quarta-feira, 17 de outubro de 2018
"Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global." - Glenn Greenwald
FOR THE PAST THIRTY YEARS, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro was a fringe extremist in Brazilian politics, known mostly for outlandish, deliberately inflammatory quotes in which he paid homage to the most notorious torturers of the 1964-1985 military regime, constantly heralded the 1964 coup as a “defense of democracy,” told a female socialist colleague in Congress that she was too ugly to “deserve” his rape, announced that he’d rather learn that his son died in a car accident than was gay, and said he conceived a daughter after having four sons only due to a “moment of weakness.” (Last September, he used Google to translate a Brazilian epithet for LGBTs to, in essence, call me a faggot on Twitter).
"The wind in my hair: one Iranian woman’s courageous struggle against being forced to wear the hijab" - Joanna Moorhead
Masih Alinejad has paid a high price for letting her hair down and criticising her government. She’s been sentenced to prison, fled her native Iran and is unable to see her family. Here, she reveals why all she wants is to give women the choice to wear the hijab or not.
domingo, 14 de outubro de 2018
"WHAT BRAZIL’S WORKERS’ PARTY NEEDS TO DO IF IT HOPES TO DEFEAT JAIR BOLSONARO’S FAR-RIGHT COALITION" - Andrew Fishman
BRAZIL JUST EXPERIENCED one of the most dramatic moments in its democratic history. Four years ago, Jair Bolsonaro was an Army reservist and a congressman from Rio de Janeiro with relatively limited national influence and connected to a minor party. When his name did pop up, it was usually to be condemned for his outrageous, stupid, hateful, racist, misogynist, or homophobic comments, or his enthusiasm for the military dictatorship and the torture that it inflicted on dissidents. His legislative achievements were almost nonexistent. On Sunday, however, he solidified his role as the leader of a far-right counterrevolution that swept through the nation like a tornado.
quinta-feira, 11 de outubro de 2018
The alliance between the United States and Western Europe has accomplished great things. It won two world wars in the first half of the 20th century. Then it expanded to include its former enemies and went on to win the Cold War, help spread democracy and build the highest living standards the world has ever known.
President Trump is trying to destroy that alliance.
A wave of populist revolts has led many to lose faith in the wisdom of people power. But such eruptions are essential to the vitality of modern politics.
quarta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2018
On 10 October 2018, the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty aims at raising awareness on the inhumane living conditions of people sentenced to death.
terça-feira, 9 de outubro de 2018
Depois do relatório de ontem, há quem tenha mais receios ainda.
Key dangers largely left out of the IPCC special report on 1.5C of warming are raising alarm among some scientists who fear we may have underestimated the impacts of humans on the Earth’s climate.
In a stunning upset that may radically alter the political landscape of Latin America, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election in Brazil in a far more decisive victory than expected. The former Army officer has a long history of making racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments and has openly praised Brazil’s military dictatorship. He will now face Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party in a runoff on October 28. Haddad won 29 percent of the vote Sunday. Many are warning that the future of democracy in Brazil hangs in the balance. We speak with Maria Luísa Mendonça, director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil, who says Bolsonaro is a “fascist” and that his election would create “a very dangerous situation in Brazil.”
segunda-feira, 8 de outubro de 2018
Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC
Recém-descobertos pela ciência na costa norte do Brasil, corais ocupam área subaquática maior que a do estado do Rio de Janeiro. Licença para exploração de petróleo na região pode sair a qualquer momento.
domingo, 7 de outubro de 2018
Throughout Syria’s seven-year-old conflict, the West – like Russia – has consistently put its own strategic interests before those of the country’s peaceful majority. Syrians want genuine democracy and equality under the law; but that will not happen until the extremists are removed from the equation.
After years of corruption scandals, economic malaise, and deepening political polarization, Brazilians have lost faith in the promise of democracy, and could soon elect a dangerous authoritarian to the presidency. Before going to the polls on October 7, Brazilians should understand exactly what a vote for Jair Bolsonaro would mean for the future of their country.
quarta-feira, 3 de outubro de 2018
Nunca em nossa história fomos colocados diante de uma alternativa tão radical: o ex-capitão candidato à Presidência, Jair Bolsonaro se apresenta com todas as características do nazifascismo que vitimou milhões na Europa na Segunda Guerra Mundial e um outro de quem não se pode negar um espírito democrático, Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro mesmo declarou que não se importa ser comparado a Hitler. Se ofenderia se o chamassem de gay.
Agradeço à Isabel do Carmo
terça-feira, 2 de outubro de 2018
Faced with shops full of food and other goods swathed in plastic, families across the world are trying to reduce its use and recycle wherever possible to cut down its impact on the environment.