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Brazil: Lula’s passport seized, runs for president again

What does a former president do after losing an appeal, having a prison sentence extended, and his passport seized? Run again! A federal judge in Brazil has seized the passport of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and banned him from leaving the country. Judge Ricardo Leite is investigating [Read More]

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Brazil runs out of money to issue passports

Last year the Rio Olympics were 51% over budget, to the tune of $1.6 billion, the month before they opened. The 2014 World Cup $3 billion stadiums were becoming white elephants a year later. Now Brazilian authorities have suspended the issuing of new passports because of a budget crisis: The government said emergency funds [Read More]

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Social Issues

Bookworm Beat 3/30/17 — tight-knit communities, nuclear families, and individual worth

Looking at this grab-bag post, I can see the common thread: valuing tight-knit communities, nuclear families, and each individual’s worth. I know why Utah’s welfare is working. Megan McArdle wrote a much-talked-about article in which she looked at Utah, which has extremely good and affordable social services. The key to [Read More]

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Brazil: PCC recruiting FARC

Seriously bad news for the entire hemisphere: Brazil’s largest criminal organization, the PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital – First Capital Command) is recruiting Colombian FARC members (emphasis added), as it seeks heavy-weapons and other expertise to help expand its hold over Latin America’s drug trade, investigators and officials in both [Read More]

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Chapecoense: LaMia pilot didn’t warn he was flying on empty

The airplane crash that killed all but three of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team: Doomed LaMia Flight’s Engines Began Shutting Down Several Minutes Before Crash. Colombian officials say pilots didn’t warn of total fuel loss until it was too late Investigators from Colombia’s Civil Aviation Authority said the pilots didn’t report [Read More]

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Brazil: #Chapecoense’s Bolivian air traffic controller seeks asylum

Celia Castedo fled Bolivia, alleging she’s being persecuted: Bolivian authorities accused Ms. Castedo of “failing to carry out her duties as a public official” in not preventing LaMia flight 2933 from leaving the city of Santa Cruz on Nov. 28. The flight subsequently ran out of fuel and crashed near [Read More]

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Brazil: Rio goes for Republican

The Partido Republicano Brasileiro’s Marcelo Crivella, an evangelical bishop, won the mayoral election in Rio de Janeiro with 59% of the vote. A Republican, evangelical, bishop of the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God), you say? Hillary may need a bigger basket for [Read More]