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Bolsonaro bans the use of Bic pens because they are French

Saturday, August 31st 2019 - 09:09 UTC
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he will stop using disposable pens made by France's Bic to sign official documents, while a diplomatic spat continues over fires in the Amazon basin. Read full article


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  • RedBaron

    Will he also be discarding his fancy Mont Blanc pens as well just because they are named after a French mountain?
    Bolsonaro is a five year old.

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 01:36 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Mr. RedBaron...

    Not my intention of backing that Bolsonaro turnip in any way..., but..........
    I seem to recall you Anglos renaming them french fries as liberty fries not so long ago...

    And by the way... the Monte Bianco is a French -Italian mountain...

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 02:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    Gauchito Drink! Hilarious, as my Father pointed out years ago, the French will always be respected by the SAR. Of course a borracho like you can never get respect of any kind ...;)

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 02:41 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Heisenbergcontext

    Bolsonaro becomes more Trump-like by the day. Or is it the other way 'round?

    Fyi Think, it was the U.S.A. that introduced 'freedom fries' into the lexicon, not “ Anglos...”. The rest of us thought it was silly.

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Ain't them Yanks no Anglo no more..., me dear WA jailbird mate...?

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 04:14 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Heisenbergcontext

    Not since 1776 I believe:).

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 04:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    I Think you mean to say “Engrish”..., matey...

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 04:37 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Terence Hill

    Moro appears to be proud of having broken the rules and ignored Brazil’s Federal Constitution in order to advance what he considers to be the greater good. He thus mistakes a judge’s role for that of a vigilante, taking fully to heart his fans’ description of him as a ‘superhero’.
    Since the revelations, Moro has been encouraging the cult of his own personality. On 30 June, as thousands of his far-right supporters gathered across the country, he tweeted ‘I see, I hear’ – along with photos of the demonstrations. The phrase echoes a passage from the Book of Exodus, in which God responds to the plight of the Jews in Egypt.
    While Moro's work has been incredibly valuable for Brazil, if what journalist Glenn Greenwald has been publishing proves to be illegal, it may set a dangerous precedent.
    Whatever one may think of Lula and the rest of those found guilty of corruption in Brazil, it is important to uphold their rights. If indeed Moro broke the law, then the competent authorities must investigate the case and scrutinize its own rulings. This will be the Federal Supreme Tribunal’s job. And if Lula is to go free, then so be it, as long as the legal system is working correctly. Whether the legal system can be impartial is a related matter.
    Agustino Fontevecchia

    Aug 31st, 2019 - 06:26 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • :o))

    Can Bic survive such a terrible loss?

    Sep 01st, 2019 - 02:36 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Brasileiro

    The far right logo is imbecility!

    The pens produced by BIC are Made in Brazil and generate jobs in Brazil. There are 1400 fathers and mothers of families who earn their living through BIC's entrepreneurial initiative.

    Sep 01st, 2019 - 02:31 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Terence Hill

    Supreme Court pushed back against an attempt to cancel participatory councils.
    On June 12, Bolsonaro faced his first defeat at the SC. The Court issued an injunction blocking part of his recent decree. Participatory councils are institutional venues that bring together representatives from civil society and the government. Councilors develop policy proposals, pass policy initiatives, set budgets, and oversee the implementation of policies on the ground. Participatory councils operate at all levels of government across a range of different policy sectors. Brazil’s National Health Council brings together patients, health care workers, and service providers from throughout Brazil. Councilors (and apply) potential sanctions for a local government that has misused health funds.
    Why did Bolsonaro attack the participatory councils?
    In April, Bolsonaro issued a sweeping decree to eliminate more than 50 of Brazil’s participatory councils at the national level. The decree shutters long-standing councils for disability rights, rural development, among others. Bolsonaro justified his actions by arguing that participatory councils provide a space for special interests to “deliberately disrupt Brazil’s development of Brazil,” ignore the law and go against the “real needs of the population”.
    This decree also eliminates a key tool in the fight against corruption. Participatory councils increase transparency and oversight of budgets. The future of the councils remains uncertain
    The Supreme Court’s recent injunction represents a partial victory for Brazil’s councils.Beyond the details of the injunction, the Supreme Court’s ruling was a landmark one as the first court decision to uphold the councils’ constitutionality. All 11 Justices affirmed the importance of participatory democracy as a foundation of Brazil’s 1988 Constitution.

    Sep 01st, 2019 - 05:03 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    Lol. I'm sure the French are devastated. Nearly as much as when he refused to accept the free money they were offering him.

    Not our responsibility, since 1776. Bozo and Farty-pants seem to be having a competition who can say the dumbest shit.

    Sep 02nd, 2019 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Funny people those whitish Anglos...

    First..., a whitish Anglo from Oziland tells me that whitish Anglos from Yankeeland ain't no Anglos..., but he is...

    Then another whitish Anglo from Pomland tells me that whitish Anglos from Yankeeland ain't no Anglos..., but he is...

    What next...? The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid telling me that he is the only true Anglo in the House...?

    Sep 02nd, 2019 - 12:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    Amazon fires: Almost 4,000 new blazes started across Brazil in 48 hours after ban on burning forest land

    Sep 02nd, 2019 - 05:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Sure, Mr Pale Face Argie. How can they be Anglos when they don't even speak the language properly? Everyone knows it's 'chips'. ;)

    Sep 02nd, 2019 - 05:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Of course..., chips...!
    Like in Curry & Chips..., I reckon...
    Pale Face baldy Sajid Javid will be thrilled...

    Sep 02nd, 2019 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    The dude supports Brexit, so presumably he wants to leave the EU to stop all those damn immigrants coming here.

    ... bet you're bald too. ;)

    Sep 02nd, 2019 - 08:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    REF: “The pens produced by BIC are Made in Brazil”

    That's patriotically unfair!

    If the parent-company is French; they should be driven out of Brazil! A few more unemployed Brazilians need not be a big problem because as such even the unemployed [12% only] are enjoying their present status without ANY kind of grumbling!

    Sep 03rd, 2019 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Terence Hill

    Two brazilian firms owned by a top donor to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are significantly responsible for the ongoing destruction of the Amazon rainforest, carnage that has developed into raging fires that have captivated global attention.
    The companies have wrested control of land, deforested it, and helped build a controversial highway to their new terminal in the one-time jungle, all to facilitate the cultivation and export of grain and soybeans. The shipping terminal at Miritituba, deep in the Amazon in the Brazilian state of Pará, allows growers to load soybeans on barges, which will then sail to a larger port before the cargo is shipped around the world.
    The Amazon terminal is run by Hidrovias do Brasil, a company that is owned in large part by Blackstone, a major U.S. investment firm. Another Blackstone company, Pátria Investimentos, owns more than 50 percent of Hidrovias, while Blackstone itself directly owns an additional roughly 10 percent stake. Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman is a close ally of Trump and has donated millions of dollars to McConnell in recent years.”

    Sep 08th, 2019 - 11:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    @Terence Hill

    You seem to be prejudiced against some serious [?] folks who just need to earn a decent [?] livelihood & make two ends meet!

    Sep 09th, 2019 - 05:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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