Bolsonaro Denounced Before International Criminal Court – Global Research


02-12-19 08:28:00,

The Brazilian Bar Association for Human Rights and the Arns Commission on Wednesday denounced President Jair Bolsonaro formally for “crimes against humanity” and incitement to genocide of the Amazon indigenous peoples.

This complaint was filed before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, an institution created in 2002 that has already tried several war criminals.

Among other things, human rights lawyers indicated that the Brazilian president did not act promptly to stop “environmental crimes” in the Amazon basin.

Within this globally important ecosystem, deforestation has grown by 29.5 percent due to the clearing of forests and premeditated fires in which far-right militias would have participated.

“In Brazil, we don’t find an efficient way to prosecute Bolsonaro,” explained Jose Carlos Dias, the director of the Arns Commission, which was created in honor of the late Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns who protected hundreds of Argentineans, Uruguayans, and Chileans activists during the dictatorships.

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— Lula Presidente Jean Wyllys exilado político (@Gustavoucranian) November 29, 2019

“The Amazon burns. However, whoever puts out the fire is imprisoned.” The meme at the bottom contains two press clippings that say, “‘I want those bums of the Landless Movement killed,’ Bolsonaro says.” “‘Two members of the Landless Movement are shot dead by two hooded men in a camp,’ the Military Police says.”

Meanwhile, far-right President on Friday accused the U.S. actor Leonardo DiCaprio of paying money to promote fires in the Amazon.

“Leonardo Dicaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire,” Bolsonaro told his supporters who were gathered in front of the government headquarters.

The far-right president thus resumed his attacks against human rights defenders and environmental activists whom he accuses of being responsible for this year’s fires in the Amazon.

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Bolsonaro: Entlarvende Enthüllungen und Drohungen gegen Greenwald


04-08-19 08:09:00,

Bolsonaro mit Sérgio Moro, der Lula als Ermittlungsrichter hinter Gitter brachte und von Bolsanaro als Justizminister eingesetzt wurde. Bild: Marcos Corrêa/PR/CC BY-SA-2.0

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Brasilien unter dem Rechtsaußen-Präsidenten: Dokumente legen nahe, dass Justizminister Moro als Richter auf die Verurteilung des Bolsonaro-Gegners Lula hingearbeitet hat

Der Skandal und die Enthüllungen der Enthüllungsplattform The Intercept sorgen für immer mehr Wirbel in Brasilien. Über die ersten Enthüllungen hatte Telepolis schon im Juni berichtet, als die ersten Reportagen mit brisanten Inhalten veröffentlicht worden waren.

Drehten die sich vor allem um die Verurteilung des ehemaligen Präsidenten Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, mit der dessen erneute Wahl ausgehebelt wurde, haben es auch die seither veröffentlichten Dokumente in sich.

Die lassen deshalb nun ganz offensichtlich auch Jair Bolsonaro ziemlich nervös werden, der statt Lula zum Staatsoberhaupt und Regierungschef gewählt wurde. Veröffentlichte Chats, Emails und Sprachdokumente, die aus gehackten Handys stammen, deuten nämlich darauf hin, dass Bolsonaro vermutlich nur Präsident werden konnte, weil aus der Justiz heraus von einem ihm geneigten Zirkel gezielt an der Verurteilung zu einer Gefängnisstrafe des beliebten Ex-Regierungschefs gearbeitet wurde.

Damit wurde Lula im Wahlkampf kaltgestellt und aus dem Rennen ausgeschlossen. In diesem Vorgang spielte der ehemalige Richter Sérgio Moro eine bedeutende Rolle, der Lula ins Gefängnis brachte. Nach dem Wahlsieg des rechtsradikalen und homophoben Politikers wurde Moro von Bolsonaro schließlich zum Justizminister ernannt.

“Knast”-Drohungen gegen den Journalisten

Die Enthüllungen von The Intercept in englischer Sprache sind inzwischen im 8. Kapitel angelangt. Zuletzt wurde ausgeführt, dass gerade die “aggressive Reaktion von Bolsonaro zeigt, wie bedeutsam diese Veröffentlichungen sind”. Dass seit zwei Monaten immer neue skandalöse Vorgänge und Details ans Licht der Öffentlichkeit gebracht werden, hatte gerade dazu geführt, dass Präsident Bolsonaro dem Intercept-Mitbegründer und preisgekrönten Enthüllungsjournalisten Glenn Greenwald mit der Inhaftierung drohte.

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Bolsonaro’s Clearcut Populism.”The Barbarism has Begun” – Global Research


01-08-19 10:48:00,

Bolsonaro’s pension reform is opposed by major Brazilian labour unions. Lenin Cavalcanti Brito Guerra, a professor of management at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil, tells me the reform “can also worsen the [economic] crisis, since the poorest people will be more affected by it. The decrease in purchasing power for the poorest could increase impoverishment.”

Marcos Napolitano, a professor of history at the Uni- versity of São Paulo, says the Bolsonaro government “has proved more disoriented, in political terms, than expected, investing more in the cultural war against the left-wing and progressive values than in an institutional agenda, even a conservative one, for governance.”

Striking a similar tone, Rosemary Segurado, a sociology professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, tells me that Bolsonaro’s government, “so far is worse than I imagined back in the elections. He doesn’t have a president’s attitude. He’s still in the mood of the election campaign. He does not have a plan to stop the economic crisis in the country.” She points out there are more than 13 million people unemployed in Brazil and that many workers are stuck in precarious jobs.

