Corrupt Brazilian politician in trouble


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Brazil‘s Ethics Committee Votes to Expel Key Coup Leader

14 June 2016

Eduardo Cunha, a key figure in the coup plot that saw President Dilma Rousseff ousted from power, faces a likely expulsion from Congress over ethics violations.

Araripe manakin birds in Brazil


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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.

Will Brazilian coup leaders be arrested?


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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.

Refugee team, first at Brazil Olympics


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18 March 2016

Yusra has dreamt of the Olympics for years. Now a refugee in Germany, she hopes to qualify to compete at the Games in Brazil.

“I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days,” she says. “I want to inspire them to do something good in their lives.”

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

‘No home, no team, no flag’: first refugee team to compete in Rio Olympics

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.

Brazilian women demonstrate against coup


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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:

Brazil: Thousands of women rally for democracy

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.

Under the slogan: “Putschists shall not pass,” some 5,000 women marched through Rio de Janeiro in opposition to the interim government of acting President Michel Temer.

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.