Brazilian authorities have reported the seizure of a huge contraband of cigarettes from Paraguay, and some of the brands in the boxes belong to a well known tobacco company in Asunción, which belongs to president Horacio Cartes. Read full article
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So what else is new ???Jan 22nd, 2018 - 04:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
The law is the same; except for:Jan 22nd, 2018 - 07:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
@JBJan 22nd, 2018 - 11:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
The President of Paraguay regularly smuggles cigarettes into Brazil?
@DTJan 23rd, 2018 - 02:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
REF: regularly smuggles cigarettes into Brazil?:
The poor guy is just trying to make the two ends meet - just like the rest of the politicians who are profusely SUPPORTED by the masses.
- Corruption is a part of the so-called Democracy
- Corruption is a part of the Culture, Tradition & Heritage
- In short; corruption is in the DNA of the race
1º: Historically, Corruption is something to be proud of!
2º: If one is NOT corrupt; what the hell is he/she/it doing; indulging in politics?
@DTJan 23rd, 2018 - 03:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Does Cartes regularly smuggle cigarettes into Brazil ? ‘yes’, he and a few others. Besides the smuggling itself, which is against the law - obviously - it translates into tax evasion on all levels ; it pays no import tax, the retailers of the contraband and neither the consumer pay (sales and consumption) taxes. But the questions here, beyond the simple act of smuggling, should be focused on who is involved....to believe that Cartes has no idea where his cigarettes are going, totally unsuspecting that the enormous volumes - way beyond the average consumption of cigarettes in Paraguay - are being exported illegally, is to be naive. Paraguay also imports cigarettes ‘made in Brazil’, taking advantage of all the tax incentices /exemptions on exports, then proceeds to smuggle them back into Brazil.
On the other hand, despite pressure from the Brazilian media and the Brazilian government’s crackdown on the smuggling, the results are not very efficient. As the article points out, drugs and weapons also come over the border, to supply the Rio gangs and the war against the State. What the report does not mention is something that goes the other way….thousands of cars, robbed or stolen in Brazil, end up in Paraguay, completely legalized by the Paraguayan authorities. The Brazilian government has tried – for decades – to get Paraguay to put an end to this, but it’s no use. Some Brazilians have actually ‘found’ their cars in Assuncion, but when they go to the police to recover their cars, they are discretely told to F-off.
ALL that Lula needs:Jan 23rd, 2018 - 04:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Lol. Paraguay sounds like a charming neighbour, and that the president himself is involved is the icing on the cake. I also remember reading that Paraguay is famous for selling counterfeit merchandise of all kinds, and the last article mentioning the country was about guns being smuggled from America into Brazil, via Paraguay. I guess the country has had a lot of problems, but it makes me wonder why it is so poor compared to its neighbours.Jan 23rd, 2018 - 10:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
@DT:Jan 24th, 2018 - 11:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
REF: The President of Paraguay regularly smuggles cigarettes into Brazil?:
Well, regularly need not mean EACH & EVERY Day!
The justifiable REASONS:
- It's a lot easier for him to do so on his own than handing over the RESPONSIBILITY to the 3rd-parties.
- He is better organized than the Organized Crime
- Smuggling gets respectable if a President is involved.
@DTJan 24th, 2018 - 06:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Ciudad del Este is a shopping haven for many not so well-off Brazilians...they subject themselves to long bus rides, depending on where they are from, to go there to buy goods to re-sell back home at a good profit. Don't know about today, but years ago just about all the whisky purchased down there was false, and the final consumer, believing it to be legitimate, could face serious health problems.
As far as electronic products go, it might be OK..as long as they are 'popular' models. The 'guarantee' isn't worth much.
Why it's such a mess, is a good question, but a likely answer is because of the extremely corrupt governments, of which Cartes is just a typical example..
H. C. may even be in a You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours Style partnership with a few Brazilian Elite-Crooks. The possibilities are innumerable; to explain the Freedom/Ease of doing the VERY well-established AND Highly Lucrative Cross-Border Businesses.Jan 24th, 2018 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
@:o))Jan 25th, 2018 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Wouldn't be the first time.....are you able to remember the names of all the politicians involved /accused of drug trafficking in Brazil ?? quite a few.....
Theye use the money they steal to buy the drugs then multiply it one hundred fold....lucrative business, over USD 300 billion, worldwide.