“Poverty is rising day by day, economic instability is growing and investors don’t feel safe in bringing their business to our country,” she says. “The image of Brazil in the world has never been so damaged, because of the controversies that the president and his ministers generate on many subjects, like his opinion about global warming, which is exactly the same as Donald Trump’s.”

While Bolsonaro appears ineffectual in carrying out his far-right agenda, public opposition to his presidency and his government is mounting significantly. On May 15, more than a million Brazilians demonstrated against Bolsonaro’s intention to cut the country’s education budget by 30% and his pension reforms. According to The Guardian (U.K.), the announcement sent “shockwaves” through federally funded universities. Teachers, students and workers marched in 180 cities in all Brazilian states.

Barbara Ottero, a 29-year-old master’s student, told the Guardian,

“They will make education totally inaccessible. It’s practically privatizing.”

Segurado agrees that privatization is likely Bolsonaro’s ultimate goal. Teachers unions held another mass demonstration on May 30, while a general strike co-ordinated by organized labour unions was scheduled for June 14.

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In Major “Blow” To Bolsonaro, 39 Kilos Of Coke Seized On Brazil’s Presidential Plane


27-06-19 10:53:00,

A Brazilian Air Force pilot, who was one of the crew members on their way to serve as the advance guard for Brazil president Bolsonaro during the forthcoming G20 summit in Osaka, was arrested during a stopover in Seville en route to Japan after Spanish customs officers discovered enough cocaine on him in to fuel a small Wall Street bank’s party for a month in what has become an international embarrassment for Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s “Trump” and also the country’s self-professed law-and-order president.

The 38-year-old airman appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of drug trafficking after Spanish officials discovered 37 packets of cocaine weighing a total of 39 kilos in baggage and officers from Spain’s Guardia Civil took the crew member into custody, a police spokesman in Seville said, adding that “the whole bag was filled with drugs” according to the FT.

The airman had arrived in Spain on Tuesday afternoon in the airplane coming from Brazil, which later in the day departed for Japan with the rest of the crew on board.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain hoping to preempt a major scandal, said on social media late on Tuesday that he “immediately ordered the defence minister to co-operate with the Spanish police to establish the facts and co-operate with every stage of the investigation”.

He added: “There are around 300,000 men and women in the armed forces who are trained to uphold the highest principles of ethics and morality. If the airman is found to have committed a crime, he will be tried and convicted according to the law.” Brazil’s defense ministry echoed the president in a statement, saying that the “facts are being assessed”.

The arrest is, no pun intended, a major blow for the rightwing Bolsonaro, whose government is trying to toughen drug laws amid a major crackdown on illegal activity, and who frequently praises Brazil’s armed forces.  The drug bust also comes as the president’s son, Eduardo, who heads the foreign affairs committee in Brazil’s congress, has criticized the “narco-dictatorship” of Nicolás Maduro in neighbouring Venezuela for allegedly trafficking drugs in its own air force planes.

And, as BuzzFeed likes to say, you will never guess what happened next…

The embarrassing arrest also occurred on the day that embattled Brazilian justice minister and former judge Sérgio Moro was in the US visiting the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Händedruck mit Bolsonaro?


01-06-19 12:58:00,

Offener Brief von Frederico Füllgraf an Außenminister Heiko Maas – aus Anlass der Lateinamerika-Konferenz des Auswärtigen Amtes in Berlin.

Sehr geehrter Herr Außenminister!

Es schreibt Ihnen ein brasilianischer Journalist mit deutschem Emigrationshintergrund, eine Perspektive, die mir eine Beurteilung der Brasilien-Politik des Auswärtigen Amtes (AA) erlaubt. Anlässe für diesen Brief sind Ihre jüngsten Besuche von Anfang Mai in Brasilien, Kolumbien und Mexiko und die von Ihnen für Ende Mai angekündigte Konferenz mit Regierungen von 30 Staaten Lateinamerikas und der Karibik, die von deutschen Medien als “große Lateinamerika-Offensive”, aber auch als “Wiederentdeckung Lateinamerikas” durch das AA vorausgesagt wird.

Neuausrichtung der deutschen Lateinamerika-Politik ist Imperativ der Stunde

Ihr Dialog-Ersuchen ist selbstverständlich zu begrüßen.

Es ist verständlich, dass Sie das seit 1999 verhandelte und immer wieder aufgeschobene Freihandelsabkommen der EU-Kommission mit dem Wirtschaftsbündnis Mercosur (Uruguay, Paraguay, Brasilien, Argentinien, unter Ausschluss Venezuelas) endlich unterzeichnet sehen sowie China marktpolitisch in Lateinamerika die deutsche Stirn bieten wollen. Eine Neuausrichtung der deutschen Lateinamerika-Politik ist – wie einschlägige deutsche NGOs und Vertreter der Opposition im Deutschen Bundestag Ende April forderten – zweifellos nicht nur überfällig, sondern ein Imperativ.

Indes, worüber reden wir?

Wie aus dem Januar 2019-Bericht (“Panorama Social de América Latina”) der UN-Wirtschaftskommission für Lateinamerika (CEPAL) zu entnehmen ist, vegetieren nach der Machtübernahme durch konservative Regierungen in der Region neuerdings wieder 62 Millionen Menschen – circa 10,2 Prozent der gesamten Bevölkerung – unter der Armutsgrenze. Hier wäre ein Hebel der deutschen Außenpolitik anzusetzen.

Im Einzelnen sprechen die Zahlen eine erschütternde Sprache.

