Tag Archives: Brazil

BRAZIL: Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro Takes Office, Claims To Have Freed Nation From Political Correctness

Reuters reports: Brazil’s newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday his election had freed the country from “socialism and political correctness,” and he vowed to tackle corruption, crime and economic mismanagement in Latin America’s largest nation. Bolsonaro, a former army captain turned lawmaker who openly admires Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, promised in his first remarks as president to adhere …

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Trump Is Sending Mike Pompeo To Attend Inauguration Of Far-Right Incoming Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

The Washington Post reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head a U.S. delegation to Brazil seeking to foster closer ties with the far-right incoming president, Jair Bolsonaro, and discuss ways to counter the Venezuelan government. Pompeo will leave Washington for Brasilia on New Year’s Eve to attend Bolsonaro’s inauguration the following day before heading to Colombia. He plans to …

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BRAZIL: Far-Right Jair Bolsonaro Elected President

The Guardian reports: Jair Bolsonaro has been elected as the next president of Brazil, winning 55.1% of the vote in the second-round vote between himself and PT candidate Fernando Haddad. The far-right candidate was leading in the polls after he fell just short of achieving a majority in the first round of voting three weeks ago. His win on Sunday …

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BRAZIL: Anti-Gay Extremist Likely To Become President

The New York Times reports: A far-right candidate who has spoken fondly of Brazil’s onetime military dictatorship came close to an outright victory in the country’s presidential election on Sunday, as Brazilians expressed disgust with politics as usual and endorsed an iron-fisted approach to fighting crime and corruption. Voters delivered a first-round victory to Jair Bolsonaro, who had stunned the …

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BRAZIL: Millions Of Irreplaceable Artifacts Destroyed In National Museum Fire, Officials Blame Funding Issues

The BBC reports: Officials in Brazil have blamed lack of funding for a huge fire that has ravaged the country’s National Museum. One of the largest anthropology and natural history collections in the Americas was almost totally destroyed in Sunday’s fire in Rio de Janeiro. There had been complaints about the dilapidated state of the museum. “We never had adequate …

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Priests Busted With Huge Stash Of Embezzled Cash

No kids involved. This time: A group of Catholic priests in Brazil have been arrested, accused of embezzling £426,000 of church donations, funeral fees and fundraising cash. The Bishop of Formosa, Jose Ribeiro, along with five clergymen and three lay people were detained in prison in Goiás this week charged with stealing over 2 million reais (£426,000) from church funds. …

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BRAZIL: Court Overturns Ex-Gay Torture Ban, Rules For Christian Activist Who Calls Homosexuality A “Disease”

The Guardian reports: A Brazilian judge has approved gay “conversion therapy” in a ruling which prompted widespread outrage and raised fears of a conservative backlash. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of Brasília, overruled a 1999 decision by the Federal Council of Psychology that forbade psychologists from offering widely discredited treatments which claims to “cure” gay people. …

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BRAZIL: Ex-President Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison After Corruption And Money Laundering Conviction

The New York Times reports: The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was found guilty of corruption and money laundering on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison, a stunning setback for a politician who has wielded enormous influence across Latin America for decades. The case against Mr. da Silva, who raised Brazil’s profile on …

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BRAZIL: Millions Attend Sao Paulo Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Revelers gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community. Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling …

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BRAZIL: Catholic Blogger Ordered To Pay Hate Speech Fine After Railing Against “State-Funded Faggoting”

From the anti-LGBT LifeSiteNews: A Brazilian Catholic blogger was ordered to pay a US$6,000 fine after his conviction for hate speech against homosexuals. Roberto Flavio Calvacanti published the offending article on his blog “Catholicism and Conservatism” in 2007. Federal prosecutors characterized it as “clear hate speech and incompatible with human respect and dignity.” His post called for the public to …

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BRAZIL: Woman Confesses To Stabbing Her Teenage Son To Death Because He Was Gay [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: A woman in Brazil has confessed to stabbing her teenage son to death because she couldn’t tolerate he was gay, local media outlets are reporting. The woman, Tatiana Lozano Pereira, lured her 17-year-old son to the family home after a heated argument on Christmas Eve. Once in the house, Itaberli Lozano was reportedly ambushed by the woman …

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COLOMBIA: 76 Killed In Charter Plane Crash

CBS News reports: A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 76 people, Colombian officials said Tuesday. Only four people are believed to have survived. The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency at 10 …

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BRAZIL: Charges Filed Against Ryan Lochte

Yahoo Sports reports: US swimming star Ryan Lochte has been charged with making a false statement following his story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics, Brazilian police said Thursday. “Ryan Lochte was charged with the crime of falsely reporting a crime,” police said in a statement, adding that the case had been referred to the courts. More from …

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USOC Apologizes To Brazil For “Distracting Ordeal” Of Faked Robbery, Charges For USA Swimmers Possible

ABC News reports: The U.S. Olympic Committee Thursday night apologized to Brazil for the “distracting ordeal” stemming from what Brazilian authorities call a fabricated claim of a gunpoint robbery by a group of swimmers in Rio de Janeiro. “The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the …

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REPORT: USA Swimmers Admit Robbery Was Faked

The Boston Globe reports: A Brazil police official said US swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated his robbery claim and that US Olympic swimmers were involved in a rowdy gas station confrontation. The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe. He said that around …

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Ryan Lochte Changes His Robbery Story After Brazilian Police Pull Teammates From USA-Bound Plane

The Los Angeles Times reports: Three days after claiming that he and his teammates were robbed at gunpoint, American swimmer Ryan Lochte has tempered his initial, dramatic description of the alleged incident. The 12-time Olympic medalist said earlier this week that one of the robbers pressed a gun to his head. On Wednesday night, he told NBC News the robber …

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BRAZIL: Police Doubt Ryan Lochte’s Robbery Story

USA Today reports: Police investigating reports that American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi so far have found little evidence supporting the account, and say the swimmers were unable to provide key details in police interviews. A police official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that police cannot …

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BRAZIL: Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte And Three Other USA Swimmers Robbed By Gunmen Posing As Police

NBC News reports: U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro overnight Saturday, NBC News has confirmed. Following conflicting reports — including the IOC denying any incident took place — Lochte himself confirmed with TODAY’s Billy Bush that he and the other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint. …

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SHE SAID YES: Girlfriend Of Brazilian Olympic Rugby Player Isadora Cerullo Proposes As Team Cheers

Roughly translated from ABC España: The gold medal-winning Australian female rugby delegation isn’t alone in celebrating. Isadora Cerullo, who plays for Brazil, tonight received a marriage proposal from her partner, who works as a volunteer for the Rio Games. The proposal was accepted and sealed with a kiss in front of journalists from around the world. The proposal took place …

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BRAZIL: Ten Arrested In Olympic Terror Plot

An early report from the BBC: Federal police in Brazil have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism during the Olympic Games. The authorities said they were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group. The arrests were made in the southern state of Parana. They come …

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