Tuesday, February 20

Brazil

Lula da Silva Not Allowed to Link Bolsonaro to Cannibalism
Brazil, News

Lula da Silva Not Allowed to Link Bolsonaro to Cannibalism

A Brazilian judge has banned Lula da Silva from using an ad that links current President Jair Bolsonaro to cannibalism. Brazilians will go to the polls in three weeks to elect a new president. The battle between the two remaining candidates, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and his left-wing challenger, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is fierce. For example, a judge this weekend banned a campaign spot by Lula da Silva linking Bolsonaro to cannibalism. Lula's campaign spot 'lacked context' was the verdict. The ad features a video from 2016. In it, Bolsonaro, then a member of parliament, describes in an interview with The New York Times a "cannibalistic ritual" that he says is still performed by an indigenous community in northern Brazil. "They cook the meat for two or three days ...
Brazilian President Bolsonaro on the Mend After Emergency Hospitalization
Brazil, News

Brazilian President Bolsonaro on the Mend After Emergency Hospitalization

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is doing better after he was rushed to the hospital on Monday morning. He was admitted with a bowel obstruction and showed improvement after a gastric tube was inserted, the government reports on the authority of the hospital in Sao Paulo.   Bolsonaro has no fever or abdominal pain. The 66-year-old far-right politician was hospitalized for the second time in six months with abdominal pain on the night from Sunday to Monday. He had already been hospitalized for four days in July due to a bowel obstruction. His government has now announced that the politician has already taken a short walk in the corridors of the hospital. The doctors are still checking whether another operation is needed. Bolsonaro was stabbed in September 2018 during the electio...
Brazilian Bishop Resigns After Leaked Masturbation Video
Brazil, News

Brazilian Bishop Resigns After Leaked Masturbation Video

A Brazilian bishop has resigned a week after a video of him masturbating was leaked. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Tome Ferreira da Silva and has appointed a temporary replacement.   In the video that was posted on social media, the cleric can be seen as he pleases himself during a video call. According to the newspaper Diario da Regiao, the bishop has confirmed it is him and wants to know who posted the video. The Vatican had been investigating the man for some time because he would not have acted against priests who were guilty of sexual abuse. Tome Ferreira da Silva had previously exchanged sexually explicit messages with a young man.
Contaminated President Brazil Blocks Corona Aid for Native Americans
Brazil, News

Contaminated President Brazil Blocks Corona Aid for Native Americans

Corona-infected Brazilian President Bolsonaro has streaked a first corona aid for Native Americans and black Brazilians.   It was his first official act after his infection became known. Bolsonaro blocked a law that had guaranteed access to drinking water, disinfectants and medical care to the native inhabitants and Brazilians of African origin. These are two disadvantaged sections of the population, many of whom live in poverty. Observers note that the corona diagnosis at Bolsonaro has not led to a change of course. The president has always been very concise about the corona pandemic, although his country has been hardest hit except the United States. More than 1.6 million people were infected, more than 66,000 died. "Life goes on," said the president, who compared the coronav...
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Brazil, News

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Coronavirus. He announced the news himself this afternoon at a press conference.   Bolsonaro was wearing a mouth mask and stated that he is not seriously ill. The 65-year-old president who has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus and previously compared Corona to a "minor flu" has been tested. The result of this has been announced today. In a live interview with news channel CNN Brasil, Bolsonaro said he felt "excellent". Bolsonaro told supporters in front of the presidential palace earlier this week that he visited the hospital to get tested after local media reported that the president would have symptoms of illness. The newspaper O Globo reported that the Brazilian president began to complain about fatigue on...
Brazilian President sends Army to Stop Roadblocks
Brazil, International, News

Brazilian President sends Army to Stop Roadblocks

The Brazilian president Michel Temer has given the army permission to lift the blockades of the highways by striking truck drivers. The truckers have been laying down vital sectors of the economy for days. The drivers are angry about the high diesel prices, said by Town News.   In Sao Paulo, the state of emergency has been declared due to fuel shortage, because it can not be delivered. Factories are also stationary, and public transport is running less. Supermarkets are starting to empty in several large cities. On images, you can see how truck drivers barbeque on the road. On trucks, there are banners with texts like: "Stop stealing or else we will shut down the country." President Temer now lets soldiers clear the through routes. "We will not leave the people without their basic...