● In Brasilien erreichte zwischen 2014 und 2017 das Anwachsen der Armut gar 21 Prozent der Bevölkerung. Nach jüngsten Angaben der Weltbank lebten unter der Regierung der gestürzten Präsidentin Dilma Rousseff ca. 36 Millionen – rund 17,9 Prozent der Bevölkerung – in Armut. Seit ihrer Amtsenthebung im Jahr 2016, mit der darauffolgenden Rezessionspolitik der Regierung Michel Temer, nahm die Armut um 7,3 Millionen Menschen zu.

● Frauen, Kinder, Afro-Brasilianer und indigene Völker zählen zu den Hauptbetroffenen, jedoch besonders dramatisch ist die Lage der Kinder. Nach Angaben der brasilianischen Stiftung Abrinq gehören derzeit 9,4 Millionen Kinder und Heranwachsende unter 14 Jahren zu den Opfern extremer Armut.

Ein nicht weniger besorgniserregendes Merkmal der meisten lateinamerikanischen Länder ist die hier vorherrschende „Demokratie niedriger Intensität“,

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Jair Bolsonaro’s First 53 Days as President of Brazil Have Been a Resounding, Scandalous Failure


22-02-19 02:57:00,

Something peculiar is going on between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his vice president, Gen. Hamilton Mourão.

Late last month, Bolsonaro was scheduled for a surgical procedure to remove the colostomy bag he’d been using since being stabbed ahead of the presidential election. Before he went under the knife, Bolsonaro told his advisers that he would not turn over the powers of the presidency to Mourão while in surgery. A few days earlier, Mourão had made the most of the four days he spent as acting president while Bolsonaro was in Davos, Switzerland, by publicly undercutting his boss on a series of key issues in interviews with the press.

Members of Bolsonaro’s cabinet were “irritated” by his decision not to bestow Mourão with presidential powers, Época magazine reported. And the unofficial word coming from Bolsonaro’s office was that he hadn’t been “properly advised on the delicacy of the surgery.” Eventually, he would reverse course and signed over executive powers for 48 hours — but not the full 17 days he would spend in the hospital.

The whole saga nicely encapsulates Bolsonaro’s young presidency: mistrust sowing internal division; a leak; the unmasking of the president’s ignorance; and then, eventually, a forced reversal.

Bolsonaro rose to power thanks to a hodgepodge far-right coalition that came together just long enough to get the 63-year-old politician elected president of Brazil. But that coalition has spent all 53 days of his tenure in office eating itself alive. The rhetoric of Bolsonaro’s campaign crashed into the reality of his government with resounding thunder. Indecisiveness; power struggles leaked to the media; revelations of a son’s links to an organized crime boss; and multiple corruption allegations have dogged the president as he walked back campaign promises and stumbled through the turbulent, sometimes nonsensical, early days of the new administration.

So much has happened over the last 7 1/2 weeks that it’s impossible to take stock of it all. But by looking through the wreckage, perhaps you can get a sense of Brazil’s political life as of late.

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão leaves the vice presidential office in Brazil on Jan. 28, 2019.

Photo: Jorge William/Agência O Globo (GDA via AP Images)

The Backstabber

As Bolsonaro World quickly melts into a puddle,

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Jair Bolsonaro verzinkt na drie weken al in corruptieschandalen


25-01-19 08:16:00,

Braziliaans president Bolsonaro zit drie weken na zijn eedaflegging al met corruptieschandalen in eigen kring. Zijn zoon, senator Flavio Bolsonaro, en zijn eigen entourage worden door het gerecht vervolgd voor corruptie. Ironisch genoeg zou een afzetting van Bolsonaro nog erger zijn voor Brazilië, want dan wordt vice-president en voormalig generaal Hamilton Mourão zijn opvolger.

Nadat de krant Jornal Nacional een dubieuze geldtransactie uitbracht, is senator Flavio Bolsonaro onderwerp van een gerechtelijk onderzoek. Het zou gaan om een bedrag van meer dan 1 miljoen real (233.750 euro) dat hij overmaakte, waarvoor hij geen verklaring heeft. Op 7 januari 2018 berichtte de krant Folha (‘blad’) over 19 dubieuze immobiliënoperaties in Barra da Tijuca, een chique wijk van Rio de Janeiro aan de kust.

In november 2010 verdiende Flavio Bolsonaro 300.000 real (70.120 euro) aan de verkoop van 7 appartementen aan het immobiliënkantoor MCA Participações, die hij amper 45 dagen eerder veel goedkoper zelf had aangekocht. In 2012 verkocht hij op dezelfde manier 2 appartementen, die hij een jaar eerder had aangekocht, met een winst van 813.000 real (190.160 euro). In 2017 verkocht hij een appartement voor 2,4 miljoen real (561.370 euro) dat hij bij zijn registratie als verkiezingskandidaat in 2014 had aangegeven voor een waarde van 566.000 real (132.370 euro).

Klassieke omkopingstechniek

Wie denkt dat het hier over de gewone werking van de vrije markt gaat en dat Flavio Bolsonaro gewoon goed geïnvesteerd heeft, vergist zich. Het verkopen van een vastgoed aan een lage prijs en dat dan via andere constructies terugkopen aan een veel hoger bedrag is een klassieke Braziliaanse methode om politici om te kopen én om zwart geld wit te wassen.

Voormalig president Lula da Silva werd in een gelijkaardige context veroordeeld tot twaalf jaar cel voor zogenaamde innovaties aan een strandappartement door een bedrijf dat daarna lucratieve overheidscontracten kon verwerven. Rechter Sérgio Moro baseerde zich voor zijn vonnis op één mondelinge getuigenis van een persoon die strafvermindering kreeg aangeboden in andere zaken voor zijn getuigenis. Er werden nochtans geen bewijzen geleverd dat het appartement eigendom was van Lula. Internationale waarnemers veroordeelden het proces als onfair en politiek geïnspireerd.

