Brazil: CELSO AMORIM: TEST IS NOW LULA’S FREEDOM

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LULA: INDEPENDENT MEDIA IS OUR LAST HOPE

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PT: IT’S LAVA’S CRIME TO SPY ON LULA’S LAWYERS TEAM

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Brazil: NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS THAN A PEOPLE WHO SINGS AND IS HAPPY

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro: I Do Not Understand Economics

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Brazil: LULA BARRA INVASIVE VISIT OF THE ‘JAPANESE FEDERAL’

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Economy melts and there is no government in Brazil

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Economy melts and there is no government in Brazil

“It’s only to get Dilma that confidence comes back.” Yeah. Many years have gone by and the promise made by the forces that beat democracy in Brazil is not fulfilled. Dilma ended her first term with the lowest unemployment rate in the history of Brazil (4.3%) and, since the coup began to be put into action, already in 2015, the economic conditions of the country only deteriorated.  

Economic data released this week are devastating. According to the Dieese, unemployment hit 16% in Greater São Paulo. In March, there was a net loss of 43 thousand jobs in the country, second data from the Ministry of Labor, when the expectation was to offer more vacancies. Today, Brazil has 13 million unemployed and 37 million underemployed people, living on the tops here and there.

Inflation, which was the only indicator that remained under control, left the rails. The Broad National Consumer Price Index 15 (IPCA-15), which measures the previous official inflation, was 0.72% in April this year. The rate is higher than in March of this year (0.54%) and in April last year (0.21%). It is also the highest rate for the month since 2015 (1.07%). The main drivers of inflation in April were transport, which rose by 1.31%, driven by fuels (up 3%), especially gasoline (3.22%). In other words, Petrobras ‘insane pricing policy, which last year produced the truckers’ strike, this year puts Brazil in a state of “stagflation” – a stalled economy with no demand, and still with inflation.

If the economy does not grow, it does not generate jobs and prices rise, what is the consequence? Obviously the consumer is catching his expenses. For this reason, the Consumer Confidence Index (ICC), measured by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), fell 1.5 points from March to April. With the result, the indicator retreated to 89.5 points, on a scale of zero to 200, the lowest level since October of last year (85.4 points). It is the third consecutive monthly fall of the indicator, which accumulates a loss of 7.1 points in the period.

It is an unprecedented economic destruction and the great question that arises is: what is the economic policy of Paulo Guedes? No one will be able to answer for the simple reason that there is no economic policy but only the fake news that Brazil will grow like an Asian tiger if public welfare is transferred to the private sector. What accounts? Ah, that we can not show. The federal government, as everyone knows, hides the “studies” it did on the social security issue.

At other times in our history, when economic policy failed, as it is now, businessmen, trade unionists and editorialists would be shouting for a change of course. But not. What prevails is a gigantic silence in the face of the melting of the Brazilian economy. One of the reasons is the financialization of the Brazilian press, which, controlled by its creditors, began to vocalize the single thought around the mantra “foresight or chaos”. But where are the entrepreneurs? Are all idiots enough to believe that an economy survives only by reducing labor costs?

Brazil urgently needs a major national development pact. The proposals will not come from Paulo Guedes, who in more than a hundred days of government practically did not pronounce the words growth and employment, nor Jair Bolsonaro, who is more concerned with the intrigues around his deputy Hamilton Mourão. The current reality is nude and raw: the economy melts and Brazil has no government. As a corollary of this situation, the dollar has just hit four reais.

Brazil: LULA CONGRATULATES CHICO FOR CAMÕES AWARD AND GLOBO PIN

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Brazil: BOLSONARO IS USELESS, SAYS MIRIAM LEITÃO

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Brazil officials say 11 dead in ‘massacre’ at Belém bar

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Brazil officials say 11 dead in ‘massacre’ at Belém bar

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RIO DE JANEIRO – A gang of gunmen reportedly attacked a bar in the capital of Brazil’s northern Pará state Sunday afternoon, killing 11 people.

The state security agency confirmed late Sunday only that six women and five men died in the incident in the Guamá neighborhood of the Pará state capital, Belém.

The G1 news website said police reported that seven gunmen were involved in the attack, which also wounded one person. The news outlet said the attackers arrived at the bar on one motorcycle and in three cars.

“A massacre is confirmed,” Pará state spokeswoman Natalia Mello said.

In late March, the federal government sent National Guard troops to Belém to reinforce security in the city for 90 days.

Brazil hit a record high of 64,000 homicides in 2017, 70% of which were due to firearms, according to official statistics.

Much of Brazil’s violence is gang related. In January, gangs attacked across Fortaleza, bringing that city to a standstill with as commerce, buses and taxis shut down. Rio de Janeiro experiences daily shootouts between rival gangs and also police that often kill innocent bystanders.

Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second biggest city, experiences daily shootouts between rival gangs and also between police and criminals, battles that often result in the deaths of innocent bystanders. Fogo Cruzado, a group that monitors shootings in the Rio metropolitan area, says there were 2,300 shootings in Rio and its suburbs during the first 100 days of this year.

One of new President Jair Bolsonaro’s main campaign promises was that he would loosen Brazil’s strict gun laws, arguing that because criminals are well-armed with illegally obtained guns, “upstanding citizens” should have the right to defend themselves with legally bought guns.

Bolsonaro has made good on that campaign promise with two presidential decrees that make buying guns easier, though federal prosecutors are seeking to get the courts to block that move.

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