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Exit, Stage ‘Left’ — How Brazil’s Worker’s Party invited impeachment

On 31st August, the ‘B’ in BRICS finally succumbed to a 14 year-long battle with opportunism. Following Lower House Speaker Jose Eduardo Cardozo’s annullment of its majority vote, head of Senate Renan Calheiros defiantly continued the impeachment process.

“Following a three day debate, a majority of 61 senators voted definitively to remove Rousseff from the presidency. 20 senators voted against; there were no abstentions,” Sputnik reported.

Responding to the impeachment, Rousseff dejectedly addressed her supporters. “The will of 61 senators has replaced that of 54,5 million people who voted for me,” Rousseff stated.

The bitter irony is that these ’54.5 million Brazilians’—many whom depend on former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s Borsa Familia conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes—could only watch as Brazilian Democratic Party Movement (PMDB) leader, Michel Temer, was officially sworn in on Sept. 1st.

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Shortly after receiving the news, three countries—Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia—recalled their embassies and denounced the new leadership. “Never will we condone these practices, which recall the darkest hours of our America,” Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa exclaimed.

Unsurprisingly, the United States, the godfather of colour revolutions, hurriedly expressed its solidarity with Temer. “[…] the Brazilian Senate in accordance with Brazil’s constitutional framework has voted to remove President Rousseff from office,” US State Department spokesperson John Kirby mentioned. “We’re confident that we will continue the strong bilateral relationship that exists between our two countries as the two largest democracies and economies in the hemisphere,” he continued in well-crafted Duckspeak.

Latin America’s far-right merely parroted the State Department. “[The] Argentine government expresses its respect for the institutional process [and] its willingness to continue on the path of a real and effective integration in the framework of absolute respect for Human rights, democratic institutions and International Law,” stated the Argentine Foreign Ministry in banal political jargon.

Latin America is no stranger to Western contortions of ‘human rights, democratic institutions, and international law’, where in November 2015, acting Argentinian President Mauricio Macri beta-tested Temer’s privatisation scheme after defeating leftist Daniel Scioli in elections, and like a despotic oncologist, followed up with a cocktail of media blackouts, budget cuts, privatisations and deepening ties to the US State Department to remove as many traces of Kirchnerismo as possible.

As expected, Pro-Rousseff demonstrators flooded the streets across the country. “The greatest act of civil disobedience took place in Sao Paulo, where protesters clashed with police on Avenida Paulista, in the downtown area; in Rio de Janeiro, where activists gathered in Cinelandia square; and in Brasilia, where activists rallied in the Praca dos Tres Poderes square,” RT mentioned.

Despite the public’s legitimate concerns, the Worker’s Party has squandered its ‘revolution’. Nevertheless, hindsight is 20-20, but Brazil’s future stands at 50-50, and the chagrin of Rousseff’s adamant supporters may not be enough reinstate her to power due to an uncomfortable truth: the Worker’s Party and its immature understanding of socialism was its primary shortcoming.

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Article: THAAD’s Enough — An Analysis of the Pentagon’s Latest Asia Pivot Boondoggle

By Haneul Na’avi
Source: The Duran

Trolling-in-real-life has become the State Department’s favourite pastime, and recent developments on the Korean peninsula have given the State Department the perfect impetus to further political agitation. Various Pentagon mouthpieces cited North Korea’s semi-successful BM25 Musudan missile tests as potential concern for regional security and in response, coerced Park Geun-Hye into accepting a shiny new Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system to the bemusement of South Korean protesters in the Seongju province. Whilst rightfully acknowledging that the deployment was “a very sensitive issue for the partners throughout the region”, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter ensured that the US was “working closely to ensure the swift deployment of THAAD”, a Defence News article noted.

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Seongju residents protest against Park Geun-Hye’s acceptance of THAAD technology [PHOTO: SOTT]

Regional superpowers Russia and China have also rightfully expressed concerns over the THAAD systems citing America’s Asian Pivot strategy—which feeds off of Pyongyang’s oscillation between brinkmanship and detente—which advanced immediately following the UNCLOS arbitration over the South China Sea. Many shortsighted Western newspapers even admonished Park’s pivot to American defences, rather than focusing on the long-term specifics of doing so. “The appearance of elements of the US global missile defence system in the region […] can provoke an arms race in Northeast Asia and complicate the resolution of the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula,” the Russian Foreign Ministry mentioned.

He Yafei of the China Daily also referenced two neocon American professors who cheerleadered for America’s Asian pivot and hailed it as “a superior ‘grand strategy’ to be applied seriously by the US in East Asia and Europe in order to contain the two rising powers”, namely by relying “on local powers to contain China’. If unsuccessful, the report advises the US to “throw its considerable weight behind them’”. That “considerable weight” was reallocating defence funds from backing the Syrian “moderate Mafia” and the Turkish pivot back to Russia, to creating mischief in the SCS in order to counteract increasing rapprochement between Japan and Russia, as well as China and the Philippines.

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Businesses falsely named as carbon tax supporters

 

Photo by Bruce Parker

April 28, 2016  /   News

By Michael Bielawski and Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog

Energy Independent Vermont claims businesses are joining the call for a carbon tax, but some business owners say they are being misrepresented by the environmentalist coalition.

On Earth Day, business leaders from across Vermont met at the Statehouse to show their support for a carbon tax. Leaders discussed threats businesses face from changes in climate, and the organizer unveiled a list of more than 500 Vermont companies that want a tax on gas, heating oil, propane and other fossil fuels to fight global warming. A partial list of carbon tax supporters appears on Energy Independent Vermont’s website.

However, when Watchdog.org independently reached out to companies on the list, some business owners were surprised to learn that they were part of the group’s campaign.

“I said I didn’t support carbon taxes,” James Bissonette, owner the Dutch Mill Restaurant in Shelburne, told Vermont Watchdog. “It would kill our business if we did that, not the way we run things. We’d have to raise soda prices and everything.”

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