Impeachment’s full throttle


All of my expectations towards Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment process are being fulfilled.
Politicians are oportunistic since well, always, as they are politicians.
This impeachment process is absolutely NOT a “coup d’état” as Dilma Rousseff and co. have been blowing to the world media. That is a big shameless lie.
I always saw the impeachment as the perfect oportunity to lawfully remove from power, because of it’s proven administrative and fiscal crimes, a populist communist revolutionary government that was slowly transforming Brazil into the next Venezuela. I am glad that our politicians learned how to use such opportunity as they saw it, otherwise we’d be stuck with PT forever, love it or hate it.

But that’s not all.

I’m not naïve, none of the politicians up there speak for me, 2/3 of them are drowning in corruption scandals all involving PT anyway, including the high staff of the new government.
My greatest expection regarding the impeachment process has always been: if it happens, everyone else will fall too. All the other corrupt politicians will come down one by one.
And that’s what’s happening. Every day a new phone bug, a new evidence compromising the main political leaders of Brazil come up.
That’s what I wanted.
In this real life house of cards, we not only get rid of the authoritarian populist PT left, but the whole kingdom is coming down.
Let it be.
🙂



Impeachment Day is coming


-Olivia, você acha que o impeachment vai resolver o problema da corrupção do Brasil?
 
R: É óbvio que não. Isso seria ingenuidade.
 
-Mas então, porque você é a favor do impeachment?
 
R: porque a presidente cometeu crimes de responsabilidade previstos na constituição, o que embasa legalmente o processo de impeachment, que, IMPRESCINDÍVEL REITERAR, não é golpe e está previsto na constituição.
 
-Mas não há evidência de fato de crimes de responsabilidade.
 
R: FALSO. Os crimes de responsabilidade pelos quais a presidente está sendo acusada foram constatados a partir de informações PÚBLICAS, OFICIAIS, dadas pela pela própria presidência, que ainda tentou defender as tais pedaladas fiscais. Ou seja, nem o governo nega. É um CRIME CONFESSO. QUER EVIDÊNCIA MAIOR??
 
-Você é anti-petista e também protesta abertamente contra o PT. Isso não influencia no seu apoio ao processo de impeachment? Você não é pró-impeachment só porque é anti-PT?
 
R: Hahaha, não. Se você acha que eu apoio o impeachment porque sou anti-petista, está errado. Se não houvesse evidência de crime de responsabilidade, eu não apoiaria o impeachment. Me restaria apenas a liberdade de expressão de “fazer beicinho” e de protestar contra as políticas do PT e articulção política. Mas houve uma conjunção de fatores que me faz protestar a favor do impeachment e contra o PT simultaneamente.
Não é culpa minha se as evidências que sustentam o impeachment são uma amostra indireta, mas muito óbvia, de todas as verdadeiras políticas e compromissos assumidos pelo Partido dos Trabalhadores desde esse tomou o poder, políticas essas às quais sou veementemente contra. Compromissos nao-republicanos, abjetos, que JAMAIS tiveram em vista um plano para melhorar o Brasil, mas ao contrário, colocar o país em segundo plano, em nome de um projeto maior e vil, um PACTO com todos os líderes esquerdistas da América Latina, para garantir a permanência eterna no poder de todos os líderes esquerdistas da America Latina, em detrimento da constituição de cada país envolvido, em detrimento de seu povo e da vontade do mesmo. Esse pacto de chama Foro de São Paulo, e as evidências do que eu disse acima estão registradas em vídeo abertamente na internet para todos verem, tendo Lula como cabeça do pacto. Não inventei nada. Não é segredo.
Em nenhum desse vídeos você verá nenhum líder falando sobre como melhorar seu respectivo país. O único discurso consistente é como perpetuar a esquerda no poder. Ignorando a constituição de seu próprio país. ISSO SE CHAMA GOLPE INSTITUCIONALIZADO.
Tivemos pedaladas fiscais porque, além de corrupção, que não é exclusividade petista, o PT enviou BILHÕES de dólares de dinheiro do pagador de impostos brasileiro para financiar projetos EM OUTROS países. Portos e aeroportos em Cuba, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia, etc. Perdão da dívida e empréstimos a países africanos liderados por ditadores sanguinários, até doações ao grupo Hamas o PT fez.
O PT tripudiou TANTO do pagador de impostos brasileiro que esqueceu que governa o Brasil, e não a América Latina, e que também teria que prestar contas aqui. E na hora de prestar contas, deu no que deu. Agora, eles que enfrentem as consequências.
Por isso o meu grito é Impeachment e Fora PT, e não apenas “Impeachment”.
 
