'Bolsonaro Should Not Offend The Argentine People', Lula Says

The Workers Party leader rejected Bolsonaro's offensive words against the winners of the primaries in Argentina.

Brazil's former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva blasted the statement made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro about Alberto Fernandez's victory in the Argentinean presidential primary elections.

“I saw a speech by Bolsonaro against Argentina and the victory of Alberto Fernandez. I could not believe that a Brazilian President had such foolishness and sassiness to talk about his most important trade partner and strategic ally​​​​​ by offending the Argentine people and the man who won the primary elections,” Lula said in an interview granted from jail.​​​​ on Friday.

Last week, the far-right Brazilian President expressed his disgust at the electoral failure of President Mauricio Macri, a neo-liberal politician who lost by more than 15 percentage points in the elections held on August 11.

Besides describing   the winning candidates as "left-wing bandits," Bolsonaro said that Brazil will not welcome the Argentines when they begin to escape from their country due to the return of Peronism to power.

The Workers' Party (PT) leader also criticized the support Bolsonaro has provided to the Macri administration despite its poor economic performance.

"Does Bolsonaro think that Macri, who brought inflation to 74 percent, is good for Argentina? The one who increased the external debt to US$100 billion? The one who greatly increased the amount of people sleeping at the streets of Buenos Aires? For the love of God," Lula said.

"In an interview with journalist Bob Fernandes (TVE Bahia), which will be broadcasted today at 6:00 pm through social networks, President Lula said that [Jair Bolsonaro's Economy Minister ] Guedes wants to destroy the Brazilian economy and that it does not matter if he remains imprisoned until abuses committed against him can be demonstrated."

Regarding the return of the left to power in Latin America, Bolsonaro described critics of neoliberalism in inappropriate terms during a meeting in the city of Parnaiba.

“We will end the poop of Brazil. The poop is this race of corrupted and communists. In the next elections, let's sweep this red gang from Brazil. Since Venezuela is good [for this people], I'll send this gang there. Whoever wants a little further north will go to Cuba.

Lula da Silva explained that, once again, this sort of political discourse demonstrates the clear incompatibility between Bolsonaro's personal attitudes and the office he holds.

“Bolsonaro behaves like the chief of the hooligans. He doesn't want the team to improve. He wants conditions to continue booing and cursing. That is what he wants," the former leftist president stressed.​​​​​​​

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Prosecutors Reject Bolsonaro's Son as Brazil's Ambassador to the US

The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office filed a court order this Monday to block the appointment of federal Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of President Jair Bolsonaro, to the post of Brazilian Ambassador to the United States.

The Public Prosecutor's Office argues that it rejects such an appointment as a possible act of nepotism, even though it has already been approved by Donald Trump's government.

It details that the government follows criteria to choose ambassadors who are not career diplomats, such as recognized merit in diplomatic activities, relevant diplomatic services offered to the country and at least three years of experience in such activities.

The Brazilian Constitution prohibits the designation of a spouse or relative up to the third degree of consanguinity to exercise a post of commission or trust in any of the powers of the State.

However, the Comptroller General of the State considers that this interdiction only refers to the election of administrative posts, but not non-political offices, which is why it endorsed the appointment of Eduardo Bolsonaro as Brazil's official representative in Washington.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the post of Ambassador to the US is the most important in Brazilian diplomacy, and as such this appointment should be taken seriously and responsibly, regardless of family ties. It warned that in the past the appointment of persons without technical conditions for diplomatic missions has had negative repercussions for the country.

There is 'danger of harm if a person is named without adequate preparation to establish intense negotiations with foreign agents,' stressed the Attorney General's Office, which called to respect the technical criteria for choosing diplomatic chiefs.

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Diaz-Canel: Bolsonaro Lies about Cuban Doctors

President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced that the Brazilian head of State, Jair Bolsonaro, lies about the Cuban doctors in that country, and acts with servility towards the United States.

President Bolsonaro lies again. His servility towards the #US is shameful. His vulgar slanders against #Cuba and the #MaisMedicos program will never deceive the brother Brazilian people, who know well about the nobility and humanity of Cuban medical cooperation. #SomosCuba, the Cuban president wrote on his Twitter account.

It was Diaz-Canel's response to Bolsonaro's statement that the presence of Cuban healthcare experts in Brazil was aimed at 'creating guerrilla groups'.

Since his electoral campaign, the Brazilian president has launched a frontal attack on the Mais Medicos program, in which Cuban physicians were rendering their services in Brazil's neediest communities, with positive results in health indicators.

