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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5 Of The Most Stunning Waterfalls In The World

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5 Most Stunning Waterfalls in the World

5

Most Stunning Waterfalls in the World

The power and beauty of waterfalls have inspired travelers for centuries. The most stunning of the bunch aren’t necessarily the biggest or the ones that boast the largest volume of water flow. Sometimes it’s the surroundings, graceful composition or incredible location that makes them worthy of a visit.

We scoured the globe and found five awesomely impressive waterfalls to add to your bucket list:

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

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The Iguazu Falls are nothing short of breathtaking. The tremendous collection of 275 cascades range from 60 to 82 meters tall, and they spread over two miles, making this the biggest waterfall system in the world. The 700-meter long Devil’s Throat is undoubtedly the most spectacular sight, funneling the Iguazu River’s water down its 82-meter drop.

Iguazu Falls is protected by National Parks in both Argentina and Brazil. Arrange a visa for both countries beforehand so you can see the falls from different perspectives.

Kuang Si Falls, Laos

Kuang Si Falls, Laos

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Nestled in the pristine jungle on the outskirts of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls wins major points for location. It may not be the biggest in the world, but it made its way onto the list courtesy of its tranquil vibe and stunning cobalt-blue water.

Kuang Si Falls is composed of three distinct tiers that break off into multiple cascades and snake their way into several big rock pools. The welcoming water begs visitors to take a dip on a hot day. It’s chilly, but we bet that rope swing will encourage you to jump in.

Follow the dirt path, letting the sound of gushing water guide you to the waterfalls’ tallest point. The 50-foot crevasse gushes water that flows from an unseen origin, one hidden in the dense green canopy above. The curious will venture a bit farther and embark on the steep, 30-minute climb to reach the top of the falls. Your reward is viewing the source—a private oasis with shallow pools tucked in a jungle.

Plitvice Falls, Croatia

Plitvice Falls, Croatia

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A visit to this park should be a priority for any nature or outdoor lover. The Plitvice National Park, bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina, boasts 16 spectacular cascading lakes. Each body of water flows into the next as the sequence of lakes follows the water flow. The spilling over of these lakes creates some 90 waterfalls throughout the park. A vista more stunning than the last awaits around each turn, making it difficult to pinpoint a highlight. However, you have to see the giant, haphazard spillover of Veliki Slap (aka the Big Waterfall) and complete the trek to the viewpoint above.

Insider Tip: Break up your tour of this sprawling park into two days. Spend one day exploring the Upper Lakes section and the second exploring the Lower Lakes section. Both areas are walkable and it’s advised to take your time so you don’t miss an inch of its splendor.

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Yosemite Falls, California, U.S.A.

Yosemite Falls, California, U.S.A.

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At 739 meters, this plunging-tiered waterfall is the highest in California. Located in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Falls is one of its greatest attractions. The Upper Yosemite Falls spouts water out of a stoic cliff face, letting it tuble down a staggering 440 meters. This section alone makes Yosemite Falls one of the tallest waterfalls in the U.S. The middle section drops another several hundred meters via a series of cascades. Finally, the Lower Yosemite Falls dives 90 meters into the base pool. You can reach the top of the falls with a strenuous hike. However, there are plenty of excellent viewpoints throughout the length of Yosemite Valley.

Insider Tip: Visit in late spring when the water flow is at its peak.

Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

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In the 1800s, the local Kololo tribe named this mighty flow of water Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “The Smoke That Thunders.” This seems like the most fitting name for Victoria Falls, a cosmically powerfully waterfall fed by the Zambezi River, with clouds of spray that can be seen from miles away.

Victoria Falls is commonly referred to as the largest waterfall in the world in terms of combined width and height. It stretches nearly 2 kilometers along the Zambia-Zimbabwe border before plunging into a gorge more than 100 meters below. Facing the falls is another cliff of the same height, creating a fatally enticing entrance to Middle Earth.

Multiple viewing platforms create perfect vantage points for visitors and dramatic photo opportunities. Getting up close and personal with Victoria promises to be a spiritual experience.

Insider Tip: Victoria Falls can be viewed from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. We recommend posting up in the Zambian town of Livingston for cheaper accommodation, cheaper National Park entrance and multiple viewing platforms.

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: 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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