Saturday, May 14, 2005


Garotinho is condemned for electoral crime

The couple Rosinha Garotinha (governor of State of Rio de Janeiro) and her husband Anthony Garotinho (ex-governor of the same State) were condemned yesterday by Judge Denise Appolinária for having commited electoral crimes.
In the elections for Mayor last year, the Garotinhos were giving support to the candidate of their Party, PMDB, to the government of the city of Campos (this is the city where Garotinho gained political projection, and winning here was a matter of honour to him).
According to the Judge, Garotinho used public resources to try to gain votes for his candidate (which, in the end, was not elected). Garotinho gave away food baskets, school kits, citizen-checks (a welfare assistance aid regulated by law); moreover, they promised to sell houses for R$1, to potential electors; furthermore, about R$ 318.000 (over US$ 100,000) in cash were found at the headquarters of the Party, which should be used to pay for votes.
Read articles about Garotinho here and here.

The Garotinhos are going to appeal. If the sentence of the Judge is connfirmed by a Superior Tribunal, they will be forbidden to run for any political position until 2007.
Anthony Garotinho is an important potential candidate to Presidency in 2006. Besides having his wife as governor of Rio, Garotinho is a leader among the Evangelists in Brazil. Recent surveys have shown that Garotinho may be the difference between Lula winning or not a re-election for Presidency.

Friday, May 13, 2005


President of Central Bank to be prosecuted

Last year, some of the major Brazilian magazines found evidences that the President of Central Bank, Henrique Meirelles, would have commited two crimes: sending money from Brazil to USA via illegal channels; giving false statements to the Electoral Justice and to the Brazilian IRS, so as to, at the same time, run for the Chamber of Deputies (to which he was elected, but had to resign to take office at the Central Bank) and not to pay taxes in Brazil.
Late last year, President Lula issued a Provisional Measure, giving to the President of Central Bank the status of a Minister. As such, Meirelles could only be prosecuted by the Supreme Court, and not by the first entry of Justice. The opposition disputed the Measure, but the Supreme Court declared it to be constitutional.
As soon as the Measure was issued, the Attorney General (the only competent party in such cases) required the prosecution of Meirelles. Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed with the prosecution; the Court authorized the breaking of fiscal and banking secrecy of Meirelles.
The opposition asks for Meirelles demotion or resignation, at least while investigation lasts. President Lula says he won´t dismiss Meirelles, and Meirelles says he won´t resign.

The report by o Globo on this subject is here:
President of Central Bank of Brazil to be prosecuted

Thursday, May 12, 2005


Ronaldo and Cicarelli break up

The PR staff of both parties declared: Ronaldo and Daniela Cicarelli are no longer a couple.
They met in June of last year. They got married in February. Daniela got pregnant, but suffered spontaneous abortion two weeks ago.

From the start, the affair generated several rumors. Cicarelli prevented Ronaldo from meeting old friends. Close relatives of Ronaldo´s were not invited to the wedding, by imposition of Cicarelli. According to this report, Ronaldo was upset because Daniela met ex-boyfriends in a party, and also because "Daniela was talking too much about money". MireiaOther rumors say that Ronaldo would be seeing Spanish model Mireia Canalda (photo).
After the marriage, Ronaldo remained in Madri, and Cicarelli in São Paulo, where she presents a program at the local MTV. They would meet only when their busy schedules permited. Daniela was alone when she suffered the abortion.

Rumors now talk about what Daniella will get out of the marriage.
It´s known that a pre-nupcial contract was signed.
Some rumors go that, according to the contract, Daniela will have only one (large) apartment.
Other rumors say that Daniela will have Euros 4.5 million.


The Brasilia Declaration

At the end of the Summit, countries signed the Declaration of Brasilia.
Main points of the Declaration: support to the Palestinian cause (including the retreating of Israeli troops from Arab areas); support to democratization in Iraq; support to Argentina, in its pretention of sovereignity over the Falkland islands.
Check out the full text, in several languages, of the Declaration of Brasilia.

In an interview, President Lula was asked whether the presence of non-democratic Arab countries would have prevented the Declaration from mentioning more explicity the need of Democracy everywhere in the world. President Lula answered that the definition of Democracy was relative, and, as such, a mention to one-sided view of Democracy could not be imposed to the other parties.
Read more about the repercussions here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Summit of Arab and South American countries

Today, in Brasilia, President Lula will open the Summit of Arab and South American countries.
The Summit aims at improving commercial and diplomatic relations among the countries.
To attend the Summit, the Chiefs of Arab countries imposed tight security measures; this caused the traffic system of Brasilia to collapse, and the civil servants were dismissed from work today.
The Summit will last today and tomorrow only.

Monday, May 09, 2005


Cover of weekly magazines

The cover of Veja is a report about "Life after Death"; the Espiritism is growing in Brazil, and a few personalities are mentioned as believers of this religion. Veja brings also an article about a survey made by order of the President of the Supreme Court, Nelson Jobim which should be the most complete portray of the Judiciary System in Brazil; according to Jobim, the survey should put apart the cases where inefficiency is due to lack of resources, and where it is due to a bad management.

Época brings a potential scandal in the cover; the headline is "Laws for Sale in Brazil". The case: Fiat, the Italian based car maker, was owing several hundred millions to the Brazilian Revenue Service (Receita Federal); Fiat lost all appeals, in administrative and Judiciary courts. Then, according to Época, Fiat hired lawyers with connections inside the Receita, and these lawyers and connections managed to come up with a Provisional Measure which would provide amnesty to debtors in the Fiat´s situation. With this, Fiat saved R$ 643 million; the report says that the lawyers and the then sub-chief of Receita were paid R$ 12.8 million. Read the Época´s article: Laws for Sale in Brazil.

Isto É main article talks about how to be a competitive profissional in today´s corporative life.

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