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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...

Insouciance Rules The West

Europe is being overrun by refugees from Washington’s, and Israel’s, hegemonic policies in the Middle East and North Africa that are resulting in the slaughter of massive numbers of civilians. The inflows are so heavy that European governments are squabbling among themselves about who is to take the refugees. Hungary is considering constructing a fence, like the US and Israel, to keep out the undesirables. Everywhere in the Western ...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...

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 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...

The first step to solving a problem is recognizing there is one

The main problem humanity faces today is not climate change, war, poverty, inequality or corruption, but the fact that those issues are not openly recognized as problems that need to be addressed and solved. Many people do recognize that corruption is rooted into politics, for example, but not everyone agrees that corruption is such a problem that it is necessary to get together to find and solution to it. ...Read full article...

Lula, Dilma and Brazil sink deeper into the hole

WIth no clear leadership, no public confidence on the country’s institutions or its leaders, Brazil seems to be getting deeper and deeper into a political and economic hole. However, in the middle of all the mud, there is still the ocassional joke to lighten up the mood. The last one was that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is now considering a new presidential run in 2018. Sadly for Lula, ...Read full article...

Chile’s government falters

Michele Bachelet ‘fires’ her cabinet to regain the people’s confidence What is a president to do when her government is not running smoothly? Common wisdom says that she should evaluate her mandate, make some self-criticism and eventually, if she cannot handle the heat, perhaps she needs to step aside leaving her post to someone else who does not have approval levels as low as hers, especially when her popularity ...Read full article...

Lula being investigated by Brazilian Federal Prosecutor

The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, may have entered the spotlight of the Brazilian prosecutor leading the corruption investigation at Petrobras. After the scandal of the so-called operation “Lava Jato”, reports on Brazilian media state that the Prosecutor’s Office in Brasilia has opened an investigation against the former president for influence peddling to facilitate the creation of contracts related to construction projects with foreign governments ...Read full article...

Corruption and Poverty govern over Latin America

Corruption is the great plague that invades many countries in Latin America and the world. It will be perceived more and more as the threat of economic crisis looms, which will cause even greater rejection of corrupt practices. Social and economic developments in Latin America over the past decade have failed to circumvent a harsh reality: 40% of the population is in vulnerable conditions. That is, the risk of ...Read full article...

Dilma says that Brazil’s sovereignty depends on what happens with Petrobras

Rousseff warns that corruption at Petrobras could plunge Brazil into unknown territory. As we reported yesterday, the scandal surrounding Brazil’s Petrobras could have more serious implications than damaging the reputation of a few politicians and their political parties. In the last 12 months, Petrobras has been used to corrupt public officials in Brazil and the bribery system now threatens with dragging down the Brazilian economy to a point of ...Read full article...

Can Brazil afford to “rescue” Petrobras?

The bankruptcy of the oil giant could completely implode the Brazilian economy, but Brazil is not in a position to add billions to the deficit to rescue Petrobras. Brazilian politics has been shaken by revelations of the scandal at Petrobras, the existence of a network of business and political corruption in the most important company in the country. The consequences, however, go beyond the political sphere. The serious financial ...Read full article...

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...
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