Category Archives: Brazil

Rio Protests Continue

The old days prior to emergence of social media meant that government could control what was printed or shown in their society. But, after a week of increasngly open demonstrations against Brazilian government policies even President Dilma Roussef realizes there is a time bomb ticking away as people make clear they do not believe billions for sporting events prior to billions for lower fares and more schools and economic benefits for the poor. An estimated 2 million were in the streets of Brazilian cities demaning, “Stop Corruption. Change Brazil, Halt evictions” and adding that marching in the streets was the only place where people did not encounter taxes.

Ironically, years ago, President Roussef was marching in these same streets chanting the same complaints about a different president. There were such demonstrations in over 80 towns in Brazil. As Jamaime Schmitt put it: “there are no politicians who speak for us.”

Such is modern life.

It’s Not Us!

Riots in Turkey, demonstrations in Brazil, angry young people, furious old people, the only common factor is that some folks are tired of being ruled by men and women who have grown accustomed to power and forgotten the purpose of any government is meeting the needs of ALL people, not just those who support the existing one. Brazilians are angry at the rise in transportation costs and expenditure of  billions to prepare for an Olympic even while millions lack basic income and schools go without necessary funding. In  Turkey, thousands are tired of the arrogant behavior of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan who suffers from the malady of being in power to long. Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota claims his nation’s protests “have been peaceful” unlike violent ones in Turkey.

That is one way to describe riots. Peaceful ones and violent ones. Ironically, in both societies leaders HAVE been engaged in confronting poverty, but when one begains far behind, proceeding is a relative feeling. Poverty has been reduced but if the price is arrogance and disregard for human rights, the end result is a feeling of helplessness and a desire for action.

Fire This Time In Brazil

During the course of this century Brazil will emerge as  among the most important nations in the world. However, it remains a country in which the gap between poor and middle class and rich is enormous. Of course, we Americans also confront the same issue. Riots and demonstrations convulsed Sao Paulo as people protested a raise in transportation costs along with utility increases. They are disturbed by enormous expenditures to deal with the forthcoming Olympics. President Dilma Roussef is shocked by the turn of events. Her press secretary Gilberto Carvalho, commented: “it would be pretentious to say we understand what’s going on. If we are not sensitive we’ll be caught on the wrong side of history.”

It is a social conflict, it is a political conflict and it is an economic conflict between those who have and those who do not. Billions for sport events and no billions for those needing jobs and schools for their children. Ignore history and pay the consequences.

G8 Ain’t Happy Time For Many

There will be another meeting of G8 leaders who will gather in Chicago in order to discuss the state of world economies. Protesters will gather in the near vicinity of these illustrious heads of states, but it is doubtful if their words or sounds will ever reach the ears of those with power. One young protester summed up feelings of his group: “All we want to do is work, to her able to support ourselves. But, thanks to the rich being greedy, we can’t even do that.”

First, let us clear up some confusion.  Those who are rich are wealthy because they are wealthy. Protesters seek to transform a billionaire into someone who has to survive on a few hundred million. God has ordained that those with money are his favorite children. Just ask them. Let me make clear to those protesting, please check out the garbage area of hotels and you will find ample food for an evening’s mail.

Massacre In Brazil School!

He was a young man in his twenties who smiled as he entered Tasso da Silveira school which he had attended years ago. He chatted with a former teacher, smiled at students and slowly walked up the stairs. Suddenly, he halted, took out two guns, pointed them at a row of girls and began blasting away. Children shouted in fear, girls ran toward the doors in panic, a few kids burst out the doors and ran down the street until they found a policeman who headed back toward the school. As the policeman entered, Wellington Menzes de Oliveira, was shot and then he used one of his weapons to kill himself. The 12 dead children represented the worst massacre of young people in the history of Brazilian education.

At the funeral of one of the girls, a mother asked the media: “Where is it safe? The moon?” A good question. I live in the United States of America, a country in which there are over 200,000,000 weapons. Of course, the reason for these weapons, according to the NRA, is to keep us safe. When will the people of planet Earth learn that weapons lead to death, and, all too often, to the death of the innocent. When will humans ever learn?

A Strange Murder Mystery

Renata chatted with her friends as she got dressed in a beautiful new gown of white. They laughed and joked about what would happen this evening when she consummated the marriage in the arms of a man for whom she had nothing but love and admiration. Her best friend gave her a hug and whispered that her boyfriend, who was the best man, told her that his friend was so joyous today to marry her. The party got ready, they came to the door, it opened and they could see the gathered friends and relatives smiling with admiration at the beauty of Renata. Her father came to take her arm and they walked down the corridor to exclamations about her beauty. Her husband-to-be, Rogerio Damascena, stood with a smile on his face as she slowly approached. She wondered what was the surprise he promised everyone last night. Perhaps, he had purchased a special wedding ring. Time would allow her to learn what he had prepared for his new wife.

