBOPE poll for a possible 2018 contest showed that the former president Lula (PT) still gets 41% of votes against his strongest rival, the 2014 opposition candidate Aécio Neves (PSDB), and is perfectly capable of making a comeback.
   And despite Mr Cunha being undeniably a clever guy, as show the accomplishments he has achieved since he became the House Speaker, sometimes it’s hard to understand his logic. On the one hand he has been suggesting that the Attorney General is investigating him at President Dilma Rousseff’s request, but on the other, he has so far been sparing her from being impeached. Also Mr Cunha owes much of his current power to the judge Sergio Moro, for the undermining of the Workers’ Party’s political strength, and by criticizing him the Speaker is firing at the enemy of his enemies.
   Mr Cunha’s angry reaction, after the entrepreneur’s denunciation, certainly must be due to a grudge he has against President Dilma Rousseff for she hadn’t intervened to keep his name out of the investigations — as a payback for what he and the president of the Senate Renan Calheiros, another who must bear her a grudge, did to change a law the federal administration broke and which could lead to the impeachment of Rousseff — or the realization that the presidency is either powerless towards the Justice or ill-intentioned towards him.
   Regardless of what may turn out to be the true version of the facts, the Speaker’s main mistake was not to know the timing to shoot first at the Left — winning the undivided support of the Right — and come out with the image that he was targeted as a reaction for his actions and not that he is reacting because he was targeted.

Age of Majority: Why the Left Cares So Much About?

   There is an old saying in the barracks that asserts that the discipline needs victims, i.e. people have to see someone being punished to fear doing something wrong too. But a leftist would for sure refute the argument above by claiming that that doesn’t make sense in a democracy and that it turns out to be inhuman to sacrifice others' lives in order to enforce the law.
   Obviously, he would also add a series of nonsenses and platitudes such as “the criminality is a direct consequence of the absence of the state”, “the young offender is a victim as well”, “arresting minors won’t reduce the crimes”, “we need more schools and less prisons, more prevention and less incarceration” and so forth.
   Nevertheless, to say that a sixteen-year-old murderer has the unconditional right to a second opportunity means to care more about the killers than about their victims, which could be justifiable if we were before endangered species unable to judge the consequences of their acts.
   But even a wolf, a bear and any other wild animals know at approaching the surroundings of a city that they have to move furtively if they want to feed on food wastes or even hunt a human being. Therefore, they study carefully the residents’ behavior, attack when they feel themselves confident they will have success, and will continue to do so as long as they do not face a stronger resistance.
   Hence we cannot believe that teens over sixteen are less capable than wolves or bears and certainly they will realize when such a stronger resistance is raised to underage crimes, making many of them have a second thought before committing any felony.
   Otherwise, perhaps the leftists have ever been far from thinking that a young assassin — mainly a recidivist — can be rehabilitated, within the scope of the current Child and Adolescent Statute, confined in the existing young offender institutions and they are against the reduction of the criminal majority for ideological reasons.
   As well as the age of majority the Left in Brazil — a solidly bourgeois society — advocates causes such as gay marriage and drug decriminalization that wouldn’t win the support of governments of China, Russia and even Cuba regarded by them as countries in a more advanced stage of socialism.
   Maybe these teenage criminals just fit in their speech of victimization of the poor by a bourgeois society, which they say benefits the well born to the detriment of the needy, and they see them only as one more of the useful tools they employ in their continued Gramscian campaign to destroy the foundations whose bourgeoisie is based on.

To not to fall Dilma needs Cunha but the Left insists on provoking the Speaker.

   Recent votes in the House of Representatives have shown how strong is the leadership of the Speaker Eduardo Cunha among his fellows, being capable of rallying enough supporters to approve most bills he put to vote.
   Disgruntled at having lost the command of the House, at not influencing any more on what should or shouldn't be the issues to be analyzed by lawmakers and at thinking Mr. Cunha is setting a conservative agenda the Left is waging an all-out war on the Speaker.
   The leftists along with activists of the gay movement — Mr. Cunha is a devout evangelical Christian and against gay marriage — persecute the House Speaker everywhere in order to harass him, with insults such as "homophobic" and "dictator", meantime on their blogs they have been regarding the rightists as intolerant when at public venues they demonstrate against former and current left-wing members of the two Workers' Party's governments.
   Mr. Cunha is the man empowered in the Congress to start the impeachment proceedings of the Brazilian leftist president and apparently did not do it yet only by being judging the convenience and timing to do so.
   He acts often with coolness not displaying any emotion even when other representatives yell at him at the House podium, but he already showed moments of bad temper and thus the Left increases the chances of the impeachment being put to the vote either by a cool or a bad-tempered Eduardo Cunha.

Dilma Rousseff Being Booed In California

If We Are Driven Forward More by Selfishness Why Did Socialism Become A Powerful Ideology?

   To live in a society we are obliged to settle for countless things otherwise our human nature would never do for, and it happens not because we think about other people before we think about ourselves but because we consider the reactions they may have to any of our actions. Therefore, even at our tender ages our parents, who care about us, are already concerned about socializing us as a way to protect us.
   However, besides the teaching given by the families, every human society always feels the need to create support groups aiming at standardizing the socialization of its members: educating people on how to behave socially as a form of cushioning potential conflicts and strengthening its whole structure.
   The churches by means of their charity appeals and the schools by means of their humanities classes are examples of support groups "social institutions" which educate people to be fond of each other or at least play fair.
   In that way almost all of us are conditioned to care about other people in order to achieve a common good and in here is that the socialists find answers to their preaching.
   By showing the contrasts in terms of personal incomes caused by a capitalist economy, the leftists appeal to learned behavioral characteristics of the individuals such as the goodwill toward other human beings and the sense of social fairness - as if they were natural human traits - and make the personal income’s equality the backbone for their ideal society.
   That economic egalitarian speech made in free countries gathers strength because people do not perceive there’s a catch to it: to become more economically egalitarian a society turns out to be less free.
   Furthermore, as there are much more people in the low strata it is not clear if the poorer are moved more by a feeling of envy of the richer than by a desire that everybody become equal.
   But after all the socialist speech is not entirely bad. A true democratic society must face a everlasting dilemma between social policies and individual rights and consequently it results in giving opportunity for power shifts leftwards and rightwards.
   The bad thing happens if a political tendency becomes hegemonic, which without the balance that is given by the changes of government makes a society move to a totalitarian regime in either case.

The Communist Busters.

   If you are going to get into an argument, a fight or a war, it's mandatory that you know your adversary, opponent or enemy previously, otherwise you run the risk of being knocked out with their first punch.
   In Brazil's current political landscape, the Left lie on the verge of fulfilling their dream of hegemony, and that objective was still not reached because of the unexpected emergence of two men who are not oblivious to the leftists' plans.
   These two men, who until now seem to act independently, are the House Speaker Eduardo Cunha and the Federal Judge Sergio Moro. And without the actions taken by them, the left-wing parties would now be more and more in charge of Brazil's politics.
   The socialists were not naive at all, they saw both men coming, identified them as enemies and tried to remove their power. However the guys proved to be formidable fighters and are now waging a war that at least already postponed the leftist dream.
   Of course, we cannot underestimate the wide range of power already in the hands of the Left that range from the Brazil's Supreme Court to the highest posts in the state-owned companies to deans in Universities to influential figures in the media and so forth.
   But at this moment the Left have been under siege as a result of the Petrobras scandal and the imbalance of public finances for electoral purposes, which affected the popularity of a government commanded by leftists, and both Mr Cunha and Mr Moro seem to have the wisdom they cannot allow them to take a breath.
   It has been meaningful that after every attempt by the socialists to make a show of force, as was the recent case in Venezuela where a commission of Brazilian Senators was trapped by what appeared to be a joint effort of Brazil’s and Venezuela’s administrations, either the House of Representatives or the Federal Police has taken measures that did not please them.
   According to the plans set out by the leftist leaders in Latin America, at very least by those belonging to the Sao Paulo Forum, life should be a lot easier than what it turned out to be now. They had counted on the election of a Workers’ Party member for the House Speaker’s post and were taken aback with the plea bargaining of a former Petrobras director.
   Obviously, the left-wing parties’ higher ranks knew the bubble in the economy that was being artificially sustained by Rousseff’s government would burst, but because they would let it happen only after the 2014 election they thought they would have time for recovery before the 2018 presidential race and thus for what they judge to be the most important that’s to remain in power.
   Furthermore, despite the government having outspent its budget, not saving enough to pay the interest on its debts and an economic squeeze being urgently necessary, the left-wing masterminds of the “Grand Communist Latin America” were still relying on the mammoth public and private companies such as Petrobras and Odebrecht leveraged by the BNDES — Brazilian Development Bank — to lead the turnaround.
   However, their wishful thinking was torpedoed by the Federal Police that has crippled Petrobras along with its biggest suppliers, made up of several of Brazil's largest construction firms, from operating in their full potential.

The Hatchet Man.

   It would be naive to think that Brazil's current finance minister "an educated, clever and successful guy" is being too ingenuous in playing several roles at once in the government - which benefit almost exclusively the left-wing parties whose economic beliefs are anything but what he believes - without a purpose. However, it's difficulty to know what it could be.
   Amid the Workers' Party caucus that is taking place in Salvador, Bahia, the minister, Joaquim Levy, of the PT's government has been compared to Judas Iscariot - which is undeserved since he didn't betray anyone - by most of PT's members, who are making him play the scapegoat role for the true culprits of the present economic mess that is wreaking havoc in the country.
   As already said, Levy is very smart to know he is being used by the Left to administer the bitter medicine because he is an outsider, and thus the Rousseff's government avoids the socialist parties to become pegged as the enforcers of the fiscal squeeze.
   Nevertheless, the man can be being moved by forces that make him swallow his pride like he was on a mission. And such a venture could be to prevent the country and its powerful financial system from collapsing, which might result in huge losses for the banking industry, with him playing the firefighter role.
   But what may be the actual thought of Mr Levy? Does he know he has been being used, but as a stubborn, gullible man he hopes to convert some leftists to a more market-friendly approach. Does he want to save the current Brazilian banking sector? Would he be thinking that the PT's government will pass and the country will remain?

Cheers For The Inequality, It Is Part Of Us.

While Piketty wants to tax Taylor Swift to make the world a better place, she already is doing it just by singing.

   Made a best-seller by leftists in the Western world the book "Capital in the 21st century" alleges there is an increasing global inequality nowadays – mainly that the richest 1% owns so much – and that that is a bad thing.
   Left-wing people have a tendency to redistribute the wealth, such that if they see a rich guy and a poor one their minds instantly think of how much fairer it would be to make them equal in status, opportunities and possessions.
   They consider it is unjust that somebody living in a certain society accumulates much more assets than other people dwelling in the same social group, and believe this accumulation was only made possible at someone else's expense.
   The Left holds as dogma that cooperation must prevail over competition, and that an individual’s true ideal should be to contribute to achieve an increasingly egalitarian society. An assertiveness that only works for supporters of the leftist movement who selfishly want to be rewarded with perks they think they deserve.
   It's a complete nonsense the notion that someone would mind a society's business above their own interests.
   People come together in clubs, churches, societies and so on by selfishness, aiming to profit from such groups; and those already belonging to those communities usually allow newcomers but charge a price for membership.
   In short, we want to be part of a group to take advantages of it - there's nothing wrong on it - and, in return, any group expects each of its members to play a role to be entitled to such participation: not being a mere parasite.
   Of course, with everybody worrying more about their own selves every association is prone to be a breeding ground for trouble, hence to balance the existing conflicts are established rules (laws) and some kind of currency to arbitrate and value them.
   Nevertheless, if an individual in an isolated group becomes stinking rich without breaking the rules, which prevent him from outsmarting the other members, he certainly is creating wealth that is also being good for some people and eventually it will be good for the whole group.

Opposition in Brazil: The Enemy Inside.

   Politics in Brazil is not for the amateur. But now it is in such a mess that's hard to know who is in government and who is in opposition, let alone who is taking advantages from the political crisis.
   Nevertheless, if we split the several forces struggling for power into the traditional progressives and conservatives, we will see the former president Lula standing out at the left fringe and the House speaker Eduardo Cunha at the other end.
   The amazing thing is that their parties are the biggest ones taking part in the wide coalition supporting Dilma Rousseff's government – with Lula in the Workers’ Party and Eduardo Cunha in the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party.
   The Workers' Party already identified Mr Cunha as the enemy to be beaten and it makes room for an unpredictable situation, given the government's dependence on the speaker's leadership to pass its bills through the lower house of Congress.
   Such a partnership goes on so long as the parties are able to profit from it, but it also works like a black widow’s mating, in which both parties play the female role expecting a good chance to give a deadly bite.
   Although the left pushes to maintain all its previous conquests, the political agenda moves zigzagging with the right and the left playing a zero-sum game, therefore for the meantime they accumulate gains and losses.
   The main opposition parties, the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and the DEMOCRATAS (DEM) add further uncertainty to the already confused political environment, since the former believes to be a leftist party and sometimes it feels naively uncomfortable to oppose a leftist government and the latter seems to be on the brink of splitting up with a large part of its members joining the ruling coalition.
   The billion-dollar corruption scandal involving the giant state-owned oil company Petrobras, which dragged names of top-ranking politicians to criminal headlines, also has made the political game more tricky once the pols listed in the inquiries have to produce actions to get scot-free passing the impression they are doing them for public purposes.
   So with a weak opposition Mr Eduardo Cunha can be forced to move rightwards, ideologically counterbalancing the left and showing he has a nobler cause to fight for, in order to survive.

There Are New Ideas In Here.
Gloria Álvarez talks about populism in Latin America.

   Last March 15th Sao Paulo showed how big is its importance in the Latin America's political context with, according to the police, almost one million people taking to the streets to protest against the advance of bolivarianism.
   The richest state in Brazil already had given signals of its people's dissatisfaction with the federal government, by voting 65 per cent in favor of the opposition candidate in 2014 presidential election; when the regime overspent its budget and got a narrow win, deceiving a big chunk of the electorate that things would go on smoothly.
   But just after the Election Day Dilma Rousseff’s administration changed its speech by preaching austerity, which strengthened its opponents and weakened its supporters.
   The austerity measures did not alter the mood of the non-partisan opposition, that went to the streets immediately after the elected president being proclaimed, asking for her ousting by means of impeachment, resignation or even military intervention.
   Their main concern isn't the economy but democracy, and if the government blames them for rooting for "the worse, the better"; they are doing it, indeed. As a matter of fact, there is a counterrevolution in course in Latin America and it has been growing in opposition to the populist bolivarianist ideology, which threatened to dominate the region.
   The leftists in their big project to create a Soviet-like confederation of socialist republics always had Sao Paulo state as their main target. And despite they had won elections for the capital, Sao Paulo city, three times and for other several cities, they never took control of the state government and therefore it remained ever there as an obstacle to be surpassed.
   Now what was a mere voter rejection has become a movement that is spreading across areas the Workers' Party used to considering its backyard.
   The increased disclosure of the relations between the government of Brazil with the ones of Venezuela and Cuba along with the authoritarian willingness on the part of almost all PT members have worried most middle-class Brazilians and they want to stop this menace.

John Oliver Takes Down Dilma Rousseff In Less Than 3 Minutes And What's At Stake In Brazil?

   One leftist Sweden correspondent in Brazil said through her coverage of the rally at Copacabana beach that the people in the demonstration seemed to be more emotional and that they had no focus besides fighting corruption.
   But if there is any shallowness in Brazil at this time it is more on the part of the journalists both the foreign and the national ones that turn a blind eye to the real story.
   Being the regulation of broadcasting in the country made through concessions and also being the media industry highly dependent on government money, it sounds natural the domestic press to be cautious about covering anti-government demonstrations, however foreign correspondents seem to show the same caution in their coverage.
   The real story "or already history" here is that the protesters want president Dilma Rousseff and her party out.

The Pharaoh and Moses, or Dilma and the Deliverer at The Breaking Point.

   So, the Workers' Party seems to have an unbeatable strategy to keep winning presidential elections in Brazil: going on distributing handouts to the poor and the needy so that more people will certainly vote for the party afraid of losing their benefits.
   That's very clever, but there is a catch involved. If the welfare programs do not begin to pay off in a foreseeable future, i.e. showing that the beneficiaries are becoming part of the country's workforce with the creation of provisions for the benefits and therefore reducing the burden for the taxpayers, will those who do not vote for the government accept it forever?
   You may think that it is to make a mountain out of a molehill, a charlatanism, or a crookedness, to compare the bondage of the Jewish people in ancient Egypt to a simple redistribution of wealth, which aims to give the poorest, in one of world's most unequal countries, an opportunity to get a better life. And indeed it is an exaggeration, but just yet.
   The 2014 presidential election was a neck-to-neck race that ended too close to call, so there are two ways for the government getting more voters in a fair election: to increase the number of receivers of handouts or try to improve the economy to please those who do not receive benefits too. Improving the economy, of course, is the best solution, but it does not depend on the government's will alone, there are external uncontrolled factors that can slow down Brazil's economy, and a party which does not admit to handing over power will not run this risk.
   Certainly the PT government will try both solutions together, only that the recipes of the party are not good to improve the economy since they are based on models of countries which are not enthusiastic adopters of the free-market approach. Should the economy remain stagnant for a prolonged period it may lead the Workers' Party to grasp at straws, by increasing even more the number of handouts and producing a dog-in-the-manger attitude on the part of those who receive nothing.
   Some would say that all the handouts amount to a relatively small share of the government's budget and that a person must be a very selfish soul to be against them. But are they really small? People who earn a minimum wage and are not used to ask for alms, fearing to look like freeloaders, might not agree.
   In fact, if we have in mind only the Bolsa Família program, the share of the budget is small, however, there are several other government programs, inside the welfare state, which are also available for the same person. So, one individual can submit applications for more than one program at the same time, getting grants or privileges from all of them, and take a good advantage over others who are trying to make a living from work and do not fit into any of the categories entitled to receive benefits.
   But the unfairness is not present only in the lowest social strata, over the last 12 years of the Workers' Party's government, a new elite has been fed by credit lines that are offered through official banks to corporations whose business models are in line with the ruling party's economic policy.

Action and Reaction.

   The Workers' Party with its occasional partners such as the communists and the bolivarianists are always advancing toward their not-so-democratic goals, but when they are tackled they cry foul.
   During the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua's visit to Brazil in the last election season, his nanny was detained for gun possession, he signed a series of agreements on social development with the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), which he says are intended to enhance the ability to exchange experiences to strengthen the socialist project sweeping Latin America, and his boss President Nicolas Maduro said Dilma Rousseff's victory reflects the "union of the South American, Latin American and Caribbean region" and "without any doubt, it will guarantee the continuity of the process of constructing the Great Homeland that the Liberator Simon Boliver and Gen. Jose Ignacio Abreu y Lima dreamed of."
   But when the rightists react more strongly, they are labeled as fascists, racists, homophobes, or neo-Nazis.

Leftists denounce an unlikely rightist coup but say nothing about the Bolivarian plot against democracy afoot in Brazil.

   The rally held last Saturday in the center of Sao Paulo city seems to be reverberating all over Brazil and abroad. Some on the left seek to discredit the movement, for the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and the audit of the presidential election, by ridiculing its leaders, as the rock star Lobao, or linking it to a call for a military coup. And others like Venezuelan president threaten to take up arms if the Brazilian president was booted out.

Sao Paulo is the last stronghold of the supporters of the free market and the free speech in South America. If Sao Paulo falls all the continent will follow suit.

   If you are not completely dissatisfied with the economic or political system we have in Brazil, it is perfectly understandable that you want to mind only your own business and worry, if you do, about politics only in election years. But you should change your way of thinking because the threat of a Bolivarian-style coup is real and if you don't pay attention on what is happening around, you can wake up in a totally different country.
   At this very moment, when you are surfing on the Internet, there are hundreds of thousands people who are plotting to turn Brazil's system of government into a leftist authoritarian regime, and the Workers' Party's fourth presidential victory has just increased the difficulty of reverting the process already underway, but it is still doable.
   It is not a conspiracy theory, you can check its veracity by visiting any website linked to the Workers' Party, mainly if it hosts a blog that allows comments from the netizens.
   On those websites, bloggers speak openly about what and how they should do to force the government to follow their agenda; which means to weaken the Congress, to regulate the media, to impose a system of public financing of campaigns, to call for rallies to force members of Congress to approve a plebiscite on political reform and the social participation policy, to ask the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the most critical media outlets and so on.
   However, more and more people who do not agree with them are becoming aware of their plot and are starting to react. Most of those resistance fighters live in Sao Paulo state, which makes this part of the country the main battleground for the consolidation or reduction of the Bolivarian-Cuban ideology in South America.

