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Brazil police arrest president's aide in corruption probe

Mr Rocha Loures was seen in a video released in May carrying a bag with 500,000 Brazilian reais ($154,000).
Prosecutors allege he was handling a bribe from a businessman who had been recorded discussing hush money with President Temer.
His arrest comes as part of a probe into alleged payments to politicians by the meat-packing company JBS.
President Temer has repeatedly denied any involvement in the bribery scandal, which threatens to engulf his administration. He said Mr Rocha Loures could be the victim of a trap.


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Brazil emerges from recession as GDP grows 1%

Brazil's economy has grown 1% in the first three months of 2017, putting an end to the country's longest recession in history, officials have announced.
The GDP increase came after two consecutive years of negative growth, during which the Brazilian economy shrank by almost 8%.
A record harvest of soybeans, one of Brazil's main exports, gave the economy a boost.
But analysts warned Brazil could go back into recession in the near future.
A record 14 million people are unemployed according to official figures released earlier this week.
Uncertainty over the future of President Michel Temer has also rattled the markets.


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This is one of those stories where it might make more sense to read the entire article rather than my extract.

 

Brazil Assaults Indigenous Rights, Environment, Social Movements

 

http://www.truth-out...ocial-movements

 

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"The first five months of 2017 have been the most violent this century," Cândido Neto da Cunha, a specialist in agrarian affairs at the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) in Santarém, Brazil, told Mongabay. According to the Catholic Church's Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), which has been compiling statistics on rural violence since 1985, 36 people have already been assassinated in rural conflicts this year.

 

The latest violence came on 24 May when nine men and a woman were killed in what seems to have been a deliberate massacre on the Santa Lúcia estate in the rural district of Pau D'Arco located 860 kilometers (535 miles) south of Belém, the capital of the state of Pará.

 

For many years, landless families had lobbied for the creation of a land reform settlement on this estate, saying that the man claiming to own the land, now deceased, was a land thief. His widow agreed to hand over the property, but had second thoughts when INCRA officials, who cannot pay above the market price, refused to pay her what she asked.

 

…The only way that the agribusiness lobby's power might be challenged is if Congress passes a constitutional amendment that mandates immediate direct elections for president -- a solution to the crisis many social movements are demanding, but which, as yet, seems unlikely to happen.

 

On 30 May a Parliamentary Commission of Enquiry into FUNAI, the federal agency responsible for Indian affairs, and INCRA (the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform), approved the final version of its report. The Commission…called for 67 people to be indicted for allegedly illegal activities in support of the indigenous movement. The list included a former justice minister (José Eduardo Cardozo), anthropologists, FUNAI employees, INCRA employees and 30 Indians.


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President Michel Temer of Brazil Is Charged With Corruption

 

https://www.nytimes....ref=todayspaper

 

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RIO DE JANEIRO — President Michel Temer was charged with corruption by Brazil’s prosecutor general late Monday. He was accused of taking a $152,000 bribe via an intermediary, an act that, according to the prosecutor general, Rodrigo Janot, “helped to compromise the image of the Federal Republic of Brazil.”

 

Coming just days after a poll showed his approval rating at 7 percent — the lowest of any Brazilian president in nearly 30 years — the charge increased pressure on Mr. Temer’s rickety presidency, which has been engulfed in a political crisis since he was secretly recorded seeming to approve efforts to obstruct a corruption investigation during a late-night meeting at his residence in Brasília with Joesley Batista, a wealthy businessman whose family controls a food conglomerate.

 

Mr. Janot said Mr. Temer had agreed to the $152,000 payment from Mr. Batista in exchange for helping to resolve a problem that a Batista company was having with a power plant it owned. He also said Mr. Temer should pay $3 million in moral damages.

 

According to the charges, a further $11 million in bribes was promised, according to the charges, to Mr. Temer and Rodrigo Rocha Loures, a close aide to the president who was filmed taking delivery of a suitcase that the authorities say contained the payment. He was then arrested.