-E depois?
 
R: Do Impeachment? Bom, em primeiro lugar, SE o Impeachment ocorrer, o Castelo de cartas deve continuar caindo. Que caia Temer, que caia Cunha, Renan, e todos os líderes de partidos fisiológicos vira-casaca que compactuaram com a farsa petista durante todos esses anos. Que se chame novas eleições, que venham novos políticos, e não políticos de carreira, que se faça uma reforma político-eleitoral de verdade, e que venha a mudança.
Temos um longo caminho pela frente. Mas se o PT não for legitimamente destituído do poder, temos apenas um grande Muro de Berlin e anos de recessão e crise à nossa frente.
Amanhã vai ser um dia de grandes emoções e animosidade.
Se ergues da justiça a clava forte, verás que um filho teu não foge à luta, e nem teme quem te adora a própria morte, terra adorada.
Estarei até o fim esperando o destino do nosso país.



How fandom and ideology blinded the Brazilian left from seeing the blatant exploitation of Cuba’s doctors.

Read the full article here.



A política brasileira é um caso perdido.


Por exemplo: vocês lembram do Lindberg Farias, líder estudantil dos cara-pintadas há 20 anos, que ajudou o impeachment do então presidente Collor? Pois é, hoje ele é farinha do mesmo saco político que o Collor (são da mesma base aliada). Por isso que eu não acredito que a política brasileira tenha jamais a remota chance de se redimir, se reformar. A mesma coisa aconteceu com a geração de 64 (vide Zé Dirceu). A geração de 64 se tornou farinha daquele mesmo saco o qual eles combatiam (falavam de censura mas manipulam a mídia e se fazem de perseguidos políticos quando na realidade são o partido da situação, e a única censura que existe vem por parte deles, porque ninguém pode falar mal deles). A geração de 64 falhou. A geração de cara-pintadas falhou. A das diretas já falhou. Não existe uma história de sucesso na alegada democracia da política brasileira. Não vai existir, nunca. E isso que eu nem comecei a falar da bancada evangélica… a nova direita, a pior de todas.



God Bless America


The title of this post is today’s trending topic on Twitter. #GodBlessAmerica. Today America and the world reminisce again the loss of thousands of dear ones.

 

I’m not going to overanalyse 9/11 and go through it all over again like thousands of bloggers, news agencies and international affairs people have been doing. You can find political and social analysis of 9/11 chewed and spitted all over the web. I don’t have anything of value to add to it. It changes in nothing what happened.

 

I didn’t lose a dear one on 9/11, but I feel like sharing  my memories of it.  To me 9/11/2001 was the singlemost event of my existence – I’m going 32 this year.  Nothing else that happened during my lifetime that was as memorable – in a bad way – as seeing the WTC collapsing to the ground via live TV broadcast.

 

And then there’s the classic question “Where were you when…?”

 

 

In the morning of Semptember 11th, 2001, I was still a medical student. I was arriving at the Pavilhão Pereira Filho Lungs Hospital to see patients and for a lecture. I entered the hospital. The waiting lounge TV was on, and dozens of people (patients and staff) were gathering around the TV, as if hypnotized. The first plane had already hit the first tower. I thought that was all very funny and strange at the same time, and asked the lady next to me: “What film is that?”, to which she replied “It’s not a film. A plane crashed into the building.” That sounded delirious, surreal, and I was kind of dumbfounded. The woman had barely finished talking when the second plane hit the second tower. Then I said ‘oh my god’ in a low voice and my brain went on in an endless “what the fuck” loop for a pretty long time until it actually got to me that that was no film and something was really happening. Then I went up the stairs for a lecture that took place only in our bodies but not in our minds, because we had our cell phone radios on and even the professor would stop the lecture to ask on updates about “the situation”.  Everyone was worried, because even though the attacks occured in the USA, the motive for the attacks and the attackers were both initially unknown, and everyone was afraid of being blown up as well.  I had to see patients in the hospital wards that day. The hospital wards are filled with televisions – every room, every corridor. Eventually my medical examination and interview would be interrupted by the patient pointing to the TV set and mumbling something. After I was done with my daily activities I went to the med school cafeteria – which was crowded with other fellow students looking at the TV and debating the attacks and American foreign affairs. And that was 9/11 for me.