How many people are in the photo above?

   Of course, it's a matter of guessing and some websites of the big media guessed numbers ranging from 500 to 3,000 although the organizers estimated up to 30,000 at reporting the event, which was a rally asking Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. But the oddest thing is that the protest took place on the main avenue of Sao Paulo, and all the TV media that are always hungry for news ignored it. Are they afraid of the government?

Elections in Brazil Become a Matter of Faith.

   When, in 2009, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected despite several reported irregularities, all three opposition candidates claimed that the votes were manipulated and the election was rigged, and candidates Mohsen Rezaee and Mousavi have lodged official complaints. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered an investigation into the claims of voting fraud and irregularities. On Friday, 19 June 2009 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke during religious services, saying the election was legitimate called the large voter turnout and resulting victory (for Ahmadinejad) a "divine assessment" and protests would no longer be tolerated. (extracts from wikipedia)
   Back then, we used to feel sorry for them...

Conspiracy Theory: the right-wing logic applied to the 2014 election results.

   Is there any truth to something? Now that the elections are over, it seems that almost all the politicians are trying to gradually tone down their own denunciations, and the inflammatory campaign rhetoric is giving way to a more friendly speech. However, members of the political fringes want to add fuel to the fire.
   Both the radical wings in the left and right are not satisfied with the elections outcome, the leftists because they thought the country would make a left overnight and the rightists because they think the presidential election was rigged.
   Although the left already has its reasons for concern, as the decree on national policy of social participation was struck down in the House and interest rates were raised showing an economic orthodoxy Dilma Rousseff said her adversary would apply, the right shows no evidence for its allegation. Nevertheless, they make an exercise in logical analysis.
   For them, it sounds like a simple mathematical equation: when former leaders of the PT were found guilty in the "mensalão” trial the party did not recognize their wrongdoings and even defended its members, plus the party ever denied that there was a huge corruption scheme in Petrobras and former director and acquaintance from both presidents Lula and Dilma Rousseff was arrested and will return R$ 72 million to the public coffers, plus the president of the Brazilian Electoral Court, Dias Toffoli, was a member of the Workers' Party and as minister of Brazilian Supreme Court acquitted the former Chief of Staff of Lula's government, who was convicted by the other ministers and most of opposition voters believed him to be a criminal, plus and so forth... therefore....

Separatists Wave Their Flags.
Avoiding expressing its opinion on Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Hong Kong, Brazil's government soon may have to give an opinion on its own separatist woes.

   On a TV interview not so long ago, British ambassador wondered about what maintains Brazilian territorial unity and national identity, to guess right away that it could be the football. But now that the Brazilian national team is no longer a motive of pride the question is whether Brazil would ever allow a popular referendum, like Britain did with Scotland, or it would behave like China does with Taiwan.
   There's none so deaf as those who will not hear. The presidential election is over, but the irresponsibility of the Workers' Party, which waged a dirty war, mobilized a militia of bloggers and made a kind of gerrymandering in the northeast region for Dilma Rousseff's reelection is still fueling the online war.

No Reconciliation For A While, First We Want To Know Where You Sent Us To.

   Ending the election seasons always appear the peacemakers, the good Samaritans who try to reconcile the opposite sides on the political battlefield.
   Of course, the winners would be the first to stretch out their hands to seal a pact to ease the tension, but they won and there is no harmony between wolves and lambs.
   The losers have their right to neither shake hands nor show a friendly face until they make sure that the path chosen by the winners doesn't put at risk the whole game of the democracy.

Hangover - part II.
Being Optimistic or Misleading Ourselves in Accepting the Defeat.

   Acceptance - as the willingness to accept an unpleasant or difficult situation - is the best word we could find in the dictionary to express the cognitive or emotional state we feel after suffering a loss.
   Despite the first thought that came to mind of several people, who supported the opposition against the government in the last presidential election, was to leave the country, the truth is that in reality only a few will do that - at least while the devil is not so black as he is painted.
   Migration is a complicated thing that happens mostly by opportunity or hopelessness. The former happens when you are not complaining about your life but you take advantage of an opportunity when it is offered and the latter happens when you don't see any hope of things getting better.
   As many economic players think on the possibility of leaving the country, both cases tend to create a damaging economic ripple effect that can increase exponentially depending on the political and economic environment. On the contrary, if the devil is not so black, people end up settling on not leaving the country.


   Sometimes when you drink too much alcohol, you promise never to drink again. Sometimes when you have too much hope and disappointment comes, you promise you won't fool yourself twice.
   No one ever imagined Brazil would be better overnight had the opposition won, but people who voted for Mr Neves dreamed it should be at least a change of course. The country was supposed to be following now the path of most business friendly nations, which are also champions of the freedom, such as Canada, England and America, however, we are now navigating similar routes of those like Venezuela, Argentina, Russia and China.

Would Marina Silva have been a better choice than Aecio Neves?

   Of course, since she was not even able to resist a series of attacks that were aimed at damaging her reputation still in the first round, she certainly would not endure an ugly run-off too.
   But her surge in the polls after replacing Eduardo Campos, the original candidate who died in a plane crash in August, revealed she had the right stereotype to win the presidential election and what she lacked was personal and political structure.

On Rio de Janeiro's beaches, citizens proudly wear buttons of Brazilian opposition candidate showing both support to him and outrage with the government.

   First the overture.. Yes! Yes! The strings! Listen carefully, can you hear it? Now the brass!
   There's no certainty, only opportunity. The button is a symbol. Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people they can change the world.

That's not a media coup attempt, that's a desperate last stand for democracy.

   The last Veja magazine cover can be interpreted in a biased way that changes depending on which political side you are on.
   But from our perspective that represents a last defense for Brazil's democracy, because we think the ongoing investigations that involve the current president and her predecessor can reveal undemocratic practices and cannot be postponed running the risk of electing an illegal president.

Your Secret Is No Longer Safe With Me.

   Dilma and Lula knew everything, says Alberto Youssef to the PF. In testimony given on the last Tuesday, the money changer who acted as clandestine bank of the petrolão implies president and her predecessor in the corruption scheme.

They Were Legends In Their Own Time.

   They once had been regarded as freedom fighters, songwriters and musicians who used to oppose the military dictatorship and drew the admiration of an entire generation.
   But lately most of their insights seem to contradict one respectful past they had built up.
   Recently, for instance, they were in favor of censorship of unauthorized biographies and called for federal intervention in the ECAD, a private organization engaged in the management of copyright rights in Brazil.

It's a Crying Shame!

   Politics makes strange bedfellows, and people involved in such activities have no shame in flip-flopping when it is convenient for them. The less is the democratic political tradition in a society, the more is the shamelessness its politicians show.
   But in the second richest Brazilian state things should be better, it isn't understandable that all local candidates support Dilma Rousseff's re-election.

Why Not Divide Brazil?

   Amid the manifestations of hatred that took Brazil during the presidential election, it is understandable to ask: why not divide the country?
   In a similar way as North Korea and South Korea, India and Pakistan and Sudan and South Sudan, we can divide ourselves into North Brazil and South Brazil.
   Such division could be made in the manner that happened in Pakistan's secession from India: people migrate to where they make up the mainstream. And thus, we would have one kingdom of the Workers' Party and another kingdom of those who are against the Workers' Party in the north and south respectively of what is the current Brazil.
   We could even maintain the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo - the latter because it would become an enclave in the North Brazil, and Bangladesh already proved it wouldn't work - as a neutral region where less extremist people might coexist.

Where Lies the Danger.

   The last intent of the Workers' Party (PT) to prevent a criminal action, enforced by the Federal Police on money laundering, from releasing a routine audio-taped hearing, shows the danger posed by a victory of the ruling party.
   The STF minister who denied the request was one of the three ministers of the Brazilian Supreme Court who weren't nominated by the presidents elected by the Workers' Party.
   Therefore, one more PT term means that other party's nominations will take place and it might have soon formed the whole Court.
   And despite, for the time being, not all the ministers always vote with the government the Workers' Party takes note when it happens - for adjusting an ideal minister's model to be ever sought.
   The case is not of raising doubts about the impartiality of the ministers of the Court. Here we are talking about their underlying beliefs and even about an ill-concealed debt of gratitude they owe to those who nominated them. And, of course, PT will only appoint people who have a political view akin to the party.
   Worryingly, it is not only the Supreme Court that is under threat, the decree that creates social participation policy, issued by Dilma Rousseff, has as consequence to weaken the Congress giving power to someone else who was not elected.

Things Changing Fast.

   The devastating power of the former Petrobras director's testimony, whose audio was aired by almost all the media in Brazil was huge. The voice of the former director saying he used to take bribe from contractors to give to the Workers' Party caused general outrage.
   There are doubts if the ruling party's successful smear campaign, which struck down the candidacy of Marina Silva in the first round, could be repeated, since this time it is not a matter of transferring votes between adversaries but of doing that from the opposition candidate to the government one.

After The Choice.

   In the first round of Brazil’s presidential election voters picked the most conventional opposition candidate to face president Dilma Rousseff in the run-off. Did they choose the right one?
   It was clear that the Workers’ Party (PT) itself was rooting for the center-right candidate of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), because the party, relying on being government, having formed a wide alliance and having guaranteed a huge electorate in the north-northeast regions of the country – due to the social program Bolsa Familia, which gives handouts to the poor –, was preferring a conventional war.
   To PT members the other candidate, Marina Silva, posed a bigger risk, since they would not be able to use the speech of the poor against the rich "We Against Them" that is one of their main campaign slogans.

Public Financing of Campaigns and the Homeless.

   According to the strength of their convictions someone may be capable, even unconsciously, of twisting the facts to make their opinion prevail, and so do the brains behind the MTST (The Homeless Workers' Movement), the new leftist radical group that is plaguing the streets in Brazil.
   The MTST, which does not want a government change - at least not a rightward shift - is pressing the coalition's ruling parties to adopt more left-leaning policies, and therefore developed its own logic that packs together big construction companies, public campaign financing and the homeless.
   They say that the residential construction sector is in cahoots with the politicians, who are cajoled into the scheme through campaign funding, hence the municipal landscapes are now being drawn more by speculation than by urban planning. And also say that the federal government program "My House My Life" is pointless because in addition to not meeting the demand it buys expensive lands in outer neighborhoods to build its large public housing estates.
   But despite their diagnosis seeming to be at least partially correct they are dead wrong when it comes to prescribing a medicine: they want to ban private donations for election campaigns.
   Both corporate and personal contributions for political campaigns are some of the main guarantees that handovers of power may occur, since without them the logic to be applied is: whom has more seats has more money and consequently wins more seats again.
   The allegation that the public funding prevents corruption isn't worthy of consideration on the grounds that if the system does not allow the opposition to take over it is already entirely corrupted.
   Coincidentally the United States has also been discussing the campaign financing issue. And its Supreme Court has just ruled that corporations are entitled to have a say in the elections: while avoiding imposing a cap on the money, which has only to be handed to a third party (the Super PACS), instead of going directly to the candidates' campaign committees, the personal contributions remain unrestricted.
   Here, as in the U.S., the Left fears the influence of large private corporations on politics, but says nothing when, under a leftist government, large public corporations such as Petrobras make flag-waving TV ads on the eve of elections.
   The claim that the construction industry is dictating the urban policy is a falsehood, the building of large public housing estates for the poor was a priority of the PT government. The sector by its own choice would prefer other more profitable work.
   Another point that should be made clearer is the roles of the unions and churches: they will be allowed to contribute with money in campaigns. If not, what to say about their expressed political opinions at Masses and meetings, are they possible of controlling?

Mad as a Hatter!

   In Brazil each house of Congress, the Judiciary and the Executive have their own TV stations, and even the legislatures of states such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have broadcasters too. But, all this is not good enough. After having got the conviction of a journalist, a senator who has the right to speak every day on the Senate TV wants to pass a law that guarantees the right of reply in the private media.
   With all that state media apparatus, which also include one hour on weekdays in every radio station plus the airtime given for the political parties' ads on free-to-air TV and radio, the senator believes he has not his right of reply guaranteed against the powerful private media conglomerates. And that's because almost the whole population does not care to watch the state media relying on the private one to get the news.
   Thus, most left-wing politicians have the strong belief that the three or four largest media companies, which dominate the media industry in Brazil, are always plotting against the people's interests. So they keep as one of their aims to break what they call the information monopoly, but instead of doing that by allowing more competition into the market they want to achieve it by means of more regulation.
   In other words, they want to replace private monopolies by public ones.
   Even with the Brazilian media sector, chiefly the TVs and radios, being already overregulated and with the local, state and federal governments along with their state-owned companies being the main advertisers, we have to agree that some competencies should exist. If not, TV Brasil, a public television channel launched by the former president, with schedules similar to the private ones would have taken over the market.
   But with its low ratings TV Brasil is being useful to undo a few dogmas held by the left related to mass media, and among them is the concept that the people would rather watch other things than "packaged TV shows" if they had a choice.
   By suing the journalist and getting his conviction the senator has just proved that the right of reply already exists and that there is no need to create a law only to disturb the media. Moreover, the increase of the competition rather than the overregulation would amplify that right by opening the door to more diverse voices.

Speaking of Flowers:
"Walking and Singing and Following the Song"
and "The Butterfly Effect"

   "The unanimity about João Goulart today makes us wonder if Nicolas Maduro, in Venezuela, Viktor Yanukovych, in Ukraine, and Mohammed Morsi, in Egypt, will also be worshiped 50 years from now."
   At a solemn ceremony in Congress, on March 31, 2014, a senator said that Brazil's Armed Forces must apologize for the 21 years of dictatorship the country endured from 1964 to 1985. And one could wonder what the hell the servicemen and servicewomen on active duty have to do with a regime whose military members are almost all dead or retired. To follow the statement must also be appropriate to offer an apology to "Brazil's Royal Family" because of the coup staged in 1889 by Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca and restore the monarchy.
   Advocates of the first apology will not necessarily be in favor of the second, and it shows how historical events are relative and should be understood within a context. But what is more interesting, though, amid this deification of João Goulart is the lynching of Brazil's Military.
   To ask the Armed Forces to apologize is the same to say that their members make up a strange body that renews itself apart from the society, when in reality it could be considered its most representative sample - a place where you even might not need an affirmative action for blacks. It would be like only the Japanese and German military personnel should be blamed for the crimes of both Japan and Germany in the World War II.
   But Mohammed Morsi, in Egypt, certainly can put the blame for his ouster on the Egyptian Military, they are alive and not retired. Nevertheless, he should also lay the blame on millions of people who took the streets calling for military intervention. And if Morsi is to be the JG of Egypt, we can draw a parallel between the two coups and find striking similarities.
   The first resemblance, which pops into our heads, is about the clash of civilizations where communism and capitalism give places to islamism and secularism, and if you cannot imagine what would be a communist menace nowadays surely you can see, looking at countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Afghanistan of the taliban what would mean to live under a Islamistic regime.
   Another is that both were accidental presidents who took the jobs riding the crest of the circumstances and underestimated the strength of the movements prior to them, such as the election of Janio Quadros by the conservatives in Brazil and the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak by the liberals of Tahrir Square in Egypt.
   Today Egypt looks a lot like Brazil from 1964 to 1968, the less severe post-coup period, where most of the freedom fighters had to choose between the lesser of the two evils. After all, if communism no longer seems to scare anyone except for Venezuela, countries are increasingly frightened by the rise of the islamism.
   If Egypt will experience darker days is anybody's guess but most people there chose to settle for the Military than demand the return of the ousted president. On the other hand the armed fight or "dirty war" is already raging, with an Egyptian court sentencing over 500 people to death and bombs exploding everywhere.
   With General El-Sisi running for president everything suggests that the Military will maintain their grip on power: increasing the repression and dissatisfaction alike. Certainly the trend is for Morsi supporters to grow, not to mention if the Islamic fundamentalist wave recedes.
   Looking into the coup in Ukraine we can see other similarities - and here they have more to do with the foreigner elements - with Washington and Moscow waging a new proxy war, only that this time it is happening in Russia's backyard.
   Like JG, the Ukrainian president also fled to a neighboring country, nonetheless he went to a powerful one which wants him back in power even though most his countrymen don't. In fact, pro-Western groups staged the coup in Kiev, but is Moscow that is applying the domino theory logic, aiming at maintaining its influence over the former Soviet satellites.
   No longer being a communist regime, although an autocratic one yet, Russia appealed to ethnicity, stating that Russian-speaking Ukrainians were threatened by fascists and already intervened in Crimea and is up to doing the same in other regions of Ukraine.
   It is hard to predict what the supposed democratic critics of the coup will claim in the future. Mr Yanukovych was a kleptocratic puppet of Vladimir Putin, a ruler who despite being elected shows no respect for democracy, and both were increasingly attempting to bring Ukraine's economy and politics closer to Moscow than Brussels.

An (Un) Official Slavery.

   Having been the last Western country to abolish slavery, Brazil now is experiencing a revival of bondage disguised as outsourcing.
   This time, apparently, the slaves are not unfortunate creatures such as the poor wretches who used to be brought from Africa crammed barely alive in the hull below the deck of slave ships.
   Now they are Cuban doctors who are officially hired by the Brazilian government to care for the poorest living in the country's small towns.
   Eyeing the next election Dilma's administration has no shame of doing anything to carry on with its welfare policies, which the ruling party believes will secure a second term to the president.
   The "More Doctors" program fits like a glove in the incumbent president's campaign pitch, hence that TV ads already have been aired showing the benefits it is handing out. However, without the Cubans (about 7,000) the program could run short of doctors in time to be used electorally.
   To achieve their goals matters little to the government's policymakers what are the conditions the Cubans have to endure: if they have been brainwashed, blackmailed or even if most of their wages are stolen by the Castros.
   This view relies on a supposed pragmatic foreign policy of non-interference, the same that supported Gaddafi in Libya and al-Assad in Syria, that has China as a model.
   But China is growing fast now because it has become a more open society and must open up even more - not supporting tyrannical regimes - if it wants its citizens to catch up with the living standards of their countrymen who live in Hong Kong and Taiwan, two autonomous provinces under more democratic governments.
   Making such a shameful deal with the Castro brothers is not good for Brazil's business reputation and smacks of hypocrisy from the current administration, which is exploiting the Cubans' weaknesses to supply its constituencies with doctors.
   The government that already distributes a maximum of $ 150.00 in its Bolsa Família program seems to have as a policy to maintain pockets of poverty in areas where, without any aid, people would end up abandoning - a kind of socialist gerrymandering.
   Born of the labor movements, the PT now ignores the labor rights of the Cubans based on the lame excuses that the government closed a deal through the Pan American Health Organization and that the Cuban doctors act more like "helpers" from a friendly country than medical contractors.
   Despite those explanations being mere words empty of meaning even if the exploited workers were working abroad, the fact that they are doing their jobs on Brazilian soil makes much of the deal illegal according to Brazilian laws.
   Nevertheless, the PT, which admires the discipline imposed by the Castros on their people, at being attacked on the subject, fiercely defends the government program almost saying "who cares, they are Cubans".

Why Does Brazil Want a Permanent Seat in the UN’s Security Council?

