Monday, January 16, 2006

 

Weekly Magazines

Veja 1939: "Duda did, Duda does".
Duda Mendonça crimes
A report about Duda Mendonça, the publicist who coordinated, among others, the campaign of President Lula to Presidency in 2003.
Last year, Duda admitted that he received money from the Worker's Party (over $ 10 million) in an offshore account without due declaration, which is a crime, both on his side and the Party side.
Now, Veja reveals that Duda may have a much more important role in a possible scheme of corruption involving PT and the government. Veja says that Duda's agencies received much more money than their marketing work (Duda gained big contracts with Petrobras, Health Minister and others) would justify; the extra money would be product of corruption within government. Veja says that part of this money returned to the Worker's Party, without proper declaration; this money could have been used, for example, by Delúbio Soares and Marcos Valério to corrupt legislators.
Veja also investigated the personal finances of Duda Mendonça, and concluded that his assets grew at a noticeable quick rate after President Lula became President.

Isto É: "Itaipu: US$ 2 billion not accounted".
Itaipu is the biggest hydroelectric plant in Brazil, and one of the biggest in the world. It is a joint venture between the governments of Brazil and Paraguay. Because it is bi-national, its accounting and controlling are conducted in a different way from other Brazilian state owned companies; for example, TCU, the Brazilian counterpart of the General Accounting Office, doesn't have full access to Itaipu accounts.
Isto É interviewed an ex-Finances Manager of Itaipu. He declared that, since 1991, there has been a parallel book account, not declared to any authority, with registers of about US$ 2 billion in 2005. This State owned money is not controlled by anynone but a few Directors; no tax is paid on transactions with this money.

Época 400: "Inside Opus Dei".
An article about the secrets of Opus Dei in Brazil, defined by Epoca as "the most powerful and influential organization within Catholic Church"; this is the Brazilian version of Opus Dei.



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