 

Aftermath: all the bad talk and international debate about the role of American foreign affairs in the attacks and the whole war against terror thing came only weeks/months later. The shock wave of the implosion of the WTC was stronger than anything and uttered immediate revenge

and so it goes.



It’s Official…


…Cesare Battisti, the convicted italian terrorist and murderer of several people, is now walking freely in the streets of Brazil, thanks to president Lula. Cesare Battisti is the new Ronald Biggs.
Dear Italian citizens: I hereby clarify, on behalf of the majority of Brazilian citizens, that we Brazilians disagree with president Lula’s decision. We are ashamed of his decision, and we think that Battisti belongs in the hands of Italian justice, nowhere else.



…And The First Post of 2011 (or How Brazil Got a Palestinian Embassy)


President Lula’s last official act as the president of Brazil, a few hours before leaving office,  was a closed meeting with Mahmoud Abbas.


The meeting’s reason we learned today, through AlJazeera English :

“Palestine to open embassy in Brazil”


My short comment: I almost passed out of shock when I first read this. My mother and my father almost had a heart attack. 

While I support the Palestinian cause it also concerns me how Lula is jeopardizing more and more Brazil’s diplomatic ties with ther nations. 

I wonder how long will it be until Brazil figures in the blacklist of potential terrorist countries. For one who aims a permanent seat in the UN’s Security Council this was a very, very bad move.

President Lula should have kept in mind that defending Brazil’s interests comes first. Supporting random causes, humanitarian issues and other nations is secondary to our nation’s very own issues. He should have known better.



The Last Post of 2010


  • Projeto Ficha Limpa as been approved and implemented during the latest Brazilian election. It was supposed to keep corrupt politicians from candidacy. Not surprisingly, corrupt politicians found their ways around it via legal loopholes and special court rulings, and notorious corrupt people, like Mr Paulo Maluf,  the ex-mayor of Sao Paulo who’s wanted worldwide by the Interpol, got elected. Paulo Maluf is wanted for international corporate and finacial fraud. The only location in the space-time continuum that Mr Maluf  can occupy without worrying about being arrested is Brazil- where he not only gets away with it, but gets elected for congress. As TV anchor Marcelo Tas said, “If there was a nuclear Armageddon only the roaches and Paulo Maluf would survive.” Also, corruption seems to be a character that runs in the Maluf family, since his son is also wanted by the Interpol for the same reasons. That’s Brazil, the country where bandits take over the power democratically by brainless voters and special court rulings.
  • President elect Dilma Rousseff takes office tomorrow. President Lula already left Palácio do Planalto, Brazil’s presidential office.
  • Before leaving office, President Lula decided against the extradiction of Cesare Battisti, an Italian leftist militant wanted for the murder of at least four people and several other acts deemed terrorism by the Italian government. The story of Battisti is long, polemic and filled with right wing and left wing biases. It’s hard to tell if he’s guilty or just politically persecuted. But that’s not really the matter. Asking ourselves that is asking ourselves the wrong question. Judging Battisti is not our business. That is up for the Italian justice to decide. It’s not up to any other government or people to judge him. By deciding against Battisti’s extradiction President Lula only reinforced Brazil’s reputation for sheltering criminals, corruption and injustice. Acts like that make Brazil look unreliable and compromise eventual diplomatic agreements with other nations. For a person so popular Lula could have finished his mandate better than that.
  • President Lula deffends Julian Assange: “There is no half freedom of speech.”
  • As if re-electing old corrupts was not bad enough, there’s the celebration of ignorance: an illiterate clown named Tiririca managed to get a seat in the Brazilian congress after the supreme court determined that he is “literate enough” as that he was able to “read” 30% of a given text. By law illiterate citizens cannot run for public posts in Brazil. Electing Tiririca shows the world Brazil’s most shameless prominent cultural aspect: Brazilians despise formal education and are proud to be ignorant; brazilians laugh in the face of those who acquire things by study and work and have no respect for law, praising corruption and what they call “o jeitinho Brasileiro” (the “Brazilian way”).
  • Brazil is having the same problem with catastrophic landslides that it had last year. Nothing changed. Brazil infrastructure major fail. 
  • A Happy New Year to everyone!


Brazil’s President Election Pt. 3


José Serra (PSDB – Party of Social Democracy of Brazil, center-to-right wing) is the only man out of the three main candidates to president. Born in the town of São Paulo, he comes from a lower middle class family, son of italian immigrants. Just like rival Dilma Rousseff (PT), Serra was an active leftist militant against Brazil’s 1964’s military coup. Unlike Dilma Rousseff, he didn’t stand for an armed action. But to the then military commanders-in-chief the only good opposition was no opposition. José Serra was captured and oustered by them, interrupting his study of civil engineering and later graduating as an economist. Unlike Dilma Rousseff, José Serra accumulates a vast roll of political posts, from mayor of São Paulo to senator of the Republic. He was also Minister of Health during the mandate of former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.


