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Will Brazil’s president be prosecuted for COVID-19 deaths? (Al Jazeera)

More than 600,000 Brazilians have died of COVID-19, the world’s second-highest death toll.

President Jair Bolsonaro famously dismissed the coronavirus as “a little flu”.

He touted misinformation and unproven treatments, even after contracting the virus himself.

Now a Senate inquiry says Bolsonaro should face charges including crimes against humanity.

The panel accused him of negligence, and intentionally letting the virus spread.

Bolsonaro says he is “guilty of nothing”.

But is he likely to face prosecution?

And could this lead to further political divisions in Brazil?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Gustavo Ribeiro – Founder, The Brazilian Report

Joao Nunes – Senior lecturer in international relations, University of York

Paulo Sotero – Distinguished fellow, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Will Brazil’s president be prosecuted for COVID-19 deaths? | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro should face COVID charges: Senate inquiry (Al Jazeera)

The senator leading a congressional investigation into Brazil’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has recommended that President Jair Bolsonaro face criminal charges – including homicide – over a catalogue of alleged government errors that led to the deaths of thousands of people.

A nearly 1,200-page draft document prepared by opposition Senator Renan Calheiros for a Senate committee that discussed the matter late on Tuesday began an inquiry in April which alleges that Bolsonaro turned down early opportunities for the government to acquire vaccines, delaying Brazil’s inoculation campaign at the cost of an estimated 95,000 lives.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro should face COVID charges: Senate inquiry | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Brazil’s assets sink on fears aid programme will hurt fiscal rule (Martha Beck, Rachel Gamarski, Vinícius Andrade, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera)

Brazilian assets tumbled on Tuesday, leading losses across the globe, on reports the government will breach the country’s spending cap rule to finance a new social program, hurting the fiscal position of Latin America’s largest economy.

The new aid program to the poorest, dubbed Auxilio Brasil, will give handouts of as much as 400 reais ($72) per individual, according to people with knowledge of the matter. That amount is higher than the economic team had said was possible, which should mean about 30 billion reais of the new expenses will bypass Brazil’s spending cap rule this year, one of the people said, asking not to be named because discussions are private.

Brazil’s assets sink on fears aid programme will hurt fiscal rule | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

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Egypt seeks Brazil’s support in Nile dam dispute (George Mikhail, Al-Monitor)

Egypt is trying to win Brazil’s support in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis by capitalizing on Brazil’s accession in June to the nonpermanent membership of the United Nations Security Council.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed with Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao, during his visit to Cairo Sept. 28 the latest developments regarding the GERD crisis, including the recent statement by the presidency of the UN Security Council.

Egypt seeks Brazil’s support in Nile dam dispute – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

 

 

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Brazil. The Brazil nut gatherers of the Amazon (Flávia Milhorance, China Dialogue)

Cooperacre’s Brazil nut plant in Rio Branco, Acre. Families in the Brazilian Amazon sell about 40,000 tonnes of Brazil nuts each year. (Image: Flávia Milhorance)

Cooperacre’s Brazil nut plant in Rio Branco, Acre. Families in the Brazilian Amazon sell about 40,000 tonnes of Brazil nuts each year. (Image: Flávia Milhorance)

I wrote to Edivan Kaxarari at the beginning of April. Days passed without the message reaching the intended recipient and I was a little worried. Edivan lives in the Kaxarari Indigenous Territory in the Brazilian Amazon, close to the border with Bolivia. Although it is a remote area, the internet connection works. The forest in the protected area has been invaded by illegal loggers. In the past, there have been violent conflicts. Could something have happened?

Fortunately, two weeks later, Edivan replied with an excited audio message. He said he had spent 23 days camping in the Amazon rainforest collecting Brazil nuts, the main source of income for the 170 families in the indigenous territory, which is between the states of Acre and Rondônia. “It was too good us camping there, there were plenty of people collecting, breaking and carrying nuts,” he said.

The Brazil nut gatherers of the Amazon – China Dialogue

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Brazil. Reject Anti-Indigenous Rights Bill (HRW)

Brazil’s Congress should reject a bill that would prevent or hinder many Indigenous peoples from claiming their right to traditional lands, violating their rights under international law, Human Rights Watch said today.

Bill 490/2007, currently pending before the Chamber of Deputies, would prevent Indigenous peoples from obtaining legal recognition of their traditional lands if they were not physically present there on October 5, 1988 – the day Brazil’s Constitution was enacted – or if they had not initiated legal proceedings to claim it by that date. But the Constitution recognizes Indigenous people’s right to “the lands they traditionally occupy,” without any time limits or arbitrary cut-off date.

Brazil: Reject Anti-Indigenous Rights Bill | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Brazil – Unusual cold weather in Brazil sends coffee prices soaring (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Arabica coffee prices rose 10 percent more on Monday, after jumping nearly 20 percent last week, to their highest in nearly seven years as unusually cold weather threatens coffee crops in the world’s largest producer, Brazil.

go to Al Jazeera: Unusual cold weather in Brazil sends coffee prices soaring | Agriculture News | Al Jazeera

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(Brazil) Brazilian government establishes price reduction for Oracle contracts (ZD Net)

writes for ZD Net: The Brazilian government has established a price reduction for products and services provided by Oracle as part of a broader exercise to rationalize technology spending in the federal administration.

go to ZD Net website: Brazilian government establishes price reduction for Oracle contracts | ZDNet

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(Brazil) Brazilians “impeach” Bolsonaro

Al Jazeera writes: A majority of Brazilians say they support impeaching Jair Bolsonaro, according to a poll released on Saturday, as the country’s far-right president faces allegations of corruption and mounting pressure over his handling of the coronavirus crisis. The Datafolha survey showed 54 percent of Brazilians support a proposed move by the Brazilian lower house to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro, compared to 42 percent who oppose it.

go to the analysis: Majority of Brazilians support impeaching Bolsonaro: Poll | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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