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Montevideo, September 29th 2023 - 13:35 UTC
The Secretary General of Ibero-America Enrique Iglesias praised the “courage” displayed by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff who has been challenged by serious corruption allegations involving members of her cabinet. Read full article
Brasil has 'lost' five Ministers of State and a cruise-ship full of minor criminals.
But these bad guys - corrupt millionaires, many of them - are usually allowed to step down and never face a high court criminal conviction and jail.
They are therefore able to step back onto their gravy-train as soon as they can buy a ticket on the back of the vote for a popular 'people's politician'.
The Ficha Limpa is supposed to catch these people and ensure that they never ever again hold a position of public or political office. Has it been circumvented by the corrupt establishment? . . . what do YOU think?
The governing coalition includes the Communist Party. When the coalition is put together to form the government, the parties press for particular ministries; the Communists get Sport in sequential administrations.
This enables them to have many years of manipulating the billions of Real$, skimming off the 20%+ year in, year out.
Silva, the Minister, is just the latest in a long line of individuals finding themselves in such a position. A man from a *poor* family, he is suddenly a VERY rich man. This does not happen by chance.
It has taken me longer than it should have done to understand why Brasil's governing coalitions are SO big, and why the parties pitch hard for specific government departments. Once a department sets up its own gravy-train it wants continuity of flow of the billions into 'their' politicians; it also does not want other parties to get sight of the books and the scams, skimming and frauds and thefts.
As each day goes by I learn a little more about the corrupt world of South American politics.
And as each day goes by I realise that these countries will NEVER become developed.
Too many people at the top taking too much money from the people, and NOTHING we can do to stop them.
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