Lula stond op dat ogenblik eerste in alle peilingen, maar mocht vanuit de gevangenis niet deelnemen aan de verkiezingen,

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Präsident Bolsonaro in der Schweiz, Sohn in Brasilien in den Schlagzeilen


23-01-19 11:38:00,

Brasília/Davos. Während Brasiliens Präsident Jair Bolsonaro seine erste Auslandsreise zum Weltwirtschaftsforum im Schweizerischen Davos angetreten hat, wird in Brasilien gegen den ältesten Sohn Flávio wegen des Verdachts der Korruption ermittelt. Noch nicht einmal drei Wochen im Amt, haben die Regierung Bolsonaro und die Präsidentenfamilie damit ihren ersten Skandal.

Am 7. Januar vergangenen Jahres berichtete die Tageszeitung Folha de São Paulo schon über erste Verdachtsmomente gegen Flávio Bolsonaro. Das Blatt identifizierte 19 fragwürdige Immobiliengeschäfte im Süden von Rio de Janeiro und in dem beliebten Stadtteil Barra da Tijuca.

Nun wurde aufgedeckt, dass im Zeitraum vom Juni bis Juli 2017 insgesamt 48 Bareinzahlungen von jeweils 2.000 Reais (umgerechnet rund 22.500 Euro) auf das Konto von Flávio Bolsonaro, dem damaligen Abgeordneten des Bundesstaates Rio de Janeiro, überwiesen wurden. Die Korruptionskontrollbehörde und der Kontrollrat für Finanzaktivitäten (Conselho de Controle de Atividades Financeiras, Coaf), konnten den Ursprung dieser Einlagen nicht nachweisen. Aber die Tatsache, dass in fünf Tagen die jeweils höchste zulässige Geldmenge überwiesen wurde, lässt den Verdacht aufkommen, dass etwas verborgen werden sollte.

Flávio Bolsonaro erklärte daraufhin in einem Fernsehinterview, dass er keine Gesetzesverstöße begangen habe. Er gab jedoch auch keine Erklärungen über die Herkunft des Geldes.

Die Familie Bolsonaro, die sich in der Vergangenheit in den sozialen Netzwerken schnell und kämpferisch geäußert hat, vermeidet es nun, über das Thema zu reden.

Die Enthüllung kommt fast genau einen Monat, nachdem der Coaf bei dem ehemaligen Offizier Fabricio Queiroz, einem den Bolsonaros nahestehenden Militär, ebenfalls verdächtige Finanztransaktionen ausgemacht hatte. Bei ihm wurden zwischen Januar 2016 und Januar 2017 Überweisungen von 1,2 Millionen Reais (knapp 281.000 Euro) festgestellt, die weder sein Gehalt noch das Privatermögen erklären konnten. Dabei ging eine Überweisung von 24.000 Reais auf das Konto von Michelle Bolsonaro, der derzeitigen First Lady. Jair Bolsonaro gab damals an, es habe sich um die Rückgabe eines Privatkredites gehandelt.

Obwohl Queiroz vom Staatsministerium von Rio de Janeiro mehrmals zur Aussage aufgefordert wurde, behauptete er, dass er aufgrund gesundheitlicher Probleme dazu nicht fähig sei. Er verstieß zudem gegen die gerichtlichen Auflagen. Inzwischen befindet sich Queiroz in einem der teuersten Krankenhäuser des Landes.

Die Unstimmigkeiten wurde jetzt noch größer, als Luiz Fux, ein Richter des Obersten Bundesgerichtes (STF), am Donnerstag einen Antrag von Flávio Bolsonaro akzeptierte,

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Jair Bolsonaro Promised to End Corruption in Brazil — Then He Appointed an Extremely Corrupt Cabinet


09-12-18 04:54:00,

“Our government departments will not be led by anyone who’s been convicted of corruption,” said Jair Bolsonaro on October 31, three days after being elected president of Brazil. The goal of his statement, published on his social media feeds, was clear: to deny accusations in the press that he had asked Alberto Fraga, a member of Congress who was convicted of taking bribes, to join his administration.

A week earlier, a video had emerged on the Brazilian website R7 with Bolsonaro singing a different tune than his post-election statement. Surrounded by pro-gun members of Congress at a gathering in his home on October 23, Bolsonaro excitedly said, “I can already announce that Fraga will be the one to coordinate the [pro-gun parliamentary] front in my administration.” Hours after Bolsonaro’s tweet about eschewing corrupt officials, however, the R7 video was deleted from the website. It was only the latest episode in which R7, part of the right-wing evangelical Universal Church’s media empire, had crossed the line from journalism to a (poorly) disguised propaganda office.

A central talking point of Bolsonaro’s campaign was to market the far-right candidate as the only one who could free Brazil from the ills of corruption. It was an obvious strategy. Corruption was at the top of Brazilians’ lists of concerns, according to a poll published in December by Ibope, a research institute. Corruption ranked higher than health, education, and public safety. It only makes sense for the president-elect to try to disconnect his image from the corrupt politicians that voters have come to hate so intensely. But there’s a problem: Bolsonaro deliberately surrounded himself with these very same corrupt politicians.

Examining Bolsonaro’s top deputies and cabinet appointments, it becomes apparent that his speeches against corruption are nothing but empty words. From the allies arrayed alongside Bolsonaro during his first speech as president-elect to the transition team he assembled and the governmental department heads he’s appointed, Bolsonaro picked at least seven people tangled up in scandals, from lawsuits and official investigations to criminal convictions and even confession of guilt.