   The guy is a long-time known tyrant, a butcher of his own people, therefore when a wave of protests sweeps through the Middle East forcing two of his neighboring dictators to step down he vows to fight to the death.
   Sitting on tens of billions of dollars in cash, the despot and his sons begin a cruel and relentless crackdown. First, he gives a substantial wage increase for government workers, then with the army, police and mercenaries he consolidates his grip on the capital city and goes on reconquering other small cities from rebels’ hands.
   On retaking those cities his forces show no mercy, shelling any resistance and making house-to-house searches to kill whoever had joined the uprising.
   When practically was left only one city under opposition control – but this time a city of 800,000 inhabitants - and the dictator’s forces were about to break into it: the western world moved quickly to prevent the worst.
   What might have happened is anybody’s guess. But France, the Great Britain and the USA have preferred running risks than doing nothing and bearing the blame. In 1994, the world powers’ passivity allowed the genocide of about 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda.
   Thus, this troika got passed a UN’s Security Council resolution – with the abstentions of the BRIC plus the now peaceable Germany – permitting the enforcement of all necessary measures to protect civilians.
   Since then, reaching now the third week of the intervention the coalition faces widespread criticism. One of the accusations was expected already: that they intervened in Libya because of oil; otherwise, they must do the same in other war-torn countries such as Ivory Coast and Sudan.
   Inside America, the Obama administration that had come under attack for doing nothing was blasted after it did. The republicans who slammed him before for being hesitant and for letting the French take the leadership against Gadhafi, criticize him now for entering a war without an exit strategy and for bombing Libya but allowing Iran and Syria governments to do whatever they want with their people.
   But it all is unfair, you can’t intervene everywhere even being the world’s superpower. You have to weigh up the pros and cons earlier and strike the first blow only if it is rewarding. However, the Libyan case was unique: a breakaway region surrounded by desert calls for a no-fly zone to avoid being massacred and continue fighting for freedom.
   Non-interference would set a precedent for all embattled dictators to follow suit slaughtering their opponents. Furthermore, it would increase the growing perception that America is tough with allies and soft with enemies.
   But what has Brazil to do with all that mess?
   It has because Brazil is long demanding a permanent seat in the UN’s Security Council.
   As a permanent member, beyond occupying an everlasting seat, a country is entitled to the power of vetoing any proposal of resolution voted by the Security Council. Thus, Brazil is requiring the perpetual right of meddling in other countries’ affairs.
   Obviously, the uppermost reason why a state wants to be in this hot seat is to defend its own interests. Consequently, nothing explicitly contrary to a permanent member will ever be approved.
   Nevertheless, although the simple existence of permanent members comes to be an aberration already, it would be a lot worse if as China and Russia the new ones do not have allegiance to democracy.
   Brazil and India, two of the pretenders, are truly democratic regimes. But their foreign policies seem to follow China’s pragmatism that doesn’t care who is on the other side of a trade deal.
   In fact, the Security Council must stick up for recognized universal values such as democracy, freedom and justice. And Brazil’s behavior that appeases dictators under the guise of being stimulating dialogue is not a good résumé to apply for membership.
   A former Brazilian president, who already had been indulgent with Iran, suggested that in the Libyan crisis lacked someone to talk with Gaddafi. But speaking with a tyrant that has been in power for forty-two years about democracy does not appear to be a good idea. When peace talks take place, those sorts of people are used to mislead the insurgency only to suppress it afterward.
   So, for the sake of the free world, Brazil’s upgrade of status would be good only if it exercised its new powers more frankly in favor of democratic rule.

The Imbalance in Freedom of Speech And Why Religion Should Pay Taxes.

   Think about: when you feel ill and need to see a doctor, a clinical psychologist or a dentist and even, perhaps, be taken to hospital, these professionals and the health center are obliged by law to give you a taxable bill that shows the services you have used and how much you have to pay for.
   However, this standard procedure – despite the cases sometimes could be of life-or-death – happens only when it comes to those considered earthly services; the ones said to have links with the beyond are dismissed of such a ritual.
   Therefore, doing the business of preaching the word of God is a higher profitable trade and large companies are built under the name of the faith - a false premise that might have furthered to create this religious tax break is that everyone has a religion; even so, it still would be antidemocratic and unfair.
   Giving commercial advantage to religious organizations over secular ones does not do any good to democracy because they aren’t democratic - since the belief in a god doesn’t come into question, you have to accept an almighty divinity and worship him meantime you follow his commandments.
   Thus, it would be unimaginable to see a theocratic and open society and the prime example is Iran, which maintains an authoritarian regime that claims to be fairly and squarely elected.
   And if you think that your religion is better you are totally wrong. Religions tend not to allow contradictions or minorities; to them there are only evil spirits, blasphemers, and sinners to be punished and, perhaps, converted and forgiven.
   The unfairness of favoring religious business lies most in the economic imbalance it causes on the subject of difference of opinion. Money talks, and if you have more money to advertise a product it is natural that more people will be bound to buy it.
   Consequently, religions backed by an enormous financial firepower get that their dogmas become increasingly more acceptable than other doctrines.
   Awash with money, they rush to buy media organizations, universities, hospitals, charities and so on; creating an entire scientific commercial network, which they use as a form of supporting and propagating their creeds.
   Naturally, religions compete among themselves; but differently of other business that last at most a lifetime and are subjected to anti-trust laws, they are used to lasting an eternity and are defended when reach a dominant position.
   At this point, where the differences between faith and culture become unclear, they stress they also represent a cultural part of a country and struggle against any force that dares to advance within their boundaries.
   Being majorities in other powerful institutions, mainly those from governments, they use them to prevent competitiveness by putting a menace to the mainstream religion as a threat to the whole society.
   Already consolidated over a nation, a dominant religion behaves as if it was a ruling party: imposing incessantly its behavioral ethics upon every citizen.
   The danger here is that it may become a long way through the darkness - a road where the milestones are represented by successive acts of censorship.
   And such a descent into a sort of inquisition can happen overnight. Take for instance Afghanistan: in the ‘80s of the past century it had rock festivals at Kabul’s university where women performed wearing western clothes, but in the late 1990s music was banned and women were hidden behind Islamic garments.
   No country is safe from this fate and the best defense against a doctrinaire dictatorial government is to prevent it from taking place. By giving equal conditions to any form of doctrine to sell itself, we are setting equilibrium among ideologies that could eventually come to govern us.
   Conventional wisdom can be a misleading manner of dealing with what’s right or wrong in matters of freedom, since it might already be contaminated with one or more doctrines.
   It’s better that the champions of democracy- that is also an ideology – remain watchful against any attempt to diminish what they think to represent freedom and denounce and combat those as the most radical cleric should do to defend his creeds.
Leave the Ossuaries Resting

   Once in a while someone from the present government in Brazil brings back the case of the unpunished crimes during the military regime, which they say must be judged in order that we may clean up our past.
   And right now, by comparison, we can see the trial of Hosni Mubarak - the former dictator of Egypt for over thirty years – happen only eight months after he had been ousted.
   Why didn’t Brazil judge the crimes that occurred during its latest dark era?
   Almost thirty years already went by from the end of the dictatorship in Brazil and forty-five from its more repressive period. If the truth be told there were wars being waged: between progressives and conservatives, between leftists and rightists and even a proxy war between Moscow and Washington.
   At the beginning of '70s Brazil’s economy was booming and the government – made up of conservatives and rightists with the blessing of Washington - was on a roll. But in late 1970s with the economy no longer so strong the regime began to fall off.
   Therefore a moderate wing of the establishment prevented the ultra-rightists from taking over and started getting into a conversation with opposition aiming at passing an amnesty law.
   Back then, neither government nor opposition had enough strength to crush each other and in the discussions to approve the law the leftists, who were the losers up to that point, wanted it the more pardonable they could get.
   While at war, on the one hand the left robbed banks, kidnapped U.S. ambassador, killed several Brazilian servicemen and so on, but on the other hand the right owned banks, colluded with American embassy, controlled the country’s Armed Forces and so forth.
   It depends on which side someone is on and they see criminals in every move made by the other side.
   The military regime itself, although in the period all the presidents had been generals, was not a movement essentially from the barracks. Bankers, captains of industry and a burgeoning middle class sided firmly with the government. But in the end the military alone were those to blame for the dictatorship.
   After the extinction of the dictatorial regime the first civil governments were still cautious about upsetting the Armed Forces and avoided speaking of certain themes let alone talking down to its members. However, with the passing of time the military were increasingly sidelined of all-important decisions, including those pertinent to them.
   The creation of the Ministry of Defense, which was designed to be similar to those existent in developed countries, was also meant to downgrade the statuses of highest-ranking officers, making them subordinate to a civilian preceding the president. Until then, they used to having at least four ministers, a fact that undeniably kept the presidency under constant pressure to take their interests into account.
   Nowadays the Military enjoy a single powerless post at the same level as minister – the security command of Brasilia –, but which could appear a form of honoring them sounds more as if they were given only the functions the government expect of them: to obey and guard.
   One could argue that those things are all that the military must do. Otherwise they might become tempted to rule the nation again. Nonetheless, giving the Armed Forces only the police job is the same of extinguishing them, since their scope encompasses much more than that.
   Recent events in Northern Africa can prove the worth of a country maintaining professional Armed Forces by comparing the output of the Arab spring in Egypt and Libya. Mubarak and Gadhafi have both ruled their countries as if they were ranches of their own and dealt with their national servicemen as if they were their musclemen.
   However, Gadhafi succeeded best in completely destroying the military institutions of his nation, giving them militia characteristics. He ever leaned on specials security forces such as Amazon guards and mercenaries to keep his grip on power and weakened any improvement that could build up the regular army.
   It’s no wonder that revolutions sparked off mainly by the same reasons developed in two different directions. The military coup in Egypt is far from being a victory for Egyptians seeking for democracy, but it turned out to be a much better result than the one achieved in Libya that ended up in bloodshed.
   Obviously, the options are open in the land of the pyramids and it relies on the Egyptian people managing well the transition to avoid a counter-revolution or a sort of Islamic, say repressive, government.
   In short, a country’s Armed Forces are nothing else than one of the many institutions a nation has to preserve in order to maintain a democratic system and blaming an institution more than its incumbents for wrongdoings only brings damage to freedom.
   Brazil has passed an amnesty law that has been suitable for both the left and the right until now; it doesn’t make any sense to remain holding grudges of the Military because of some of their former members.
   Today the left wants Brazil to be a global player, a country that should play a leading role on international affairs, though, without powerful Armed Forces it sounds delusional and the country wouldn’t ever be regarded in earnest.


   The biggest gross state product (GSP) per capita in Brazil is located in the tiny Distrito Federal, the state that contains the country’s federal capital Brasilia. And if you are wondering what the Distrito Federal produces that raises its population income above the national average: the answer is well-paid public service workers.
   To be fair, the District of Columbia, the state that contains America’s capital Washington, also houses the biggest average earnings in the U.S. . Nevertheless, the difference between DC and Connecticut, which comes in second place, falls from US $ 66,000 to US $ 54,397 a year while between the Distrito Federal and São Paulo falls from R$ 45.978 to R$ 24.457 a year.
   Furthermore, Brasilia has five times the population of Washington and America’s GDP per capita is roughly US $ 46,000 while Brazil’s GDP per capita hardly reaches R$ 17.500.
   High pay, steady jobs and retirement pensions much higher than those of the private sector are some of the factors that prompt most of the educated Brazilian youth to apply for government jobs.
   Indeed, candidates that have passed an exam to be a judge or a taxman are hailed as true geniuses and maybe they are, only that if they are geniuses they are looking for wrong jobs in a capitalist country.
   But the symptoms above already show that Brazil is far from being an overwhelmingly capitalist society. At least the country suffers the illness of having a big government.
   Nonetheless, depending on your ideology, mainly if you are a public service worker or a professional politician, you may disagree with us and believe that government is a medicine.
   In fact, a government must be treated as if it was a medicine: taken in the correct dose it is healthy but in a wrong dosage turns out to be harmful. And the worst is that like drugs the more you increase a government the more addictive it becomes. It creates the sensation that everything it does is extremely necessary. And if you don’t keep your consciousness you risk being engulfed by this illusion.
   Even critics of big governments hesitate when face the question on which costs they would cut. Now imagine a person that earned a living as a ranking government officer or a politician. These kinds of people are living proofs of the state benevolence and, since they remain at the top, they are the first to want to extend fatherhood to those less fortunate.
   However, when it comes to salary, the unfairness on the government payroll mounts. The helpers – people that want big government to promote the distribution of the wealth – believe they deserve much better than those regarded as helpless.
   Even though most of them never step down or are hired only as consultative lobbyists, they ever overrate themselves saying that if the government do not pay well its best workers it will lose them to the private sector.
   The champions of the ever-expanding statism rationalize their privileges as being a reward they entitle for lending their skills to the government.
   Consequently, more upscale spots like Brasilia tend to spring up should people allow government increases that under the guise of furthering the country end up benefiting the chiefs and not the Indians.


   You can yet endure staring the picture above; it’s lifeless. But I doubt you could bear to gaze it on TV screen with all the pain the motions carry. There, though trying to demonstrate confidence, an US sergeant cannot mask the expression of suffering he wears; and you feel both compassionate and nauseating with his shocking image.
   The scene was grotesque: a badly burned face, of what was once a young black US sergeant, proudly shown off as a matter of patriotism.
   Laura Ingraham, the broadcaster, a hawkish right-wing Republican, who should certainly live to her eighties, gave thanks to him for all he had done for their mother country. It before his widow: who should surely marry again and will receive a lifetime pension.
   And what about the deceased? The deceased is dead. I must say he’s heroically dead, but unaware of what really killed him.
   An IED roadside bomb blew up the cited sergeant on February 22, 2005 in Anbar Province Iraq. The blast burnt almost 95 percent of his body, and he strove for surviving over three long years in a lot of pain. However, I think the bomb was not the determinant cause of his passing. And it’s what concerns me more about the death of this twenty-two-year-old lad.
   Most champions of wars are long-lived guys that trick us all at our tender ages, making me ponder over how fool we are then, and do about why the military draft shanghais eighteen-year-old youths.
   The American hawks use to say their armed forces are professional, that only volunteers are conscripted into them, and that someone has to do the job. These arguments may sound logical, but they leave rich and influential people without fear of having themselves or a relative obliged to fight a war.
   Maybe, only overage affluent people, such as the present US veep Dick Cheney, who already is doing his countdown to the beyond and was smart enough to run away from call-up, would wage wars. So, take a guess how long they would like they last.
   The positive attitudes the sergeant took towards his fate, striking poses in military uniform and showing no disapproval of the war in Iraq, come to justify his terminal hopeless life, giving a meaning to why he already had met his doom. On the contrary, he would have had the painful sensation of a short meaningless life, which was taken from him when he imagined it was still just beginning.
   In fact, at eighteen years old we are easy preys for war propagandists, we tend to think of ourselves as immortal and that bad things only happen to someone else. Most of us are trying to get our first job, so that many are lured to go to war by the rewards it can bring without considering much about the potential bad consequences.
   Moreover, while young we have a deferential image of our elders and betters, we do not presume that in most cases nations are moved to a war footing just by the egos of their rulers. Thus, imagine you were a Colombian or Venezuelan eighteen-year-old soldier and that you could have died in the recent quarrel between the two blockheads, as they are Chavez and Uribe. How stupid death it would be.


   The most common excuse given by pretense democratic rulers is that their countries hold regularly fair elections. And such a claim is bought for many people, who tend to think that if anything those leaders were at least elected. But can we consider Russia, Venezuela and Iran democracies if their elections are in fact fair?
   By definition the answer should be yes, nevertheless, we must analyze deeper what have to be the real meaning of a fair election to say so.
   A fair vote presupposes that each of the events making up an election ought also to be fair. Therefore, we need to have for certain a correct count and the acceptance of the majority of the voters’ decision.
   But only these two pillars cannot tell if a country is democratic or not, since judging by these parameters America would have been disqualified after failing to fulfill them when George W. Bush was first elected president.
   The admittance of whoever wants to be candidate could be also a decisive element to be taken into account, however, every democracy has got its manners of culling candidacies. Hence that was left only a way to say if a country is democratic or not and that is by measuring its level of freedom.
   Most of the people are ever minding their own business, seeking their basics or trying to get rich. Mostly, they are disenchanted and hopeless about politics thinking they waste their precious time in taking part in it.
   The understanding of this behavior leaves politicians with two alternatives to be elected: to change people’s mentality or adapt their ideas to it. And, of course, that being much easier to do the latter almost all the pols have their stump speeches filled with assistance policies.
   Nonetheless, so far, there is nothing wrong with these attitudes, both voters and politicians are looking for what they think to be better for them and in an ideal democratic regime one ought not to be deceiving the other. The problem begins when presidents eager to be reelected start manipulating the perceptions into changing the environment.
   The taste of power is too sweet and so corrupting that once someone is taken to a position of authority, feelings such as vanity, pride and self-esteem commence having an overwhelming effect on them so that many cannot resist the temptation of trying to remain in office.
   Obviously, would-be dictators do not see things that way; they use to rationalize the reasons by which they want to stay in power. And the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, is a classic example that illustrates the ascension of a despot.

If most Brazilians wanted to see the politicians accused of the mensalao arrested, they would have voted against them. And this assertion also applies to the judges who sentenced them.

   By relying on technicalities to give one more chance of appeal to the politicians already sentenced in the mensalao case, the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil in fact signaled that either does not want to arrest them or perhaps could not - and the Brazilians who voted in the last elections signaled that either forgave them or that do not understand politics.
   The truth is that prison is for someone who breaks the laws and not for who makes them, and in Brazil the opposition dreamed of seeing behind bars the top leaders of the ruling party. A minister of the Supreme who seemed to be independent, despite having been appointed by the former president who belongs to the same ruling party, helped to cherish this dream. However, to judge by the Court's decision this week the maxim still stands: you can't arrest who is in charge.
   Of course, things could have been different, but the main culprit of everything seeming to end in impunity is the opposition itself. The opposition in Brazil is near nonexistent due to the system of government that allows the president to compose a parliamentary majority after elected; but mainly by the total incapacity of the ideological opposition to sell their ideas.
   Lack charisma to the few opposition leaders, so that the governor of Pernambuco who formed the base of the government now wants to run for the presidency dressed up as opposition. Had the Workers' Party lost the last election the political landscape would be another and the composition of the Supreme Court that is judging the mensalão consequently also would be another, making with which the trend we see now were completely opposed.
   It might seem criminal to say that the supreme justices decide politically, but is that what they do and there is nothing wrong on that. Both in Brazil and in the United States that has a Supreme Court similar to ours, the judges are appointed by the president and are approved by Congress and it is expected that they have a line of thought compatible with the ones who put them there.
   At least a fiercer opposition, which really threatened the grip on power of the Workers' Party, could have made difference in the mensalão case. It would have obliged PT to be between a rock and a hard place (maybe with hands tied); it either would sacrifice its accused members who could make more shit hit the fan or would lose the elections what would also bring bad consequences to the same accused.
Prison Beat Game
The Game of Avoiding getting Arrested

   If there is a thing the defendants of the Criminal Action 470 - the trial of the "Mensalão" - are right is that it is a political trial. And what turns this trial political are the objectives as well as the status quo of the accused.
   The defendants' aims were most political. They did illegal things seeking to expand their's and their party's influence. However, illegal deeds are also illicit acts and after you breaking the law does not matter what were your purposes, you are nothing but a criminal.
   Nevertheless, the situation can change if your cohorts remain in power and are willing to fight for you. In that case you become a party's casualty, someone who did a dirty job for the organization but was caught red-handed.
   Depending on how much clout you have, and more if you bear the blame for someone else, the establishment will fight tooth and nail to free you. And you cannot be regarded as a petty criminal, you are a big gun.
   José Dirceu the reportedly boss of the "Mensalão" already had said that the more important than the trial was to gain elections. And what appears to be a denial, is not. He knows exactly how the things work and expects to battle in other field.
   Not so long ago, Brazil found an Italian citizen innocent despite Italy had already convicted him. The friendship of this terrorist with the ruling party in Brazil was enough to grant him freedom. And now the same Justice Court that avoided ruling on the Italian case, allowing the former president Lula to not extradite him, have just condemned two of the top PT members. Would not the current Brazilian president, who also is a PT member, pardon them?
   The former president barely knew who was the Italian guy but took the decision alleging that the in absentia verdict reached in the democratic Italy smacks of totalitarianism.
    Gene Hackman as a bullying policeman in the movie The French Connection.

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  • Conservatives, Liberals and Communists in Brazil | Will the liberals engulf conservatives once again to lose once more in 2018?


  It is already far in the past, in 1989, the time when a conservative politician stood a chance by running for president in Brazil. Back then the country seemed more susceptible to conservative speech than either the liberal or the communist one.
  Although Fernando Collor was elected mainly due his anti-corruption pitch it only took place because his enemies failed to exploit his conservative character since the electorate had not so much prejudice against it yet.
  But after nearly thirty years of massive subliminal propaganda by the almost unanimously leftist media many voters are even willing to tolerate corruption more than what the political correctness calls "intolerance".
  A cultural leftist takeover of the media has made most people either despise conservative values or become at least shy of manifesting them. Bit by bit, following the teachings of ideologues such as Antonio Gramsci, Brazilian society's mindset leaned to the Left.

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  • Why all the rush? | Why to call for the president's resignation without giving him the same opportunities to defend himself given to his predecessor?


  There are no virgins in politics and a lot of people even unconsciously know it, so that despite an enormous campaign - launched by Brazil's largest terrestrial TV network - Brazilians so far did not bought the idea of taking to the streets to call for Michel Temer's resignation.

  Apart from the politically engaged leftists, there are a large majority in Brazil even favorable to oust the president, nevertheless the entrapment set up to Temer, recording him red-handed, as well as the massive and incessant campaign sparked by the same media conglomerate which broke the news are raising suspicions.

  People who supported the former president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment are casting several doubts before jumping on the bandwagon.

  And among them are: Why amid a widespread corruption culture the same network which seemed to be pleased by the current government pivoted to smear it? And why the unprecedented plea agreement got by the squealers, who became rich stealing from the public coffers, did leave them scot-free?

