Brazil: Truckers promise national strike and claim betrayed by Bolsonaro



Truckers promise national strike and claim betrayed by Bolsonaro

“The government has not fulfilled anything it promised. The price of diesel fuel had 11 consecutive highs in 2019. We can no longer be fooled by Mr. Jair Messias Bolsonaro, who protects agribusiness and says the truck driver only knows how to destroy highways, ”says autonomous trucker leader Marconi France.

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247 – “Leader of the autonomous truck drivers, Marconi França said, this Friday (6/12) that, at 0h of next Monday (16), at least 70% of the 4.5 million autonomous professionals and celetistas will stop all over the country. The reason is the dissatisfaction of the category with the government of Jair Bolsonaro, which, according to France, did not fulfill what promised to the workers, “reports a report published in Correio Braziliense.

“The government has not fulfilled anything it promised. The price of diesel fuel had 11 consecutive highs in 2019. We can no longer be fooled by Mr. Jair Messias Bolsonaro, who protects agribusiness and says that the truck driver only knows how to destroy highways, ”complained France to the newspaper.

The truck driver also asks for the support of the population. “Of all who use gasoline, diesel oil and also cooking gas. Jair Bolsonaro forgets that we transport the products of industries and agribusiness, ”he said.

Brazil: Lula and Dilma are acquitted of Janot’s farce



Lula and Dilma are acquitted of Janot’s farce over ‘quadrillion’

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and former President Dilma Rousseff were acquitted on Wednesday of the charge of joining a suspected criminal organization, known as the “quadrillion”. Decision is of the judge Marcos Vinicius Reis Bastos, of the 12th Federal Court of the DF. The magistrate indicated the “attempt to criminalize political activity” by the improper accusation


247 – Former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff were acquitted on Wednesday of the charge of joining a suspected criminal organization, which became known as the “quadrillion”. 

The decision is made by Judge Marcos Vinicius Reis Bastos, from the 12th Federal Court of DF. In his sentence the magistrate says that the Federal Public Prosecution’s complaint “reflects an attempt to criminalize political activity” and provides no evidence of the involvement of former presidents in the charges. 

Also exonerated from the prosecution were former ministers Antonio Palocci and Guido Mantega, and former PT treasurer João Vaccari Neto. 

“In the face of an impartial judge, we were able today to acquit @LulaOficial briefly . The magistrate of Brasilia has indicated the” attempt to criminalize political activity “by the improper accusation known as the ‘quadrillion’ – which is part of Lawfare against @LulaOficial ‘, celebrated lawyer Cristiano Zanin Martins, who defends former President Lula. 

The charge is from 2017, and was offered to the Federal Supreme Court by then Attorney General Rodrigo Janot. The then PGR stated that between 2002 and 2016, the accused ‘integrated and structured a criminal organization operating during the period in which Lula and Dilma Rousseff successively securitized the Presidency of the Republic to commit a myriad of crimes’.

Read Judge Marcos Vinicius Reis Bastos’ decision in its entirety:

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Perante um juiz imparcial, conseguimos hoje a absolvição sumária de @LulaOficial. O magistrado de Brasília indicou a “tentativa de criminalizar a atividade política” pela descabida acusação que ficou conhecida como “quadrilhão” – que faz parte do Lawfare contra @LulaOficial.

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Trump blasts French President Emmanuel Macron at NATO



Trump blasts French President Emmanuel Macron at NATO meeting planned to show unity

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President Trump during his meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in London on Tuesday.
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President Trump lit into French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, criticizing comments the French leader made about NATO as “insulting” “very, very nasty,” and “very disrespectful.”

Trump’s comments came hours before he was scheduled to meet with Macron at the start of a two-day leaders conference of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that is supposed to stress unity for an alliance that is marking its 70th anniversary.

While Trump targeted Macron’s comments that questioned NATO’s effectiveness — something he has also done — he suggested that his greater ire stemmed from Macron’s threat to levy a 3% tax on tech companies, including American giants Facebook, Google and Amazon, a topic he and Macron have been at odds over for much of this year.

“If anybody’s going to take advantage of the American companies it’s going to be us,” Trump said. “It’s not going to be France.”

On another international economic issue, Trump continued the slow walk-back of his statement from last week that the U.S. and China were close to resolving their trade war.

“I have no deadline,” Trump said, suggesting that a new trade deal with the Chinese might not come until after next year’s election. “The China trade deal is dependent on one thing: Do I want to make it?” he said.

Trump has made a habit of clashing publicly with allies and breaking diplomatic norms during international conferences, which factored into NATO officials’ decision to keep this year’s leaders meeting short.