Brazilian Rio Grande do Sul Congressman, Onyx Lorenzoni (C), Brazilian Economist Paulo Guedes (L) and Brazilian Social Liberal Party (PSL) vice-president, Gustavo Bebianno (C-Back), talk with press in front of the house of the businessman Paulo Marinho where the Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro held a meeting, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 30, 2018. - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddled with advisers Tuesday to finalize the cabinet that will be charged with implementing his hardline agenda, as opponents planned their

Onyx Lorenzoni, center, accompanies Brazilian economist Paulo Guedes, left, and Brazilian Social Liberal Party vice president Gustavo Bebianno to talk with press in Rio de Janeiro on Oct.

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Zet Bolsonaro een streep onder handelsakkoord EU-Mercosur?


08-11-18 09:26:00,

Met Jair Bolsonaro, die binnenkort wordt ingezworen als president van Brazilië, lijkt er het nodige te gaan veranderen aan het landbouw- en milieubeleid van het Zuid-Amerikaanse land. Het nagestreefde handelsakkoord tussen het Zuid-Amerikaanse economische blok Mercosur en de Europese Unie lijkt definitief op niets uit te lopen.

De verkiezing van Jair Bolsonaro tot president van Brazilië zorgt voor ongerustheid bij de zittende minister van milieu Edson Duarte en milieuorganisaties. Na Bolsonaros aankondiging het Amazonegebied voor economische exploitatie vrij te geven, vrezen ze het ergste. Bolsonaro geldt als ondersteuner van de landbouwlobby. Die heeft ertoe opgeroepen het aantal natuurbeschermingsgebieden te reduceren en meer land voor landbouwactiviteiten vrij te geven.

Voetnoten bij Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro wil de ministeries van Milieu en Landbouw samenvoegen, wat, zo vrezen milieuorganisaties, te koste van de milieubescherming zal gaan. Bovendien werd bekend dat de economische adviseur van Bolsonaro, Paulo Guedes een nieuw superministerie moet gaan leiden. De nieuwe portefeuille zou bestaan uit zowel Financiën als Economische Zaken en Industrie en de privatiseringsautoriteit.

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Vanuit het gezichtspunt van de Europese Commissie is deze personele keuze van Bolsonaro geen positief signaal voor het al jaren nagestreefde handelsakkoord tussen de EU en het Zuid-Amerikaanse economische blok Mercosur. Naast Brazilië bestaat Mercosur uit Argentinië, Uruguay, Paraguay en het voor onbepaalde tijd geschorste Venezuela.

Guedes staat bekend als criticus van het akkoord. Om deze reden hadden de onderhandelingspartners nog kort voor de verkiezingen in Brazilië begin september in Uruguay een nieuwe onderhandelingsronde gepland. De Mercosur-landen leveren vooral agrarische grondstoffen. De EU, de belangrijkste handelspartner van het blok, exporteert o.a. auto’s, chemieproducten en machines. Nadat er in de loop van dit jaar steeds weer stremmingen in de onderhandelingen waren, heetten ze recent bijna afgerond te zijn.

Men werd het echter opnieuw niet eens. De Zuid-Amerikaanse onderhandelaars klaagden opnieuw over de Europese subsidies voor de landbouwsector en auto-industrie. De EU zag van haar kant geen ruimte om meer toe te geven inzake de import van rundvlees. Het aangeboden invoercontingent van 99.000 ton wordt vooral door Frankrijk, België en Ierland bekritiseert.

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Bolsonaro: A Monster Engineered by Our Media – Global Research


01-11-18 07:31:00,

With Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election at the weekend, the doom-mongers among western elites are out in force once again. His success, like Donald Trump’s, has confirmed a long-held prejudice: that the people cannot be trusted; that, when empowered, they behave like a mob driven by primitive urges; that the unwashed masses now threaten to bring down the carefully constructed walls of civilisation.

The guardians of the status quo refused to learn the lesson of Trump’s election, and so it will be with Bolsonaro. Rather than engaging the intellectual faculties they claim as their exclusive preserve, western “analysts” and “experts” are again averting their gaze from anything that might help them understand what has driven our supposed democracies into the dark places inhabited by the new demagogues. Instead, as ever, the blame is being laid squarely at the door of social media.

Social media and fake news are apparently the reasons Bolsonaro won at the ballot box. Without the gatekeepers in place to limit access to the “free press” – itself the plaything of billionaires and global corporations, with brands and a bottom line to protect – the rabble has supposedly been freed to give expression to their innate bigotry.

Here is Simon Jenkins, a veteran British gatekeeper – a former editor of the Times of London who now writes a column in the Guardian – pontificating on Bolsonaro:

“The lesson for champions of open democracy is glaring. Its values cannot be taken for granted. When debate is no longer through regulated media, courts and institutions, politics will default to the mob. Social media – once hailed as an agent of global concord – has become the purveyor of falsity, anger and hatred. Its algorithms polarise opinion. Its pseudo-information drives argument to the extremes.”

This is now the default consensus of the corporate media, whether in its rightwing incarnations or of the variety posing on the liberal-left end of the spectrum like the Guardian. The people are stupid, and we need to be protected from their base instincts. Social media, it is claimed, has unleashed humanity’s id.

Selling plutocracy

There is a kind of truth in Jenkins’ argument, even if it is not the one he intended.