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  • The Interventionists | The Temptation for the Men of Green.


  On the eve of the former president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment she and several of her supporters were tempted to resort to the Army to stage a coup, under the disguised name of State of Emergency.

  Therefore, the leftists, who had as one of their catchphrases the denunciation of the 60-70’s military regime, when posed in a desperate situation would act just at the same way of those who they spent about fifty years calling coup-lovers.

  And the Left makes it clearer it has no shame to foul the democratic game as can be proven by its support to Maduro in Venezuela. Indeed, there are no more people on the Left courting the Military only because the leftists doubt they make up a majority in the barracks.

  Nonetheless, it is in the Right that the Military have their biggest fans, which is a nostalgia of a leftist president’s overthrow in 1964 that turned into over twenty years under a military regime that is missed by many now.

  Furthemore, due to the inevitable wear and tear of almost thirty years of left-wing governments grandparents are managing to convince their grandsons that life was much better at those times.

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  • A Trial by Combat? | Lula is trying to fool a federal judge responsible for ruling on whether he is guilty or innocent to debate politically with him,...


  Lula is trying to fool a federal judge responsible for ruling on whether he is guilty or innocent to debate politically with him, however not only the judge but also the 2018 presidential candidates should avoid to do so.
  "Faced with intolerance and hatred, no debate is possible," president Jacques Chirac told, during the 2002 French presidential election run-off, refusing to debate with an opponent he thought was illegitimate to run for president.
  Nevertheless, now in Brazil we can have a presidential candidate who will be not only illegitimate but also an outlaw, and it seems so far that all the other contestants have shown no embarrassment to discuss, even on the same stage, the future of the country with him.
  Lula and his entourage are desperately seeking legitimacy for their version that the former president and his Workers' Party have been politically persecuted and if the other candidates fall by their tricks the 2018 presidential campaign will become a win-win contest for them.
  Many very suspicious politicians already are selling the idea that could be undemocratic not to allow the former president to run because he has an expressive electoral support, but if it is true the Judiciary System has no meaning anymore and the democracy itself no longer exists, since as in Game of Thrones any noblemen have the right to request a trial by combat while smallfolk do not possess this right.

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  • A Rebranded Product. | Displayed as a new product, the mayor of Sao Paulo, João Doria, is nothing else than the plan B of the establishment...


  Displayed as a new product, the mayor of Sao Paulo, João Doria, is nothing else than the plan B of the establishment – just in case the dismantling of the operation Car Wash happens in a way that pleases the bigwigs and they do not see the need to maintain their plan A which so far is Lula.
  Therefore, the influential politicians, involved in corruption schemes, who are now trying by all means to destroy the operation, will only give up on the former president’s bid if they feel they have all the safeguards set up to avoid their arrest.
  Indeed, as it was made clear by the last STF’s rulings on the release of the Car Wash’s remand prisoners, the establishment seems not to be worried with the damage caused by its unashamed moves and counts on the mayor of Sao Paulo to assume the opposition role before a real one gathers strength.
  And the current status of the newly elected mayor, which frees him from declaring he is a presidential candidate, suits well to both parties, since Doria has an excuse to not talk about any national issue he wanted under the guise he has to focus on the Sao Paulo city administration.

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  • Bullying the Courts. | For the Left Lula cannot be arrested because he intends to be a candidate, but if he can't then nobody can.


  The whole stage was set up: a general strike on Friday, a huge rally on Saturday, a boost in the polls on Sunday, demonstrations nationwide on Monday,...
  The Left, mostly those who still support Lula, wanted to make a show of force, i.e., the bolivarians intended to bully the Courts by pretending that their leader is being politically persecuted.
  Therefore the postponement of Lula's hearing at request of the law enforcement agents aimed at preventing this crescendo.
  Only can be politically persecuted someone who advocates a political system different from the one already in place, but aside from the operation Car Wash the leftists who worship the former president do not want to make any other immediate significant change in the current system than of electing Lula president.
  So would remain the possibility of the operation being illegal, but if it is the case Lula and his disciples should resort to people superior to those carrying on the investigations and trials.
  Hence Lula and his mob are doing nothing else than intimidating the Courts and already are using similar methods of drug dealers, such as burning buses and assaulting people who do not obey them.

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  • The candidate of the victimization | For the Left Lula cannot be arrested because he intends to be a candidate, but if he can't then nobody can.


The Left is now peddling another story: this is that the justice only wants to arrest Lula because he is a potential presidential candidate and, if it does so, that that would be the smoking gun that Brazil lives through a totalitarian regime [a dictatorship].

The political correctness always protected Lula, mainly when for most of his opponents he didn't look like a bad guy at all. His adversaries used to spare him from attacks aiming at his illiteracy as well as from questioning him on how he was paying his bills. When in a presidential debate a former Rio de Janeiro governor wanted to catch him about his knowledge Lula was quickly rescued by another debater as if it were off-limits to offend him.

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  • France Run-off | Pat Buchanan looks at Le Pen's chances against young En Marche! candidate.


Macron is an ex-Rothschild banker in a populist environment where bankers are as welcome as hedge-fund managers at a Bernie Sanders rally.
He is a pro-EU, open-borders transnationalist who welcomes new immigrants and suggests that acts of Islamist terrorism may be the price France must pay for a multi-ethnic and multicultural society.
Macron was for a year economic minister to President Francois Hollande who has presided over a 10 percent unemployment rate and a growth rate that is among the most anemic in the entire European Union.
He is offering corporate tax cuts and a reduction in the size of a government that consumes 56 percent of GDP, and presents himself as the “president of patriots to face the threat of nationalists.”
His campaign is as much “us vs. them” as Le Pen’s. And elite enthusiasm for Macron seems less rooted in any anticipation of future greatness than in the desperate hope he can save the French establishment from the dreaded prospect of Marine.

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  • My name is Donald Trump! It all ends now! | U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan.


Trump: Everybody knows exactly what happened. What I do is I authorize my military. We have the greatest military in the world and they’ve done a job as usual. We have given them total authorization and that’s what they’re doing and frankly that’s why they’ve been so successful lately.

“If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what’s happened over the past eight years, you’ll see there’s a tremendous difference, tremendous difference. So we have incredible leaders in the military, and we have incredible military. We are very proud of them. This was another very, very successful mission.

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  • Political Correctness is the new censorship. | The Left has no humor or it simply deceives us all along?

Intending to bully Rachel Sheherazade the Left says Silvio Santos did it when he was just kidding her. The political correctness is the new censorship. Such as just happened with Bolsonaro, the Left distorts every speech against left-wing beliefs and cries wolf denouncing their authors as criminals.

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  • Bolsonaro | A ghost prowls the Planalto.

The representative paves on social networks and on trips across Brazil the way for his 2018 presidential candidacy and gets every day thousands of followers on the Internet.

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  • Dumb Law. | They all are candidates but they cannot say so.

2018 Brazil’s presidential candidates are on the stump already, but despite they behave as such they are prohibited by laws they themselves created to say they are campaign.

It’s a dumb law nevertheless by doing so they start trying to deceive the rule of law instead of attempting to fix it .

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  • Fever in Rio. | Third case of yellow fever is confirmed in Rio de Janeiro.

The State Health Department of Rio de Janeiro confirmed today (21) the third case of yellow fever in the municipality of Casimiro de Abreu, in the region of the Baixada Litorânea. Joaquim de Oliveira Santos, 45, was transferred over the weekend from the Angela Maria Simões Municipal Hospital, in Casimiro de Abreu, to the São Sebastião State Institute of Infectious Diseases, located inside the Servidores do Estado Hospital, in the fluminense capital. According to the counseling of the Municipal Health Department of Casimiro de Abreu, the patient's condition is stable, and he goes back today to the Ângela Maria Simões Hospital, in Casimiro de Abreu.
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  • Poor Meat May Mean Poor Economy. | Ministry suspends export of 21 meatpackers investigated in the poor meat.

The agriculture minister, Blairo Maggi, said today (20) that would be a “disaster” the restriction to the Brazilian meat by the international market. Until the moment, the European Union, South Korea, China and Chile officialized the suspension of Brazilian product imports. The countries await clarification from the Brazilian government about the Poor Meat Operation, sparked Friday (17) by the Federal Police.
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  • Playing Down the Crisis. | Temer says that fraud scheme in meatpackers affects small part of the sector.

President Michel Temer said today (20) that the problems discovered in meatpackers by the Poor Meat Operation, of the Federal Police, affect only a small part of the sector. “The agribusiness is for us a very important thing and cannot be devalued by a small nucleus, a thing that will be smaller: clearable, accountable and punishable, if it is the case. But cannot compromise all the system that we set up through the years. We export to more than 150 countries”, told an audience of entrepreneurs at the headquarters of the American Chamber of Commerce, in the Paulista capital.

  • A Poisoned Chalice. | Temer has meeting this afternoon to discuss effects of the Poor Meat on the economy.

President Michel Temer will have a series of meetings on Sunday (19) with ministers and ambassadors of the main importing countries of Brazilian meat to discuss measures that smooth the possible negative impacts of the Poor Meat Operation on the economy of the country.

According to the agenda published by the presidency of the republic, Temer will meet at 2:00 pm with the minister of the agriculture , Blairo Maggi. Then on, at 3:00 pm, Temer and Maggi will meet with the minister of the industry and foreign trade, Marcos Pereira, and with representatives of meatpacking companies and entities. And at 5:00 pm, Temer will meet with ambassadors of the main importing countries of Brazilian meat in order to clarify possible doubts and give guarantees of the quality of the product. All meetings will take place in the Planalto Palace.

  • Easy Meat for Con-men. | Companies "made up" expired meat and bribed inspectors of ministry, says PF.

During the investigations that culminated in the Poor Meat Operation, sparked today (17) in the morning, the Federal Police (PF) discovered that the meatpackers involved in the criminal scheme "made up" expired meat with ascorbic acid and repackaged them to manage to sell them. The companies, then, bribed inspectors of the Ministry of the Agriculture, Livestock and Supply to authorize the trading of the product without the proper supervision. The meat unfit for consumption was destined both for the domestic market as for export.

“All that shows us that what matters to those corporate groups in the food sector is, really, a market independent from the public health, independent from the community, from the quantity of diseases and from the quantity of harmful situations that that [ the criminal practice] causes”, affirmed the federal commissioner Maurício Moscardi Grillo, in a news conference at the end of the morning, at the headquarters of the PF in Curitiba.

  • The Left in Brazil, in the U.S. or anywhere is just the same. | PM crack down on protesters and throw bombs inside bar in the center of Rio.

Military policemen of the anti-riot battalion attacked with tear gas grenades protesters and customers who were at Amarelinho bar in Cinelândia, one of the more traditional and older of the city, after the demonstration on Wednesday (15) against the pension reform. Many people felt ill with the smoke of the bombs and needed to be supported, going out crying and with red eyes by the effect of the gas. About 10 minutes early, a group of protesters, who was not at the bar, had thrown stones against PMs of the Center Present Operation.

The police reaction was intense and, quickly, dozens of anti-riot policemen entered the Cinelândia on foot or on motorbikes, cracking down both demonstrators and customers of the bars that operate there. Other group of police officers shot with rubber bullets against protesters who attended the march.

  • Heads Will Roll. | Janot calls for the end of snitch testimonies secrecy.

The Attorney General of the republic, Rodrigo Janot, asked Justice Edson Fachin, rapporteur of the Car Wash in the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to remove the secrecy of large part of the 950 affidavits of collaborators of the Odebrecht, in which they cite the involvement of dozens of politicians, “considering the need to promote transparency and guarantee the public interest”, said in a statement the PGR.

This afternoon, Janot sent to the STF 320 requests connected to the Car Wash Operation, of which 83 are requests for authorization to the opening of inquiries against politicians currently in office. All are suspected of involvement in the corruption scheme in Petrobras.

  • I Know Nothing About. | For Aloysio Nunes, list that Janot will present is part of the legal process.

The foreign minister, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, minimized today (13) the political impact of the announcement of the requests for the opening of an inquiry to be presented to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) by the Attorney General of the republic, Rodrigo Janot, against politicians cited in the snitch testimonies of executives of the building contractor company Odebrecht, within the scope of the Car Wash Operation.

Amid the launch of an exhibition at the Itamaraty Palace, the chancellor considered that the announcement of the so-called “Janot list” will be a “normal development of the legal process”.

  • Murdering the Unborn. | Abortion lawsuits should reignite debate on the theme in the STF and Congress.

Since last year, cases referred to the Supreme Court (STF) and judged by the Court reignited the discussion on the decriminalization of abortion in the country. This week, a new suit filed in the Court asks that the abortion stop being considered crime until the 12th week of gestation, in any situation.

Also is on the agenda of the court this year the theme of abortion in case of contamination of the mother with the Zika virus. Otherwise, go through Congress more than 30 bills on the subject, most of them restricting the legal possibilities for the practice.

  • Yellow Fever. | Rio intends to vaccinate all municipalities against yellow fever.

Rio de Janeiro asked the Health Ministry for the state to be included in the targeted area for vaccine against yellow fever. Until now, there was no register of the disease in humans in its territory, but the intention of the State Department of Health (SES) is to expand the vaccination strategy as a preventive measure, which is already being adopted in 30 municipalities located at the borders of states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, where there were confirmed cases of the disease. With the campaign, all the municipalities of the state will receive assistance, reaching the number of 92 cities. In the campaign, will not be vaccinated babies under the age of 9 months and people over 60.

  • Risking Lives to Save Money. | Chapecoense plane crashed due to lack of fuel and was overweight.

Preliminary investigation report released today (26) by the Civil Aeronautics of Colombia points that the Chapecoense plane was overweight when crashed with 77 people on board, but that the accident was due to the lack of fuel. The accident that happened at dawn of Nov. 29, left 71 dead, among team players, managers, crew members and journalists.

In addition, there was failures in the flight plan of the trip that would take the team from Santa Cruz de La Sierra, in Bolivia, to Medellín, in Colombia, where the team would play the first match of the South American Cup final against the Atlético Nacional.

  • And who are those "crisis" guys? | In year-end message, Temer says Brazil will defeat the crisis in 2017.

In pronouncement in a nationwide radio and TV broadcast tonight (24), Christmas Eve, president Michel Temer said that Brazil will defeat the crisis in 2017. He highlighted that the interest are falling and will continue falling in the next year. The president also said that the entrepreneurs will return to invest and the unemployment will fall. During his speech, Temer did a review of his actions in just over 100 days as president and said that he is working to debureaucratize the state and achieve a “Democracy of Efficiency”.

  • Getting Rich in Politics. | Cabral received “monthly allowances” from contractors from 2007 to 2014, says MPF.

Arrested today (17) by the Federal Police, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro Sérgio Cabral would have received bribes from construction firms in his two terms, between 2007 and 2014, affirmed today (17) the Federal Police, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Prosecutor. According to the investigations, the former governor headed a corruption scheme that demanded bribes from construction firms, laundered money and faked public bids in major works in the state carried out with federal resources.

According to Federal Prosecutor, Sérgio Cabral came to receive R$ 350 thousand of “monthly allowance” from Andrade Gutierrez and R$ 200 thousand from Carioca Engenharia that, in the second term, increased the payment to R$ 500 thousand.

  • Military Regime Worshippers. | Floor of the House is invaded by protesters and session is suspended.

Protesters have just invaded the floor of the House of representatives. There was tumult, the session was suspended and the place closed. The group, formed by about 50 people from 10 states of the country, shouts the words: "We want general". The glass door that gives access to the plenary was broken.

At the time, the representatives spoke before the start of the order of the day of the extraordinary session. The 1st vice president of the House, representative Waldir Maranhão (PP-MA), suspended the proceedings and asked the legislative police to help in the removal of the protesters, according to the Agência Câmara. Five protesters were detained by the legislative police.

  • Good Omen. | IMF estimates that the Brazilian economy is close to getting out of the recession.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the Brazilian economy shows signs that is close to leaving the period of recession, however, the perspectives depend on the approval of tax reforms by the Brazilian government. The conclusion is in the IMF's annual report on Brazil, released today (15).

According to the fund, the Brazilian economy should begin to recover gradually from the second semester of this year with the approval of reforms. For 2017, the IMF projects growth of 0.5 percent for the economy and fall of -3.3 percent for 2016.

In the report, the IMF also praised the intention of Brazilian government to limit the fiscal spending and reform the Social Security system.

  • Clash Between Powers. | Rapporteur withdraws proposal to punish judges and MP for crime of responsibility.

After meeting today (14) with members of the Prosecution Office of the Republic (PGR), of the task force of the Car Wash Operation, the drafter of the bill 4850/16 that addresses the ten measures of combat to the corruption, representative Onix Lorenzoni, agreed to change points of the text that the members of the Public Prosecutor considered “sensitive”. Among the changes, is the withdrawal of the measure that deals with crime of responsibility to judges and members of the Public Prosecutor.

  • Back to business. | Parente: in 5 years, Petrobras can be 4th or 5th biggest company of the sector in the world.

If confirmed the expectations of Petrobras CEO, Pedro Parente, in three years, the state-run company will return to grow to, in five years, become the fourth or fifth biggest company of the sector, with a production of 3.4 million barrels of oil and gas per day. The projection was presented by Pedro Parente to the president Michel Temer, at a meeting in the Planalto Palace.

“I came here to bring the strategic planning of the company for the period between 2017 and 2021. We presented the hallmarks of that plan. It was a technical presentation”, said the president of the state-owned company. According to him, one of horizons of the plan is the faster reduction of the debts of the company. In the three following years, the expectation is that the company returns to grow, to, according to Parente, at the end of the period of five years, be "a company that will produce about 3.4 million barrels equivalent to oil and gas per day, being maybe between the fourth and the fifth biggest company of the world in the sector”.

  • The Man Behind the Money. | Moro revokes arrest warrant for Guido Mantega.

The federal judge Sérgio Moro revoked the temporary arrest of the former finance minister, Guido Mantega, detained this morning (22), in Sao Paulo, during the 34th phase of the Car Wash Operation, sparked in the early hours of the day. Mantega was taken to the headquarters of the Federal Police in the Paulista capital.

In justifying the decision to order the former minister's release, Moro affirmed that, considering the health conditions of Mantega's wife, and as the searches and seizures of documents at residential and business addresses of the investigated were carried out already, there is no more the need to keep the former minister detained, since he no longer can interfere with the gathering of evidence. Moro did not consult the Federal Prosecutor (MPF), nor the law enforcement official before making the decision.

  • Lula tries to escape. | Council denies injunction of Lula against prosecutors of the Car Wash.

The National Council of the Public Prosecutor (CNMP) denied today (16) request for an injunction from the lawyers of the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva against the actions of the prosecutors of the task force of the Car Wash Operation.

In the ruling, the councilor Valter Schuenquener understood that, before issuing a ruling, the prosecutors should provide the clarification that they understand necessary in 15 days.

In the suit filed yesterday (15), the lawyers claim that the federal prosecutors Júlio Carlos Motta Noronha, Roberson Pozzobon and Deltan Dallagnol “transgressed the functional duties” of their jobs during the interview in which they announced the complaint against the former president.

The lawyers consider that the prosecutors anticipated judgment on the conviction of Lula and violated the policy of communication of the Public Prosecutor. According to defense of the former president, the norm determines that a complaint cannot be publicized in a way that means early conviction of the involved.

Lula was charged in the Federal Courts with money laundering, passive corruption and fraudulent misrepresentation, for allegedly having received undue advantages related to the reform of a triplex apartment in Guarujá, on SP coast line. The complaint also includes Lula's wife, Marisa Letícia da Silva.

  • Lula Charged. | Lula headed corruption scheme identified in the Car Wash, says attorney.

The attorney of the republic Deltan Dallagnol affirmed today (14) that the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was the "highest commander of the corruption scheme identified in the Car Wash [operation]". Dallagnol made the statement during press conference in which the task-force of the Federal Prosecutor (MPF) responsible for the operation, detailed the complaint that involves Lula, his wife, Marisa Letícia, and six more people.

The former president was charged in the Federal Courts with passive corruption and money laundering, crimes whose penalties, added together, can reach 32 years and six months of jail time. According to the prosecutors, Lula took undue advantages from the companies involved in the corruption scheme of Petrobras, as the purchase of a triplex apartment in Guarujá, on SP coast line, the reform and decoration of the property, besides million-dollar contracts for storage of personal assets. Those advantages, added together, totaled more than R$ 3.7 million.

  • Walking the Plank. | New stretch of bike path that collapsed in Rio is open to the public.