Trump arrived in London late Monday evening and is scheduled to depart on Wednesday.

Trump answered questions for more than 50 minutes with reporters during his initial meeting here with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, at the Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. ambassador in the United Kingdom, located in Regent’s Park.

As Trump held forth on a variety of issues including impeachment, Russia, China trade and North Korean missile tests, Stoltenberg mostly sat watching, occasionally interjecting a comment about the importance of unity.

In addition to NATO officials, British political figures and candidates in next week’s parliamentary elections have also worried Trump would interfere in the campaign during his visit. Some conservatives here fear that Trump’s association with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party leader, could hurt Johnson with British voters.

Trump said he would stay out of the election, but praised Johnson and insisted the two would be meeting, even though he does not have a one-on-one with the British leader on his public schedule.

“I stay out of it,” Trump said. “I think Boris is very capable, and I think he’ll do a good job.”

Trump also said he “can work with anybody” when asked about Jeremy Corbyn, the Labor Party leader who is Johnson’s chief opponent.

Macron had stirred controversy last month, worrying about NATO’s “brain death” in an interview with the Economist.

Ironically, the comments were spurred in large part by Trump’s “America First” agenda and his overall go-it-alone approach in Syria and other global hot spots that have concerned European allies about America’s reliability.

Trump called NATO “obsolete” during his campaign for president. But on Tuesday, he cast himself as the alliance’s defender, blaming Macron as an outlier while touting his own efforts to prod allies to increase the size of their defense budgets.

“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said. “We benefit the least….That’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

He said the United States is helping Europe protect against a foe “that may or may not be a foe,” referring to Russia. Trump took credit for pushing NATO, which was founded to counter what was then the Soviet Union, to broaden its focus to other threats.

“There are other foes out there also,” he said, further de-emphasizing Russian aggression.

Macron has tried more than other European leaders to befriend and flatter Trump. But like other allies, he has been frustrated by Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal as well as his fights over trade. Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on wine and other French products in retaliation for France’s tech tax.

The public clash with an ally is hardly unusual for Trump, who has flouted diplomatic norms observed by his predecessors. During the same session, Trump also attacked domestic foes, something prior presidents have usually resisted while on foreign soil.

“In Germany, they like Obama. The reason they like Obama because Obama gave the ship away. He allowed them to take everything,” Trump said of his predecessor. “They may not like me because I’m representing us, and I represent us strong. President Obama did not represent us strong.”

“He gave everything away” to Europe, Trump said, without specifying what he was talking about. “We’re still paying the price for what he did.”

He called Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry against him “unpatriotic” and said they would be to blame if the probe causes “a cloud” on his efforts internationally.

He said he would not accept a censure resolution that would condemn his actions in Ukraine while stopping short of removing him.

“You don’t censure somebody when they did nothing wrong,” he said. “They’re what you call an investigation in search of a crime.”

Trump also weighed in on another domestic issue, the possibility that Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo would resign to run for Senate in Kansas.

Trump said Pompeo, who stood behind him while he made the comments, was doing a “tremendous job,” but “if I thought there was a risk to losing that seat, I would sit down and seriously talk to Mike.”

Many Republican leaders think there is a serious chance the party could lose the Senate seat being vacated by Pat Roberts, who plans to retire, and they have urged Pompeo to run.

Even as Trump clashed with an ally and Democrats, he continued to stress his strong relationship with American adversaries. He shrugged his shoulders when asked about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s missile tests.

“He really likes sending rockets up doesn’t he? That’s why I call him rocket man,” Trump said, again emphasizing his personal ties to the autocrat.

And even as NATO allies and American officials have complained about Turkey’s incursion in northern Syria and its decision to purchase Russian S-400 missiles, Trump undercut any attempts to rein in the NATO member country.

He praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for allowing the U.S. military to cross its airspace during the mission that led to the death of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the founder of Islamic State. And he misleadingly blamed Obama for Turkey’s decision to buy the weapons, echoing Erdogan’s own line.

In addition to meeting Macron later today, Trump is also scheduled to hold a Republican fundraiser expected to raise $3 million, meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have tea with Prince Charles and his wife, Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles, and attend a reception with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

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Brazil: Lula tries to resume alliances with center parties



Lula tries to resume alliances with center parties

Gradually, former President Lula tries to rebuild alliances with center-right or even center-right politicians who gave political support to his governments and former President Dilma Rousseff before the 2016 coup.


247 – Former President Lula has returned to politics and attempted to rebuild alliances with politicians who supported his governments and former President Dilma Rousseff, according to journalist Daniela Lima, editor of the Panel, in her column . “Lula’s emissaries have begun looking for center party leaders with messages that the petist wants to talk about politics. The reception to the call has been reticent but polite. sought, there is also no hurry to reactivate contact, “writes the journalist.

