Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Political Earthquake In Brazil

In Brazil, a new earthquake shook the political class: this time the conservative president Michel Temer is directly targeted. According to O Globo, Michel Temer met on March 7 Joesley Batista, one of the owners of the J & F group that controls the giant meat JBS. During their conversation, Joesley Batista explains to the president that he is paying money to Eduardo Cunha, former president of the Chamber of Deputies, currently in prison, to buy his silence on networks of corruption in the classroom Brazilian policy.
"You have to maintain that," replied Michel Temer. But the head of state does not know that his interlocutor secretly records all the discussion.  But the head of state does not know that his interlocutor secretly records all the discussion.  During their conversation, Joesley Batista explains to the president that he is paying money to Eduardo Cunha, former president of the Chamber of Deputies, currently in prison, to buy his silence on networks of corruption in the classroom Brazilian policy. "  You have to maintain that,  " replied Michel Temer. But the head of state does not know that his interlocutor secretly records all the discussion.

The facts were immediately denied by the Brazilian presidency. But the evil is done. " A country in uncertainty,  " today titles O Globo. While the Folha de Sao Paolo believes that "  the recording of the conversation between Michel Temer and entrepreneur Batista jammed the government  ." United States: Special Attorney to Investigate Where It Could Hurt In the United States, the Department of Justice yesterday appointed a special prosecutor. He is charged with conducting the explosive investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This special prosecutor is none other than Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI. A choice welcomed by a large part of the American newspapers. "  Mueller is the man of the situation, The Boston Herald welcomes. "  He is respected by Republicans and Democrats. Robert Mueller  "said the daily,"  was invested at the head of the FBI a week before the attacks of September 11. He helped the nation through the 12 dangerous and uncertain years that followed. Undoubtedly, he will be sufficiently intrepid to fulfill the mission which is henceforth his. " Robert Mueller must "  find out if Russia has interfered in the 2016 presidential election if a member of the Trump campaign has been involved in this interference and finally if a member of the administration, including the president himself, Tried to obstruct the investigation, Writes the Washington Post. The newspaper also explains that Mueller's mission is limited to detecting criminal actions and if he finds them to prosecute the culprits. "  His job is not to inform the public about possible inappropriate actions that violate ethical principles  ." This is one of the reasons why the Wall Street Journal today deplores the appointment of a special prosecutor. "  After weeks of political pressure, the democrats and their allied media have finally won a cause,  " the economic daily notes bitterly. "  This decision opens years of uncertainty and political risk for the Trump administration,  Without providing the guarantee that the public will eventually better understand what really happened ". Colombian president visits White House Before flying off for his first tour abroad, President Donald Trump will today receive his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, at the White House. The Colombian press emphasizes the "  multiple stakes" of this visit, as the daily El Espectador says. El Tiempo summarizes the essential points: "  Colombia is still one of the main allies of Washington in Latin America. But it is clear that this region is not a priority for the Trump administration  ". Juan Manuel Santos also arrives with a not inconsiderable handicap: he will be blamed " the increase in the illegal production of coca which in a few years has almost doubled in Colombia. "
Bogota needs US aid, including financial assistance, for the implementation of the peace agreements between the government and the FARC guerrillas. And El Tiempo concludes: "  This encounter with Donald Trump represents one of the greatest challenges of the Colombian president. Colombia's diplomacy and policy will depend on its success for years to come. "

In Colombia, as in Brazil, the authorities are preparing for a wave of Venezuelan refugees. According to Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann, the economic and political crisis in Venezuela is provoking major migratory movements. The authorities fear that these movements may become massive, with Venezuelans seeking to shelter in neighboring countries, Reports the Venezuelan newspaper El Tiempo. The Venezuelan government deploys the army in the north of the country Meanwhile, the Chavist government reinforces the military presence in the state of Tachira. Located in northern Venezuela, on the border with Colombia, the state of Tachira has been in recent days "  the scene of serious violence. In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, dozens of businesses were ransacked and two police stations burned down,  "says Ultimas Noticias. The opposition cries out for scandal. "  This militarization will only serve to neutralize the protests of a civil society already harshly repressed by the security forces,  " said El Nacional. Yesterday, A new anti-government demonstrator died. He is a 15-year-old boy. The opposition is calling for new demonstrations on Thursday.

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