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Dilma’s reelection campaign may have been financed by money diverted from Petrobras

The Minister of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Brazil,Gilmar Mendes,seems to have detected signs that the reelection campaign of President Dilma Rousseff received money diverted from Petrobras. Should this fact be confirmed, it could start criminal proceedings that may in fact result in the Dilma’s removal from the presidency. “I consider it essential to inform the competent authorities about the evidence of illegal electoral practicesand crimesthat may be ...Read full article...

Obama’s war on Venezuela

Endless US hot wars rage in multiple theaters. Covert destabilizing ones target numerous other countries. Toppling Venezuela’s government has been a US objective since Chavez took office in February 1999 – so far not achieved but ongoing without letup. Occasional US soft diplomatic talk is pure deception – including John Kerry saying Washington “seek(s) ways to improve a historically strong relationship” on the occasion of Venezuela’s July 5 independence ...Read full article...

Brazil wants Dilma and Lula behind bars

Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo saw the largest protests in the country. Thousands of people protested Sunday against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the Workers Party (PT) in at least nine states and the capital, Brasilia, in events organized by groups advocating the removal or resignation of the president and/or a military intervention. They were numerous posters and banners with the slogan “Get out Dilma” and “Get ...Read full article...

Brazil warming up for a new March against Rousseff

Millions of people are scheduled to protest President Dilma Rousseff all over the country today. Dilma’s popularity has fallen to a mere 8% amid the growing political and economic crisis. The demonstrations called for this Sunday will be the third since Rousseff started her second term to which she was re-elected in October 2014. In the seven and a half months since the start of her new term, support ...Read full article...

Venezuela’s Savage Scarcity

Although not recognized by the Maduro administration, Venezuela’s inflation rate reached almost 100% in the first quarter of 2015. In Venezuela the government controls the body responsible for publishing real inflation data. That is why it is impossible to know the official inflation rate in the country. However, it is estimated that in early 2015, Venezuelans already had a 90% inflation rate on basic food items. In a statement ...Read full article...

Support for Dilma Rousseff plunges to historical low

Despite low support for her government Rousseff remains defiant: “I am strong and can stand attacks and injustices”. The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, is one step closer to the precipice. The political crisis that threatens her government is advancing rapidly since taking office for a second time in January and now, besides maneuvering strategies to neutralize her political enemies that are challenging her mandate, she has to face ...Read full article...

Brazilian Political Corruption rooted at the Core

The fraudulent house of cards is being shaken with scandal after scandal. While Luíz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva stealthly rents out private jets to travel to Italy, his co-horts are captured and imprisoned for money laundering, bribery and other forms of corruption. Last week we reported how the Brazilian Federal Police had arrested former minister José Dirceu. He was one of the most influential men in the government of ...Read full article...

Brazilian Police murder with impunity

The films ‘City of God’ and ‘Elite Squad’ were neither an exaggeration nor a romantic way to show how violence governs over Rio de Janeiro. Amnesty International has revealed that almost 16% of all homicides in Rio de Janeiro in the last five years were carried out by agents of the Military Police of the city who were on duty. In total 1,519 deaths were attributed to men in ...Read full article...

José Dirceu re-arrested in connection with Petrobras scandal

Dirceu is suspected of having benefited from money diversion scandal at Petrobras The Brazilian Federal Police arrested former minister José Dirceu on Monday. Dirceu was one of the most influential men in the government of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who had been convicted of corruption back in 2005, for his alleged involvement in irregularities in Petrobras. Dirceu was sentenced to ten years and eleven months in ...Read full article...

Brazilian Corruption has Metastasized all over

Even former president Lula da Silva will be investigated for peddling influence in favor of the construction company Odebrecht. PORTO ALEGRE – Corruption in the government of Brazil is endemic, it is like a cancer that has metastasized all over the public and private sectors. This analysis is not our opinion, but that of Brazilian prosecutor Athayde Ribeiro Costa, one of the leaders of the anti-corruption operation known as ...Read full article...

Former President Collor de Mello, investigated in Petrobras Corruption Scandal

Operation ‘Lava Jato’, the corruption scheme that laundered billions of dollars to and from Brazilian government officials, which has taken more than a year to investigate, now aims all focus to the political sphere of the country. The operation has already returned $182 million to public coffers and resulted in the arrest of a dozen large construction executives, many of which agreed to cooperate in order to be released ...Read full article...

Dilma remains defiant despite corruption scandals

The Brazilian political landscape is a reflection of its society, and its society a reflection of its politics. One of the worst errors that a politician can do is fill herself with hubris and bravada when facing Strong opposition, yet, that is exactly what most politicians do. With some polls giving Dilma Rousseff an approval that is as low as 9%, – equal to what Americans give the US Congress ...Read full article...

Ecuador undergoing soft Coup – says Correa

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is facing the fourth week of protests in Ecuador.  Citizen marches have been convened since the start of June as a way to show people’s rejection of bills that promote inheritance taxes and extraordinary Money confiscation measures from the sale of properties. Protesters have joined opposition politicians such as Jaime Nebot, mayor of Guayaquil, and former presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso. Given the growing ...Read full article...

Dilma Rousseff bows down to Obama in Washington

Brazil may be the next BRIC to unofficialy adopt Transpacific Partnership policies. When President Dilma Rousseff was asked Tuesday in Washington on intelligence that the US National Security Agency conducted in 2013 on her personal phone, she answered that from now on, “if President Barack Obama wants to know something about Brazil, he can call me directly.” Her answer caused the US President to smile. Relations between leaders of ...Read full article...

Don’t look for Freedom of Expression in Ecuador

Two years ago Ecuador declared the end of Free Speech after passing a new law called the Communications Act, which allows the government to establish what information is allowed in the media and this information can be published. SInce the passing of the law, the Superintendency of Communication, the official agency that oversees alleged media violations has sanctioned 198 media outlets. This agency has also passed 506 reslutions and take on 313 ...Read full article...
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