This video from the USA says about itself:
21 June 2016
This video says about itself:
Brazil: Culture Vs. Interim Government
19 May 2016
Artists, musicians and activists across Brazil occupy government buildings to oppose the new government’s shutting of the ministry of culture, women, racial equality and human rights. Some even made a special opera for interim President Michel Temer.
From teleSUR in South America:
Brazil’s Temer Loses Another Minister over Alleged Corruption
Henrique Eduardo Alves, tourism minister in Brazil’s Senate-imposed government, was forced to step down Thursday after testimony from a prominent informant linked him to a massive corruption scandal.
Romero Juca was the first causality. He was dismissed after it emerged that he had conspired with the Supreme Court and military commanders to ensure Rousseff’s ouster as part of a plot to put a stop to a corruption investigation involving the state oil company, Petrobras.
Last month, Temer’s minister in charge of transparency and accountability, Fabiano Silveira, was forced to resign when leaked conversations revealed that he plotted with a prominent opposition figure to protect corrupt officials from investigation.
Alves’ resignation is the result of testimony from Sergio Machado released by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Machado is a former senator from Temer’s party who ran the shipping arm of Petrobras for over a decade. He has been cooperating with authorities looking into the scandal.
Machado told prosecutors that Alves, who served four decades as a congressman, solicited 1.55 million reais (US$450,000) in campaign funds from the Petrobras corruption scheme. Machado said the contributions were made legally but resulted from kickbacks owed by engineering companies that received Petrobras contracts.
Testimony by the former oil executive also linked Temer to the scandal, who reacted strongly to the allegations.
Machado’s accusation seemed to shake Temer, who held a hastily organized press conference.
Temer said it was “irresponsible, ridiculous, mendacious and criminal” to suggest, as Machado did, that he had sought campaign funds for his party from the graft scheme, the first direct link implicating Temer in the scandal.
The string of accusations against members of the Senate-imposed government, along with the resignations, is serving to undermine the case made by many Brazilian politicians that it was necessary to oust Rousseff in order to address corruption in the country.
Rousseff was ousted by the Senate when it vote to proceed with impeachment proceedings against her. However, she is accused only of mishandling government budget accounts and has not been linked to the Petrobras scandal.
As many as a dozen of the 55 senators who voted last month to put Rousseff on trial are now undecided, according to surveys by Brazilian media. If just a couple of them change sides the Temer camp would fall short of the 54 votes needed to convict Rousseff and oust her permanently.
More and more of the Brazilian public is also turning against the Temer government. According to a new poll by Vox Populi, two-thirds of Brazilians have a negative opinion of Temer’s government and 32 percent think he is worse than expected.
This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about itself:
Araripe Manakin, a spectacular tropical bird from Brazil
13 June 2016
The male Araripe Manakin wears an immaculate white coat with a beret-like crimson crest. Discovered in the late 1990s, this spectacular bird lives in a tiny range along an escarpment in northeast Brazil. Only about 800 birds remain; their numbers are threatened by unsustainable water use and accidental fires.
Fortunately, a local conservation group called Aquasis is already at work protecting habitat and seeking water-use solutions. The Cornell Lab is working with Aquasis to produce conservation media that can help local campaigns build pride about the unique animals living on their doorsteps. This video is a sneak peek from a visit we made in late 2015.
This video says about itself:
7 June 2016
Brazil’s prosecutor has called for the arrest of 4 pro-impeachment leaders, after a leaked tape revealed their ulterior motives to pursue Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.
This video says about itself:
18 March 2016
In 2016 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) identified Yusra and 42 others for its team of Refugee Olympic Athletes. If she achieves a qualifying time, Yusra will be among between five and 10 finalists to be announced in June.
None of these athletes would normally be able to participate in the Olympics because their status as refugees has deprived them of a home country to represent. The IOC says the team will march just behind the Olympic flag, and ahead of their Brazilian hosts, at the opening ceremony on 5 August.
Determined Yusra has an extraordinary story – she has already swum to save her life and others – after her overcrowded boat from Turkey failed, she swam to Lesvos, Greece. Yusra’s determination determination and strength saved the lives of 20 other refugees.
Read more here.
From the McClatchy media in the USA:
June 3, 2016 1:26 PM
10 athletes are on the inaugural refugee team
They will compete in swimming, running and judo events
“I will win a medal, and will dedicate it to all refugees”
By Teresa Welsh
Yusra Mardini swam for her life from a sinking vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. Now, she’ll be swimming for the gold in Rio.
Mardini, 18, fled the Syrian civil war via sea vessel from Turkey’s shores. When the flimsy boat started taking on water, the swimmer jumped in the water with her sister and began pushing it to the Greek island of Lesvos.
“There were people who didn’t know how to swim,” Mardini said of the approximately 20 other passengers. “It would have been shameful if the people on our boat had drowned. I wasn’t going to sit there and complain that I would drown.”
Mardini, who will swim the 200-meter freestyle, is part of the first refugee team to compete in an Olympic Games. She and nine other athletes selected by the International Olympic Committee will comprise the inaugural refugee team, allowing those from war-torn nations to compete with the world’s best in their sports. Two Syrian swimmers, five South Sudanese track athletes, two judokos [sic; judokas] from the Democratic Republic of Congo and an Ethiopian marathon runner will be on the team.
This video says about itself:
Rousseff’s supporters rally in Brazil
3 June 2016
During the demonstration called Women’s March for Democracy, the protesters chanted slogans in support of Rousseff. They denounced the impeachment process which unseated her as a coup. The protesters also claimed that Rousseff’s conservative successor, interim President Michel Temer, does NOT have a popular mandate. Also present at the rally was Rousseff herself who lashed out at those who voted her out of office.
By James Tweedie:
Saturday 4th June 2016
THOUSANDS of “Women for Democracy” protesters rallied behind Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday and condemned the “soft coup” against her.
Mr Temer, who leads the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) and was vice-president in Ms Rousseff’s coalition, took power last month after congress voted to suspend the elected president over allegations that she had improperly increased social spending in the year before the 2014 election.
Her Workers Party called the suspension a legislative coup.
Addressing the crowd, Ms Rousseff said: “A process of soft coup or gentle coup has a characteristic: the putschists hate to be called putschists.”
She reiterated criticism of Mr Temer’s appointment of an all-male, all-white cabinet, saying: “A government of old and white men does not represent the diversity of our population.
“They’re trying to destroy democracy,” she added. “What unites us here is the democracy of our country, which was won through much struggle.
“We know that what happened was a coup and now things will become increasingly clear,” Ms Rousseff continued.
“The main reason for the coup against me was to prevent the battle against corruption from getting to them.”
On Wednesday, the president’s lawyer Jose Eduardo Cardozo launched her defence against impeachment before the Brazilian senate, arguing that the true motive for the coup was to scupper the “Operation Car Wash” probe into massive bribery at state oil firm Petrobras.
Several PMDB members and allies — including lower-house speaker Eduardo Cunha, who led the charge against Ms Rousseff — have been implicated in the investigation.
Two ministers in Mr Temer’s new cabinet have been forced to resign in as many weeks after taped conversations of them discussing how to get suspects off the hook were leaked to the media.
Cracks are now showing in the anti-Workers Party front. Three senators who voted for Ms Rousseff’s suspension — Acir Gurgacz, Cristovam Buarque and former footballer Romario de Souza — have all recently said they regretted their decision to back the impeachment proceedings.
Michel Temer Continues to Put Women’s Rights at Risk in Brazil: here.