Last year – before President Lula came out to publicly endorse the candidacy of Dilma Rousseff – Serra started out well ahead in the polls. That has changed drastically and the latest polls have shown a continuous downfall, being that now Serra has only 25-27% of vote intentions, against 52% of Dilma Rousseff.


In the Brazilian electoral process it’s normal to have one candidate using denounces of corruption as a petard against the opposition candidate. First we had Dilma Rousseff’s allies digging deep into José Serra’s daughter life to try to find anything that could be thrown against the fan. Then in the past two weeks an avalanche of denounces of corruption coming from Serra’s allies brought down Lula’s current chief of staff, Erenice Guerra.  She has a direct relationship with Dilma Rousseff, since Dilma was the previous chief of staff. Yet, nothing seems to tarnish Dilma Roussef’s candidacy, she will remain untouched as long as she’s armored with Lula’s unbreakable shield of popularity.


Election happens in October 3rd, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., -3 GMT.

Brazilians vote via computers developped exclusively for this purpose, called “e-ballots”. In 2010 Brazil will start implementing, in test mode, vote by biometric scan and the printing of a receipt with the name of the voted candidate. Those are measures to increase safety and avoid electoral fraud. 



BRAZIL’S PRESIDENTIAL RUN 2010 – PT.2


Today’s candidate is Dilma Rousseff.


Dilma Rousseff (PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores – Worker’s Party) is Lula’s sweetheart. Previously to candidacy she had been the Chief of Staff of Brazil – from 2005 until 2010 – in Lula’s mandate. In spite of having an administrative position of public notoriety, she had been living in the shadowy limbo of political (and public) oblivion until President Lula openly endorsed her candidacy around the middle of 2009.  Before President Lula openly and shamelessly* advocated for her, hardly any average Brazilian citizen knew exactly who Dilma Rousseff was or what she did. Back then she would always be 10 points behind in the polls, runner up to candidate José Serra (PMDB – Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – Party of the Brazilian Social Democracy). After President Lula started openly campaigning for and with her, she started climbing all the way up on the polls, and is now about 10 points in front of candidate José Serra.


Dilma Rousseff never ran for any public post in her life. She is essencially an administrator who was fabricated into the ideal politician stereotype, based solely on Lula’s gigantic and astonishing popularity and public appeal. This article says exactly what I am talking about: My Name is Dilma Rousseff and I’m Running Again for President, Says Brazil’s Lula


All the above said, I am not saying here that Dilma would be a bad president simply because she never ran for office before.


Unlike her female concurrent Marina Silva, who had a poor life background in the Amazon forrest, Dilma Roussef is a urban, high middle class woman, born in the town of Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais. Already in her youth – 16 years old – she became interested in Marxism. Later while in college (UFMG, where she started a major in Economics,  later finished in another college, UFRGS, in the town of Porto Alegre.) she became a member of the socialist armed militia VAR-Palmares, one of the many youth groups that fought against the abuses of the ongoing military dictatorship (which started in 1964 with a coup d’etat). Dilma Rousseff was arrested and tortured by the military during three years of her life. After the end of military dictatorship she started her career in a number of administrative posts, always related with public administration and politics, and so on, until she became Lula’s Chief of Staff.


Dilma Rousseff, together with Marina Silva, is a good example of Brazil’s best: diversity. Both come from opposite backgrounds, one is a brown skinned, formerly illitarate child of the Amazon; the other is white, daughter of a rich European immigrant. Both are Brazilian. They have very different stories, but what they have in common is that both somehow involve suffering and giving yourself over to something bigger. Both are women. Both are candidates to president.


*The electoral law of Brazil determines that there is only so much the current chief of state can do to campaign in favor of his successor. President Lula crossed that line shamelessly many and many times, and has been fined in several thousands of Brazilian Reais for that, yet, he pays the fine and goes on breaking the law. The situation got to the curious point that Dilma will never pose with her Vice (and I’m afraid no one actually even knows who her vice is: Michel Temer, PMDB, President of the Brazilian Congress.)
I only mention this funny detail because undue campaign is something Lula vehemently condemned before he became president. Now he changed his mind, it seems.



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