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Brazil: Sometimes it sinks
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  • According to a study published in June by Brazilian polling agency Datafolh, about 52 percent of the wealthiest Brazilians — those with a monthly income of more than $2,500 — want to emigrate, while 56 percent of college graduates have plans on leaving the country.

    Even people who get most profit from capitalism are not much happy as it turned out that you can't sit at home with guns and protection all the time.



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  • Brazil broke its own record for homicides last year, according to new figures which showed that 63,880 people were killed in 2017 – a 3% increase from the previous year.

    Data from the independent Brazilian Public Security Forum said that an average of 14 people died at the hands of police officers every day – an increase of 20% from the previous year.

    Rapes also rose 8% to 60,018, while murders of women increased 6.1% to 4,539.

  • Despite spending 27 years in government, Bolsonaro is campaigning as a “drain the swamp” outsider. With the blessing of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the jailed ex-leader of the Workers’ Party, Haddad is promising to restore economic prosperity.

    Having secured support from several influential evangelical leaders, Bolsonaro also supports religious interference in public life. Last year, Bolsonaro declared that Brazil is a Christian country; that there is no such thing as a secular state; and that those who disagree should leave or bow to the majority.

    Bolsonaro is an expert at sowing division. Following the populist playbook, he portrays Brazilian society as comprising two homogeneous and antagonistic groups: the “real people” and the “elites.”

    Strange things.

  • Polls show pro-Israel front-runner, known for repeated offensive comments against women, gays and the poor, can count on more than one in three ballots.

    Main thing here is that he is "pro-Israel" :-) all else is just minor stuff. Quote from happy Israel newspaper.

  • With 99% of the votes counted, liberal and far right parties win more than 2/3 of chairs in both congress houses. The leading candidate to the presidential seat is a far-right candidate who recently included ultra-liberal economic advisors in his campaign. State Governor seats follow the pattern in the south, south-east and west. In the north-east almost all of the Governors seats will be with social leaning, claimed left, parties. Public opinion tend to follow, but there's significant far-right support in north-east also.

    Next four years of government will be marked by almost unopposed office for the liberal/far-right government (or clearly inoperable in the case social leaning government wins) and profound division in the states.

    In the past days, Chief General staff of the army also expressed "concern with the divisions" and "a need to pacify the country" a couple of times and declared that "the army is ready to intervene if needed". The vice-president candidate, an army general, also make clear that he see the possibility to a military coup if called by the president.

  • In the past days, Chief General staff of the army also expressed "concern with the divisions" and "a need to pacify the country" a couple of times and declared that "the army is ready to intervene if needed". The vice-president candidate, an army general, also make clear that he see the possibility to a military coup if called by the president.

    Quite expected. Capitalists become concerned a little that it won't be puppet socialists anymore.

  • "We will beat them up" said the PSL president, Gustavo Bebbiano about the tatics of Bolsonaro for the 2nd round of the presidential elections, "if there's a second round, we will go direct confrontation. There's no talking with PT".

    "We are prepared for the confrontation", he said. A pacification will be needed, in the view of the PSL leader, but only after the final results on the urns. "After the election things are different, we will govern for all Brasil", he affirmed. "The country need to pacify for the good of everyone".

    "Pacification" word everywhere.

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  • I wish i could express in english how crazy is the situation here. You just realize that you are surrounded of "friends" who support this kind of maniac. They just look blind and agressive all the time. There's no dialog anymore. The country was split.

  • @samuelcabral

    There's no dialog anymore. The country was split.

    And it is good sign. Bad sign is if nation suddenly will start to unite around elite.

  • Bolsonaro IS one of the elite! He has been in politics almost 30 years.

  • We are down the road to hardline institutional dictorship.

    Last week the actual government published the decree 9.527/2018 by which institutes the "Intelligence Task Force to combat the organized crime in Brazil". The constitution of this task force will be the presidency security cabinet, federal intelligence agencies, military intelligence agencies, departments of the ministry of security and a economic council of ministry of finance. The powers and objectives of the task force will be subsidize and define the public policies and actions of security regarding "organized crime" that will be implemented by the government. It will be self-governed.

    Today the characterization of organized crime is broadened by the Anti-terrorism Law, by which any "sabotage" or interruption of normal service, the intent or organization to do so of public services, communication infrastructure, transportation, etc, cause it damage or not, is punishable with imprisonment in high security penitentiary.