“Even strong acronyms in the Northeast, where the PT is influential, hesitate. In municipal elections, they say, national polarization tends to have little impact. Lula has returned to active activity with ease. Governors of Allied acronyms are taking advantage of trips to Sao Paulo to mark meetings with the petista in his old institute “, he points out.

Brazil: Attacks on democracy and fake news bring Bolsonaro approval down to 25%



Attacks on democracy and fake news bring Jair Bolsonaro approval down to just 25%, El Pais poll shows

False news spread by Jair Bolsonaro, such as grotesque information that actor Leonardo DiCaprio was behind the burning in the Amazon, and attacks by pockets of democracy on democratic values ​​drove government approval to only 25%, according to El País newspaper


247 – Jair Bolsonaro’s authoritarian climb is noisy, but it also takes some of his support, as political scientist Andrei Roman of the Political Atlas has found, according to a report by journalist Carla Jimenez of the newspaper El Pais. 

“Rejection of President Bolsonaro has risen in recent days, while the number of supporters who think his government is good or good has fallen from 27.5 percent on Nov. 12 to around 25 percent on Saturday,” says Roman, who monitors. tracking daily the networks for financial market clients “, reports Carla Jímenez.,

 “Rejection has risen again,” Roman explains, though he doesn’t need to know how much. But in the last survey, made on November 12, was 42.1%. “The president’s bet stirs up his radical base, but proves to be a risky game for his own political survival even before completing a year of government,” says the editor of the newspaper El País.

Lula reaches out and signals that he wants to dialogue with the Armed Forces



Lula reaches out and signals that he wants to dialogue with the Armed Forces

Former President Lula intends to dialogue with the military, with whom his government maintained a good institutional relationship. Lula wants to understand the reasons for the animosity of sectors of the Armed Forces against him and the Workers’ Party and the military’s new positions on privatization.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

247 – In full action after leaving prison to mobilize the people in opposition to the Bolsonaro government, former President Lula is also seeking political articulation and dialogue with broad sectors. 

He has signaled that he intends to talk to the military or their interlocutors.

 Since being in jail, Lula has expressed questions about the posture of sectors of the armed forces in favor of privatization.  

One of Lula’s concerns is the animosity of sectors of the armed forces against him and the Workers’ Party. The information is from journalist Monica Bergamo in her column in Folha de S.Paulo. 

When the Supreme Court (Supreme Court) voted the habeas corpus in which Lula asked not to be arrested, in 2018, then Army Commander General Eduardo Villas Bôas even wrote a message on Twitter condemning “impunity.” And saying, in veiled threat, that the military was attentive “to their institutional missions.” 

At the time, the message was understood as pressure on the Supreme Court to allow Lula’s arrest.

Brazil: Lula is free



Lula is free and will never be arrested

Journalist Fernando Rodriguez, owner of the conservative site Poder360, a shrewd political analyst, has a full diagnosis of Lula’s situation: “There seems to be an exaggeration in the statement about Lula never being arrested. There is not. This is a reality that has based on the objective elements of Brazilian law ”

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247  Journalist Fernando Rodrigues, owner of the conservative Poder360 website , states that “there seems to be an exaggeration in the statement about Lula never being arrested”. “There is not. It is a reality that is based on the objective elements of Brazilian law,” he continues.

In his analysis, Rodrigues points out that former President Lula “is 74 years old, his cases may go back to the 1st Instance and new rules for the execution of sentence after conviction in the second degree will certainly be challenged because of the principle of ‘priority’ (new rules are ‘forward’ and not ‘backward’) “.

“Obviously Lula’s opponents will dispute these understandings, but the Power360 talked to ministers of the Supreme Court, law enforcement and politicians,” he says.

“The chance of the former president being arrested again is zero. Of course, Lula could commit 1 crime and be caught in the act. His situation will be different. But the chance of the petista at this point to make some slip it’s also zero, “he adds. “All things considered, is what is at the beginning of this text: Lula is loose and should never be arrested again.”

Jimmy Carter Surgery: ‘No Complications’ In Bid To Relieve Pressure On His Brain



Jimmy Carter Surgery: ‘No Complications’ In Bid To Relieve Pressure On His Brain


Former President Jimmy Carter had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain Tuesday. He’s seen here earlier this month, teaching Sunday school at his church in Plains, Ga.

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Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery Tuesday morning to relieve pressure on his brain that was caused by bleeding from two recent falls, the Carter Center says. The former leader is now recovering from the operation.

