Troubles are growing for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son Carlos. A federal judge in Rio de Janeiro just granted prosecutors access to years of phone records from 11 of his Rio City Council Cabinet staff. 7 are relatives of his dad's 2nd wife, Ana Cristina Siqueira Valle. Image
Prosecutors allege that for years, Carlos Bolsonaro and his stepmother engaged in a salary skimming operation in collaboration with her extended family. The operation only stopped, allegedly, when Ana Christina and Jair Bolsonaro developed marital problems. Image
Among Ana Christina's relatives employed in Carlos Bolsonaro's Rio de Janeiro City Council Cabinet: 2 brothers, a cousin, his wife and two brothers in law. Many of them allegedly rarely or never showed up to work and kicked most of their salaries back to Ana Christina and Carlos. Image
Before Carlos Bolsonaro's "hate cabinet" troll-bots start whining, "Lies, Fake news, the Judge is a communist!" Here's a source:…

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Most journalists understanding of economics is limited to a handful of 19th Century clichés. The Brazilian economy has gone through commodities boom/bust cycles for 500 years. Attributing the Workers Party's success to a commodities boom ignores the 2008 Great Recession. Thread ImageImage
Bahia demonstrates the limitations of commodities booms. For centuries its production of export commodities like Cocoa and Tobacco generated huge wealth for a handful of European/ Brazilian businessmen while the vast majority of the population suffered in abject poverty. Image
In other words, as the last 500 years of economic history of the developing world shows, commodities booms without any kind of redistribution measures are absolutely useless in reducing poverty. Example: mining boom in the Congo. Image
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24 Sep
Another relative of the Bolsonaro boys is under investigation for corruption, after a video surfaced showing an alleged henchman of cousin Leo Indio handing cash and T-shirts to poor people as they entered a bus in Pompeia, São Paulo. Leo is accused of illegal fundraising. Image
Some may remember Leo Indio from a 2020 corruption scandal when his boss, Senator Chico Mendes (DEM-RR) was forced to resign after police found R$18.000,00 of allegedly laundered money in his underwear. Indio was forced to resign as Mendes' chief of staff at the time. Image
Nepotism, skimming, money laundering... These allegations must all be fake news spread by lying communists, because President Bolsonaro said there hasn't been any corruption in Brazil in the last 2.8 years, during his UN speech, right? Image
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24 Sep
Renato Rovai, editor of @revistaforum writes that based on poll data, it will be impossible to impeach Jair Bolsonaro before next year's elections. As long as his support stay's above 20%, he says, impeachment is not an option, and Bolsonaro will make it to the 2nd round. Image
A third path candidate, he writes, "appears more like a dream of the traditional media and its well paid analysts than a reality". No third option candidate between Lula and Bolsonaro has cracked 10% in the polls.
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20 Sep
What is now happening to Paulo Freire's theory has, in the course of history, happened repeatedly to the theories of revolutionary thinkers and leaders of oppressed classes fighting for emancipation. (thread)
During his lifetime, the oppressing classes constantly hounded him, received his theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander.
After his death, attempts are made to convert him into a harmless icons, to canonize him [...] while at the same time robbing the revolutionary theory of its substance, blunting its revolutionary edge and vulgarizing it. (Paraphrased from Lenin's "State and Revolution", ch. 1)
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19 Sep
@UOLNoticias reports that Brazilian President Bolsonaro's son Carlos is trying to outsource his Cambridge Analytica-style social media psyops group, nicknamed "the cabinet of hate", to at least one big data company in the US, and that Steve Bannon is helping set the deal up.
He's doing it, apparently, to protect against his possible arrest, since these activities are illegal in Brazil and he's currently under investigation by the federal police for spreading fake news during the 2018 election season to favor his father.
Among the lies allegedly spread by the Cabinet of Hate to targeted evangelical Christian voter groups via Facebook's WhatsApp messenger service during the 2018 elections: If Fernando Haddad were elected, he would create a government panel to decide childrens' gender at age 5.
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19 Sep
The Koch-trained Free Brasil Movement (MBL) and Bolsonaro and his followers have spent years pushing to purge everything about Paulo Freire, the most internationally-cited Brazilian academic ever, from the Brazilian school system. Today marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Freire's 1968 book, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" written during exile in Chile, after being arrested and imprisoned by Brazil's US-backed neofascist military dictatorship, it is still the 3rd most cited social sciences book in academia today.
One of the founding works of critical pedagogy, "Oppressed" compares traditional education with putting coins in piggy banks, with teachers depositing knowledge in their students' heads. Instead, Freire argues, teachers should treat their students as co-creators of knowledge.
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