    Bad as it is, there is a device in Anti-terrorism Law that exclude social and political movement groups, parties and alike or any kind of manifestation revindicating rights or freedoms from that characterization.

    There are two projects, one in senate other in the deputies chamber, to remove that device from the law, broadening the typification to any kind of action made by "organized" groups that in any way, by example, interrupt the transit, be subject to special police powers, punishable with imprisonment in high security and typification as a terrorist.

    The new government already have 15% far right seats and a lot of supporters. Army generals are mobilized and intervening in the public affairs. The son of the principal candidate to the executive seat, himself a deputy, expressed a couple of times insinuations to closing the Supreme Tribunal of Justice. Bolsonaro himself is making declarations of intent to persecute politically the opposition if he becomes president and that he will "cleanse" the country. All that backed with monetary and capital owning support and following an ultra liberal agenda.

    Already there reports of intensification of activity off the books from military police, army intelligence agents and the like.

    At this rate even if moderate candidate Haddad win against the odds, he will be unable (or unwilling to do so) to impede the institutional machine from spinning down to the violent degradation of social order and the hardening of fascism in Brazil.

    Some comments about the situation above from a legal perspective:

  • @RoadsidePicnic

    Time to read Lenin. Very actual for Brazil.

    Can start from

    Thing that you see is ruling class preparing, they'll certainly loose the war, but can make lot of blood.

  • On pension reform, Bolsonaro told reporters at an Air Force event that the minimum retirement age would be 62 for men and 57 for women, effective five years after any legislation is passed.

    That is lower than the minimums of 65 years of age for men and 62 for women that were proposed by ex-president Michel Temer.

    All step by step. Using famous capitalist approach - to make our numbers better you need to live worse.

  • Headlines are becoming literary masterpieces.

    Revolutionary president of Bolivia hands down italian far-left militant from the "years of lead" after joint operation with media star fascist president of Italy and lap dog puppet president of Brazil, social democratic spanish news paper makes lots of praise in what have become a plot point from a moderate criticizing to a lightly supportive stance to Bolsonaro in the past months. Brazilian major media reports about the affair ranges from fake news to pulp fiction. Not strange, as it was a circus including lots of twitting with bad jokes, selfies and nauseating public submissive behavior.

  • The Brazilian Anti-Terror Law doesn't apply to bombings.

    In the words of Santana, the Governor of Ceará, the law needs to be reviewed. The comment comes in the middle of a major security crisis. Ceará is now the outbound point of the international drug trafficking routes in Brazil, the major drug trafficking organizations have intensified their presence in the State the later years. Now the organizations have came to a truce to mobilize against the government and new harsher security measures in prisons. The actions perpetrated include bombings of civil infrastructure like bridges, communications towers, energy transmission towers and the such.

    Apparently, the government of Ceará ins't being able to use the Anti-Terror law. The law is a special provision that came to be in the labour party government and is directed against disruption of the public services by groups or individuals. The law have a couple of devices that exclude "political and civil rights movements" from being typified as terrorism, these devices are target for removal in at least two legislative proposals.

    Apparently the law is much more suited against people manifestation than it is to organized crime exploding up bridges.

    It happening, would the proposed revision asked by Santana put forward the already planed suppressing of political and civil rights organizations too?

  • @RoadsidePicnic

    Seems like life is improving fast.

  • The Bolsonaro clan is linked with the death of Mariele Franco, left wing representative in the city council of Rio de Janeiro that was assassinated by police militia last year.

    Investigations running against the militia group Crime Office, uncovered that the mother and the wife of one of their leaders were working in the cabinet of the then deputy, Flavio Bolsonaro. The Crime Office is responsible by land grabbing, housing mafia and militia in the west region of Rio de Janeiro city. The group also do contract killing regularly, the clients are primary politicians and other groups. The investigations point out evidences that the group was responsible for the murder of Mariele.

    Flavio Bolosonaro is son of the brazilian president and watchdog of the Bolsonaro clan. Elected senator, Flavio was always a vocal supporter of the Rio de Janeiro militia. Deep in a money laundering scandal since before he assumed office, Flavio and the Bolsonaro are now implied in a scheme of assassinations and militia mafia.

  • @RoadsidePicnic

    Yep, such things will be more and more frequent, until it'll be full and open.

    But Bolsonaro will try to do it step by step, as going open mean that you will be left with 1-5% of population against all else.