“There are no complications from the surgery,” the center says. It adds that Carter will stay in the hospital for observation “for as long as advisable” by his doctors.

Carter, 95, was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Monday evening for the procedure. He was accompanied by his wife, Rosalynn.

Carter has had three bad falls this year. On Oct. 21, he suffered a “minor pelvic fracture” after a fall in his Plains, Ga., home. In early October, he was left with a pronounced black eye after another fall. And in May, he broke his hip as he prepared to go turkey hunting, resulting in hip replacement surgery.

The fact that doctors waited overnight before doing surgery on President Carter suggests that the bleeding in his brain was slow, and that it probably began after one of several falls he’s taken in the past few weeks.

The Carter Center says the former president sustained a subdural hematoma — the most common sort of brain bleeding after a fall.

In older patients, even a relatively minor blow to the head can rupture veins along the dura mater, a tough membrane that lies between the skull and brain. As the blood builds up and clots, it can put pressure on the brain and can cause symptoms ranging from headaches to memory problems to seizures and paralysis.

To relieve pressure on the brain, doctors often make a small hole in the skull, then insert a tube to remove the blood. While the hospital has not released details about Carter’s operation, that is likely the procedure he had this morning.

For large clots, surgeons are more likely to remove an entire section of the skull, giving them direct access to the injured area.

Despite his recent injuries, Carter has maintained a busy schedule, making public appearances and building houses with Habitat for Humanity as part of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. He also regularly teaches Sunday school at the Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown in southwest Georgia.

Carter is the longest-lived U.S. president, and he is also a cancer survivor, having been successfully treated for melanoma that had spread to his liver and his brain, which was diagnosed in 2015.

Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized to relieve pressure in brain



Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized to relieve pressure in brain

Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized Monday night for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding, The Carter Center said in a statement. The bleeding was caused by Mr. Carter’s recent falls, the statement explained.

“President Carter is resting comfortably and his wife, Rosalynn, is with him,” according to the statement. The procedure will take place Tuesday morning at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus said that the procedure is normally quick. “Basically, they’re just drilling a small hole in the brain and draining the fluid that is causing the pressure,” Agus told CBSN. “So the procedure itself — you could be in the operating room, say, an hour.”

Mr. Carter, who is 95, has had a number of health scares in recent years. In 2015, he announced he had been diagnosed with cancer that had spread to his liver and brain. He stepped back from responsibility at The Carter Center, but he continued teaching Sunday school classes in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. It’s a tradition he started in his teens that has gained a wide following.

But just six months later, he was treated with a new immunotherapy drug and made a remarkable recovery, announcing an MRI showed no signs of cancer and he needed no more treatment.

In May 2019, he suffered another health setback when he fell and broke his hip. Mr. Carter suffered two more falls in October 2019, and was hospitalized for a fractured pelvis.

Carter’s first October fall left him with a black eye and 14 stitches — but he nevertheless attended the opening ceremony for a Habitat for Humanity build in Nashville along with Rosalynn, who is 92. Less than two weeks after his second fall, he said he planned to return to teaching Sunday school.

In the Sunday school service that followed, Mr. Carter told attendees he’s “at ease with death.”

After learning about his cancer in 2015, he said he “assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly.”

“I, obviously, prayed about it. I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I just asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death. It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived,” Mr. Carter said. “I have, since that time, been absolutely confident that my Christian faith includes complete confidence in life after death. So, I’m going to live again after I die — Don’t know what form I’ll take, or anything.”

This spring, Mr. Carter surpassed George H.W. Bush as the longest-lived U.S. president in history. The Carters recently became the longest married presidential couple, surpassing George and Barbara Bush, with more than 73 years of marriage.

Brazil: Lula to be released from prison today



Lula wants to travel around Brazil and strengthen opposition to Bolsonaro

If released on Friday (8), Lula will have completed 580 days in jail. He made it clear that he will not make a tactical inflection to the center and that he will travel the country to join the opposition movement to Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right government.


247 – After leaving the status of political prisoner in Curitiba, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will travel the country to strengthen the opposition to Bolsonaro government. As a political guideline, Lula will not make tactical push for the center, nor campaign for impeachment of the incumbent. The information is from the newspaper O Globo

Lula plans to travel the country and try to strengthen opposition to the government. An international tour is also planned to meet with personalities who have spoken out against his arrest. 

Soon after his release, Lula will make a political act in front of the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba and a rally in São Bernardo do Campo. 

An international tour is also planned to meet with personalities who have spoken out against his arrest. 

Lula is also expected to be incorporated into the preparation of petoist candidacies for next year’s municipal elections.