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he'll live. and then use his own survival to explain that it's not some big scary thing and everybody is blowing it out of scale.

 

Exactly! I just came here to say the same. His own recovery will only serve a further proof of his "little flu" narrative.



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I agree with Kjaggard and PhoenixRu.  Bolsanario may have been a legitimate victim of Covid-19, but whether or not the reports of his illness are true, he will now push the "little flu" narrative.

 

An important dimension in all this his his overt racism. Consider:

 

Indigenous Communities in Brazil Were Already Under Siege. Then Came COVID-19.

 

https://www.motherjo...-came-covid-19/

 

Introduction:

(Mother Jones) Take a country where Indigenous leaders are killed for defending their lives and lands, where constitutionally protected rights are often violated for the sake of development and mining, and where people are left in precarious conditions due to unrecognized territories and a far-right president who publicly supports the expansion of mining and agribusiness at whatever cost.

 

Then add a global pandemic, and the results are damaging.

 

This is Brazil today.

 

The country ranks second in the world for COVID-19 cases and deaths, just behind the United States. But it’s Brazil’s Indigenous communities that have been hit especially hard, inviting reluctant attention to the grave risks a global virus can have on communities already fighting for their rights, lives and lands.

 

It’s not just the number of people who have died from COVID-19 that has sparked concern across the country, it’s Brazil’s political landscape.

Brazil has a population of 209.5 million people, including 900,000 Indigenous people from 305 different tribes. The country has recorded 65,487 deaths from the virus, with 426 Indigenous people, including chiefs, elders, and knowledge carriers, among them. According to Emergência Indígena, which has been tracking the pandemic in Indigenous communities across Brazil, there are more than 11,385 confirmed COVID-19 cases amongst Indigenous people to date.

 

The remaining part of the article includes a review of Bolsonaro's policies on the demarcation of Indigenous territories and the likely effect that will have on folks in those territories receiving desperately needed aid.  

 


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As Virus Spreads, Bolsonaro Ties With Military Under Strain

 

https://www.latinore...omilitarycovid/

 

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SÃO PAULO (AP) — After 35 years of civilian-led democracy, President Jair Bolsonaro has created the most militarized Brazilian government since the fall of the country’s dictatorship.

 

Packing his Cabinet with retired and active-duty generals and giving more than 3,000 government jobs to soldiers, Bolsonaro has prompted criticism from political opponents that he is co-opting the prestige of the Brazilian military in order to erode democratic institutions.

 

In recent weeks, however, influential figures in military spheres have begun a pushback against his use of the armed forces. A series of high-ranking retired officers, who historically give voice to the views of active-duty leaders, have begun expressing concern about Bolsonaro’s governance and heavy reliance on the military. Experts see those statements as a way of undermining any presidential schemes to unconstitutionally assert his dominance over other branches of government.

 

The statements have come as Brazil is swamped by the coronavirus, which Bolsonaro has consistently downplayed as a threat as he undermined shutdowns and other preventive measures. Bolsonaro, himself a former army captain, said last week that he had contracted the virus and was taking unproven malaria medication to fight it.

 

Both Bolsonaro’s handling of the outbreak and his own illness have been seen as embarrassing by high-ranking military leaders. The actions have weakened his relationship with the armed forces, experts and former military officials said.


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Coronavirus: Brazil passes 100,000 deaths as outbreak shows no sign of easing

Brazil has recorded more 100,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, the world's second-highest figure, as the outbreak in the country shows no sign of easing.

The virus killed 50,000 people in three months, but that number doubled in just 50 days. There have been more than three million confirmed cases so far.

The pandemic is yet to peak but shops and restaurants have already reopened.

President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the impact of the virus and opposed measures that could hit the economy.

The far-right leader, who caught the disease himself and recovered, fought restrictions imposed by state governors to curb Covid-19, and has frequently joined crowds of supporters, at times without a face mask.

Experts have complained of a lack of a co-ordinated plan by the Bolsonaro government as local authorities now focus on restarting the economy, which is likely to boost the spread of the virus.

https://www.bbc.co.u...merica-53712087

 

 

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Brazilian lawmakers in showdown to double science budget

 

https://www.nature.c...586-020-02433-y

 

Introduction:

(Nature) As Brazil reels from one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the world — second only to the United States — a coalition of academic and business groups is fighting to secure more funding for research and industrial innovation in the country. The legislation that they are backing, which would more than double the core Brazilian science and innovation budget for 2020, sailed through the Senate on 13 August with a near-unanimous vote. But before victory can be declared, the proposal needs to clear the lower house of the country’s National Congress and survive a potential showdown with President Jair Bolsonaro, who has sought steep cuts to science budgets since taking power last year and might veto the legislation .

