<<Thread>> How the KOCH BROTHERS helped give #Brazil its own DONALD TRUMP. Meet JAIR BOLSONARO, Brazil's Koch-endorsed far-right president. 1/9 cbc.ca/news/politics/…
Like Trump, his core beliefs are very conservative, especially when it comes to gay rights. "If a gay couple came to live in my building, my property will lose value. If they walk around holding hands, kissing, it will lose value!". 2/9
There are some pointing to Brazil's relatively robust institutions, suggesting Bolsonaro won't be able to legislate to push through some of his most damaging pledges. But he doesn't need to change the law to ruin the environment.
Some label him a “disruptor”. Bolsonaro’s victory marks far worse than disruption, for climate change across the world, for human rights in Brazil & the region, for minorities, for women. He came to power menacing far worse than disruption. Why would we not believe him? #brazil
Brazil’s election of Bolsonaro marks a new phase in a global crisis which can’t be resolved as individual nations. The more the language of the populist fizzes with making that nation great again, the bigger the international crisis emerging. /2
As a nation of over 200 million people, and the largest country in Latin America, a political earthquake ripples far beyond its borders. Take its climate change policies, take its approach to human rights, to democracy itself. This in a region marked by recent brutal history. /3
Across the board elite failure merging with a rapid techno-social transition—managed irresponsibly if at all—of the fabric of our public sphere isn't turning out great. Wait till AI gets more broad. We're living through a new chapter for that great book, March of Folly. #Brazil
😬Here's the good cheer. It's totally manageable. The world isn't burning up in a global war. We have immense wealth. Great technology. Just that our overlords are incompetent and/or greedy—and coherent, strategically smart alternatives haven't yet formed.
Things are bleak, but historically speaking... We're nowhere near a hopeless situation. Nowhere. Just need to get our act together and develop coherent, smart, strategic political action addressing the challenges. World is immensely wealthy—just unequal.
Bolsonaro would abolish Brazil’s environment ministry, exposing world’s largest rainforest and its indigenous owners to criminal gangs of loggers and miners. climatechangenews.com/2018/10/08/bol…
"Bolsonaro warns he’s going to rip up the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous land. Local ranchers bitterly opposed the creation of this reserve & they killed many indigenous ppl. Bolsonaro wants to give those ranchers guns" MT @Survivalen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raposa_Se…
As part of a research project that I'm involved in with colleagues at @PIIE, I have been reading party platforms for G20 countries prior to and after the Global Financial Crisis. I have just re-read party platforms for #Brazil in 2006.
The PSDB document then was 170 pages long, with a lot of detailed information about government proposals in all areas -- the economic program was very clearly detailed. The PT document was 34 pages in length, not as clearly detailed, but nonetheless very informative.
Contrasting those plans with PSL's 2018 platform (Bolsonaro's program) is striking: While the PSL platform is 81 pages in length, it is structured as a power point presentation, with simple sentences full of cliches on major policy topics, particularly on the economy.
Today, several reports of fascist attacks by groups of men claiming to support the far-right presidential candidate #JairBolsonaro. Even two sisters holding hands in the street were cursed as lesbians and threatened with death.
If Bolsonaro wins in the first round for president, the left will have been demolished.
#Electionday in #Brazil#GreatAwakening (2) Impeached former predisent Dilma, that miraculously got her political rights re-installed and searched a Senate seat in Minas Gerains, seems to have flopped and ended up in 4th place.
(3) In virtually all major state runs Exit Polls show a clear tilt to the right regarding what the previous fake polls showed. This leads me to expect Bolsonaro to attain 50%+ of votes and win the presidential race in the first round.
Today I voted on the most unapologetic conservative chandidates that I have in my entire life.
My candidate for president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on the verge of being elected in this first round of voting is NUMBER 17. 👾
halfway through, he is on the brink of victory.
I have reason to believe that he will be just shy of victory in the first round, with some 48-49%. It will be a short but bloody battle until late October against the PT socialists and all the politically correct peeps.
STILL: a night of conservative FORCE around the country.