The second stretch of the cycleway Tim Maia, linking the neighborhoods of São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca, in the southern and western zones of Rio de Janeiro, was opened today (3) to cyclists and pedestrians. The cycleway follows the Elevado do Joá and supplements the stretch between Leblon and São Conrado that remains closed after the collapse that killed two people on April 21.

The new stretch has 3.2 kilometers long and two entranceways: one at the end of the Beach of São Conrado, near the landing of hang-gliders, and other in Amores Beach, at the end of Barra da Tijuca's shoreline.

The City Hall intends to reopen the stretch closed since the tragedy and informs that depends only on a study of the National Institute for Waterway Research of the seabed in the region. For now, there is no scheduled date for the reopening.

  • Legal Chicanery. | Temer says that Dilma's eligibility for public offices is a legal issue.

On his first trip after effectively assuming the presidency of Brazil, Michel Temer is in Shanghai, China, where attended the High-Level Business Seminar Brasil-China. During the meeting, Temer commented the Senate's decision, of keeping Dilma's eligibility for public offices. According to him, the issue now is a legal one.

"The Senate made the decision. Right or wrong, no matter, the Senate made the decision. It seems to me that it is being questioned now legally. Then it moves out now of the exclusively political sphere to the scope of an assessment of legal nature", he told journalists who accompany him on the trip. In China, the president will also participate in the G-20 summit, bloc that gathers the 20 largest economies in the world, in Hangzhou, nearly 180 kilometers.

  • Endless Cry. | Defense of Dilma seeks annulment of the impeachment in the Federal Supreme Court.

The lawyer of the former president Dilma Rousseff in the impeachment proceedings, José Eduardo Cardozo, filed this morning (1st) a writ of mandamus in the Federal Supreme Court (STF) in which seeks an injunction to cancel the session of the Senate that has approved the debarring of Dilma. The defense also asks that a retrial be held.

Dilma was ousted from office yesterday (31) by the senators by 61 votes to 20, on charges of having committed crime of fiscal responsibility for issuing three decrees of additional credit without the congressional authorization and also for the so-called fiscal pedaling, delays in the payments to public banks within the scope of the Harvest Plan.

  • Just sworn in! | Michel Temer takes office as president and will have mandate until 2018.

The floor of Congress has just invested Michel Temer as president of the Republic. He already was in office temporarily since the removal of Dilma Rousseff as a result of the start of her impeachment proceedings, in May this year. The swearing-in was conducted by the president of Congress, Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL).

  • I know nothing! | After João Santana's deposition, Dilma says she did not authorize campaign slush fund.

The suspended President Dilma Rousseff said today (22), in her Twitter feed that she did not authorize payment of slush fund “to anyone”. “If there was a payment, was not to my knowledge”, she said. Yesterday (21), the publicist João Santana and his wife, Mônica Moura, have said, in testimony to the federal judge Sérgio Moro, that they received payment abroad for a campaign debt of PT in the 2010 elections.

The hearings were held in the criminal prosecution process in which the accused are being charged in the Car Wash Operation. Both are imprisoned since February in Curitiba.

During the testimony, Mônica Moura, who was responsible for the financial part of the couple's marketing company, informed that received US$ 4.5 million in an offshore account in Switzerland, controlled by the entrepreneur Zwi Skornick, accused of carrying out the illegal payments, according to investigators of the Car Wash.

  • Playing it Safe. | PF arrests group suspected of planning terrorist acts 15 days away from the Rio 2016.

The Federal Police arrested today (21) ten people suspected of planning terrorist acts in Brazil. The arrests occur 15 days before the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"They went beyond simple comments on Islamic State and terrorism to preparatory acts", said the justice minister, Alexandre de Moraes, in an interview for the press, about the police operation that investigates possible participation of Brazilians in criminal organization of international scope, as a cell of the Islamic State in the country.

The arrests, according to the minister, occurred in 10 states and all the detained are Brazilians. According to the minister, the group communicated by apps for exchanging messages.

  • Eyeing the Economy. | Temer says that Central Bank has "full autonomy" to set interest rate.

After repercussion in the financial market for the declaration of the chief minister of the Staff, Eliseu Padilha, that the interim president, Michel Temer, sees with “good eyes” the reduction of the benchmark interest rate of the economy (Selic), the department of communication of the presidency of the republic issued a statement of Temer to clarify his stance on the subject.

“The Central Bank has full autonomy to set the interest rate. The monetary policy sees as a priority to fight inflation and this is the central objective of my government”, said Temer, according to the counseling of the Planalto Palace.

  • A Candidacy as an Alibi. | Lula appeals for Temer to allow return of Dilma and run for elections in 2018.

In speech of about 35 minutes to thousands of people tonight (10), in the Paulista avenue, in Sao Paulo, the former president Lula criticized several times Michel Temer government and appealed to the interim president “Please, allow the people to retake the government with Dilma and participate in the elections of 2018 to see if you will be president”.

“I will not say Out Temer because, for my part, it does not go down well. Temer, you are a constitutionalist lawyer and you know that you did not act correctly assuming the presidency temporarily”, said Lula by making the appeal for Temer, who he accused of being “doing a dismantling in the country. They do not want to rule, want to sell the country. They don't know how to rule, only know to privatize”, said Lula, speaking of possible privatization by the present government.

  • Maduro misses Rousseff. | OAS invokes for the first time in history Democratic Charter against Venezuela.

The Organization of American States (OAS) invoked the so-called Inter-American Democratic Charter against Venezuela. That is the first time in history that the instrument is requested, what implies the opening of a case that can lead to the suspension of the country from the regional body.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, announced today (31) the request for convening a permanent council of the member States, between June 10-20, to discuss the “alteration of the constitutional order” in that country and “how it affects gravely the democratic order”.

  • Another Minister Falls. | Minister of Transparency resigns from office.

The Minister of Transparency, supervision and control, Fabiano Silveira, phoned on the evening today (30) to the interim president Michel Temer and resigned from office. The information was just confirmed by the Planalto Palace.

According to the press office of the presidency, Silveira still did not meet personally with Temer. He still can deliver a letter of resignation to the interim president, but Temer did not oppose the request of Silveira. The substitute of Silveira has not yet been disclosed.

  • Gang Rape in Rio. | Police of Rio expects to hear soon four identified in rape case.

The civil police of Rio de Janeiro state already knows the whereabouts of four people who are being investigated in the gang rape case of a teenage girl last weekend, in Jacarepaguá, west zone of the city. The case caused outrage after being released on social networks. Possible requests for arrest, however, were not yet made to the Courts, because, according to the police commissioners, the investigations are in early stage and there is no elements that justify the measure.

The crimes that are being investigated are the rape of vulnerable, since the victim is under age, and the release on the Internet of pornographic material involving minors. The incumbent of the Police Station for Crackdown on Computer Crimes, Alessandro Thiers, did not disclose the name of the four identified and pondered that it is not yet possible to affirm that they have participated in the rape.

  • Renan For the Record versus Renan Off the Record. | Renan says Car Wash's investigations are "untouchable".

The Senator Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL) reiterated today (26), in a statement released by the press office of the presidency of the Senate that he “did not take any initiative” nor made arrangements to “hinder or obstruct” the investigations of the Lava Jato Sting Operation. According to the statement, the investigations of the Car Wash are “untouchable”. The statement was released after the TV Globo have broadcasted new dialogues between Renan Calheiros and the former Transpetro CEO (subsidiary of Petrobras), Sérgio Machado, snitch of the operation.

In the conversation, both criticize the Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, who is responsible for conducting the investigations against the politicians who have privileged court. In the recording published by the press, Machado says that Janot is “bad character” and Renan repeats the expression. According to the statement published by the Senator's staff, he cannot be responsible for third-party opinions on people, authorities or the national political scenario.

In other recording, Renan Calheiros talks to a supposed representative from Delcídio do Amaral and would be advising on how to defend the then Senator in the Ethics Committee. In the statement, Renan's staff says he accelerated the impeachment process of Delcídio in session on the eve of the vote on the impeachment of the President of the Republic, Dilma Rousseff. “The upshot of the impeachment process is known, was public and the speeding up of the process was highlight in several newspapers. In the phase of the Ethics Committee [Renan] opined with a friend of the former Senator, but said that the process could not stay put, as indeed happened", reads the text.

  • All the Former Presidents. | Sarney regrets conversation leak and says that tried to be sympathetic to Machado.

The former president and former Senator José Sarney issued a statement today (25) complaining about the leak of his private conversations with the former president of Transpetro, Sérgio Machado, and asserting that their relation is of friendship.

“The conversations that I had with him in the last times were always marked, for my part, by the feeling of solidarity, characteristic of my personality. In that sense, many times I tried to say words that, in his moment of affliction and nervousness, raise his confidence and the hope to overcome the accusations he faced”, added Sarney.

  • Ministry as a Shield. | Defense asks STF to recognize that Lula was minister of Rousseff.

The defense of the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva appealed yesterday (23) to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to try to strike down the decision that prevented him from taking office as Chief of Staff. In practice, with the removal of the President Dilma Rousseff, the lawyers want the decision of the minister Gilmar Mendes not to prevail and the Court to recognize that the appointment was valid.

The lawyers ask the STF to decide that Lula was minister between March 16, date of the appointment, and May 12, day of the dismissal, and, thus, recognize “the legal consequences due to that situation”, as a privileged court, for example.

  • Third Senator Caught on Recorded Conversations. | Jucá will take a leave of absence from office of Planning Minister.

The Planning Minister, Romero Jucá (PMDB), said now that will take a leave of absence from office starting tomorrow (24) until the Federal Prosecutor speaks about the complaints against him.

"Let's await the opinion of the public prosecutor with all the tranquility, because I am aware that I did not commit any wrongdoing and let alone any act against the investigation of the Car Wash, I supported the Car Wash", he said in an interview in Congress, after the interim president Michel Temer delivered the proposal of revised fiscal target. "As long as the MP does not speak, I await out of the ministry. After that, it will be up to the president Temer to invite me again or not, he will discuss what he is going to do", affirmed.

The newspaper Folha de S.Paulo published a story today (23) that says that in talks, recorded in March, the current Planning Minister, Romero Jucá, suggested to the former president of the Transpetro Sérgio Machado a pact to prevent the advance of the Lava Jato Sting Operation over the PMDB, the party of the minister.

  • Rousseff's Spooks. | Minister of the STF orders the disclosure of bank and tax data of Romero Jucá.

The minister Marco Aurélio Mello, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), ordered the disclosure of the bank and tax data of the Planning Minister, Romero Jucá (PMDB), in an inquiry that investigates fraud in the transfer of earmarks. In all, Jucá is target of six inquiries in the STF. In a statement, the staff of the Planning Minister informed that Jucá already made available all information relating to the case.

At the behest of the Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, Mello authorized the removal of the secrecy in the period between March 1998 and December 2002. “The removal of the assurance proves to be indispensable for elucidation of the facts, considered the nuances of the criminal scheme”, says the request of Janot.

  • Trust me! | Cunha says he did not appoint a "pin" to Michel Temer government.

The suspended House Speaker, Eduardo Cunha (PMDB-RJ), said today (19), during his testimony before the Ethics Committee that he did not appoint “a pin" to the government of the interim president Michel Temer.

“If I think I should appoint whoever I wanted, I would do, but I didn't. It has no pin in the government that was appointed by Eduardo Cunha”, affirmed.

  • Speeding Up. | Temer asks leaders for urgency to vote on MPs of interest of the country.

The leader of the DEM in the House, representative Pauderney Avelino (AM), has just said, after attending a meeting of leaders in the Presidency of the Republic that the interim president Michel Temer was very comfortable in office. Pauderney was the first leader to leave the Planalto Palace.

"During the meeting, the president Temer asked us to speed up, as far as possible, the vote on matters of interest of the country, in order to show that as well as the government is ruling the House is working, even understanding that there is internal difficulties in the House."

  • Economics follows politics, not the other way around. | Foreign investors bet on Brazil's recovery.

The Brazilian assets have become so cheap that some analysts even rated Brazil, along with other emerging markets, as the deal of the decade. The Brazilian currency depreciated significantly against the dollar in 2015 and despite the recovery seen in the early months of this year is still in the lowest value since 2003.

With the recession and devaluation of the Real, the Brazilian companies have never been so cheap. Many of them, affected by the crisis and the corruption scandal in Petrobras, are selling a good part of its assets. It is the case of the BTG Pactual, biggest independent investment bank in Latin America.

Since the founder and CEO of the bank, André Esteves, was arrested on the charge of trying to hinder the investigations of the corruption scheme, the BTG got rid of major assets, as the control of the Swiss bank BSI and shares in the Rede D'Or São Luiz, the country's largest network of private hospitals.

According to report of the area of intelligence of the Thomson Reuters, the bank acted in ten negotiations just in the first quarter of this year, totaling US$ 2,779 billion. Petrobras, with a debt that exceeds the US$ 130 billion, also plans to sell US$ 15 billion in assets by end of the year.

  • Busy Week! | Week in the Senate will have votes of impeachment and the expelling of Delcídio.

The week will begin busy in the Senate, with important votes about two removals from office. The senators will address the analysis of the admissibility of the impeachment of the President Dilma Rousseff–that, if is accepted, will entail in her immediate removal from office–and of the removal from office of the Senator Delcídio do Amaral (without party-MS). In addition, the members of the Congressional Investigating Committee that investigates complaints against the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) should conclude the work, with the vote on the report of the Senator Romero Jucá (PMDB-RR).

  • Checkmate! | Experts understand that Dilma committed an impeachable offense.

Experts heard on Monday (2) by the Special Committee on Impeachment reinforced the thesis that president Dilma Rousseff committed crime of responsibility while practicing the so-called "fiscal pedaling" and by issuing supplementary decrees without prior legislative authorization. The attorney of the Public Prosecutor with the Court of Accounts of the Union (TCU) Júlio Marcelo de Oliveira, the judge José Maurício Conti and the lawyer Fábio Medina Osório were nominated by the opposition to debate technical and legal aspects of the impeachment process. On Tuesday (3), will be the time for the board to hear names suggested by the government.

Júlio Marcelo de Oliveira affirmed that the government committed “fiscal fraud” and “destructive accounting” by delaying transfers from the Treasury to public banks regarding the equalization of interest rates for subsidized social programs. According to him, government used the banks as an "overdraft". They, explained the attorney, made payments without having received the transfers from the Union, what would mean a loan.

  • Elections as Panacea. | In the Paulista avenue, Conlutas' rally calls for new general elections in Brazil.

In demonstration at Paulista avenue, for the Labor Day, the Central Sindical Popular (Conlutas), PSOL and PSTU call for the holding of new general elections in the country. The event takes place since 10:00 in front of the Art Museum of Sao Paulo (Masp).

According to the organizers, attend the event unionists coming from several states. 10 thousand people are expected until the end of the protest. The Military Police did not make an estimate of public so far.

  • Easy Prey. | Raimundo Lira visits Supreme Court's Chief Justice.

The Chairman of the Special Committee on Impeachment, Senator Raimundo Lira (PMDB-PB), met on Friday (29) with the Supreme Court's Chief Justice, Ricardo Lewandowski. During the meeting, were agreed details of the proceedings to be followed by the committee, if the admissibility of the complaint against president Dilma Rousseff is approved.

After vote on the Special Committee report on the Senate floor, if the decision is for the admissibility, whom begins presiding over the meetings is the Chief Justice. Raimundo Lira explained that is in that second phase that appeals on points of order made in the committee might be analyzed by Lewandowski.

The president of the Supreme Court is the last resort of that special committee, ie, all those appeals or point of orders that I have not solved, or that I have solved but have not met the expectations of who requested that point of order the highest authority will be the president Lewandowski — said Raimundo Lira.

According to the Senator, there is already a full clarity regarding the rite to be followed by the special committee. He recalled that, in that first phase, the special committee will stick just to the exclusive analysis of the items contained in the complaint sent by the House of Representatives. The Senator believes that, if there is a second phase of the process, the Senate should follow the same line, with exclusive analysis of the six decrees authorizing additional credits to the Budget of the Union and the so called fiscal pedaling.

Raimundo Lira affirmed that the work of the committee should not suffer delays and asserted that the vote on the report in the committee will be on May 6. Already the date for the vote on the report on the Senate floor is May 11.

  • Whining The "Coup" Out. | Impeachment is an incomprehensible situation, says Cardozo in the Senate.

Third and last to talk today (29) in defence of the President Dilma Rousseff in the Special Committee on Impeachment in the Senate, Solicitor-General of the Union, José Eduardo Cardozo, started his talk presenting three requests in the board, which were eventually rejected by the chairman of the commission, Senator Raimundo Lira (PMDB-PB). Lira recalled that, at this stage, only senators can present that kind of request. In his exposition to the senators, Cardozo classified the impeachment proceedings of Dilma as an "anomalous situation" and "incomprehensible".

Cardozo raised the suspicion about the lawyer Miguel Reale Júnior, one of authors of the complaint that led to the opening of the impeachment proceedings, which according to him, for being affiliated to the PSDB, could not subscribe to the complaint. In another request, Cardozo affirmed that the law professor Janaína Paschoal, also complainant, would have received money from the PSDB to work in the preparation of the prosecution case built against president Dilma Rousseff.

  • Nobel Peace For Sale. | Nobel Peace Prize winner says that impeachment of Dilma is coup d'état.

President Dilma Rousseff received today (28) the support of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, against the impeachment proceedings that goes through in the Senate.

“It’s very clear that what is being prepared here is a disguised coup d'état, what we call a soft coup”, affirmed Esquivel, after the gathering in the Planalto Palace.

He compared the impeachment proceedings of Dilma to what occurred in Honduras and in Paraguay with the depositions of presidents Manuel Zelaya, in 2009, and Fernando Lugo, in 2012. “Now, the same methodology that doesn't need the Armed Forces, is being used here in Brazil. The methodology is the same, there is no variation with the coup d'état in those countries. Countries that want to change things with social policies are target of that policy of attempting to interrupt the democratic process.”

  • Communist for Democracy? | “Our defense is not of a government, but of the democracy”, says President of UNE.

Permanent presence in the demonstrations against the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the President of the National Union of the Students, Carina Vitral, 26, says that she is not in favor of the government, but against the legitimacy of the impeachment. In an interview on that Tuesday (26) for the program Espaço Público, of the TV Brasil, she said that the maneuvers made to remove a President from power cause damage to the country.

“The movements will remain in the streets to counteract what happens in Congress and to politically defeat the impeachment. We even [of UNE] have several criticisms in the area of the education, of the program of government and of what was that second term of president Dilma. But we think wrong to 'impeach' [removing through impeachment] a president with no crime of responsibility, with no evidence”, affirmed.

  • Opposition in Charge. | Anastasia is elected rapporteur of the case of impeachment of Dilma in the Senate.

By symbolic vote, the name of the Senator Antonio Anastasia (PSDB-MG) was approved by the Senate committee that analyzes the admissibility of the impeachment proceedings of the president Dilma Rousseff. The toucan was the only appointment to the job, but pro-government parliamentarians asked the debarring of the name of Anastasia to the rapporteurship on the case.

The vote was preceded by points of order of senators of the support base for the government who affirmed there be suspicion about the toucan. The argument to try to prevent his election is that the PSDB, biggest opposition party in the Senate, backed the request for impeachment of the President and for it, the position of the rapporteur is already known.

  • Gang Fight. | Lula says that impeachment is promoted by a “legislative gang”.

The former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said today (25) that the impeachment proceedings against president Dilma Rousseff is being conducted by a “legislative gang”. Lula attends a meeting organized by the Progressive Alliance, an international network of left-wing parties and organizations. Hoarsely, the speech by former president was read by the director of the Lula Institute, Luiz Dulci.

“An opportunistic alliance between the mainstream press, the opposition parties and a true legislative criminal gang that implemented the agenda of the chaos”, said Lula in speech read by Dulci. Outside the hotel where the seminar takes place, protesters in favor of the impeachment exchange teasers with groups that support the government.

  • Disputed Versions. | PGR receives almost 18 thousand complaints and decides to investigate Bolsonaro's conduct.

The Prosecution Office of the Republic (PGR) decided to investigate the conduct of the representative Jair Bolsonaro (PSC-RJ) after receiving 17.8 thousand complaints of citizens who criticized the conduct of the parliamentarian during the vote of the start of President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment proceedings, last Sunday (17).

In a brief speech before voting in favor of the start of the impeachment, Bolsonaro exalted the colonel Carlos Brilhante Ustra, one of the main torturers of the Brazilian military dictatorship, dead last year.

  • Going to Cuba. | Dilma says to be outraged with decision on impeachment.

One day after the House of Representatives approved the opening of her impeachment proceedings, president Dilma Rousseff said that felt outraged and wronged with the decision.

