September 26, 2017
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The beginner’s guide to Brazil corruption

July 18, 2017 FaustaW 1

The BBC has Brazil corruption scandals: All you need to know. It’s clearly not all you need to know, since not only are entire books being written on the subject, the Beeb forgot to mention that the Federal Police shut down the Lava Jato task force, for instance, and Odebrecht is almost [Read More]

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Brazil runs out of money to issue passports

June 29, 2017 FaustaW 1

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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Brazil: PCC recruiting FARC

January 31, 2017 FaustaW 0

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

December 27, 2016 FaustaW 0

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: Rio goes for Republican

October 31, 2016 FaustaW 0

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]