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Jefferson Azevedo // Bolsonaro’s threat to oppressed in Brazil demands response – Struggle – La Lucha – On Jan. 1, Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurated as the new president of Brazil. Bolsonaro is a former army officer who was expelled, while still a lieutenant, due to his involvement in a group opposing cuts in the military and demanding higher salaries for officers. It was discovered that this group planned to place explosive devices in some barracks to achieve its goals.

Forced to resign, Bolsonaro took advantage of his media notoriety and entered the political field. He became a popular figure with the military and other ultraright opponents of civilian rule, which was re-established in 1985 after more than 20 years of popular struggle against military dictatorship.

It is important to point out that, even though Bolsonaro has been in the public eye for many years, he was never considered a leader or even a powerful politician.

Bolsonaro took advantage of the congressional-judicial coup d’etat that ousted former President Dilma Rousseff — the first woman to hold the office in the history of Brazil — and sent another former president, Luis Ignacio Da Silva, popularly known as Lula, to jail on trumped-up corruption charges.

The coup allowed Bolsonaro and his backers in the Brazilian ruling class to manipulate the dissatisfaction of the Brazilian people with the social-democratic Workers Party of Dilma and Lula, the country’s history of corruption, urban violence, and the decline of the economic power that Brazil had achieved during Lula’s presidency from 2003 to 2011.

As scapegoats for all the country’s problems, the Workers Party and its leadership, with Lula and Dilma at the forefront, became the favorite targets for reactionaries and fascists. To facilitate the attacks by these anti-progressive forces, the media used plenty of their time to talk about corruption in a way that it made it seem that members of the Workers Party and their allies were the only ones to blame.

So, with a massive use of propaganda on social media platforms Facebook and Whatsapp (both owned by U.S. tech mogul Mark Zuckerberg) and the spread of false accusations against his opponent, Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad, Bolsonaro was elected.

U.S. imperialism, looking to turn back the “pink tide” in Latin America inspired by Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, was only too happy to support Bolsonaro’s candidacy. Bolsonaro has promised closer ties with Wall Street and the Pentagon, aiming to turn Brazil into a base for subversion against Venezuela.

// GOP leaders strip Steve King of committee assignments | TheHill – The move by GOP leaders severely hamstrings King’s ability to wield influence as a member of Congress. The Agriculture Committee in particular is considered a prime spot for lawmakers like King who represent states with agricultural industries. “We will not be seating Steve King on any committees in the 116th Congress,” McCarthy told reporters. King insisted that his remarks were taken out of context and criticized McCarthy’s decision. “Leader McCarthy’s decision to remove me from committees is a political decision that ignores the truth,” King said in a statement. But King made no indication that he plans to resign. “Ultimately, I told him ‘You have to do what you have to do and I will do what I have to do.’ I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years,” King said.

Mother of journalist killed by IS: “We must support SDF to achieve justice – ANHA | Ajansa Nûçeyan a Hawar – Dian Foley, whose son James Foley was brutally executed in 2014 by IS, said she is worried that without US support, SDF would not have the ability to continue detaining the killers of her son, Olksanda Koteh and Shafi’i Sheikh, who are detained in the centers of North Syria.

“I would ask President (Donald) Trump to remember that these Syrian Kurds are holding these men who targeted and killed our citizens and that we need to help them bring justice to our citizens,” Dian Foley told CNN.

The State Department accused Koteh of “possibly involved in mass executions and cruel torture” of Western journalists and aid workers’ hostages. According to the Foreign Ministry, Sheikh has acquired a bad reputation as a result of his brutal treatment of prisoners and his execution of prisoners.

Koteh and al-Shafi’i were accused of belonging to the cell, which also included Mohammed al-Amwazi – known as the “jihadist John” – who was killed in a US air strike in 2015.

The group is suspected of beheading 27 people, including British aid workers David Haines, Alan Henning, US citizens James Foley, Stephen Sutlov and relief worker Peter Kasig.

Tulio Ribeiro // El fascismo de Brasil amenaza al mundo y los brasileños | Blog | teleSUR – Es un error conceptual relacionar a Bolsonaro con alguna línea teórica innovadora que trae soluciones. El ex capitán fue expulsado del ejército por los generales de la dictadura por su comportamiento conturbado y sus malas prácticas, llegó a defender la colocación de bombas en la principal carretera brasileña como forma de presión para una campaña salarial de los militares. El nuevo presidente emerge de un grupo que defiende las torturas corrientes en el país durante la dictadura (1964-1985). Fue diputado por 28 años, sin llegar a ser líder de ningún partido, ni siquiera presidente o relator de cualquier comisión parlamentaria, sin ningún proyecto relevante, en todo el tiempo que estuvo en el Congreso solo tres de sus proyectos fueron aprobados. ¡Especialista en nada, pero que puede generar caos en casi todo!

DNA pioneer James Watson stripped of honours after ‘reckless’ race remarks – The 90-year-old geneticist – one of three who discovered the DNA double helix – had lost his job at the New York laboratory in 2007 for expressing racist views.

But in the new PBS film, American Masters: Decoding Watson, he said his views on intelligence and race had not changed since.

He had told a magazine in 2007 he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” as “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – where all the testing says not really”.

Pro-Syria Druze figures join forces, express support for Assad | News , Lebanon News | THE DAILY STAR

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