She reaffirmed that the process has no support base, repeating that she didn't commit a crime of responsibility. Dilma told that she watched all the speeches of the representatives during the vote and did not see “a discussion about the crime of responsibility that is the only way to judge a president in Brazil”.

  • | Invasion of Bolivian buses on the eve of the vote of the impeachment.

  • Impeachment Gets Up Steam. | Parliamentarians take turns at the podium in speeches for and against the impeachment.

After the talk of the jurist Miguel Reale Júnior and of the Solicitor-General of the Union, José Eduardo Cardozo, who reinforced arguments of the accusation and of the defense of the President Dilma Rousseff respectively, the representative Zé Geraldo (PT-PA), was the first to defend the government during the time destined for the leaderships of the parties that was divided among the parliamentarians.

The representative highlighted that next Sunday (17), when the admissibility of the impeachment proceedings will be voted on the House floor, will be "The worst Sunday" of his life. He classified the impeachment proceedings as illegal and immoral and affirmed that the Brazilian people claims for "justice against corruption".

  • Shopkeepers against Rousseff | Impeachment: association of malls suggests optional holiday on Sunday.

In a show of dissatisfaction to the political and economic situation which the country is going through, the Brazilian Association of Shopping Malls (Abrasce) suggested that the shopping malls do not open next Sunday (17), day of the vote on impeachment of the President Dilma Rousseff in the House of the representatives.

In a statement, the Abrasce said that the recommendation is justified in the face of “serious economic and political crisis in the country that has caused the increase in unemployment, many requests for bankruptcy, the closure of companies, with consequent side effects in the service and industrial sector”.

The goal is to authorize the shopkeepers who want to release their employees to participate “in that historical moment of Brazilian democracy”.

  • Brought to Account | Representative expected apologies from secretary of the Contag in CPI of Funai.

The representative Tereza Cristina (PSB-MS) has just lamented the silence of the secretary of finance and administration of the National Confederation of the Workers in the Agriculture (Contag), Aristides Veras dos Santos, during the testimony to the Congressional Investigating Committee (CPI) bound to investigate the performance of the National Indian Foundation (Funai) and the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra) in the demarcation of indigenous lands.

Author of the request for a summons, Tereza Cristina affirmed that hoped that Aristides could apologize at the CPI during the testimony. During ceremony in the Planalto Palace, on April 1, Aristides said: “The bench of the bullet in Congress, you know that is strong, and the way to face the bench of the bullet against the coup is to occupy their properties still there in the bases, there in the field. And the Contag and the social movements of the field is that will do that.”

“It is not possible that in a country that gives the right to property there be that kind of threat”, affirmed the representative. “Inciting the invasion is not right, cannot happen in a democratic country like ours”, completed. Tereza Cristina defended her right to be in favor of the impeachment without which her farm is invaded.

The representative Valdir Colatto (PMDB-SC) informed that he talked to other leaders of the Contag who don't agree with the talk of Aristides. The Congressman also said that expected apology from the deponent. “If he had spoken here what he talked in the Planalto Palace, I'd ordered to arrest him”, highlighted. Colatto questioned still what the income of the secretary of the Contag come from his agricultural property.

  • First Step. | By 38 to 27, commission approves report in favor of the impeachment of Dilma.

The Special Committee on Impeachment of the House of Representatives has just approved the report of the rapporteur Jovair Arantes (PTB-GO) for the admissibility of the start of the removal process of the President Dilma Rousseff. There were 38 votes in favor and 27 against.

The report approved will be forwarded to the floor of the House, where it will be read in the session immediately after the vote. The reading of the report should occur tomorrow (12) in a regular session of the House. Later, the document will be published in the Official Gazette of the House broadcasted next Wednesday (13).

  • Putting Pressure. | Protesters install impeachment scoreboard in front of Congress.

Protesters of the movement Vem pra Rua fixed today (10) three panels on the lawn in front of Congress with the forecasted score of the vote for President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. The group also fixed smaller plates on the lawn with the photos of the representatives and the indication of their positioning in relation to the removal. By the estimate of the movement, 286 representatives will vote in favor of the impeachment, while 112 are undecided and 115 are contrary. 342 votes are needed for the president to be removed by the House of Representatives.

  • Lula's Army. | Federal Police will investigate death of landless in Paraná.

The justice minister, Eugênio Aragão, ordered the Federal Police the establishment of an inquiry to investigate the death of two peasants last Thursday (07) in the city of Iguaçu Falls, Western region of Paraná. The two were members of the Movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST) and were shot during a confrontation with military policemen.

The justice minister determined still the dispatch of the National Force to the region. According to the movement, the two people who died are the rural workers Vilmar Bordim, 44, and Leomar Bhorbak, 25. Both were from the camp Dom Tomás Balduíno, located in the farm of the Araupel pulp company. In addition to the deaths, seven people were wounded, five already were discharged from hospital.

The farm of the Araupel is motive of conflict since the first occupation of the MST at the place, in 1996, when two members of the movement also have died in a confrontation with employees of the company. The area where the MST is currently camped was occupied about two years ago and is reason of court fight between the Araupel and the movement. The MST asked the immediate punishment of the military police officers responsible for the death of the rural workers.

  • Rousseff's Stronghold. | Lewandowski: questions about impeachment will have priority in the STF.

The president of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Ricardo Lewandowski, said today (8) to pro-government parliamentarians that the actions that reach the court to question the progress of the work of the special committee of the House of Representatives that analyzes the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff will have priority of trial. "The society wants to overcome that problem as quickly as possible", affirmed the minister.

  • Lula on the Run. | Janot gives opinion to the Supreme Court against Lula's inauguration at the Chief of Staff's ministry.

The Attorney General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, sent today (7) to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) grounds for the annulment of the inauguration of the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the Chief of Staff's ministry of the presidency. According to Janot, there was diversion of purpose in the appointment to “disrupt” the investigations of the Lava Jato Sting Operation and remove the competence from the federal judge Sérgio Moro, of the 13th Federal Court, in Curitiba, to judge Lula.

  • Hot Climate. | Confrontation between MST and police leaves two dead in Paraná.

A confrontation with exchange of fire between military policemen and members of the movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST) left at least two dead this afternoon (07) in the city of Iguaçu Falls, Western region of Paraná. The Paranaense Military Police (PM) and the MST tell different versions about how the firing started.

  • Caiado denounces president Dilma Rousseff. |

Caiado denounces president Dilma Rousseff, accusing her of crimes of turning a blind eye to malfeasance, misconduct, incitement to the crime and damage to the public treasury.

  • Sérgio Moro is 13 on Fortune Magazine list of world's greatest leaders. | transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same

Fortune Magazine: "Moro, a 42-year-old telegenic federal judge, is the main protagonist in Brazil’s real-life edition of The Untouchables. Moro has led the prosecution of a brazen corruption scheme that siphoned $3 billion from Petrobras, the national oil company, to the pockets of politicians and officials. President Dilma Rousseff risks impeachment, and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s reputation is in tatters. And more important: The passive coexistence with corruption long endemic in Latin America is becoming a habit of the past."

  • Minimum Wage. | Looking for Supporters.

Minimum wage rises from R$ 788 to R$ 880 in 2016. Increase of 11.6 per cent begins from January. Decree signed by Dilma Rousseff will be published on Wednesday in the 'Official Gazette'.

  • The Real Opposition Is In Paraná. | But they are alone.

It doesn't mean there are not bold opposition politicians in Brasília, but despite they are few in number they have no strategy.

For many people calling for the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff it is very clear that the Forum of Sao Paulo—an organization made up of Latin American authoritarian leftist parties—is the enemy to be confronted.

Nevertheless, only about half a dozen members of Congress share this view and it would let the criminal organization free to plot its next steps if did not exist the Federal Justice of Paraná.

  • Campaign Financing. | An Impracticable Law.

Now that the STF banned corporate campaign donations and the former president Lula promises to travel across the country to defend Dilma Rousseff's government some questions are raised:

Isn't Lula campaigning for the 2018 election?

Who would be paying the private jet he uses in his trips?

Could a plane that carries a politician be in the name of a company?

If a politician takes part in a business event isn't he being sponsored by the corporations holding it?

Can an Institute that bears the name of a politician receive donations from private companies?

  • Will History Repeat Itself? | Will The Communists Lead The Country To A New Dictatorship?

In a very similar way Assad's stubbornness on not stepping down in Syria has ruined his country, the "resolve" of Rousseff to remain in power will wreak havoc in Brazil.

As the judgment on corporate campaign donations showed, the Workers' Party has—among aware and unaware justices—a comfortable majority in the Supreme Court. And the leftists in power are promising to resort to this tribunal to strike down a possible ousting of Brazilian president passed in Congress.

Obviously the Court will reinstate Rousseff in her post increasing even more the already existing standoff between the executive and legislative branches, only that the few conditions that still allow a minimum of governance will have ceased.

Amid it all there will be an increased demand for military intervention and the outlawing of the PT and the Communist Party—in the same way as occurred in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood— since there also will be a widespread sensation that the nation is ruled by criminals.

  • Is Gramsci winning in Brazil? | Gilmar Denounces Antonio Gramsci But No One Believes.

Meantime some see the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff as inevitable, Brazil's Supreme Court has just outlawed corporate donations for electoral campaign carrying out the Workers' Party's wishes. Rousseff vows to appeal to this same Tribunal, whose most justices were appointed by the PT, in case Congress ousts her.

Therefore, the country becomes more and more a breeding ground for the Gramscian revolution since in this strange Land, in which Companies won't have political opinion and even services like Urbe are prohibited, the ruling party now wants to decriminalize pot and gambling.

  • Admiral Is Hit by Car Wash's Torpedo. | Car Wash: judge freezes accounts of the sidelined Eletronuclear CEO.

The federal judge Sérgio Moro determined today (28) the freeze of up to R$ 20 million in the accounts of the sidelined Eletronuclear CEO, Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva, arrested on this morning during the operation radioactivity, 16th phase of the Lava Jato Sting Operation. The measure has objective of guaranteeing compensation for the public coffers, in the case of possible condemnation, and also hits the company Aratec Engenharia, which belongs to Othon Silva, and the executive of the Andrade Gutierrez Flávio David Barra, who was also arrested.

The freezing is preventive and does not mean the value is deposited in the accounts of those investigated.

The sixteenth phase of the Car Wash was triggered from the testimony of Camargo Corrêa executive Dalton Avancini, who signed deal for turning state's evidence with the Public Prosecutor. In the delation, he revealed the existence of a cartel in the contracting of works for the Angra 3 Nuclear Plant and cited Othon Luiz Silva as beneficiary of bribes. According to the Federal Prosecutor (MPF) and the Federal Police, the sidelined Eletronuclear CEO received about R$ 4.5 million in bribe from the winning consortium of the construction of the plant.

The arrests are temporary (five days' duration, and may be extended for the same period).

  • "I'm not going to fall" "but I'm falling". | Positive evaluation of Rousseff's government falls to 7.7 per cent in July, survey shows.

The approval ratings of Dilma Rousseff's government fell to 7.7 per cent, according to the 128th survey of the National Confederation of Transport (CNT/MDA), published today (21). The negative assessment passed from 64.8 per cent, in March, to 70.9 per cent in the survey done between July 12 and 16. 2,002 people were heard, in 137 municipalities.

"The final conclusion of the survey shows a rise in pessimism of Brazilians in consequence of the rising of living costs, the increase of inflation, the growth of unemployment and the strong perception about corruption and the inability of government to solve it", said Clésio Andrade, CNT chairman.

The last survey, released in March, showed that 10.8 per cent of people heard considered positive the evaluation of government. With the current result, the government had the smallest positive evaluation registered by the survey since October 1999, when the performance of government of the then president Fernando Henrique Cardoso was approved by 8 per cent of people.

During the election campaign, 41 per cent of those surveyed considered Rousseff's government positive and 23.5 per cent considered negative. In the survey made in September 27 and 28 last year, 35 per cent of the more than 2 thousand people heard rated the administration as regular and 0.5 per cent of those surveyed did not know or did not answer in the pre-election period.

  • I killed and I will kill again! | Teen Involved in Gang Rape Is Killed in Detention Center in Piauí.

One of the four minors involved in the rape of four girls in the city of Castelo do Piauí, 190 kilometers from Teresina, was killed in the early hours of today (17) inside the dorm room of the Male Educational Center (MEC), in the Itaperu district, North zone of Teresina.

The teenager, 17, was the older of the four minors, reported – in testimony to the police – the circumstances of the crime.

According to the government of Piauí, despite the minors involved in the rape have been put in separate rooms, for security reasons, the teen was killed after a fight between them.

“The event of that dawn took place among the teenagers themselves involved in the crime, after disagreement between them”, said a government report.

According to the department of the Social Welfare and Citizenship, the procedures determined by the judges of the Children and Youth and by the Public Prosecutor were “rigorously obeyed”.

After the death of the teenager, the other three involved in the rape and suspected of death of the colleague were removed to the Central of Red-handed Acts, for verification of the facts that motivated the crime.

On May 27, four girls, aged between 15 and 17, were found by police of Piauí raped and unconscious in local next to a cliff, in a tourist spot of the city of Castelo do Piauí. One of them did not resist to the injuries and died.

The investigations showed that they were accosted, tied and gagged by the fours teenagers and also by Adão José of Sousa, 40, pointed as mastermind of the crime. According to the Public Prosecutor, during two hours the girls suffered sexual violence and were thrown off the cliff of more than six meters high.

The Piaui Justice determined the confinement, for three years, of the four youngsters involved.

  • Age of Majority. | Piaui Justice Determines Confinement of Teenagers Involved in Rape.

Piaui Justice determined the confinement, for three years, of the four youngsters involved in the rape of four girls in the city of Castelo do Piauí, 190 kilometers from Teresina, at the end of May. The juveniles, between 15 and 17 years old, are accused of raping the girls and throwing them off a cliff. One victim died and the teen who was still hospitalized was discharged on Saturday (4).

The decision of the judge Leonardo Brasileiro, of the city's judicial district, was made yesterday (9) and published this Friday. The judge recognized the participation of the youngsters in the infringing acts similar to the crimes of rapes, three attempts of homicide, a homicide aggravated with femicide and criminal association. The four youngsters will remain confined in the Male Educational Center, in Teresina.

On May 27, the girls were found, by police, raped and unconscious. The investigations showed that they were accosted, tied and gagged. During two hours the girls suffered sexual violence. Then on, according to the Public Prosecutor, the teenagers were thrown from the top of a cliff of more than 6 meters high.

The Public Prosecutor of Piauí also denounced an adult, 40, for participation in the crimes. His criminal case proceeds separately and there is no date for the trial. He was denounced for illegal possession of weapon, qualified rape, homicide, attempted murder, corruption of minors and criminal association. The prosecution requested the maximum sentence, which can reach 151 years.

  • "I'm not going to fall". | "I'm not going to fall", says Dilma in an interview with newspaper.

President Dilma Rousseff said today (07) that does not fear possible requests for impeachment by opposition parties and ruled out any possibility of resignation. “If I was guilty, would feel very bad. But I have no [responsibility]. Neither from the moral point of view, nor from the political point of view”, said president in an interview to the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.

To Dilma, who starts today a trip to Europe, the attempts to the termination of her term are “political struggle” and “somewhat favoring a coup”. "I'm not going to fall. I'm not going, I'm not going. That is cake-walk, that is political struggle. If has a thing that I don't have fear is that. Do not think I will get nervous, afraid. They do not terrorize me”, said the President when asked about a possible request for impeachment.

  • Aécio Re-elected. | Aécio re-elected president of the PSDB and hailed by supporters as the candidate for 2018.

In speech after being re-elected PSDB national chairman, the Senator Aécio Neves (MG) bet, this Sunday, at the party's convention, that president Dilma Rousseff will not complete her term. The toucan said in Brasília that the current scandals of corruption show that there is a "free-for-all" to remain in power; and reaffirmed that lost the presidential elections to “a criminal organization”, and not to a political party.

  • Taxation of the Super-wealthy, Public Campaign Financing, Political Reform and the Leftist Agenda. | At the same time the left defends the legality of the President's election they think the Congress has no legitimacy.

The Left make up about one-third of the representatives in the Brazilian lower chamber and in the Senate this figure can even be smaller, but by electing for the fourth time in a row one leftist president they want to sabotage their conservative allies in Congress who supported Ms Rousseff's election.

Who watches a session at Brazilian House of Representatives, clearly sees in any ideologically disputed issues put to vote that the Left can reach, at the best, about 140 votes out of the total 513, and that it falls very short of the necessary number to impose their agenda in the country.

Aware of the insurmountable difficulty to elect a leftist majority in Congress the left have resorted to other means to get their policies enforced, which mean nothing more than weakening the legislative branch.

To achieve their objective "a powerless Congress" supporters of the Socialist Movement make use of an implacable barrage of tactics aiming at confounding conservatives and rightists so that progressive measures are approved through unconventional ways.

Therefore, we see the executive branch issuing decrees that want to transfer some duties from the legislative power to social movements and tries through proxy institutions to make the Brazilian Supreme Court enter the Congress's purview.

Obviously, most the Left's attempts are perceived in time to be avoided, nevertheless the socialists keep insisting in their strategy knowing that even the smallest step forward is worth of the effort.

The case for the public campaign financing is meaningful; the Left want to ban corporate donations because they think it will benefit them, however they won't ever have their prohibition passed in Congress, so they are trying to get it through the Supreme Court.

In the current economic crisis that is hitting Brazil people with moral scruples would tend to think that President Dilma Rousseff along with her former Finance Minister were at least incompetent, nevertheless they won the presidential election and if their main objective was to maintain the Workers' Party in power they achieved success and always knew the war they would wage afterwards.

Everything makes us believe that's not incompetence their cases: they overspent the budget on the eve of a presidential election only to preach austerity after winning the race, revealing their main concern was to stay in power by any means possible.

And when the itch to control the state trumps the desire for its transformation as the principal objective of a ruling party, the democracy is at risk.

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place. | The Opposition's role.

Amid the austerity measures vote, enforced by Dilma Rousseff’s administration after winning re-election promising an idyllic scenario, a few members of opposition parties joined the ruling coalition to help pass some bills they say they approve.

The lawmakers alleged in their defense they are only being coherent with their speeches and that the measures they voted in favor are contained in their parties' programs.

However, some questions come up:

* Is any help to Dilma Rousseff’s government a help to democracy too?

* Supposing the opposition members are voting by conviction [not by inducement], aren’t they being naive believing the government wouldn’t undo those measures by electoral reasons?

In a democratic regime when the opposition manages to impose its agenda it would be considered as a victory, however under an authoritarian rule such a move could mean a huge mistake; not to mention if it’s an unpopular agenda.

The Workers’ Party already showed they have loyalists willing to go to the guillotine for their cause and taking the blame for a previous deed regarded afterwards as felony or error must not be strange for them.

In other words, the coalition parties of the Left are playing both sides: for them if Rousseff's administration makes it right it will be good; if not it will be good too. They have been laying out strategies to be ready for either scenario, and the main objective they have now is to stand their ground.

  • Public Campaign Financing. | Cunha didn't fall for PT's trick.

Eduardo Cunha defeats the left and approves the private campaign donations' constitutionalization. Leftists were already commemorating their maneuver via Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) through the Supreme Court (STF) to ban corporate campaign contributions since they cannot get a majority in Congress to approve a campaign financing law of their own.

Amid a clueless opposition, which is incapable of recognizing the tactics and strategies of the Left to impose the Bolivarianism across the Latin America, the House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, whose party takes part in the government coalition, has proven to be the only cunning politician with enough vision to prevent the Forum of Sao Paulo's plans from becoming reality.

  • Party's Over! | Inflation of November will have impact of petrol, electric power and dollar.

Official November inflation, measured by the Broad National Consumer Price Index (IPCA), will be impacted by at least three items that weigh in the pocket of the Brazilian consumer. Besides the dollar, which has appreciated more before the real in the recent days, the month will have increases in energy tariffs, authorized by the National Electric Power Agency (Aneel), and in petrol, announced yesterday (06) by Petrobras.

  • How Dare You To Do That? | Janot is against PSDB request to audit election results.

The Electoral Attorney General, Rodrigo Janot, sent today (03) to the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) report against the PSDB request to audit the result of the presidential elections. According to the attorney, the party “aims to promote very serious audit procedure in the absence of any concrete evidence that justifies it”.

  • There's None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See. | Government website states that about 25 thousand people protested against austerity in Athens but says nothing about the protest in Sao Paulo and other state capitals in Brazil.

