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Protests continue in Brazil while Congress is working overtime to legislate on grievances

Thursday, June 27th 2013 - 05:42 UTC
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As protests again turned violent near the stadium where Brazil’s national team was playing arch-rival Uruguay, legislators kept up a lawmaking spurt aimed at quelling the biggest street demonstrations in two decades by increasing penalties for corruption. Read full article


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  • GeoffWard2

    Engage Barbosa as the nation's ethical strongman.
    He should make announcements of his aims and objectives of rectification, his time-scales, his requirements of the demonstrating public, etc.
    Dilma should make parallel national pronouncements about a fresh start for Brasil - a re-start where corruption is a full stop for public life, and where prison is rapid and inevitable for transgressing leaders in public life.
    It would be a powerful twin management of this huge country ... if the two could work together with mutual public and private respect and humility, to allow each to maximise their impact on national social reconstruction.
    This could be the stuff of future history books.

    Jun 27th, 2013 - 08:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    Problem is the ultimate agenda of PT is a coup. They're leftards and will always be. In their eyes, Barbosa is a traitor for standing against PT and mensaleiros.

    Jun 27th, 2013 - 02:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Problem is there are sufficient good laws, but nobody feels they have to obay them.

    Jun 27th, 2013 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fbear

    2 Math: The ultimate problem is that Globo is advancing g Barbosa's reputation because this elite rag and its sisters will stop at nothing ti unseat Dilma and rout PT at the expense of social advances in Brasil, to preserve its precious elite who want to continue robbing and raping the country for their own greedy ends. They are already touting his strength as a possible presidential candidate next year. If they weren't so transparent in their desperation to discredit the left, it would be laughable, but instead it is dangerous to incite this kind of unrest. Fascism is still waiting in the wings for a return engagement. They should be careful what they wish for. One day their political manipulations under the guise of journalism will come back to haunt them when the wrong people get into power and clamp down on the press. Maybe this is what it will take . . .

    Jun 27th, 2013 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton


    surley just

    Jun 27th, 2013 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Math

    @4 Education is just as lame as it used to be (and now the quotas will probably make univerties worse), crime and corruption have increased. So, please, name the social advances in Brazil that you are refering to that can be said a merit of this ruling gang. We have advanced economically, yes and because of the previous institutions left by FHC and Collor, but socially?
    By the way, Globo is not advancing Barbosa's reputation. Internet did.

    Jun 28th, 2013 - 01:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Fbear, #4,

    Barbosa is not part of the country's historic elite, coming as he does from humble circumstances. He is not anti-PT, he is anti-corruption; and he is a self-made man. He has fought against corruption in the full light of media exposure for years and has risen to the heights in his profession.

    Globo and Veja primarily have the same anti-corruption focus.
    Yes, they - and the country - are desperate because these are desperate times; the window of opportunity does not remain open forever.
    There is no evidence whatsoever that Globo is promoting a fascist agenda; this is untrue and would be libelous, as you well know.

    Are you suggesting that Barbosa would be one of 'the wrong people getting into power'? He is probably the most 'right' person that Brasil has thrown up since FHC - and, yes, I include Marina Silva.

    Jun 28th, 2013 - 07:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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