 

Mr. Temer’s fate is now in the hands of Brazil’s Congress. If two-thirds of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, votes to accept the corruption charges or any others that may be coming, and the Supreme Court agrees, he will be suspended for up to 180 days and put on trial.

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President Michel Temer of Brazil was accused of receiving a $152,000 bribe, and his future is now in the hands of the country’s Congress. 

CreditEvaristo Sa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Image


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Brazil's Former President Lula Sentenced to Prison on Corruption Charges

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted of graft and money-laundering for his part in a sweeping corruption scandal, potentially removing him from the political scene just as his prospects of returning to the presidency were gaining momentum.
Sergio Moro, the lead judge in the multi-billion dollar corruption probe known as Carwash, sentenced Lula to nine and a half years, according to a document from the federal court in Parana state. The judge has not asked for the former president’s immediate arrest, allowing him to appeal the sentence in freedom.


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As Momentum Grows to Remove Brazil's President, New Pressure Campaign Sparks Rage

 

https://theintercept...gn-sparks-rage/

 

Introduction:

 

A NEW, INNOVATIVE public campaign aimed at securing the removal of Brazilian President Michel Temer was launched on Monday night with a new website, at 342agora.org.br, designed to enable public pressure on Congress. The site is called “342 Now” — referring to the number of votes needed in the lower House to proceed with an investigation and ultimate removal of Temer — and its complex design allows users to send messages to every Congress member not only by email but also through their platforms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and wherever else they may be found online.

 

Up until now, polls have shown that Temer is universally reviled: He reached a record-low 7 percent approval rating in the last Datafolha poll. From the moment he took power upon the impeachment of the country’s elected president, Dilma Rousseff, Temer has been embroiled in serious corruption scandals. But even for Brazil’s permissive political culture, his latest embarrassment has made his presidency unsustainable: the release of audio tapes that capture him approving bribes last March to silence a key witness in the country’s sweeping corruption investigation. Media outlets and even his fellow party members have openly spoken of his impeachment, or resignation, as a fait accompli.

 

Temer himself has now been formally charged with accepting bribes, making him the first sitting president in Brazil’s history to be a criminal defendant while in office. And he has no friends left in the country other than (a) the Brazilian oligarchs who installed him to impose unpopular austerity measures and (b) the deeply corrupt politicians in Brasília facing their own criminal investigations, who believe that keeping him in power will protect them from their own day of reckoning. Beyond those two (admittedly powerful) groups, the whole country has abandoned Temer.

 

But Brazilians — exhausted by endless corruption scandals and contemptuous of the entire political class — have not yet taken to the streets to demand his removal. This new site is principally designed to provide anti-Temer voters, who constitute virtually the entire political spectrum, to apply serious pressure to members of Congress, who will vote shortly on Temer’s fate and will see that their political futures are in jeopardy if they stand behind him.

 

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Brazil Congress Meets to Decide Temer’s Future

 

https://www.washingt...f014_story.html

 

 

 

BRASILIA, Brazil — The Latest on Brazil’s congressional vote on whether to suspend and try President Michel Temer (all times local):

 

9:40 a.m.

 

A congressional hearing on whether to suspend Brazilian President Michel Temer for a bribery charge is getting started with a small protest inside the lower chamber of Congress.

 

Minutes after the session got started Wednesday, about 30 opposition lawmakers walked into the Chamber of Deputies carrying a large sign demanding Temer’s ouster.

They shouted things like, “Temer should be in prison” and “out with Temer.”

 

Temer would be suspended and put on trial before the country’s top court if two thirds of the 513 members vote against him.


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Rio's $700 million athletes village was turned into luxury condos but is now reportedly 'shuttered' and 93% vacant

The Rio Olympics continue to be an example of why more and more cities are wary of hosting the games.
Rio 2016 has essentially become a financial disaster, with the games costing $13 billion in a mix of private and public money, according to a June Associated Press report.
Much of the Olympic infrastructure is abandoned or underused, including the $700 million athletes village that was supposed to be turned into luxury condos once the games were over.
 