The petistas as well as the newly re-elected president are raising the tone in their eternal campaign for the regulation of the media, which they call social control of the media, and maybe the right must initiate a campaign for the complete deregulation of the mass media. The fact that the state news agency Agência Brasil reporting a protest called by a trade union front close to the Communist Party in Athens, Greece, and ignoring a protest of a debatable but considerable number of people on the main avenue of Sao Paulo, as well as the fact that the big media also ignoring it in their newscasts and not giving it the due importance in their both printed and online means makes evident the government's influence over the press.

  • No Honeymoon For Dilma Rousseff | House strikes down presidential decree on councils.

After many hours of discussion and obstruction of PT, PCdoB and of the PSOL, the floor of the House rejected the presidential decree that created the national policy of social participation. The rejection took place with the approval of the Draft Legislative Decree (PDC) 1491/14, presented by the opposition, canceling the decree presidential. The PDC has now to be considered by the Senate.

  • On Full Alert | After ebola suspicion, Fiocruz keeps "normality of alert".

The vice president of Environment, Attention and Promotion of the Health of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Vancler Rangel, said today (14) that the Brazilian response to the first suspected case of ebola showed that the agencies involved are on the right track. According to him, with the confirmation that it was not ebola, the Fiocruz goes back to the "normality of alert". "We are managing to keep ourselves organized to face that emergency and it is fundamental to continue on alert and ensure the privacy of that patient [a 47-year-old Guinean, who moved recently to Paraná]", said Rangel, at a news conference. He highlighted that the press coverage helps clarify the population and avoid panic and insecurity. "The existence of suspected cases of ebola is a possibility that exists worldwide, and Brazil certainly is not out of that scenario. The news [that was not ebola] gives us tranquility, but demonstrates the need to maintain the alert."

  • I Don't Want To Hear It. You Shouldn't Tell Tales Out Of School. | Dilma criticizes the disclosure of affidavits.

The candidate of PT spoke again of combat to the corruption and criticized the disclosure of affidavits of investigated in the Lava Jato Sting Operation, of the Federal Police, during the election period. “Any complaint has to be checked, whoever it hurts. No one is exempt from being investigated, rather than what happened before”, said. “People have to answer for what they do, despite the political party they belong to. Selective leak during campaign has electoral oriented characteristic”.

  • Your Secret Is No Longer Safe With Me | Petrobras: former director tells judge that PP, PT and PMDB received value of contracts.

In testimony to the Federal Court, the former Petrobras supply director Paulo Roberto Costa, who is in house arrest, said that PP, PT and PMDB were benefited with resources of overpriced contracts of the state-owned company. The affidavit that is part of the inquiry of one of the ten criminal actions due to the Lava Jato Sting Operation, of the Federal Police, occurred yesterday (8) and is available in the full on the website of the Federal Court. During the interrogation, the former director responded to questions of the judge Sérgio Moro made based on accusation of the Federal Prosecutor (MPF).

  • Blame Game on Immigration | Sao Paulo City Hall creates shelter to receive Haitians.

A shelter with capacity for 120 people begins to receive Haitians in the paulista capital. The place will work as reinforcement to the church Nossa Senhora da Paz, at Rua do Glicério, in the center, which has received the Haitians since the closure of the shelter in Brasileia, Acre, early last month. According to the father Paolo Parise, director of the Center for Migration Studies (CEM) of the parish, today (5), the church houses 70 Haitians. Since the problem in Brasileia, over 550 Haitians passed through the parish. The space, belonging to a private company, will serve as emergency shelter, because the loan to the City Hall will last three months. According to the mayor Fernando Haddad, the space was reformed in an emergency and, later, will be returned to the owner. The mayor said that the city will not have problems in the welcome, but that measures related to the documentation need to be taken. “Our problem is not to receive, the problem is the previous organization so that they arrive with documentation, employment card. Many are stolen before reaching Brazil, they enter Brazil without documentation.”

  • No Hard and Fast Rules | STF judges this week validity of the general law of the Cup.

The Federal Supreme Court (STF) scheduled for next Wednesday (7) the trial of the direct action of unconstitutionality (Adin) against the general law of the Cup (law 12.663/2012). The action was filed in the Supreme by the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office (PGR). The rapporteur is the minister Ricardo Lewandowski. The main questioning of the PGR is the civil liability of the Union, before the Fifa, by the damage due to security accidents related to the event. According to the norm, the government only will not be responsible if the Fifa has motivated the damages. The PGR also questions the payment, since April 2013, of prize and monthly handout to the former players who participated of Cups in which Brazil emerged victorious, in 1958, 1962 and 1970. In the defense presented in the action, the Federal Attorney General's Office (AGU) defends the continuation of the law and says that there is no unconstitutionality in the text of the norm.

  • Party Crashers | Social movements plan unified protests during the World Cup.

The National Coordination of the Popular Committees of the Cup (Ancop) and the other social movements that participate of the Meeting of People Affected – Who Loses with the Mega Events and Mega Enterprises, in Belo Horizonte, plan protests and mobilization during the World Cup. Today, participants of the encounter, from the 12 World Cup host cities, discussed mobilization strategies to make the event a space for protest and demands. “We were very surprised by the realization of the acts [demonstrations during the Confederations Cup], last year, and we want them to happen again”, said Valéria Pinheiro, of the Ancop and the Popular Committee of the Cup of Ceará. “We want to join the various coordination of social movements, popular, unions and all the sectors that in this moment are committed to taking a message of struggle to the Brazilian people so that we actually organize a unitary journey”, said the member of the national board of the Central Sindical e Popular (CSP-Conlutas), Sebastião Carlos. The member of the Free Fare Movement of Sao Paulo, one of the organizations that called on the protests that took place during the Confederations Cup, Eudes Oliveira, believes that themes, such as urban mobility, should encourage the popular participation. “The infrastructure works were not made. On the contrary, the transport did not improve, people are suffering every day with bad, crowded transportation”.

  • I'm all ears | Ombudsman service will receive complaints about UPPs.

The Rio government inaugurated today (1st) the exclusive ombudsman service of the Pacifying Police units (UPPs), which will work in the Pacifying Police Coordination (CPP), in the Complexo do Alemão. The van of the itinerant service was presented during the Workers Commemoration in the Vila Kennedy, in Bangu, in the west zone, community occupied in early March by the security forces and that should receive an UPP this month yet.

  • Nobody's Fool | Barbosa hits back at Lula's criticism of trial of the mensalão.

Federal Supreme Court chief justice, Joaquim Barbosa, released official note today (28) to rebut the statements of the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva about the trial of the criminal action 470, trial of the mensalão. According to Barbosa, the criminal action was conducted in an “absolutely transparent” manner. In an interview on the Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), broadcast on Saturday (26), Lula said that large part of the trial of the action was political. “The time will provide the proof that in the mensalão you had practically 80 per cent of political decision and 20 per cent of legal decision. There are PT fellows arrested. I appointed six people of the Supreme Court who judged, I think that each one fulfills their role. I think there was no mensalão. I also will not keep discussing the decisions of the Supreme Court. I think that this story will be retold, is only a matter of time. That story will be retold to know what happened, in fact. That process was a massacre that aimed to destroy PT, and they failed”, affirmed Lula. In the note, the chief justice regarded the statements as “serious fact that deserves the more vehement condemnation”. According to Barbosa, the Court conducted the process in a transparent manner, giving access to the action's procedural progress to lawyers and press. In addition, Barbosa affirmed that the prosecution and defense had more than four years, since the receipt of the complaint, in 2007, to manifest in the process. “The judgment issued by the former chief of state does not find any support in reality and reveals pure and simply his difficulty in understanding the extraordinary role reserved to one independent judiciary in a democracy truly worthy of that name”, said Barbosa. Barbosa also affirmed that the result of the trial was based on testimonial evidence and forensic tests, made by organs of the Executive Branch, headed by the president of the republic, such as Central Bank, Banco do Brasil, Federal Police. “I deeply regret that a former president has chosen a foreign press agency to question the fairness of the work done by the members of the country's highest Court of Justice.

  • Go on! Tell me another one! | Aécio says former president Lula is not good for democracy.

The Senator Aécio Neves, PSDB candidate for president, affirmed on this Monday that the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva acted in a "regrettable" way by denying the scandal of the Mensalão and accusing the Federal Supreme Court of making a trial with "practically 80 per cent of political decision and 20 per cent of legal decision", in the interview granted by the petista to the Portuguese television station RTP. "When fighting the Judiciary, when fighting the press because it is critical of the actions of our political group, one does not do good for democracy". “It's regrettable to see a former president with statements that speak against the Brazilian Judiciary", said the toucan. "We cannot respect the Judiciary when it makes decisions that are favorable to us and disrespect when it makes decisions that are not favorable to us.”

  • Devil is Not So Black as He is Painted | Taking of Indian lands during dictatorship is remembered at hearing of the CNV.

Loss of traditional territories, forced transfer and labor exploitation were some of the cases of violence suffered by the Indigenous peoples during the military dictatorship. "Our history is long, sad and full of blood, tears and suffering", told the old chief Ofaié, Ataíde Francisco Rodrigues, during public hearing promoted yesterday (26) by the National Truth Commission (CNV). "Today we are made up by Ofaié, Kaiowá, Terena and non-indigenous, we are the remainder of an ethnicity that in the late 19th century were 2 thousand people and today are only eight speakers of the tongue Ofaié", he says. "I stop and reflect that what happened in the past was a slaughter, a true extermination, where an ox had more value that life of an Indian that life of an ofaié", related José Gomes, current chief of the ethnicity. In the second day of the hearing in the city of Dourados (MS), José Gomes said his people was declared extinct in the 1970s and in the end of the decade lost their last piece of traditional land. According to him, the ofaiés were forced to live together with other peoples after the land they occupied was handed by Funai to cattle ranchers.

  • "The heart? This boy has no heart!" | Document indicates that colonel Malhães was victim of a heart attack.

The burial certificate of the retired colonel Paulo Malhães suggests as the cause of his death a heart attack. In the document that is issued to allow the burial of the victim, the cause of death is described as “pulmonary edema, myocardial ischemia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, evolution of morbid state [disease]”. The body of the colonel, who admitted the practice of torture during the military dictatorship , was buried this afternoon (26), in the Nova Iguaçu Municipal Cemetery, Baixada Fluminense. He died yesterday (25), when three men invaded his residence, where also were his wife and a caretaker, in the interior of the municipality. From the place, were taken diverse weapons that Malhães collected.

  • Who, me? I'm outraged. | Name of PT candidate for governor of Sao Paulo is involved in Federal Police investigation.

The name of the former health minister and candidate for governor of Sao Paulo by the PT, Alexandre Padilha, was cited in a phone conversation between a money changer and a PT representative investigated in the money-laundering Lava Jato Sting Operation of the Federal Police. Padilha, denied today (25) having any connection with the money changer Alberto Youssef. The bond was pointed in some news stories published in newspapers today, from the report of the Federal Police. “Lie who establishes any involvement I have with the money changer”, underscored the former minister, who called on a press conference to talk about the theme. In messages sent by phone, the representative André Vargas said, according to the news, that Padilha appointed Marcos Cezar Moura to work in the laboratory Labogen, controlled by Youssef. Moura worked for three months as coordinator of events at the Health Ministry, in Padilha's administration. “Lie who says that I appointed Marcos Cezar Moura to any private laboratory”, he underscored over the complaints. He also denied, despite admitting to knowing Moura, having appointed him to the post that he occupied in the ministry. “It is not a post that would pass my scrutiny”. Padilha also denied that the Labogen has signed any contract with the ministry, in the period in which he was in charge of the organ. According to him, a project so that the Labogen would act as a supplier to the laboratory of the Navy came to be studied by the Health Ministry. However, the proposal did not pass the selection criteria established by the organ.

  • No Country for Old Men | Colonel who admitted torture is killed in the Baixada Fluminense.

The retired Army colonel, Paulo Malhães, 76, was found dead this morning (25) in his small farm in the countryside of Nova Iguaçu, Baixada Fluminense. According to the police, three men invaded the house, tied his wife and caretaker, and searched for weapons. During the action of the criminals, the retired serviceman was killed. The body of the colonel Malhães is in the Nova Iguaçu Forensic Medicine Institute, where will be determined the cause of death. Former Army Information Center operative, the colonel gave testimony on the 25th last month in the National Truth Commission, when admitted to having tortured, killed and concealed bodies of political prisoners during the military dictatorship. In the testimony, he said he doesn't regret anything and told how worked the House of Death, in Petrópolis, in the mountainous region, clandestine torture center, where 20 people would have been murdered. The president of the State Truth Commission of Rio de Janeiro, Wadih Damous, said that the death needs to be investigated rigorously, because the retired colonel was an important agent of the political repression and holder of many information about the dictatorship.

  • Calling for International Watchdogs | Dancer's mother will appeal to Amnesty International to clarify death.

The mother of the dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, 26, known as DG, Maria de Fátima da Silva said this morning (24) that will appeal to Amnesty International in the coming week so that her son's death not become “another [case] Amarildo”. She made reference to the bricklayer helper Amarildo de Souza, missing since July 14, 2013, after being taken by police officers of the Rocinha Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) for investigation. DG was found dead last Tuesday (22) in the pacified community of the Pavão-Pavãozinho, in the South zone of the fluminense capital. “I want this case to be investigated to the end. I am going to the Amnesty International. I am traveling next week. I will not let it be forgotten. The UPP is a lie, is a farce. They are coming, assembling a metal structure, putting untrained people inside it, where the enemy is the population. My son will not become a statistic”, said the nursing technician. According to Maria de Fátima, the dancer was tortured. “My son was tortured to death with refinements of cruelty. I followed in the IML [Medical-Legal Institute], I saw. He had a dent in the skull, a cut in the eyebrow, much blood in the mouth. He had a thoracic hemorrhage. He was wet, however at the place had no water, just the wet body and all the documentation wet.”

  • Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop | Supreme Court justice rules creation of CPI exclusive for Petrobras.

Justice Rosa Weber, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), ruled today (23) that the Senate establish a Congressional Investigating Committee (CPI) to exclusively investigate Petrobras. Rosa Weber answered the opposition's request and rejected action of government supporters, who have also proposed investigations in the contracts of Sao Paulo and Federal District's subways, alleged irregularities in the Port of Suape (PE) and fraud suspicions in programs with federal funds, besides the complaints about Petrobras. The decision was made by the Justice at analyzing two writs of mandamus. In the first, opposition parliamentarians wanted to guarantee the creation of a CPI in the Senate to exclusively investigate complaints involving Petrobras. To them, the committee cannot investigate several different topics at the same time. Government supporters also filed a writ of mandamus, asking the court for a definition about what is “specific fact” for creation of CPI. The writ was filed by the Senator Ana Rita (PT-ES) that asked the STF for a definition on the theme, so that no doubt remains about the matter. According to the Senator, the writ has as purpose to clarify a question of order of the Senator Gleisi Hoffmann (PT-PR) over the request for creation of CPI made by the opposition, with four “specific facts”.

  • Internet Bill of Rights | Damn Americans who spy on the Internet! Damn American corporations that want to dominate the Internet! But congrats to them for having invented it!

If the internet depended on Brazil to be invented maybe it never came into existence; but certainly there would be a few Brazilians who by envisioning its possibility would have conceived a complete regulation to it. Thus, in the lawyers' land, creating the called Internet Bill of Rights and regulating the damn unregulated network of networks created by the Americans gained an immeasurable importance. The government's commemoration is such for the approval of the law, which president Dilma wants to show off at an Internet conference hosted by Brazil, that seems that the Internet was born again and our country is leading this process: "we did not invent the net but we created its laws, which is more important?"

  • Heating The Cup Up | Protest in Copacabana for death of dancer blocks main roads.

The Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana and the Barata Ribeiro and Pompeu Loureiro streets, in Copacabana, South zone of Rio de Janeiro, are blocked near the community of the Pavão-Pavãozinho, due to a protest of residents for the death of the dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira. They set fire to objects, making barricades in some points of the streets. The subway station in the Sá Ferreira street, nearby of the slum, was closed. The body of Douglas Rafael, 25, was found inside a municipal school, in the slum by police officers of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP). He was resident in the community and used to perform on Globo TV Network's audience shows. The press office of the Pacifying Police Command informed that the police was called by residents to remove a body found inside the school, who had no bullet wounds.

  • Human Rights versus Humans' Property Rights | Global Justice reports to UN eviction of Telerj Slum residents.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) Global Justice formalized complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on Right for Adequate Housing about the police violence in the eviction of the residents of the Telerj Slum, which was built on the OI lot. For the NGO, there was negligence of Rio de Janeiro City Hall in the resettlement of the families. In the complaint, the Global Justice calls on the UN to “require” of Brazilian government explanations for the events described and to take urgent measures to prevent the occurrence “of more violations of human rights”. In the understanding of the Global Justice, the removal from the lot – which occurred on April 11 – “was arbitrary, with exclusive use of the military apparatus and without the presence of court officials at the place, characterizing the illegality of the action”. Still in the understanding of the Global Justice, the removal began at 5am, at odds with the regulation that says that such proceedings only can be made from 6am, and took place without having any legal counseling during the eviction, having not been guaranteed the ample defense to the residents.

  • Homeless' Easter - Occupy Cathedral | Lunch of the Archdiocese of Rio almost ends up in confusion.

A disagreement involving police officers of the reserved service of the military police (P-2) and the displaced from the OI lot, who occupy the car park of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the center of Rio de Janeiro, since Friday (18), almost causes the traditional lunch of the Easter, promoted every year by the Archdiocese of Rio, to end up in confusion. The confusion started when the food began to be served in the outer part of the cathedral, located at Avenida Chile and the displaced perceived the presence of P-2 police officers who were monitoring the movement from inside an unmarked car. A group decided to ask for explanation from the PMs and one of the displaced was accused of treating a police officer disrespectfully, eventually being placed inside of the car. A reaction took place, beginning of riot, but the boy managed to be removed from the interior of the car, which had the glass broken.

  • Under the National Security Law | Lawyers of Bahia PM strike leader petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus.

Lawyers of the strike movement leader of the Military Police (PM) of Bahia, Marco Prisco, arrested yesterday afternoon (18), filed this morning (19) a request for release in the Federal Court. Prisco is president of the Police, Firefighters and their Family Members Association of the state of Bahia (Aspra) and alderman in Salvador. He was arrested in Bahia and, later, transferred to the Complex of the Papuda, in the Federal District. The habeas corpus petition was filed to the Federal Regional Court (TRF) and the lawyers will await a response by the end of the day. “That arrest has no reason. In the petition, we claim the lack of the object that would be the assurance of the public order. The state is already pacified, the police officers are working. There is no justification for that measure. To that case, there are other measures, such as house arrest, for example”, explained one of the lawyers of Prisco, Dinoermeson Tiago.

  • Visited by Ghosts | The world of the left-wing militants is delusional and they see ghosts everywhere.

By opposing the creation of a Congressional Investigating Committee to look into Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned company that with endorsement of the now President of the Republic bought a refinery in Pasadena in a at the very least considered botched deal and whose supply director was arrested for involvement in a money laundering scheme that was worth about R$ 10 billion, the representative dr Rosinha (PR) preferred to attribute everything to a conspiracy of Americans and their Brazilian lackeys to denigrate the company and seize the pre-salt. Dr Rosinha does not explain very well how that takeover would take place, but shows some evidences that led him to this conclusion. According to him, the fact of the United States be spying on Petrobras through the NSA, the reactivation of the same 4th Fleet that was brought into action in the coup of 64 and now this massive media campaign to devalue the company are very clear signs of the existence of a plot.

  • Smacking The Road | Two million vehicles should leave Sao Paulo on the extended holiday.

Approximately 2 million vehicles should leave Sao Paulo City over the extended Easter and Inconfidência Mineira holiday, between April 17 and 22, towards the coast and the interior of the state, estimates the Traffic Engineering Company. Only through the Anhanguera-Bandeirantes System that connects the capital to the interior, should pass 850 thousand vehicles. The concessionaire of these highways, the CCR AutoBAn, advises drivers to avoid the peak times, which on the way out are expected for today (17) from 15h to 20h and on Friday (18) from 9 to 13 hours, and in the return that should occur on Monday (21) from 14 to 21 hours. The CCR AutoBAn also advises caution while driving, since, in 2013, during the same holiday, were registered 93 accidents with seven deaths on the Bandeirantes Highway and Via Anhaguera. Approximately 820 thousand vehicles have passed through the roads. Although towards the south coast of Sao Paulo, the concessionaire Ecovias, which administers the Anchieta-Imigrantes System, estimates that should pass 365 thousand vehicles during the holiday. In the peak periods, will be set up special operations. In the descent, between 12h today and 18h of tomorrow (18), the vehicles will use two lanes of the Via Anchieta and the south lane of the Imigrantes Highway. In the rise, the traffic should get intense on Sunday (20), from 15h to 22h, and on Monday (21) from 11h to 23h. The cars should use the two lanes of the Imigrantes Highway and the north lane of the Via Anchieta. In Sao Paulo City, the Municipal Department of Transportation will suspend the rotation between Friday (18) and Monday (21). On Saturday (19) the restriction to the circulation of trucks remains in place.