This weekend Brazilians will go to the polls to elect a new president. #Brazil is fifth biggest country in the world, in terms of population, and symptomatic of a remarkable authoritarian turn in the world's biggest states. #thread
1. China is the biggest country and only non-democracy in top-5. But even here General Secretary Xi Jinping has taken the country in a (even) more authoritarian and nationalist direction.
2. India, the world's largest democracy, has been governed by PM Narendra Modi and his radical right BJP-led coalition since 2014. MOstly ignored by international media, India has seen sharp rise of radical and sometimes violent Hindutva activism.
THREAD: As protests continue and the rial tumbles, #Iran is increasingly seen as an economic basket case that has squandered its chance to join the ranks of the #BRICs. Here are 7 charts that challenge that view. bourseandbazaar.com/articles/2018/…
This is the same reaction to the same macroeconomic failures. The frustrated cry of the Iranian protestor is the same cry as that of the Brazilian protestor. Sure, there is some local political and economic dialect. But the language of corruption and inequality is the same.
After the horrific 1968-74 period, Ernesto Geisel ('74-9), was regarded as one of the more benevolent rulers during the military dictatorship (1964-85) in #Brazil. Documents show he was aware of summary executions of subversives, as was CIA and Kissinger. theguardian.com/world/2018/may…
The CIA had detected the plans for the 1964 coup in #Brazil, and had contact with some conspirators. But the CIA did *not* instigate the coup, and did not provide money or direction for the plot. >>
>> What the U.S. did do in #Brazil in 1964—unknown to the coup plotters—was prepare, vaguely, to intervene if the coup triggered a civil war to ensure the Communists did not prevail. As it was, the coup encountered little resistance. nyti.ms/2PaQ7xB
2. Operation Darkness Falls results in arrest one of the most prolific dark net drug dealers in the world.
Matthew & Holly Roberts used the darknet marketplace to distribute #fentanyl#oxycodone#heroin#meth & other drugs.
GRAVE: Ataque/protesto de brasileiros em Pacaraima, Roraima, na fronteira com a 🇻🇪, contra venezuelanos. Relatos de que itens e abrigos utilizados pelos migrantes estão sendo destruídos e queimados 🤨 (via @camila_asano)
Não tem como ver um debate como esse e não decidir votar no Ciro Gomes. Disparada e absolutamente, o candidato mais agudo, certeiro e alinhado às necessidades mais básicas do Brasil -- para o bem e para o mal. O resto é freak show.
Os outros até evitam o Ciro e querem repetir as propostas do cara. - #DebateBand
Boulos = Freak Show de esquerda. Fala à sua própria militância, claramente, e não ao povo, embora acerte aqui ou ali, minimamente, em questões de economia política básica. Mas é oco, sem alma. #DebateBand
2/? Why do privacy settings continue to only focus on what friends can & can't see? If the recent FB scandal has showed one thing, it's that FB's ad policies have far-reaching consequences for users privacy. When are you going to treat ad settings as privacy settings? #AskZuck
3/? We created a new FB profile to test default settings. By default, everyone can see your friends list & look you up using the phone number you provided. This is not what proactive privacy protections look like. How does this protect users by design / by default? #AskZuck
Real interference in election: #Lebanon, 1950s: CIA provided funds to support the campaigns of Camille Chamoun & selected parliamentary candidates; other funds were targeted against candidates who had shown less than total enchantment with US interference. williamblum.org/aer/read/156
The US was instrumental in South Vietnam canceling the elections scheduled to unify North and South because of the certainty that the North Vietnamese communist leader, Ho Chi Minh, would easily win. williamblum.org/aer/read/156
We’re now going to Brazil, where a Sao Paulo court ruled that the censorship of a play about a transgender Jesus is unconstitutional. jezebel.com/sao-paulo-cour…
The play The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, which follows Jesus living as a transgender woman in the present day, became so popular inside #Brazil that it went on tour around the country.
Originally presented in 2009, the play recounts the story of Jesus living in the present as a trans woman grappling with intolerance while at the same time offering a message of forgiveness. theguardian.com/stage/theatreb…