Friday, May 27, 2005


Ronaldo wants vacation

Ronaldo, from Real Madrid, was summoned to defend the Brazilian team at the Confederation Cup, to be played in Germany this coming August.
Because this is an official tournament, endorsed by FIFA, the Brazilian Confederation CBF decided to bring its full force to Germany; only Cafu and Roberto Carlos (rumours say that because of their ages) were released.
This tournament will happen during the vacation period of the European season; Ronaldo says that he has been a long time without vacation, and would like to take a rest this year.
Wanderley Luxemburgo, coach of Real Madrid, and Roberto Carlos, his team fellow, support Ronaldo; read here.

The problem is that the Brazilian Confederation takes this tournament much more seriously than the players. Not only Brazil never won this Cup, but also never had a more than mediocre participation; hence, the interest of the Brazilian Confederation in a good performance this year.
On the other hand, the players want to save themselves for the World Cup 2006, which will happen just one year from now. The Confederation Cup doesn´t bring enough projection for already famous players.

Americo Farias, a director of CBF, openly threatened Ronaldo, saying that "players who want to defend Brazil in a World Cup must be available to defend the team at anytime".

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Probing Comission was created

Yesterday, the President of the Congress declared to be created a Probing Comission to investigate corruption in the Postal Service company.
The Comission will be composed by Senators and Deputies; in Portuguese, the Comission is called Comissão Parlamentar Mista de Inquérito.
The Government tried hard to prevent the Comission; all the newspapers yesterday mentioned the efforts of Ministers to persuade Deputies and Senators to remove their signatures from the document that supports the CPI; however, many members of Worker´s Party and other ally parties maintained their support.

The Government still sees conspiratory theories behind the Comission.
Now, the Government will use other tactics to slow down investigation. First, they will use all the thirty days allowed by law to appoint the representatives in the Comission; then, by carefully choosing representatives who are experienced and who faithful to the government, the hope is that the investigations will not so deep and wide as to cause scandals.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Another Minister will be investigated

The Supreme Federal Court accepted the denounce against the Minister of Social Security, Romero Jucá.
Jucá is charged, among other things, of using fraudulent methods to obtain loans from official banks.
Read other charges against Jucá.

Monday, May 23, 2005


Lula to visit Korea and Japan

President Lula will be visiting Korea and Japan this week.
Lula is going to try to increase trading and to attract new investments to Brazil. The entourage includes the Ministers of Finances, Development and Energy, and the governors of Brazilian States of Ceará and Rio Grande do Sul.
Other Ministers were scheduled to travel, but had to stay in Brazil trying to persuade their Party members to not support the Probing Comission of the Correios.


Weekly magazines

corruption in BrazilThe cover of Veja issue 1906 brings the image of a rat and the word "Corrupts".

corruptionEpoca, which is turning five years old this week, also brings the word "Corruption".

Both Epoca and Veja talk about the cases of corruption which gained the headlines the past week: the Post Office affair, the Rondonia affair, and the operation of Federal Police which arrested several people (including Mayors) in the State of Alagoas, charged of stealing money which should go to schools and health centers.

Church corruptionIsto E 1858 published a denounce against the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (Universal Church of the Reign of God). This is the largest and fastest growing Evangelic Church in Brazil; they have affiliates in many countries (including USA); it was founded and is led so far by Edir Macedo. Their believers elected a few Representatives in the Chamber of Deputies and in the Senate.
Isto E published documents showing that Marcelo Crivella, priest of the Church, nephew of Macedo´s, Senator for the State of Rio de Janeiro, conducted several irregular operations involving the funds of the Church.
The money collected from donations would have been sent illegally to the Cayman Islands, and would have returned illegally for the purchase of TV Record, one of the many broadcasting companies which belong to the Church.

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