Bolsonaro attacks on Cuban doctors caused Cuba to cancel its participation in that program.

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Bolsonaro says Brazil & US focus on creating ‘rift’ within Venezuelan army to oust Maduro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is not making a secret of his plan to bring down Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, saying in an interview that he and Washington pin their hopes on a military coup instigated from the outside.

Speaking to Jovem Pan radio on Monday, the right-wing Brazilian leader, who has never hidden his deep animosity towards his Venezuelan counterpart, implied that, while not intervening outright, both the US and Brazil are working behind the scenes to lay out the grounds for a military revolt that would bring down Maduro.

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“It is our intention and that of the Americans that there is a rift in the army, because it is they who still support Maduro. It is the armed forces that decide whether a country lives in a democracy or in a dictatorship,” Bolsonaro said, adding that he does not see any future for Venezuela in its present state.

“What you cannot do is to continue as you are,” he said.

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The US, which was the first to recognize the self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido as the legitimate representative of the Venezuelan people, has been using arm-twisting tactics against Caracas, choking the Venezuelan economy with new debilitating sanctions in a bid to force Maduro out of power. US officials, including US President Donald Trump, have repeatedly claimed that they would keep “all options” on the table, not ruling out a military intervention in the Latin American country.

In an interview on Monday, Bolsonaro appeared to say that he might single-handedly decide if Brazil needs to join a potential US-led military incursion against the Maduro government.

“What can Brazil do? Suppose there is a military invasion there [from the United States]. The decision will be mine, but I will listen to the National Defense Council and then the Parliament,” Bolsonaro pledged.

Back in February, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão flatly rejected the possibility of Brazil serving as a staging ground for a US invasion. Mourão argued that, for foreign troops to be stationed in Brazil, Bolsonaro would need to receive a green light from the National Congress, which at present is reluctant to back such a militaristic move.

Since coming to power in Janaury, Bolsonaro, dubbed ‘Tropical Trump’ at home, has been cozying up to the US. During Bolsonaro’s recent trip to the country, he and Trump exchanged compliments and football jerseys, while marking the birth of a nascent ‘conservative alliance.’  

Bolsonaro mirrors Trump’s controversial policy in the Middle East, having made advances towards Israel. Late March, Brazil opened a business office in Jerusalem, which has been referred to as part of an embassy. Speaking on Monday, Bolsonaro labeled his country’s relationship with Israel “a marriage.”

“It’s like a marriage: you date, you get engaged, then you’re married, that’s in stages,” while pointing out that the US has gone much further down that road.

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Protests as Brazilian court doubles ex-president Lula’s jail term (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Brazilian prosecutors have doubled former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s jail sentence following his second corruption and money laundering case. His supporters took to the streets in protest across Brazil Thursday.

Lula, 73, who led Brazil between 2003 and 2010, was convicted on corruption charges in 2017 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He later had the conviction upheld in January 2018 for which he is currently serving a punitively extended 12-year sentence. Now, an additional 12 years and 11 months have been added to his sentence following this latest conviction.

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Close to 64,000 Violent Deaths in Brazil, a New Record

Brasilia, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Brazil broke the record of violent deaths in 2017, with 63,880 cases, according to data from the 29th edition of the World Report on Human Rights, released by a non-governmental organization and amplified today by local media.

That year, the deaths committed in this giant South American country by police in service and rest increased by 20 percent compared to 2016.

The investigation, which analyzed the situation in more than 100 countries, pointed out that in the chapter on Brazil the increase in police fatality after the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro between February and December 2018 draws attention.

According to the source, from March to October, when citing data from the Institute of Public Security (ISP) of Rio de Janeiro, such point increased by two percent in the state, while deaths committed by police grew by 44 percent.

Recent official data indicate that the Brazilian police killed 5,144 people in 2017. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, 1,444 people died at the hands of police officers between January and November 2018, the ISP reported.

It indicates that President Jair Bolsonaro should address the public security crisis faced by Brazil through measures that reinforce respect for human rights and, at the same time, reduce crime.

He recalls that on his first day in office, on January 1, the ex-military dictated a decree in which he instructed the government secretary to 'supervise, coordinate, monitor and accompany the activities' of non-governmental organizations.

During his campaign, Bolsonaro promised to give a 'carte blanche' to the police to kill people who allegedly committed crimes.