  • Oil's Dirty Laundry | Federal Police indicts 46 involved in the Lava Jato Sting Operation.

After almost five years of investigations and a month of execution for the Lava Jato Sting Operation, the Federal Police (PF) managed to apprehend about R$ 6 million, in cash, 25 luxury vehicles, besides freezing three hotels and six high standard residences belonging to four gangs specialized in money laundering, suspected of moving more than R$ 10 billion in the last three years. In the report, the PF has indicted 46 people for the crimes of formation of criminal organization, crimes against the national financial system, fraudulent misrepresentation and money laundering. Two money changers were also indicted for financing drug traffic, before evidence of their connection with traffickers. Among the arrested in the Lava Jato Sting Operation are the money changer Alberto Youssef, who rented a private jet to the representative André Vargas, and the former director of Petrobras Paulo Roberto Costa. Vargas resigned to the vice-speakership of the House of Representatives after having been discovered his connection with Alberto Youssef. The representative, target of impeachment process in the House Ethics Committee, even has announced that he would resign the post, but gave up. Now, it is up to the Public Prosecutor to decide whether to submit to the Courts complaint against the indicted.

  • Walking a Tightrope | Purchase of the Pasadena refinery "was not a good deal", says Graça Foster.

Petrobras CEO, Graça Foster, acknowledged on Tuesday (15) that the purchase of the Pasadena refinery in Texas (U.S.), by the Brazilian state-owned company, was a good project at the start, but that has transformed into a project of low possibility of return. "Today, looking those data, was not a good deal, cannot be a good deal. That is unquestionable from the accounting point of view." second her, the Petrobras loss with the acquisition of the refinery was US$ 530 million. The assessment was made at a public hearing that took place in the Senate's committees on Economic Affairs and on Supervision and Control, where Graça was invited to talk about the complaints of irregularities in the state-owned company, such as the purchase of the refinery. To a packed committee of journalists, parliamentarians from the government's supporting parties and the opposition, Graça Foster still clarified that the total transaction cost was US$ 1.25 billion.

  • Oil Curse | Dilma defends Petrobras and says that complaints will be rigorously investigated and punished.

President Dilma Rousseff defended today (14) Petrobras and said that the complaints of irregularities in the company will be investigated and that possible wrongdoings and cases of corruption will be rigorously punished. Dilma highlighted that she is committed to investigate the complaints and that will not admit the political and electoral use of the problems of the company. “As President, but above all as a Brazilian, I will defend, in any circumstances and with all my strength, Petrobras. I will not give up on fighting all type of wrongdoing, criminal act, influence peddling, corruption or illicitness of any sort, be it committed by whoever, but also I will not hear passively the negative campaign of those who, with political gain, do not hesitate to harm the image of that company which our people built with so much sweat and tears, with the hands little soaked of oil, but also of much hope”, she affirmed. Dilma came out in defense of Petrobras during ceremony that marked the maiden voyage of the oil tanker Dragão do Mar, built in the South Atlantic Shipyard, in the port of Suape, in Pernambuco. The President guaranteed that there will be investigation and punishment, “with maximum rigor”, of the complaints involving Petrobras. The state-run company is target of investigation of the Federal Police, the Court of Accounts, the Comptroller-General of the Union and the Public Prosecutor, by alleged irregularities and overpricing in the purchase of a refinery in Pasadena in the U.S. state of Texas. The complaint also gave rise to the request of creation of Congressional Investigating Committee (CPI) to investigate the public company.

  • Public Sector Blackmail: Holding Government to Ransom | 60 days from the Cup, federal police officers promise to strike during the event.

Just 60 days to the start of the World Cup, federal police officers staged a protest on Copacabana beach this morning (13) and promise to strike during the sporting event. About 300 police officers and relatives marched through the Avenida Atlântica with five inflatable white elephants, to demand better working conditions, salary adjustment and restructuring of the career. The labor union president of the workers of the Federal Police Department of the state of Rio de Janeiro, André Vaz de Mello, explains that the march of the elephants, along with a one-day stoppage, is to show to the society the police officers' precarious working conditions and the inefficiency of the current public security model. “We ask the restructuring of the careers, with the duties of the job of papiloscopista, agent and registrar defined by law, because they do not exist so far, and at the very least an inflationary adjustment so that we can sit and talk. The white elephant is the inefficiency of our public security model, in which 96 per cent of the inquiries go nowhere, only 2 per cent actually point and punish the culprits. Nowhere in the world that exists”, said.

  • I Don't Understand It. | Rosa Weber gives Renan 48 hours to state on CPI of Petrobras.

The minister Rosa Weber, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), gave a 48-hour deadline, starting from the notification, so that the president of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, state on the writs of mandamus petitioned by the opposition and by pro-government parliamentarians about the creation of the Congressional Investigating Committee (CPI) on Petrobras. After receiving information, the minister will decide the requests for injunctions. “Considering the relevance of the theme in debate, I sign the 48-hour deadline to the petitioned authority to provide, wanting, information understood as relevant”, decided the minister. In the first writ of mandamus, opposition parliamentarians want to ensure the creation of a CPI in the Senate to exclusively investigate complaints involving Petrobras. The parliamentarians defend that the committee cannot investigate several different topics at the same time. “There will be irreparable damage to the rights of the parliamentary minority, once will remain completely tainted the investigative capacity of the legitimately requested CPI, having in view the need for investigation of facts completely unconnected to each other”, say the parliamentarians in the request.

  • Buses On Fire | Buses are burned in repossession in Rio and in several demonstrations across the country.

In actions that already became routine, protesters close streets, set fire to tires and pieces of wood, throw stones at police, destroy cars of television broadcasters and burn buses. Today (11) with the repossession of a property of the company Oi, enforced by Military Police of Rio de Janeiro, the situation was not different. Amid the discussions between groups that call for more action from the government to solve the problem of housing shortage and those who fear the danger of violation of property rights, in a country that according to the government is going through a period of full employment, the removal of about 5,000 people who invaded an area with buildings and walls degenerated into a conflict in which buses were set on fire once again. Buses were also burned in the states of Minas Gerais, Bahia and Sao Paulo.

  • Taming the Streets for the Party | Government rushes street demonstrations regulation.

To quickly approve the law that regulates the street demonstrations and try to make the rules be valid for the World Cup games which start on June 12, government and Congress decided today (10) that will try to work together. In parliament, go through more than ten proposals on the subject. In a meeting today (10), the Justice Minister, José Eduardo Cardozo, presented the points considered key for the Planalto to the presidents of the House, Henrique Eduardo Alves (PMDB-RN), and of the Senate, Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL). The agreement, in the end, was to concentrate the work in the hands of the Senator Pedro Taques (PDT-MT), author of a substitute bill in the Senate that ought to be voted this week in the Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ), but was postponed to Wednesday (16). Cardozo recognized that the proposal submitted by Taques, which has the procedural progress more advanced, is also the one most in tune with what the government expects. “Brazil is a democratic country and we need demonstrations, but the commitment of crimes in the demonstrations has to be restrained and has to be criminalized”, explained Taques. According to him, the idea is to fill the lack of an emergency legislation in the country from precise changes of the Criminal Code. In the substitute to the bill (PLS 508/13), Taques supports increasing the penalty for crime related to property, allows that the law enforcement official may investigate the damages and qualifies the homicide committed in the demonstrations.

  • Pick and Mix | Senate committee approves favourable report to the expanded CPI of Petrobras.

It is ready to go to a vote on the Senate floor the report of the Senator Romero Jucá (PMDB-RR), approved today (9) by the Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ), favorable to the creation of a broader Congressional Investigating Committee (CPI). If the decision is maintained, besides irregularities in Petrobras, as the purchase of the refinery of Pasadena, in Texas (U.S.), the Senators will verify irregularities in the subway of Sao Paulo, of the Federal District and in the activities of the Port of Suape, in Pernambuco.

  • Creating Shrines | CNV shows that at least 17 clandestine centers operated in the dictatorship.

A partial report, released this afternoon (7) by the National Truth Commission (CNV), in the paulista capital, shows that at least 17 clandestine torture centers operated in the country during the military dictatorship. From the clandestine centers, also called "Houses of Death", seven were mapped and ten still are in the research and deepening phase. The report, coordinated by the researcher Heloisa Starling, of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), confirmed that the clandestine centers were connected to the Military. “The main result of the research so far shows that both the creation and the regular operation of the clandestine centers are results of a policy defined by the Armed Forces.

  • Good News Trump Bad News | Petrobras breaks production records in the pre-salt and refineries.

Petrobras broke two records in March of this year: the oil production in the pre-salt layer and the refining of oil in its units. According to statement released by the state-owned company, last month was produced an average of 387 thousand barrels of oil per day in the pre-salt layer, due to the entry into production of one more well in the field of Sapinhoá, in the Santos Basin. The Well 7-SPH-04-SPS has daily capacity to extract 26 thousand barrels and is connected to the platform FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo that, has daily capacity to produce 120 thousand barrels of oil. Also contributed to that the Well SPS-77A, connected to the same platform, which went into production in mid February and today has the biggest production of the country (36 thousand barrels/day). In the refineries, Petrobras got a daily average of processing of 2,15 million barrels in March. The previous record had been 2,14 million barrels a day, obtained in July last year.

  • Global Ambitions: Brazilian Peacekeeping in Mare | Morning of occupation in Mare had no arrests or clashes, says commander.

The first morning of the occupation of the Armed Forces in the Complexo da Maré had no arrests, clashes or seizures, informed today (5) the Military Commander of the East, Francisco Carlos Modesto. The Army General participated in a press conference after the signing of the agreement that formalized the use of the Armed Forces in the complex. "We have no news of any confrontation and no arrests were made thanks to the previous work of the Department of Public Safety, very well done, in which were made many arrests and seizures. So far I am not aware of any apprehension too", said the commander, who affirmed that the troops are receiving the support of the population. "We have noticed since the first moment that interest and that effective collaboration of the population and that gives us hope that all together, the Military, public bodies and the population, we will conquer and guarantee that much-desired peace".

  • Running Out The Clock | Petrobras CEO and minister of Mines and Energy cancel attendance to the Senate.

The attendance of the Petrobras CEO, Graça Foster, and of the minister of Mines and Energy, Edison Lobão, to the Senate for a hearing in the committees on Economic Affairs (CAE) and Infrastructure was canceled. The first expected to attend the Parliament to talk about the scandals involving the oil company was Graça Foster, at hearing that was scheduled for next Tuesday (8). According to the PT leader, Senator Humberto Costa (PE), her presence at the Senate “no longer makes sense” in face of the requests for creation of a Congressional Investigating Committee (CPI) to investigate the complaints. “We ponder with her that, if the CPI happens, probably the Petrobras CEO will be one of the first called to give testimony. It would not make sense for her to come now and shortly after come again for the CPI”, said the PT leader.

  • Choked Off | Opposition tries to create Congressional Investigating Committee on Petrobras.

Opposition parties remain mobilized today (3) to try to guarantee the creation of the Joint Congressional Investigating Committee (CPMI) bound to investigate complaints involving Petrobras. In the House, the leader of the DEM, Mendonça Filho (PE), anticipated that the party will prevent that any matter is voted in session until the collegiate being created: the threat includes the agenda of the concentrated effort confirmed yesterday by the Speaker of the House, Henrique Eduardo Alves (PMDB-RN). “Next Monday, in the concentrated effort that has as first items the provisional measures 628 and 630, we will obstruct the vote. We will make severe and tough obstruction because we cannot allow the Legislative to dedicate itself to other matter [while] the verification of the complaints involving Petrobras remain in the background”, he protested. Mendonça Filho said that the DEM is trying to close a deal with other opposition parties to increase the movement that can frustrate the expectations of the Speaker of the House, who wants to carry out the schedule of votes.

  • Brazil's National People's Congress | STF majority decides against corporate donations to electoral campaigns.

Most ministers of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) voted today (2) in favor of the ban on corporate donations to political campaigns. By 6 votes to 1, the ministers understood that the donations cause imbalance in the electoral process. Despite the majority formed, the trial was suspended by a request for examination of the minister Gilmar Mendes. There is no timeframe for the trial to resume. The Supreme judged the direct action of unconstitutionality of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) against corporate donations to candidates and political parties. The OAB contests the articles of the law of the political parties and of the law of the election that authorize the donations to political campaigns. According to the current rule, the companies can donate up to 2 per cent of the gross revenue obtained in the year before the election. For private individuals, the donation is limited to 10 per cent of the gross income of the previous year.

  • Crying out For Help | For Venezuelan opposition representative, Maduro "crossed the red line".

The Venezuelan opposition representative Maria Corina Machado said today (2) that the president of her country, Nicolás Maduro, “crossed the red line” by arresting opposition leaders, in an arbitrary manner. According to the representative, who presented this Wednesday, in the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate, her stance about the political crisis in Venezuela, since the beginning of a series of opposition protests, the democratic freedoms in her country were restricted, and the government have closed the channels of dialogue. Corina defended the protests held in different regions of the country that, in her opinion, were motivated by the economic crisis lived by Venezuela. “The situation of food shortages, the lack of jobs caused people to take the streets” said. The representative also said that she expects empathy and solidarity from Brazil about the crisis in Venezuela, and added that if she could talk to president Dilma Rousseff, wouldn't talk as a politician, but “from mother to mother, from persecuted to persecuted”. Corina denied that the opposition has the desire of staging a coup d'état, and said that the opposition only will open to the dialogue when the government of Caracas give proofs that it will respect the different political players. “We have to advance and stop the violence, the oppression, free political prisoners and release the means of communication. A huge political effort of respect to the institutions”, she stressed.

  • Warming Up | Industrial production grows for the second consecutive month.

The Brazilian industrial production grew for the second consecutive month by expanding in February 0.4 per cent compared to January of this year. With the result, the industry already rose by 1.3 per cent in the two first months of the year, in the series with seasonal adjustment. The country's industrial production data were published, today (2), by the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics (IBGE), and indicate that in the last twelve months - the annualized rate - the industry grew by 1.1 per cent, compared to twelve immediately preceding months. The IBGE underscored the fact that the two consecutive rises of the industry happened after a period in which the sector suffered falls, also for two consecutive periods: -2.6 per cent in December 2013 and -2.2 per cent in January 2014. According to the IBGE, the industrial sector, in February 2014, went on with the improvement in its productive pace, expressed not only in the second consecutive positive result in comparison with the immediately preceding month, period in which rose by 4.2 per cent, but also in the widespread pattern of positive rates. There was growth in three of the four categories of use and 19 of the 27 activities investigated showed growth in this month's production. With those results, the total of the industry recovered the loss of 4.2 per cent accumulated in the 2013 November-December period, but still is 2.7 per cent below the record level achieved in May 2011. In the series seasonally adjusted, the signs of improvement in the rhythm were evidenced in the evolution of the index of quarterly moving average, showed that the industrial production, in the month of February 2014, interrupted the downward trajectory initiated in last November. Among the categories of use, the highlight was with durable consumer goods that passed from -3.9 per cent in the 2013 October-December period, to 6.9 per cent in the two first months of 2014.

  • Brawl on the Floor | Confusion marks session of the House over 50 years of the coup.

Tumult and confusion marked the start of the solemn session of the House that recalled today (1st) the 50 years of the military coup of 1964. The decision of the presidency of the house to limit to 100 the number of guests to follow the plenary session provoked debate between some representatives and securities of the house. After the confusion, the Speaker of the House, representative Henrique Eduardo Alves (PMDB-RN), revised the measure and released the entrance to the floor and also to the gallery. According to the general-secretary of the table, Mozart Viana, the restriction was taken to avoid a confrontation between groups in favor and contrary to the coup of 1964. According to Mozart, last week, the representative Jair Bolsonaro (PP-RJ) requested 200 invitations and the representative Luiz Erundina (PSB-SP), the same number. To avoid the confrontation, was decided that would be distributed 100 invitations to enter the floor, in proportion to the number of seats, and the galleries would be closed. During the speech of the representative Luiza Erundina, author of the request for the celebration of the Solemnity, a group displayed a banner that said "Congratulations to the Military for Brazil Having not Become a Cuba". Nevertheless, the solemn session was closed ahead of schedule due to breach of the rules of the House by some representatives who turned their back on the speaker who would speak well of the military regime.

  • Stemming the Tide | PM: entrance of the federal forces in Maré will be defined this week.

The date of entrance of the federal forces in the 15 slums that make up the Complexo da Maré will still be defined this week. The information is from the police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Cláudio da Costa, while making a partial review on the numbers of the operation of occupation. Information were also anticipated by the secretary of State of Public Safety, José Mariano Beltrame, who earlier had informed that this week the state security forces will meet with the Defense Ministry to define a schedule for the process of effective occupation of the complex of slums. The first review released by the Rio de Janeiro State Security Department indicates that the occupation of the Complexo da Maré, in the early hours of today's morning (30), by the security forces resulted in the arrest of 118 people – 13 during the occupation and 105 in the siege that was laid on the region during the process of occupation. It was seized enormous material used by the drug dealers who dominated the complex of 15 slums, and who failed to take drugs and weapons before the occupation. The Lieutenant-Colonel Cláudio Costa, celebrated the success of the operation and talked about the number of arrests made. “We are very pleased, the operation was a success and in 15 minutes we were with the community under control of the state. That was the result of the siege laid on Friday (21). Until the end of the day more people will be arrested and weapons and drugs seized”, said. He recalled that only the Federal Police seized half a ton of pot. “I would like to ask once again the cooperation of the population denouncing the location of weapons and drugs and even of the traffickers. We entered the community and entered to stay. The presence of the police will continue with the installation of the units of Pacifying Police”, observed. Since March 21, when began the siege of the police to the Complexo do Alemão were seized two machine guns, seven rifles, 33 pistols, ten revolvers, five shotguns, 18 grenades, besides plenty of ammunition to weapons of various calibers.

  • In Deep Water | Brazil will not be shaken by hasty judgments on the economy, says Dilma.

Despite the downgrade of Brazil by the agency Standard & Poor's, the country is committed to inflation control and the lowering of the public debt, said today (29) president Dilma Rousseff. In event of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in Bahia, she underscored that the country's economy continues with good fundamentals, but it has the challenge to improve the public services and increase the productivity. Without referring directly to the decision of the credit rating agency, Dilma declared that the figures show that Brazilian economy remains solid. “We will not be shaken by hasty judgments, by rash conclusions that the reality will contradict. We all know that, in economy, the reality always imposes itself”, said. The president recalled that, in the last ten years, inflation has remained within the target. According to her, the net debt of the public sector, currently at 33.7 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), will end the year falling and the country has reserves of almost US$ 380 billion, which provide ballast to deal with any international volatility. Dilma also stressed that the country accumulates foreign direct investment of US$ 65 billion over the past 12 months and that the concessions program of highways, airports and ports and the auctions of electric power, oil and gas will bring investments of US$ 80 billion to Brazil in the next five years. “In a few moments, expectations, speculation, assessments and even political interests may obscure the objective view of the facts. For us, what matters is that we will continue to act to keep the country on the right track, without ever abdicating of our fundamental commitment with the solidity of the economy and with the social and environmental development and inclusion of the country”, added.

  • Passing by on the Other Side | Figueiredo: dialog is the way to resolve crisis after annexation of Crimea.

The foreign minister, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, defended, today (28), the dialog to deal with the annexation of Crimea region, by Russia. He said that the world cannot go back to the logic of the Cold War. Brazil abstained, yesterday, in the vote of the United Nations (UN) that didn't recognize the referendum held by the government of Crimea and condemned Russia's decision to accept the request for annexation from the breakaway province. “We cannot return to the logic of sanctions and counter-sanctions. We have to resolve the situation through dialog. Ukraine is a country friend of Brazil. We have to respect the solution through dialog. We believe that efforts are being made by the U.N. Secretary-General to resolve the issue and we strongly support those efforts. Now, the efforts have to be made in a climate of dialog and not in a climate of sanctions and counter-sanctions because that will not lead anywhere”, said Figueiredo. In an interview to the press, during an event at the Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro, the minister also talked about the demonstrations in Venezuela. He said that will travel next week to the neighboring country to continue, along with the Union of the South American Nations (Unasul), in the process of strengthening of the dialog between the government and the opposition. According to the foreign minister, is likely that Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, work in the mediation between the two groups.

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