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Voetnoten bij Bolsonaro


01-11-18 07:17:00,

Wie is die mysterieuze man die de verkiezingen in Brazilië gewonnen heeft? De reguliere media doen met de precisie van een atoomklok hun gebruikelijke ding. Voorspelbaar als een socialist die oproept tot meer solidariteit roept de media in koor dat Bolsonaro een vreselijke fascist is. Het enige wat anders was is dat de journalisten in kwestie niet tot vijf minuten voor de uitslag bleven roepen dat Bolsonaro volkomen kansloos was, zoals met de verkiezing van Trump. Maar voor de rest is het same old, same old.

Bolsonaro is een parachutistenkapitein die na een korte militaire carrière koos voor de politiek voor een groot aantal wisselende politieke partijen. Waar de vergelijkingen met het fascisme vandaan komen wordt gevoelsmatig duidelijk zodra hij begint te praten. Zijn taalgebruik is nogal kleurrijk en hij schuwt hyperbolen niet. Ben je echter een fascist als je taalgebruik wat aan de ruwe kant is? Het antwoord is nee. Dit is niet de plek om nog eens uiteen te zetten wat fascisme is, maar de tijdgenoten van het echte fascisme van de jaren ‘20, ‘30 en ‘40 beschrijven iets heel anders.

Brazilië heeft grote problemen. Er zijn achterbuurten die niet zouden misstaan in een derdewereldland, er is gigantische criminaliteit, gigantische aantallen verkrachtingen, moorden en elke andere negatieve statistiek die je maar kunt bedenken scoort vrij hoog. Brazilië is een rijk land waar de politie de orde handhaaft door af en toe naar de achterbuurten te trekken om daar de grootste lokale drugshandelaren koud te maken. De Braziliaanse geest lijkt klaar voor een sterke man om wat zaken grondig aan te pakken. En omdat een sterke man en zijn publiek altijd twee zijden zijn van dezelfde medaille vinden de Brazilianen en Bolsonaro elkaar hierin.

Blijf op de hoogte van nieuws, opinie en achtergronden: Volg Novini!


Positief is dat Bolsonari staat voor een duidelijke breuk met het pro-minderheden-beleid dat de gehele beschaafde wereld teistert en waar niemand, behalve een kleine internationale kliek, echt gelukkig mee is. De agenda om iedereen in een heel klein hokje te zetten heeft een heel duidelijk doel. Het doel is de hele bevolking op te knippen in hele kleine groepjes, zodat niemand meer een vuist kan maken tegen de zittende macht.

Zodra iedereen in 1 van de letters van de LHBTQI-alfabetsoep valt kan de zittende macht er van op aan dat iedereen bezig is met zijn/haar allerindividueelste goestingen in plaats van zichzelf af te vragen hoe het komt dat iedereen,

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Haddad vs. Bolsonaro – Brasiliens dramatische Stichwahl zwischen Demokratie und autoritärem Unrechtsstaat –

Haddad vs. Bolsonaro – Brasiliens dramatische Stichwahl zwischen Demokratie und autoritärem Unrechtsstaat –

28-10-18 09:17:00,

27. Oktober 2018 um 11:45 Uhr | Verantwortlich:

Haddad vs. Bolsonaro – Brasiliens dramatische Stichwahl zwischen Demokratie und autoritärem Unrechtsstaat

Veröffentlicht in: Demoskopie/Umfragen, Länderberichte, Lobbyismus und politische Korruption, Rechte Gefahr, Wahlen

Am vergangenen 21. Oktober schienen die Millionenstädte Rio de Janeiro und São Paulo in Dystopien aus dem Reich der Literatur und des Science-Fiction-Kinos verwandelt. Zigtausende in Gelbgrün gekleidete Menschen lauschten kurzen, von langen Pausen unterbrochenen und aus der Ferne auf Leinwände unter offenem Himmel projizierten Sätzen eines Mannes, der aus einem Hausgarten seine Drohungen in ein Handy bellte. Ein Bericht von Frederico Füllgraf.

Ja, er sprach nicht wie ein normaler Mensch, sein Körper schwankte hin und her, er schlug einen kläffenden Ton an. „Lasst uns die roten Kriminellen von der Landkarte Brasiliens fegen!”. „Dieses Gesockse, will es weiter hierbleiben, wird es sich dem Gesetz von uns allen unterordnen müssen! Entweder sie verlassen das Land oder sie landen im Gefängnis!”, lautete seine Drohung. Entlang São Paulos Nobelallee Paulista standen parkende Autos, die die Rede per Lautsprecher verstärkten. Vor der Leinwand geriet die Menge in Ekstase, erhob die Arme und jubelte dem “Big Brother” mit der Anbetung zu: „Der Mythos – unser Mythos!”.

Die Szene schien eine verblüffende Laien-Neuinszenierung jener „Two Minutes Hate“- („Zwei-Minuten-Hass”)-Passage in George Orwells Polit-Klassiker „1984” und seiner genialen Filmfassung Michael Radfords, mit John Hurt und Richard Burton in den Hauptrollen. In jenem täglichen Ritual mussten die Anhänger des Faschistenführers Ozeaniens sich einen Film über die Feinde der Partei ansehen und sich dabei zwei Minuten lang ihren tiefen Hass aus der verfinsterten Seele brüllen. Das schaffte der Zeremonienmeister mit dem Handy, der nicht Emmanuel Goldstein wie in Buch und Film, sondern Jair Bolsonaro heißt.