Vows of love and friendship were exchanged. They kissed and she felt the passion of her new husband. Rogerio stepped back, and announced he would now deliver the surprise. Slowly, he reached inside his jacked, out came a revolver, he pointed it at Renata,a bullet shot out from the barrel, then he turned the revolver toward his best man and shot him. Finally, Rogerio aimed the weapon at his head, fired and his body slumped to the floor.

Panic broke out as people dashed for the doors. Some just stood in shocked amazement. There was no evidence of any relationship between Renata and the best man. It was confusing, bewildering, and surprising that Rogerio had killed his wife, his best friend and himself.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

Drug Wars In Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is a city divided into those who enjoy the beauty of life in wonderful environment and those who live in poverty and fear of violence. Brazil hopes to be a major player in world meetings and World Cup and Olympic occasions, but the presence of armed drug gangs makes unlikely that any international group would seek to spend a few hours dodging bullets in the city. Brazilian police now use tanks and armored cars in order to venture into slums which are guarded by heavily armed thugs possessing the latest weapons. This is simply another example of how drugs take over the lives of people and transform peaceful people into criminals. It is time for this world to end making use of drugs a crime and thus end power of those who use drug money to become petty dictators in the slums of major cities.

Let us legalize drug use, let us tax drugs, and let us empty our jails of those in them because they took a drag.

UK Politician Wife Honest Prostitute

The world of politics is filled with stories of members of government selling out their principles for the allure of lobbyist money. One could term the transaction an example of “prostitution” but few would employ such an expression for fear of insulting those who sell out their constituents. Mike Weatherley is a member of the Conservative Party in England and has campaigned with David Cameron in the last election so one can assume he is familiar with interactions between politicians and lobbyists. His wife was arrested by undercover police for selling her body in exchange for money. She apparently did not grasp that in the United Kingdom it is illegal to sell the body, but perfectly legal to sell the mind for money. Mike met her in Rio de Janeiro ten years ago and they were married. She apparently was selling her body in Brazil, and when asked by reporters if she was continuing her former work while in the UK, she replied; “I like it here, nice clients, nice people, nice place and nice money.”

Clara Weatherley is more honest than her husband. She sells her body, and everything is clear to purchaser and seller. She has not lied to anyone, she has not abused other people, she likes to strip, and show it all. That is more honest than what her husband and his friends do in the world of politics.

Brazil Hostage To Terrorists

Ah Brazil, land of enchantment with people dancing in the streets, gorgeous beaches, a dynamic capital city of Rio de Janeiro, and sunshine and gorgeous men and women. What could one desire more than life in such a paradise? Guests at the International Hotel in the city are now cowering in their rooms after witnessing the hotel invaded by ten gunmen demanding something, but deciding to hold 30 guests as hostages in their standoff with the police. Finally, after gunfire wracked the area, the police were able to negotiate with the criminal band for release of hostages and return to some form of quiet and peace. The gunmen entered the hotel with high-caliber rifles, grenades and pistols and when the police arrived at the scene, there are reports dozens of the gunmen fled to the safety of a nearby slums. One guest wryly noted, “It seemed as if I was in Iraq.” After end of the siege, many guests told reporters they were not leaving the hotel because of fear there were criminals waiting outside.

Rio de Janeiro supposedly is the site of the 2014 World Cup matches. Who knows, maybe football players will show up for the games, but will there be spectators in the stands. Of course, the government of Brazil could always negotiate with criminals to fill in the stands. Heck, why not encourage them to bring their rifles and grenades and thus ensure Brazil is victorious in the games?

Iran Asked To Display Compassion By Brazil

Iran contains an educated population including leading thinkers in the world of science, medicine, literature and history. It is not a backward country, but thirty years ago the nation was taken over by fundamentalist clerics who had their own direct line to the Prophet Mohammad as well as to God. Over the past few years there have been several incidents in which Iranian women were accused of heinous crimes such as walking with a man other than their husband or having an affair, and the punishments have ranged from jail to hanging to being stoned to death. Complaints from Western nations ordinarily are dismissed as coming from countries hostile to the Iranian government. However, in the latest case of a sentence containing the sentence of stoning to death for adultery, the request has come from a friend of Ahmadinejad– President Lula da Silva. He has offered asylum to the woman in the spirit of compassion.

It will be interesting if compassion is a word known in the vocabulary of men of God.