 

Scientific societies, including the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and business and industry groups have banded together in support of the legislation, which would release cash from a special fund for industrial innovation and other research. They argue that years of budget cuts for science have made it difficult to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Brazil, and that additional funding could bolster efforts to better understand, diagnose and treat the disease. Adjusted for inflation, financing for Brazil’s main science funds has dropped from a peak of nearly 14 billion reais (about US$2.55 billion) in 2014 — just before a crippling 2-year economic recession — to around 4.4 billion reais in 2020. The proposal would add 4.6 billion reais to Brazil’s science accounts, and, more importantly, would secure a permanent source of money for science that’s protected from Bolsonaro’s administration and future ones.

 

More background on this issue is provided in the article cited below:

 

https://www.nature.c...586-019-02353-6

 

Introduction:

(Nature) When neuroscientist Sidarta Ribeiro presented a preview of a report on the dire state of research in Brazil at a meeting of a major scientific society on 23 July, several government soldiers entered the room and began filming. Some in the audience took the soldiers’ actions as a show of intimidation.

 

“Maybe these guys were just soldiers who want to learn about science,” says Ribeiro, a researcher at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal. He coordinated the analysis on behalf of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), which hosted the meeting and commissioned the report. But it didn’t look like they were there out of curiosity, Ribeiro says.

 

The incident is a recent example of the rising tensions between the country's scientists and President Jair Bolsonaro's administration. Since Bolsonaro took office in January, Brazil’s researchers have faced funding cuts and repeated attempts by the administration to roll back protections for the environment and Indigenous populations. Government officials blocked the release of a ministry report on drug use in Brazil. And they have questioned other work by government scientists, including most recently, deforestation reports by a national agency. The head of that agency was dismissed on 2 August.

 

“We are concerned about democracy itself,” says Sérgio Rezende, a physicist at the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, and a member of the commission that wrote the SBPC analysis.

 

A draft of the SBPC report details a decline in science funding that began with a major recession in 2014. It draws a direct line between the unprecedented crisis in science and the future of Brazil, arguing that the country’s social, economic and environmental prospects are under threat. Without policies that are “grounded in rationality, science and the public interest”, places such as the Amazon rainforest could soon pass the point of no return, according to the draft report.

The remaining part of the second article includes further discussion of the clash between Bolsonaro and scientific opinion on such issues as the need to preserve the rainforest and environmental regulations.


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Coronavirus: Brazil passes 100,000 deaths as outbreak shows no sign of easing

Brazil has recorded more 100,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, the world's second-highest figure, as the outbreak in the country shows no sign of easing.

The virus killed 50,000 people in three months, but that number doubled in just 50 days. There have been more than three million confirmed cases so far.

The pandemic is yet to peak but shops and restaurants have already reopened.

President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the impact of the virus and opposed measures that could hit the economy.

The far-right leader, who caught the disease himself and recovered, fought restrictions imposed by state governors to curb Covid-19, and has frequently joined crowds of supporters, at times without a face mask.

Experts have complained of a lack of a co-ordinated plan by the Bolsonaro government as local authorities now focus on restarting the economy, which is likely to boost the spread of the virus.

https://www.bbc.co.u...merica-53712087

 

 

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Brazil and the US both appear to be very hard-hit by the coronavirus. :( Of course, Brazil could be more excusable due to it still being a developing country--unlike the developed US. :(



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Prosecutors in Brazil File Embezzlement Charges Against Jair Bolsonaro's Son

 

https://www.theguard...of-embezzlement

 

Introduction:

(The Guardian) Jair Bolsonaro’s eldest son has been formally accused of embezzlement, money laundering, misappropriation of funds and directing a “criminal organisation” as sleaze allegations continue to swirl around the family of Brazil’s far-right president.

 

Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro  announced late on Tuesday that they had filed the charges against Flávio Bolsonaro, 39, a senator whose affairs have been under the spotlight since the eve of his father’s January 2019 inauguration.

 

The accusations, which Flávio Bolsonaro has previously called part of a political plot against his father, revolve around suspicions the president’s son engaged in a widespread but criminal practice in Brazilian politics known as the “rachadinha” when he was a Rio congressman from 2004 to 2018.

 

Under the scheme, which translates roughly as the “salary split”, corrupt politicians siphon off a chunk of their employees’ publicly funded wages for personal gain.

 

Charges were also filed against 16 others including Fabrício Queiroz, a former police officer and longtime friend of Brazil’s president who had worked with Bolsonaro’s son and has well-documented ties to Rio’s underworld. Queiroz is under house arrest after being detained in June on the property of a lawyer who has represented Jair and Flávio Bolsonaro.


