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<<Thread>> How the KOCH BROTHERS helped give #Brazil its own DONALD TRUMP. Meet JAIR BOLSONARO, Brazil's Koch-endorsed far-right president. 1/9…
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
He's racist and misogynistic. 3/9…
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Why does #Brazil's election of Jair #Bolsonaro matter so much?

Well, first up, people are going to die.

Brazil already has the highest rate of indigenous murders in the world, and Bolsonaro has repeatedly attacked them in hate speech…
. @Global_Witness said 57 land defenders were murdered in Brazil in 2017 and warned even before Bolsonaro that laws were getting less strict on protection…
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.
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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
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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.
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#Brazil: A group of farmers and gunmen attacked an #indigenous Bororo village in Mato Grosso do Sul. Two Indians with gunshot wound. The attackers destroyed the whole village.… via @janetelimelo
Bolsonaro would abolish Brazil’s environment ministry, exposing world’s largest rainforest and its indigenous owners to criminal gangs of loggers and miners.…
"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 @Survival…
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Tomorrow last day to trade #Brazil before the presidential elections.…
That's not the best article. Focuses on politics rather than markets. Bolsonaro is good for markets. Question becomes, is he already fully priced in or not.
Brazil stocks up 2.8% today in dollar terms despite global markets turmoil.
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1) Brazil is on the verge of electing far-right populist Jair Bolsonaroan an extremist “barbarian” who represents “the dross of the dictatorship”.

He will be opposed by the left wing candidate @Haddad_Fernando , member of the PT - our sister party in Brazil.
2) Who is Bolsonaroan?

He has a torturer as his idol Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra who was one of the most sadistic torturer & murderer in the military dictatorship that choked Brazil between 1964 & 1985.

He has also voiced admiration for Chile's dictator Augusto Pinochet.
3) He believes that women are not important and didn't hesitate to claim that “if he had four sons, he then had a moment of weakness, and the fifth was a girl.”

He hates gays claiming that he'd rather have his son die in a car accident than have him show up dating some guy.
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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.
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#Brazil: A 19-year-old woman wearing a #NotHim, or #EleNão, T-shirt has been attacked by a group of men claiming to support far-right-wing presidential candidate #JairBolsonaro in #PortoAlegre… #nonazis #Antifa
Neo-Fascism rises in Brazil!
"The police chief told Radio Guaíba that the symbol on the girl's belly is Buddhist religion and not the Nazi swastika."
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.
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#Electionday in #Brazil #GreatAwakening
Conservative numbers are VERY STRONG in today's vote.

Liberal media is having a meltdown.

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.
#Electionday in #Brazil #GreatAwakening

(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.
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#Electionday in #Brazil #GreatAwakening

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.
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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.
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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.…
Back in January, I told @folha reporter @DiogoBercito that I saw parallels between the Brazilian protests that have been running since 2014 and those in Iran. In both contexts you hear calls to overthrow the government.…
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.
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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.…
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.
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Selected list of #indictments and #sentencings
Aug 15-22, 2018
1. Ricky Johnston from Las Vegas admitted to receiving over 600 images of toddlers & children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison.

#childpornography #childsexabuse #RickyJohnston #projectsafechildhood…
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.

#darknet #silkroad #alphabay…
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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)
Assessoria do @exercitooficial informou que moradores praticaram atos de violência e destruição em acampamento de venezuelanos…
Nota do Governo de Roraima reforçando solicitação de fechamento da fronteira do Brasil com a Venezuela 🤔 (via @camila_asano)
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Thread: If you want to know how fake likes, loves and follows get industrialised on #Facebook, here's a good example from #Brazil.

The fakes boosted hyper-partisan posts in Mexico ahead of the election.

Fake engagement's an international business.…
Here are the reactions to two hyper-partisan Mexican posts, on different pages.

Note the number of accounts in common. Looks like an organised brigade.
Following the traces of the brigade led back to this account. Note the letters PCSD, which are diagnostic for this particular network.
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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
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Initial reports that an @Aeromexico flight may have crashed in the state of Durango in #Mexico.
The flight with ~80 passengers on board was bound for Mexico City, according to one report.
The passenger jet is reported to have crashed five minutes after takeoff from Durango.
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1.“I think #Putin pays @RepRohrabacher and #Trump,” @GOPLeader told his colleagues in a leaked private conversation after the laughter: “Swear to God.”…

#MagnitskyAct #Rohrabacher #Trump #Putin #Treason
2.@RepRohrabacher has been friends with #Putin since the early 90’s when he lost a drunken arm-wrestling match with #Putin who was visiting #Washington

#MagnitskyAct #Rohrabacher #Trump #Putin #Treason…
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1/? Today Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee (Live stream here:…). We have a few questions we'd like to #AskZuck..
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
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Anyone seeing a pattern? 🧐


#QAnon #TheStormIsHere #DrainTheSwamp @POTUS #WWGOWGA

1) Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years for Corruption…
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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.
Real interference in election campaigns:
#Indonesia, 1955:
A million dollars were dispensed by the CIA to a centrist coalition’s electoral campaign in a bid to cut into the support for President #Sukarno’s party and the Indonesian #Communist_Party.
#Vietnam, 1955:
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.
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We’re now going to Brazil, where a Sao Paulo court ruled that the censorship of a play about a transgender Jesus is unconstitutional.…
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.
(Photo: @JundiaiAgora)
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.…
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