Monday, August 22, 2005


Weekly Magazines

soccer and drugsFor the first time in months, one of the major Brazilian magazines doesn´t bring the Government scandal on the cover. IstoÉ #1871 brings the headline "Compromising conversations".

The police in Rio de Janeiro (authorized by a Judge) recorded phone conversations between drug dealers and a few personalities; among those, there are voices of football players Ronaldo, Romário, Júlio César (the goalkeeper of the Brazilian team) and Jorginho (the best player of beach soccer in Brazil).

In Brazilian legislation, there is a crime called "association with traffic"; people who don´t push drugs, but have any kind of proximity with them, may be charged of this crime. Some of the players were already heard by the Police, and alleged (truthfully, it seems) that they were participating of events on the poorer areas of Rio and just happened to keep an occasional conversation with the traffic dealers. It looks more like some police officer is trying to gain a few minutes of fame.

power and sexÉpoca #379 reads on the cover: "The Temptations of Power".
Last week, there were talkings about sex parties which happened in the posh hotels of Brasilia, promoted by members of the Worker's party, with participation of several politicians.
Jeane Mary Corner was a lady who, supposedly, was in charge of finding the girls for the parties. There is a rumor in Brasilia now that ms. Corner (and her phone books) have the power to take Representatives out of their offices and out of their marriages.

Palocci scandalVeja #1919 reads: "Denounces involve Palocci".
Antonio Palocci, Minister of Finances, is personally responsible for the Brazilian economy. He (and his crew) have maintained the tight fiscal police inherited from the previous government. Economic agents fear abrupt changes in Economy, if Palocci leaves.
Last Friday, Rogério Buratti, an ex-advisor of Palocci, accused the Minister of having received illegal money from contractors when he was the Mayor of Ribeirão Preto. Buratti says that the trash collecting company paid R$ 50,000 (about US$ 20,000) per month to a member of Palocci's staff, which passed the money to the Worker's Party.
On Friday, the stocks fell and the dollar rose.
On Sunday, Palocci called all TVs for a public interview. He vehemently denied the charges. He answered to all the charges posed by Veja. He said that the Economy of the country is ready to face any turbulence, including his own leaving. He allowed any reporter to ask any question about any matter.
This firm action of Palocci (very different from Lula and Dirceu, who never faced the media to talk about the scandals) calmed down the markets on Monday.
However, there is still much to be investigated about Palocci's past government in Ribeirão Preto.

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