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Prosecutors in Brazil File Embezzlement Charges Against Jair Bolsonaro's Son

 

https://www.theguard...of-embezzlement

 

Introduction:

(The Guardian) Jair Bolsonaro’s eldest son has been formally accused of embezzlement, money laundering, misappropriation of funds and directing a “criminal organisation” as sleaze allegations continue to swirl around the family of Brazil’s far-right president.

 

Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro  announced late on Tuesday that they had filed the charges against Flávio Bolsonaro, 39, a senator whose affairs have been under the spotlight since the eve of his father’s January 2019 inauguration.

 

The accusations, which Flávio Bolsonaro has previously called part of a political plot against his father, revolve around suspicions the president’s son engaged in a widespread but criminal practice in Brazilian politics known as the “rachadinha” when he was a Rio congressman from 2004 to 2018.

 

Under the scheme, which translates roughly as the “salary split”, corrupt politicians siphon off a chunk of their employees’ publicly funded wages for personal gain.

 

Charges were also filed against 16 others including Fabrício Queiroz, a former police officer and longtime friend of Brazil’s president who had worked with Bolsonaro’s son and has well-documented ties to Rio’s underworld. Queiroz is under house arrest after being detained in June on the property of a lawyer who has represented Jair and Flávio Bolsonaro.

So, the Bolsonaros really are the Brazilian Trumps! :(



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Fellas, is it gay to not want to choke on your own lung fluids and die crying like a bitch?
 

Jair Bolsonaro asks Brazilians not to deal with Covid-19 'like fags'

President Jair Bolsonaro drew criticism Tuesday for telling Brazilians not to deal with Covid-19 like "a country of fags," the far-right leader's latest controversial outburst on the pandemic.


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Enslaved people rescued from illegal Brazilian gold mine

The rescue of 39 enslaved people from an illegal gold mine in Brazil run by a known offender highlights the difficulty in ending crimes where large profits are involved, labour authorities said.
 
Labour inspector Magno Riga said a team raided this month a mining operation run by Raimunda Oliveira Nunes – who is on Brazil’s “dirty list” of people engaged in slave labour – where workers lived in open sheds and without drinking water.


Why is there a dirty list of people engaged in slavery rather than a list of people in jail for engaging in slavery?

 

There are no legal consequences for being listed, but companies and people on the list are barred from state loans, and it is used by private banks to gauge credit risk and by international buyers concerned about their supply chains.

I’m speechless.


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A lotta shitty news coming out of Brazil lately

There is a entire state without energy and water in Brazil. Food and water shortages, people can't access their credit cards, riots. and the government hasn't commented yet ( 9 days have been passed)

 

And remember, Brazil is one of our biggest allies so clearly there's nothing wrong here. Whereas if this was happening in China, Iran, Venezuela, or Russia, you can rest assured every mainstream news network would be screaming that the country's on the brink of total collapse and the government's about to go full totalitarian.


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“Diplomacy Alone Won’t Do; When Words Fail, Gunpowder Is Needed”

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who portrays himself as a close friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, took a swipe at President-elect Joe Biden, referring to Biden as a “candidate” and assailing him for his stand on the Amazon rainforest.
Bolsonaro is one of a small group of prominent world leaders yet to congratulate Biden, who won last week’s presidential election and is due to enter the White House on Jan. 20.

Speaking at an event on Tuesday, Bolsonaro took issue with Biden’s call during a U.S. presidential debate in September for Brazil to fight deforestation with foreign help or face unspecified “economic consequences.”
“We saw recently there a great candidate to head of state say that if I don’t put out the fire in the Amazon, he will put up commercial barriers against Brazil,” Bolsonaro said.


“And how can we deal with all that? Just diplomacy is not enough ... When saliva runs out, one has to have gunpowder, otherwise it doesn’t work.”


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Brazil's President Bolsonaro Says Country Is 'Broke'

 

https://www.ibtimes....y-broke-3115320

 

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(International Business Times) With state subsidies to fight poverty now ended, Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said his country is "broke" and he is unable to do anything about it, attributing the crisis to "the press-fueled" coronavirus.

 

The subsidies which have kept millions of Brazilians from destitution ended as the pandemic, which has killed almost 200,000 people in the country, only worsens.

 

"Brazil is broke, boss, I cannot do anything," the former army officer said, responding to one of the supporters who greeted him in front of his official residence in the capital Brasilia.

 

"I wanted to modify the tax reduction table, but there was that press-fueled virus that we have there, that press without any character," Bolsonaro said.

 

The reform he was referring to was a campaign promise for a raise in the level of tax-exempt income. Bolsonaro attributes the country's economic collapse to lockdown measures pushed by state governors to combat the coronavirus pandemic.


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