Tag Archives: Brazil

Former Rio Gov: I Paid $2M Bribe To Host Olympics

Reuters reports: The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state said in court testimony on Thursday that he paid $2 million (1.59 million pounds) to buy votes to ensure the sprawling Brazilian seaside city would be chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Sergio Cabral told a judge the money went to Lamine Diack, the former president of the International …

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BRAZIL: Millions Turn Out For Sao Paulo Pride [VIDEO]

Agence France-Presse reports: One of the world’s largest LGBT Pride parades took center stage in Sao Paulo on Sunday with the carnivalesque festivities tinged with unease over Brazil’s conservative political climate under President Jair Bolsonaro. As many as three million people took part in the annual march through the heart of Brazil’s economic capital, traditionally an exuberant celebration of camp, …

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Brazil High Court Criminalizes Anti-LGBT Discrimination

USA Today reports: Even as activist groups continue to raise concerns of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s [photo] views toward LGBT people, Brazil’s supreme court voted to criminalize homophobia and transphobia similarly to its laws on racism. Eight of Brazil’s 11 Supreme Federal Court justices ruled today to include homophobia and transphobia within the country’s laws prohibiting racism — a clause …

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BRAZIL: High Court Outlaws Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Well, THIS is a surprising development. The Associated Press reports: A majority in Brazil’s supreme court has voted to make homophobia and transphobia crimes like racism, a decision coming amid fears the country’s far-right president will roll back LGBT social gains. Six of the Supreme Federal Tribunal’s 11 judges have voted in favor of the measure. The five other judges …

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Brazilian Crooks Get $62M In Trump’s Farm Subsidies

The New York Daily News reports: The Trump administration has forked over more than $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned by a couple of corrupt Brazilian brothers. The Department of Agriculture cut a contract in January to purchase $22.3 million worth of pork from …

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VICTORY: Bolsonaro Cancels US Trip After Protests

Reuters reports: Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a trip to the United States, his office announced on Friday, after sharp protests against his being honored as the person of the year by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. Due to Bolsonaro’s past racist, homophobic and misogynist remarks, organizers saw multiple venues in New York refuse to host the gala …

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Jair Bolsonaro Condemns Gay Tourism To Brazil: But If You Want To Come Have Sex With A Woman, Go For It

The Guardian reports: Brazil’s far-right president, the self-declared homophobe Jair Bolsonaro, has been accused of inciting hatred towards LGBT people after declaring the South American country should not become a “gay tourism paradise”. “If you want to come here and have sex with a woman, go for your life,” Bolsonaro reportedly told journalists in the capital, Brasília. “But we can’t …

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NYC Museum Cancels Gala To Honor Brazilian President

The New York Times reports: The American Museum of Natural History said Monday that it would no longer host an event at the museum by an outside organization that was to have honored President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, whose environmental policies have come under fire. The announcement followed days of criticism that a prominent institution dedicated to nature and science …

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Bolsonaro: Crimes Of The Holocaust “Can Be Forgiven”

The Times Of Israel reports: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, but shouldn’t be forgotten. The far-right leader made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was applauded by those who attended. “We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. …

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Brazilian President Claims Nazis Were Really “Leftists”

Reuters reports: Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro said “there is no doubt” that Nazism was a leftist movement, just after visiting Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum. Bolsonaro’s remarks directly contradicted information on the museum’s website saying Germany’s Nazi movement rose out of right-wing radical groups responding to the rise of communism. In televised comments, the Brazilian president echoed …

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Meets With Anti-LGBT US Leaders

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch: Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s right-wing president, visited President Trump in the White House on Tuesday and followed up his official business with a Christian Broadcasting Network interview and meeting with conservative religious leaders, including CBN’s Pat and Gordon Robertson. CBN noted that Bolsonaro “has surrounded himself with well-known Brazilian evangelicals,” including influential pastor Silas …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Presser With Brazilian President

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump and “the Trump of the Tropics,” Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, will meet face to face at the White House on Tuesday. Bolsonaro — a nationalist, Twitter-loving, “fake-news” decrying politician — chose to make the first bilateral trip of his presidency to Washington, where he has found an important friend and ally in Trump. As …

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BRAZIL: President Roasted By Media After Tweeting Clip Of Gay Sex As Example Of “New Normal” At Carnival

Buzzfeed News reports: On Tuesday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted out what he claimed was the new normal at Carnaval. In it, a long-haired man is seen teasing his anus with a finger while standing on a bus stop before a fellow partier then pulls out his penis and urinates in the man’s hair. The scene allegedly shot in São …

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BRAZIL: Resurrected Bills Would Mandate Bible Study, Promote Creationism, And Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

Over at the Friendly Atheist, our friend Hemant Mehta reports that right wing lawmakers are wasting no time in pushing an anti-LGBT and Christianist agenda now that Jair Bolsonaro is in power. There’s a system in Brazil that allows old bills to essentially get resurrected by their sponsors even if they didn’t become laws in the past. By “dearchiving” those …

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Brazil To US: You Can’t Invade Venezuela From Here

Reuters reports: Brazil’s vice president, retired general Hamilton Mourão, said on Monday that under no circumstances would his country allow the United States to intervene militarily in Venezuela from Brazilian territory. In an interview with Globo News cable channel, Mourão said Brazil will do all it can to avoid a conflict with neighboring Venezuela. He spoke from Bogotá, where he …

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Venezuela Orders Closure Of Border With Brazil

The Associated Press reports: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is ordering the border with Brazil closed as opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid from neighboring nations. Maduro said on state television Thursday he’s also considering a closure of Venezuela’s border with Colombia. Opposition leaders say they plan to mount caravans to bring aid into Venezuela from Colombia and …

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Brazil To Excise LGBT References From Textbooks

The Associated Press reports: President Jair Bolsonaro is taking his anti-leftist ideological war to Brazil’s classrooms and universities, causing angst among teachers and education officials who say the government wants to fight an enemy that doesn’t exist. Bolsonaro and top officials have announced plans to revise textbooks to excise references to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women, say the military …

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BRAZIL: US Missionary Faces “Genocide” Charge After Trying To Share Jesus With Remote Indigenous Tribe

The Christian Post reports: A Christian missionary may be charged with “genocide” by Brazillian authorities after he illegally came in contact with a remote tribe. Steve Campbell of Greene Baptist Church in Maine is being investigated by officials from FUNAI, the Brazilian government’s Indigenous Affairs Department, after traveling deep into the southern Amazon jungle with the intention of sharing the …

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BRAZIL: Openly Gay Congressman Flees Nation After Death Threats Due To Rise Of President Jair Bolsonaro

The Associated Press reports: An openly gay congressman who frequently clashed with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday he was leaving his job and the country because of mounting death threats. In an interview published by daily Folha de S. Paulo, Congressman Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of Brazil and had no plans to return. Instead, he said …

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BRAZIL: Far-Right President Targets Minorities On First Day, Removes LGBT Issues From Human Rights Ministry

The Associated Press reports: Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America’s largest nation. In removing LGBT concerns from the …

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