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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:09 pm

Things seem to be going well in Brazil :daydream:

Channel News Asia
Brazil development bank chief quits, fuelling political crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO: The head of Brazil's powerful state development bank quit on Sunday (Jun 16), a day after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to sack him, fuelling a political crisis engulfing the government.

BNDES president Joaquim Levy, a Chicago-educated economist and former finance minister in the left-wing government of ex-president Dilma Rousseff, submitted his resignation to Economy Minister Paulo Guedes after Bolsonaro said he had a "price on his head."

"I thank the minister for his invitation to serve the country and I wish for success in the reforms," Levy said in a statement.

Levy's sudden departure follows a tumultuous week for a troubled government less than six months into its term, in which Bolsonaro fired his third minister, retired general Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, who had clashed with Bolsonaro's sons, and then sacked the head of Brazil's postal service.

Bolsonaro on Saturday offered equivocal support for embattled Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who has faced calls to resign over allegations he improperly collaborated with anticorruption prosecutors to keep leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva out of the 2018 presidential race, which he was expected to win.

While he again defended Moro against claims of wrongdoing, Bolsonaro added he did not have "100 per cent" confidence in the former judge, who is seen by many Brazilians as a hero and is a key member of Bolsonaro's cabinet.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:15 am

The Guardian
Brazilian diplomats 'disgusted' as Bolsonaro pulverizes foreign policy

Former ambassadors say far-right leader has cuddled up to rightwing nationalists, irked China, infuriated Middle Eastern partners, and jettisoned its position as climate crisis leader


It has long been considered one of the jewels of Latin American statecraft; a shrewd, dependable and highly trained foreign service that helped make Brazil a global climate leader and soft power heavyweight.

But six months into the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, even veteran diplomats struggle to mask their horror at the wrecking ball being taken to the country’s nearly two century-old foreign office, known as Itamaraty after the Rio palace where it was once housed.

“I feel disgusted,” said Rubens Ricupero, Brazil’s former ambassador to the United States and one of the most outspoken critics of the Bolsonarian foreign policy revolution.

Since the far-right leader took office in January, his foreign policy team has set about pulverizing decades of diplomatic tradition: cuddling up to rightwing nationalists including Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán; irking China, and jettisoning its position as a climate crisis leader; infuriating longtime Middle Eastern partners by embracing Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel and threatening to move Brazil’s embassy to Jerusalem.

All this under a Bible-bashing pro-Trump foreign minister who claims global heating is a Marxist conspiracy and Nazism is a movement of the left.

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:27 pm

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White Powder, Red Faces: Cocaine Cargo Aboard Brazil Presidential Plane

RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has vowed to pursue drug traffickers relentlessly. So he was hard-pressed to explain how a presidential plane ended up carrying 86 pounds of cocaine across the Atlantic during an official trip.

A Brazilian airman on that aircraft was caught with the shipment on Tuesday during a brief stop in Spain en route to the Group of 20 summit in Japan, Brazilian and Spanish officials said Wednesday.

The cocaine bust was bad enough. But it was an extraordinary embarrassment for Mr. Bolsonaro, who has exalted the integrity and professionalism of Brazil’s military.

The president called the incident “unacceptable” and said he had demanded “severe punishment” for the service member. “We won’t tolerate this type of disrespect to our nation!” he said in a message posted on Twitter.

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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:45 pm

not directly on Bolsonaros own plane, but on an aircraft of an advance team
NYT wrote:The authorities in Spain said they had intercepted the cocaine when the airman, Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues, stopped in the city of Seville along with an advance team supporting Mr. Bolsonaro’s trip.

Mr. Bolsonaro traveled on a separate plane that made a stop in Lisbon en route to Osaka, where G-20 leaders are convening.

Sergeant Rodrigues walked off the plane carrying a garment bag and a carry-on suitcase, law enforcement officials in Spain told the newspaper El País. When airport screeners inspected the bag, they found 37 bundles of cocaine and nothing else in the bag, according to the report.

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Post by AndyinPA » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:24 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... -bolsonaro
The military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985 exiled leftist politicians, dissidents, artists and academics. Decades later, prominent Brazilian leftists and activists are again leaving the country, but this time they are fleeing death threats from rightwing extremists and supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro.

Other prominent exiles include the academic Marcia Tiburi, a former gubernatorial candidate for Rio de Janeiro state, the feminist campaigner Debora Diniz and writer and favela activist Anderson França.

“I didn’t want to come. It was an escape,” said França, who relocated to Portugal. “People like me are not safe in Brazil today.”

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