Stephen Wade of the Associated Press recently reported via Twitter that the athletes village was "shuttered" and that only 7% of the condos had been sold.


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Brazil's Corrupt Congress Protects its Bribe-Drenched President, Finalizing Elite's Two-Year Plot

 

https://theintercept...-two-year-plot/

 

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In sum, Brazil’s incomparably corrupt political and media class tore the country apart, effectively and deliberately reversing the outcome of the 2014 election, by insisting that their high ethics and solemn respect for The Rule of Law simply could not tolerate the mundane, common budget tricks Rousseff deployed to make the economy appear stronger than it really was. Words do not exist to describe what a glaring fraud it all was.

 

But now – fast forward to yesterday (August 2) – they themselves have made the true nature of their deeds and their character as clear as it could possibly be. The…operative they installed to run the country, Vice President Michel Temer, has been drowning in actual corruption ever since he was installed. Just two months ago, audio tapes surfaced of Temer endorsing bribery payments by a Brazilian businessman to numerous witnesses, including his party comrade Eduardo Cunha, to maintain their silence.

 

…in the country that, just over a year ago, pretended to be so morally offended by Rousseff’s budgetary tricks that they simply had to remove her from office, they have now all listened to the President they installed endorsing the payment of bribes to ensure the silence of witnesses. They played the recordings on television. Everyone heard Temer, in his own voice, just a few months ago, participate in blatant crimes. He was shortly thereafter indicted by the country’s top prosecutor – the first-ever sitting President to be formally charged with common crimes while in office.

 

A month later, evidence emerged that Temer personally received ample bribes, accompanied by disclosure of a video of one of his closest aides carrying a suitcase full of cash after Temer directed bribe payments. How can you have a country – especially one that spent a year with its elites pretending to be revolted by low-level budgetary maneuvers – run by someone who everyone has seen and heard wallowing in bribery and witness silencing?

 

IN BRASÍLIA, everything is possible.  Yesterday, the same lower House that last year voted to impeach Rousseff had to decide whether to suspend Temer and put him on trial for corruption. By a vote of 263-227, they refused to do so, ensuring that Temer – bribes and all – remains in power.

 

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House Speaker Rodrigo Maia of the right-wing Democrats Party and President Michel Temer.

Photo: Folhapress


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Victory in Defeat as Brazil's Top Court Speeds Up Temer Case

 

https://www.bloomber...ates-temer-case

 

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A majority of Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected a request by lawyers for Michel Temer to suspend the criminal charges filed against him, a decision which may actually benefit the president by paving the way for a swift resolution to the case.

 

The bulk of the court’s 11 judges voted to throw out the defense’s argument on Wednesday, before the session came to a close. After the tribunal finishes its deliberations, the charges will move to the lower house of Congress. Temer needs the support of one third of the Chamber of Deputies to block the case from going to trial at the Supreme Court. Most analysts expect him to secure the necessary votes, as he did in August following another corruption charge.

 

Last week Brazil’s outgoing chief prosecutor, Rodrigo Janot, charged Temer with obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy, saying that he and several of his closest aides took kickbacks from government contracts. Prior to the latest charges, Temer’s defense team had asked the Supreme Court to remove Janot from the investigation and to invalidate evidence based on plea bargains struck between prosecutors and executives from the meat-packing giant JBS.

 

Temer’s defense team’s original strategy may have been to get the testimony against the president thrown out, according to Guilherme Pena, a professor of constitutional law at CERS, but the defeat actually suits his administration well. "For the government a swift resolution would be better," he said. "A case like this undermines stability, so for political and economic reasons it would be good to settle it quickly."

 

If the Supreme Court had voted for a suspension, the allegations could have dragged on for months before a final decision by the judges, undermining the president’s support in Congress as he attempts to muster the votes for an unpopular pension reform bill.


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