Wenige Tage vor der Stichwahl, aus der am 28. Oktober der brasilianische Präsident für die kommenden vier Jahre hervorgehen wird, steht das größte Land Lateinamerikas unter Strom und versetzt auch einen Großteil der Welt in Spannung. Wie bekannt führt bisher der Ex-Hauptmann des Heeres als Favorit die Umfragen an, weshalb selbst die Mehrheit der konservativen internationalen Leitmedien, die vor drei Jahren noch für eine illegale Amtsenthebung von Präsidentin Dilma Rousseff Stimmung machten, Warnungen vor einem autoritären,

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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Political Nightmare: a Neo-Nazi ‘Phenomenon’ Made in the USA – Global Research

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Political Nightmare: a Neo-Nazi ‘Phenomenon’ Made in the USA – Global Research

26-10-18 06:32:00,

“Not even the military dictatorship defended an ideology which is so openly fascist like Bolsonaro does today. He does not care about being compared to Hitler,” Michael Löwy.

“It is difficult to explain the emergence of a phenomenon best described as pathological politics on a large scale” according to French-Brazilian sociologist Michael Löwy, in an interview when asked about Jair Bolsonaro’s ascension, Brazil’s presidential candidate whose great-grandfather was a Nazi soldier.

A former lawmaker that delivered just two bills across almost three decades, as a presidential candidate now Bolsonaro promises, among many other fascist “policies” layered in a total lack of project to the country as he refuses to debate, to make the “police free to kill” without any investigation. 

The candidate of the Liberal Social Party (PSL, totally in favor of privatizations, and deeply nationalist) who leads the polls, has once said that a civil war is the only solution for Brazil. Bolsonaro often attacks his opponents with much violence, especially leftists and homosexuals promising a “zero tolerance” against them once he is elected, which includes torture and assassination. 

Not surprisingly, the nation is living a vertiginous growing of violence of the eve of the second round of the election.

‘Enigmas’ Flying Over the South-American Giant

In June of 2013, Brazil lived its social “Spring”: another sociological “enigma”: hardly explained up to date, it was very similar to others all over the world whose multitudes did not know exactly why, how and to what they suddenly took to the streets (as teleSUR showed interviewing Brazilian citizens at the time).

Movements which have produced around the world, cooperated by the mainstream media – locally and internationally distorting facts, or not putting news in context: the minimization of the rule of law hurting civil liberties, increasing repression, corruption, and foreign influence.

Filled with hate, resentment, discrimination, and violence including by State forces, sometimes infiltrated among people: even those protests, an important part to overthrow the then-President Dilma Rousseff three years later and to boost Bolsonaro, were a consequence of dark winds blowing from the offshore against the South-American giant. 

“The stranger, of course, is not the fascist preaching of an individual, but the adhesion of a large part of the electorate to these ideas,” observed the sociologist based in Paris. 

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In Bolsonaro’s New Brazil, Far-Right Evangelical Billionaire Edir Macedo’s Media Empire is Being Exploited to Investigate Journalists – Including The Intercept

In Bolsonaro’s New Brazil, Far-Right Evangelical Billionaire Edir Macedo’s Media Empire is Being Exploited to Investigate Journalists – Including The Intercept

20-10-18 06:29:00,

Edir Macedo is projected on a screen displayed outside a replica of Solomon’s Temple during its inauguration ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 31, 2014.

Photo: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The highly likely ascension to power of far-right extremist Jair Bolsonaro is already unleashing a climate in which journalists who are critical of him and his movement – including several writing for the Intercept – are being subjected to an aggressive campaign of personal investigation, attempted intimidation, and thuggish scrutiny of family members.

These attacks are being orchestrated by the media outlets owned by a far-right, scandal-plagued, evangelical pastor-billionaire, Edir Macedo (universally known as The Bishop and founder of the sprawling Universal Church of the Kingdom of God), who is now an explicit supporter of Bolsonaro. Macedo’s vast media empire – one that includes the nation’s second-largest TV outlet (Record), online portals (R7) and various other news agencies – is now being flagrantly abused to impose punishment and retaliation against journalists for the crime of reporting critically on Bolsonaro, his movement, and Macedo’s companies.

On Saturday (Oct. 13), The Intercept published, in Portuguese, an exposé on how journalists inside R7, a huge online portal owned by Macedo, are “hostages” to their owner’s agenda, barred from publishing negative stories about Bolsonaro and generally forced to sacrifice their journalistic integrity to serve Macedo’s extremist political agenda. Written for the Intercept by the Brazilian journalist Leandro Demori, the article was based on reports from distraught R7 journalists who spoke anonymously. The article went viral in Brazil, quickly becoming one of the most widely read Intercept articles of the year. On Thursday, in the wake of that reporting, the long-time chief of Record TV’s flagship news program, Luciana Barcelos, resigned.

Throughout 2018, The Intercept has published some of the most aggressive and widely read investigative reporting in Portuguese that has been critical of the Bolsonaro movement. Indeed, long before a Bolsonaro presidency was even thinkable, when he was still a fringe member of Congress, The Intercept has been critically covering him; in a 2014 article, after he told a female colleague in Congress that she was too ugly to “deserve” his rape, we pronounced him “the most misogynistic,

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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Accused of Widespread Electoral Fraud

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Accused of Widespread Electoral Fraud

19-10-18 05:49:00,

An investigative story published by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo today proves that companies are paying for WhatsApp bulk messaging services to spread fake news and attack ads against the Workers’ Party (PT). According to the article, companies are planning a big operation for the week before the runoff election in Brazil, which will be held on Oct. 28.

The companies are supporting the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro and using lists of mobile contacts sold by digital strategy agencies and also the presidential hopeful’s own database. The law, however, only allows candidates to use their own lists of contacts provided voluntarily by individuals.