@JBJan 26th, 2018 - 02:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
True! EXACTLY how many trillions are constantly being robbed - repeatedly - [for god only know how long (for how many years)] will NEVER be known! And still, they have the cheek to say that: No matter what, Brazil's 2018 election WILL be controversial
One Crook replaced by yet ANOTHER crook is not exactly; a controversy! REF:
Demonstrator the slavish followerJan 28th, 2018 - 01:56 am - Link - Report abuse -1
“Is unable to think for himself. The way he believes facts are something you look up in books” They certainly are Ollie, that’s why they invented citations. You just appear to be a classic whiny sore loser, who is sulking because he was schooled again.
The best way to win an argument is to begin by being by being right.Jill Ruckeshaus, Saturday evening Post, March 3, 1973
Jack Bauer aka Proof-less and Truth-less
Lula's 'fake news' site. If only you could produce any verifiable facts to support your long impeached opinions
Oh well at least we know how his electoral campaign was financed. The other good points are that he was not stealing from his own electors and was providing jobs for his own people.Jan 28th, 2018 - 12:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
@THJan 28th, 2018 - 02:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
How do you think the author determines what to write in the book, genius?
Demonstrator the slavish followerJan 28th, 2018 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
“How do you think the author determines what to write in the book”
Since the citations I post are verifiable issues of fact, the majority have no problem making the connection. You have just confirmed you have cognitive problems.
Heh, you've got no idea, have you?Jan 28th, 2018 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Thanks for proving my point, even if you're not capable of understanding it yourself.
Demonstrator the slavish followerJan 28th, 2018 - 05:05 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
Unlike you I don’t use fiction which appears the only matter you truck in. My only exception to posting facts is the use expert opinion. Whereas you and the ones you slavish after seem to be believe your own unsupported opinions have some significance. Enjoy your delusions, meanwhile in the real world.
TH, synonymous with arrogant, dumb, believes his own lies, believes he is God's gift to men, talks authoritatively about what he has no clue, left-wing radical, Lula worshipper, can't think for himself, laps up all the BS from Lula's site as if it were the Gospel truth, a master at twisting the truth and taking things others say out of context, pisses out the pot but does not retract, despicable little man with an enormous inferiority complex, and an alien from Uranus - or at least from somebody's...Jan 28th, 2018 - 06:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Have I missed anything ? dunno, but am sure he'll tell me if I have...LOL
@JBJan 28th, 2018 - 06:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
I think that about covers it. I would have hesitated over despicable, but accusing me of having cognitive problems because I asked him a question he doesn't know how to answer is pretty low.
@DTJan 28th, 2018 - 07:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
yep, it can become tiresome to read so much BS...but coming from him, you can be sure that the truth is the opposite of what he claims.
It's a shame, because the things he quotes are often true, it's just they are usually not relevant or he tries to apply them incorrectly. Those fallacies for example are real and are ways to identify bad arguments, but he's quoted them so many times everyone just ignores them and assumes it's nonsense, so now I can't easily point them out when it is appropriate. He's taken away a useful tool.Jan 28th, 2018 - 07:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Jack Bauer aka Proof-less and Truth-lessJan 28th, 2018 - 07:53 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
“Have I missed anything” Other than having zero credibility which makes YHO, as I have proved repeatedly absolutely unreliable.
“Coming from him, you can be sure that the truth is the opposite” says the one whom I’ve proved time and again relies on lying.
Demonstrator the slavish follower
“It's a shame, because the things he quotes are often true, it's just they are usually not relevant” What a great cop-out for one who continuously is on the losing end of an argument
“Geoffrey Roberston, a renowned British jurist who has worked with the United Nations, has strongly criticised the whole Brazilian judicial process, especially the role of trial judge Sergio Moro, whom he called a “campaigner and not a judge.
In a hard-hitting interview, Roberston, who was in Brazil on Wednesday, questioned the appeals court chief’s decision to applaud the trial court verdict as “impeccable” even before he had read it. “What sort of banana republic is this? Brazil will become a joke if these judges are allowed to behave like this. That is my concern. Judges must be independent and impartial. Also, the lack of any jury system and a culture of forced plea deals give immense power to judges and prosecutors.
As Lula’s conviction was mostly based on statements – and not evidence – obtained in plea deals, many see it a political trial...some of the world’s top intellectuals and activists called Lula a victim of “lawfare”.”