The new governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, who belongs to the Social Liberal Party (PSOL, Bolsonaro), recommended that the police should shoot to kill, without warning, against anyone carrying a rifle, even if the person it is not threatening others, and it also suggested that snipers and drones be used.

International human rights standards prohibit police forces from deliberately killing people, except when this is necessary to protect their lives or those of others.

Security experts warn that the death toll could rise after Bolsonaro signed a decree this week to relax the possession of firearms in the population.

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President Diaz-Canel Highlights Work of Cuban Doctors in Brazil

Havana, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel has rated the work of Cuban doctors in Brazil as dignified, professional and altruistic, after Havana announced Wednesday it will no longer participate in the More Doctors for Brazil Program.

In a tweet in his account @DiazCanelB, the Statesman requested respect for the service of the health professionals, after president-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their work and uttered contemptuous and threatening remarks against their presence in Brazil.

The Cuban Health Ministry announced Wednesday it will no longer go ahead with the More Doctors for Brazil Program, following harsh conditioning Bolsonaro said it would enforce on the Cuban doctors.

In a release, the Ministry adds its decision was first conveyed to the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Brazilian political leaders that founded and defended the health initiative that provided medical care to Brazilians particularly low income and poor people, even in jungle areas.

It stresses Bolsonaro had made contemptuous, threatening remarks to the presence of Cuban doctors and insisted he would changed the terms and conditions of the Program in open disrespect to PAHO and its agreement with Cuba.

The Health Ministry further rejected the president-elect's questioning of the doctors' professionalism and conditioning their work in Brazil to revalidating their medical degree.

Such conditions are unacceptable and ignore the warranties agreed upon since the start of the Program, which were ratified in 2016 by PAHO, the Health Ministry of Brazil and the Cooperation Agreement between PAHO and the Cuban Public Health Ministry, the release states.

It recalls the initiative that was first launched by then President Dilma Rousseff in 2013 guaranteed medical care to a broad section of the Brazilian population, in tune with PAHO's principle of universal health coverage.

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Brazil: Landless Workers' Movement Directive Arrested at Rally

The arrest came after an off-duty police officer supportive of Bolsonaro pulled a weapon at them.

Members of the Military Police of Caruaru arrested the national director of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST), Jaime Amorim, Saturday when he was giving away propaganda in favor of the leftist candidate Fernando Haddad.

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“Jaime Amorim, member of the national direction of the MST, was arrested by the military police and taken to the federal police station when giving away pamphlets in the center of Caruaru,” says a press release by the MST.

Two hours later, Amorim was release as there was no crime he could be accused of.

Witnesses report that supporters of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro attacked the rally supporting the Workers’ Party (PT) and its presidential candidate on the last day of campaigning.

Francisco Terto, a state director of MST in Pernambuco, Bolsonaro’s supporters started a turmoil.

“They were not identified and started discussing using bad words. That’s when people tried to speak with them about the risk our country is running,” said Terto. “They then started to be very violent and step down from the motorcycle.”

Bolsonaro’s supporters then brought a off-duty police officer, who helped adding confusion and fear to the incident.

“There were threats and aggressions by voters of the other candidate [Bolsonaro], even after threats from an off-duty police officer who pulled out a weapon and pointed it at activists that were having the rally in the center of our city. They want to categorize handing in pamphlets as an electoral crime to keep him in jail,” declared the MST.

“In Parnambuco the leader of @MST_Oficial Jaime Amorim was arrested for giving away the @Brasil_de_Fato journal. After the coup against @dilmabr, Brasil in democracy?”

The MST reported hours later that its leader had been released and thanked everyone for their support.

The lawyer Patrick Mariano said Amorim didn’t do anything illegal, as his actions are allowed until Saturday 10 p.m. when the campaign period officially ends.

The activist was giving away numbers of the Brasil de Fato journal and pamphlets in favor of Haddad and the vice-president candidate Manuela d’Avila (Communist Party of Brazil) during the rally.

Shortly before being arrested Amorim highlighted the importance of voting during Sunday’s run-off.

“For the moment everything is quiet and people will go out to vote,” said Amorim. “The most important thing is not losing a minute, we will dispute vote by vote.”

Often described as a fascist, Bolsonaro has spoken against the MST and the Movement of Workers Without a Roof, calling them terrorists and promising to put them into jail.

Both movements often squat portions of land unused by large landowners to use them in favor of the local communities, fighting for those campesinos that have no land to work and against those who have land and don’t work with it.

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