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Bolsonaro tells students to read book by dictatorship-era torturer
Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has been accused of "drinking from the sewer of history" after urging teenage students to read a book by a notorious dictatorship-era torturer accused of directing interrogation sessions where victims were were whipped, given electric shocks and pounded with vine wood canes.

Bolsonaro, an outspoken fan of the 1964-1985 military regime during which hundreds of political opponents were murdered and thousands more tortured, met with students at the gates of the presidential palace in the capital, Brasília, on Monday.

Trump's protege.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 02:37:54 AM EST
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Thousands of Haitians took to the streets in October and November 2018, in response to revelations that billions of US dollars meant for infrastructure were missing from the Venezuelan-sponsored PetroCaribe fund. They resumed in early February after the government declared a state of economic emergency, with demonstrators expressing discontent over the cost of living and calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign.

The UN Mission said that during the October protests, police using excessive force injured 44 protestors and killed 3 others. It also reported allegations that police using excessive force caused 21 casualties, including 6 deaths, during the November protests.

The government announced in January that it would pursue civil and criminal action against individuals implicated in the PetroCaribe scandal.

US Embassy in Haiti Security Alerts
VOA interviews Haiti Minister of Foreign Affairs Bocchit Edmond , 19 Sep 2019
"During the interview, Minister Bocchit addressed a number of key diplomatic issues currently affecting Haiti."
Violent clashes between protesters and police, 21 Sep
Friday 261st birthday of the Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines, several thousand protesters took the streets for the 5th day and express their anger and frustration against the fuel shortage that lasts for 3 weeks, the expensive life and the adjustment announced the rise in the price of diesel at the pump.
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In addition, demonstrators responding to the call of the radical opposition came to support the popular movement and demand, among other things, the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Me André Michel Spokesperson of the radical opposition movement known as "Popular Democratic Sector" describes the mobilization as a "total success" and took the opportunity to condemn the violent repression of the police against the protesters...
10,000 soldiers at the border protect the Dominican territory, 30 Sep
"He explained that this border surveillance device, additionally to prevent the entry of people fleeing violence in Haiti, also aims to fight against smuggling of any kind."
APsplainin | Deadly protests squeeze Haitians in shrinking economy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 02:19:36 PM EST
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#forgiveness #Haiti
Carlos Dorestant, a 22-year-old motorcycle driver, said he saw the man next to him shot, apparently by police, as protesters dismantled a barrier near the U.N. office.

"We are asking everyone in charge to tell Jovenel to resign," he said, his shirt stained with blood. "The people are suffering."
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Several protesters held up signs asking the U.S. for help. "Trump give Haiti one chance" read one, while another quoted a tweet by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. A third referred to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who discussed the crisis with Haitians in Miami on Thursday.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 04:35:17 PM EST
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VOA | Pelosi Discusses Haiti Crisis with Diaspora, 4 Oct
The speaker traveled to Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to discuss Haiti's political crisis and hear the Haitian diaspora's concerns. Pelosi was joined by Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, whose district includes Little Haiti. Fourteen members of the Congressional Black Caucus also attended the meeting.

Pelosi, whom Wilson introduced as "the most powerful woman in the world," received an enthusiastic welcome.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 05:29:39 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 02:43:41 PM EST
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REUTERS | Brazil's leftist former president Lula released from prison
"Investors were jolted by the prospect of Lula returning to the political stage and uniting opposition to the market-friendly government, although he is barred from running in upcoming elections."

So yeah. What is Paul Singer up to these days?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 10:44:39 PM EST
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archived 2018
NATO Comes to South America: Colombia Becomes Alliance's Official Partner

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 01:52:29 AM EST
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