@DTJan 28th, 2018 - 09:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
And unfortunately you've encouraged him to blow more hot air....most boring.
Sorry. Since he never will admit to losing an argument no matter how obvious it is to everyone else, we'd better declare this thread dead. It's gone way off topic from cigarette smuggling anyway.Jan 28th, 2018 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
Jack Bauer aka Proof-less and Truth-lessJan 28th, 2018 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
“you've encouraged him ....most boring.”
Ain’t the truth a bitch, every time you open your big lying mouth I’m going to resurrect your history so no one is any doubt about who’s doing what. Go on challenge me and I’ll reveal specific incidents like your BS about bath-room etiquette in Brazil. If my credibility had been so utterly damaged I’d keep my mouth shut. But, smarts are not your strong suit are they.
Oh Toothless wonder...resurrect my 'history' so no-one............... ; Que meeeedo !!!!!Jan 29th, 2018 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
You're the only one who hasn't realized that your credibility is non-existent, but don't let that stop you Terry 'Pinocchio' Hill.
Demonstrator the slavish followerJan 29th, 2018 - 08:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
“He never will admit to losing an argument” The proof is in eating the pudding. You haven’t been able to produce any so I guess its just another unsupported assertion that bites the dust.
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” Euripides, Bacchae
Jack Bauer aka Proof-less and Truth-less
“Your credibility is non-existent,” Oh, another of your proof-less in YHO blathering.
Whereas here’s absolute proof you are a liar, “Your insistence that I'm a fascist, …is proof that you are just blowing hot air” http://en.mercopress.com/2017/05/25/brazilian-ex-presidents-discussing-the-outcome-of-the-political-situation/comments#comment467347
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott
Brazil's corruption scandals reach Lula da Silva: ...
12 Jack Bauer; “..'Military dictatorship', ..history is showing,.. that it was good for Brazil
Brazil supportive of Mercosur ...
14 Jack Bauer; ”.....but there is still one thing that can save Brazil...the Military..
Brazil waiting for 50bn dollars …
50 Jack Bauer; “Military taking over again, ….. they did it to prevent Brazil from being handed over to the communists. ... the Military , I hope, would be there again to save Brazil
Brazil remembers the 50th anniversary of the coupe…
15 Jack Bauer; “..Am pretty sure that military are accompanying all this … I hope they DO take over
@T.Hillbilly, aka Brain-less and Tooth-lessJan 30th, 2018 - 05:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Is 'that' your great trump card ??? ....the 'military' ??? seems it has made a deep impression in your soft brain.
Jack Bauer aka Proof-less and Truth-lessJan 30th, 2018 - 06:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
“Is 'that' your great trump card ?” Certainly is as it shows you in your complete and deeply flawed self. “Other than to confirm his bias.” This is in your YHO which has no credibility, here’s absolute the proof. “Your insistence that I'm a fascist, …is proof that you are just blowing hot air” http://en.mercopress.com/2017/05/25/brazilian-ex-presidents-discussing-the-outcome-of-the-political-situation/comments#comment467347
Brazil's corruption scandals reach Lula da Silva: ...
12 Jack Bauer; “..'Military dictatoagreesrship', ..history is showing,.. that it was good for Brazil
Heres a Brazilian legal expert who also states that it is a “disregard for legal precedents and due process”
“It’s a complicated case, but in my analysis, neither side has it quite right. As a Brazilian constitutional law professor and Supreme Court researcher, I see Lula’s trials as a marquee example of Brazil’s flawed and inconsistent justice system. It confirms that Brazilian judges are on a moral quest to “cleanse” politics – and they’re willing to bend the law to do it …Lula’s lost appeal is the perfect distillation of what ails the Brazilian legal system. It is one part judicial activism in the name of anti-corruption, one part judicial disregard for legal precedents and due process. With the good intention of “fixing” politics, Brazil’s judges may be breaking the rule of law.” http://en.mercopress.com/2017/05/25/brazilian-ex-presidents-discussing-the-outcome-of-the-political-situation/comments#comment467347
@TH aka Brain-less, tooth-less idiotJan 31st, 2018 - 06:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Rubens Glezer, AGAIN ??? you should really go and see a geriatrician...
Jack Bauer aka Proof-less and Truth-lessJan 31st, 2018 - 10:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
When the dust has cleared it shows what I have proved is unrefuted. While you are reduced to standing on sidelines name calling, loser.