To send hundreds of millions of messages, contracts are worth as high as R$12 million (more than US$3.2 million). One of the companies hiring these services is Havan, owned by Luciano Hang, who has reportedly been forcing his employees to vote for Jair Bolsonaro. Hiring this kind of services can be considered illegal campaign contributions from corporations if they are proven to have links with the Social Liberal Party candidate.

João Meira, who holds a master’s degree in Political Law, explains that the elections could be annulled due to illegal campaign practices and abuse of economic power.

Meira argues that, with a fierce WhatsApp campaign and the “industry of lies” established around it, it is virtually impossible to control what kind of content is shared and, if the accusations are proven true, “the fraud completely taints the election process.” “If Bolsonaro and his campaign are proven to be associated with the actions of those groups of people who committed unlawful acts, even if he is elected, he can be impeached and be ineligible to run for eight years,” the expert says.

While some of the agencies reported to be sending mass WhatsApp messages include Quickmobile, Yacows, Croc Services, and SMS Market, Bolsonaro’s financial disclosures only include the company AM4 Brasil Inteligência Digital, which was paid R$115,000 (nearly US$31,000) to provide digital media services.

According to Folha, the services are between R$0.08 and R$0.12 (US$0.02-0.03) per message sent to contact numbers from the candidate’s own list and R$0.30 to R$0.40 (US$0.08-0.11) per message when the list of contacts is provided by the agency.

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Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilian Cops to Kill More. So Why Are Victims of Police Violence Voting for Him?

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilian Cops to Kill More. So Why Are Victims of Police Violence Voting for Him?

18-10-18 06:18:00,

“I will give the police carte blanche to kill.” “Let’s clog up the prisons with criminals.” “Police that kill thugs will be decorated.” These are all campaign trail statements from Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right Brazilian presidential candidate who will likely win second round elections on October 28. A cornerstone of his platform, his hard-line public security proposals include legalizing mass arrest warrants, permitting police to shoot without warning or prior engagement, building more prisons, allowing minors to be tried as adults, and easing restrictions on gun ownership for “good citizens.”

In an extremely violent, unequal, and racist society such as Brazil, where militarized policing of poor communities of mostly black and brown people is already the norm, it’s unsurprising that conservative, white elites would agree with these ideas. Bolsonaro’s support is strongest among men, whites, evangelicals, the wealthiest, and the most educated.

However, that’s not the whole story. In the most recent polling, 47 percent of self-defined black and brown voters support Bolsonaro. That’s 6 percentage points more than his opponent, the Workers’ Party’s Fernando Haddad, whose traditional base is among the poor. Bolsonaro has 38 percent support among voters who make minimum wage or less ($3,090 per year) and 48 percent among voters who make between $3,090 and $6,180. These numbers are consequential and, at first glance, perplexing: If police violence and abuse is endemic in Brazil, why would the principal victims of this problem support a candidate who wants those same police to be more violent and abusive? My field research as a social scientist offers some insight.

Maycon, 23, is a young black man from a poor neighborhood in Brazil. He has a brother in jail, dreams of being a police officer, and strongly defends implementing the death penalty, which he sees as the population’s defense against what he calls “homie rights,” a play on human rights. An ardent supporter of imprisoned ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of the Workers’ Party, he would also like to see stricter laws for “bandits,” a central position of far-right candidates like Bolsonaro.

In the conversations I have had with teenagers from the poor outskirts of Brazil’s major cities, Bolsonaro voters follow the same punitive orientation and show solidarity with the police,

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro channels MAGA message to sweep first round election results (Video)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro channels MAGA message to sweep first round election results (Video)

13-10-18 11:43:00,

Via Strategic Culture

On October 2nd, 2018, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly killed inside Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey. The sequence of events seems to show that the murder was premeditated. Two days before his death, Khashoggi went to the Saudi embassy in Istanbul to obtain documents pertaining to his divorce in preparation to remarry in the United States.

The Saudi embassy instructed him to return on October 2nd to collect the documents, which he duly did. He entered the embassy around 1pm on October 2nd but never exited. Khashoggi’s fiancée, after waiting several hours, raised the alarm as Khashoggi had instructed her to do should he not reemerge after two hours.

It is from here that we should start to reconstruct this story that resembles a science-fiction novel even by Saudi standards, a country that does not hesitate to kidnap heads of state, as was the case with the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, about a year ago.

Jamal Khashoggi is a controversial figure, a representative of the shadowy world of collaboration that sometimes exists between journalism and the intelligence agencies, in this case involving the intelligence agencies of Saudi Arabia and the United States.

It has been virtually confirmed by official circles within the Al Saud family that Khashoggi was an agent in the employ of Riyadh and the CIA during the Soviet presence in Afghanistan.

From 1991 to 1999, he continued to serve in several countries like Afghanistan, Algeria, Sudan, Kuwait and other parts of the Middle East, often maintaining an ambiguous role in the service of his friend Turki Faisal Al-Saud, the future Saudi ambassador to Washington and London and later supreme head of Saudi intelligence for 24 years.

Khashoggi was named editor of the leading English-language magazine in Saudi Arabia, Arab News, from 1999 to 2003. In late 2003, he transferred to Al Watan, one of the most liberal, Western and pro-reform newspapers in the country.

His job lasted only 52 days, with him being removed strongly criticizing the Wahhabi clerical extremist Ibn Taymiyyah. Khashoggi had turned into a critical voice of the Saudi regime following the internal struggles between King Abdullah and Turki Faisal Al-Saud.

One of the main criticisms of Khashoggi coming from factions loyal to Abdullah was that he had recruited and paid several journalists on behalf of the CIA during his time as an editor.

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