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In Brazil, the Foxes Guard the Hen Farm

The most corrupt administration in the history of democratic Brazil is self-investigating and asking people to take its word without asking further questions. After being spared from the ongoing corruption investigation related to the Petrobras scandal, Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff rose stronger on Sunday to call for a “free and open” inquiry to bring those who took money from the government-owned company to justice. During her weekly address, Dilma ...Read full article...

Former Panamanian President accussed of Embezzlement

The former Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, has lost a new battle in his fight to avoid being prosecuted. On Monday, Panama’s Supreme Court rejected his appeal to stop a legal process which seeks to hold him accountable for allegedly embezzling $45 million from a state program. At an extraordinary meeting, the full Court upheld its decision from last January 28 to approve a legal process to prosecute Martinelli. The ...Read full article...

Brazil prepares for a Political Earthquake

Everything is allowed in a clean game of debate and political passion, where sometimes the future of a country is played. Even frank and harsh criticism is permitted. “In Brasilia everything ends Friday at two in the afternoon.” Friday is the day when it will be announced who are the politicians -including dozens of senators and former governors- to be formally accused by the prosecution of having received bribes ...Read full article...

Is Brazil moving towards social collapse?

The impeachment of Dilma Rousseff could add up to crumbling infrastructure, drought, corruption, social violence and mismanagement of public funds. Brazil, rather than divide itself, used to come together to defend great democratic battles. It was so when people gathered for mass demonstrations to advocate for the right to popular vote or when, together, the they took to the streets, dressed in black, to demand the impeachment of President Collor ...Read full article...

Can Brazil survive another four years?

Brazilians are starting to feel the pinch of a brand new Worker’s Party (PT) administration, the most recent in one of a total of 4 in almost 16 years of PT control of national affairs. PORTO ALEGRE – Even people who are apolitical or who really do not give a damn about politics are now speaking out about it. The latest list of reasons for people to say something ...Read full article...

The CDC: A Truly Corrupt and Dangerous Organization

Over the years, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has repeatedly deceived and lied to the public, yet they continue to state that their mission is to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. They boldly announce on their website that the “CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and ...Read full article...

Justice and Law Enforcement: America’s Corrupt Institutions

Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt. To tell this story would be a multi-book task.  Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story.  Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court ...Read full article...

Privatization Is A Ramp For Corruption

Libertarian ideology favors privatization.  However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result than libertarian ideology postulates. Almost always, privatization becomes a way for well-connected private interests to loot both the public purse and the general welfare. Most privatizations, such as those that have occurred in France and UK during the neoliberal era, and in Greece today and Ukraine tomorrow, are lootings of public assets by politically-connected private ...Read full article...

Making the World Safe for War Profiteers

Adam Smith said governments are “instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor.” Wars are waged to make them richer. Howard Zinn called war “terrorism magnified a hundred times.” Make it many thousands of times. Michael Parenti said “the best way to win a Nobel Peace Prize (is) to wage war or support those who wage (it) instead of peace.” In his book titled “The Face of ...Read full article...

Romania decriminalizes political corruption

When can corrupt politicians feel more at ease than when the rules are bent in their favor? The reform of the Romanian Penal Code to decriminalize the practice of political corruption has been criticized by the Embassies of Germany and the United States, which thus bind to the discomfort that this measure has generated among the judiciary and anti-corruption organs in the country. The amendments, approved by Congress on ...Read full article...

Dilma Rousseff’s Referendum is a Joke

Instead of vowing to enforce existing laws, the Brazilian President wants to create more bureaucracy and laws that will not apply to the political and oligarchical classes. In Brazil everyone knows that politicians for the most part are corrupt. The rich and the poor have dealt with government corruption and impunity since the end of the dictatorship period. Since then virtually no politician elected to serve locally, regionally or ...Read full article...

Do you want a recovery? Let the foreign banks fail

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | OCTOBER 24, 2012 Although the financial crisis is said to have begun in 2008, its actual inception started many years before. As explained yesterday, the so-called recovery that almost every politician says governments are seeking is a sham. There are no plans drawn to have a recovery of the kind spoken of on the main stream media. In fact, it is ...Read full article...

Jose Dirceu Convicted in Mensalão Corruption case

But the Brazilian Court abstained itself from even hearing evidence that may have incriminated former Brazilian president Luis Inacio da Silva. By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | OCTOBER 10, 2012 The Brazilian Supreme Court convicted Jose Dirceu, a minister of former President Lula da Silva, for bribery in the process called Mensalão. Along with Dirceu were also sentenced the then president of the Workers Party (PT), Jose ...Read full article...

Brazilian Court convicts 12 politicians in Mensalão Scandal

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | OCTOBER 2, 2012 The Brazilian Supreme Court convicted Monday afternoon 12 individuals from four different political parties which were government allies during the Lula administration. These convictions are part of the process known as Mensalão, a corruption case where 38 people were brought to trial charged with seven crimes including active and passive corruption, money laundering and gang formation. So far ...Read full article...

Was Brazilian ‘Lula’ Behind the ‘Mensalão’ Corruption Scheme?

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 Brazilian businessman Marcos Valerio de Souza, one of the people being accused of corruption during the trial for the ‘Mensalão’ scheme, has accused the former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of orchestrating a vote-buying plot as part of the scandal that has rocked Brazilian politics in 2011 and 2012. During the depositions and hearings, several ...Read full article...
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