Monday, November 28, 2005


Weekly Magazines

Veja 1933: "Palocci: Indispensable and Vulnerable"
Finance Minister Antonio Palocci is, right now, indispensable and vulnerable.
Indispensable because he is the guarantee that the current economic policy (fiscal surplus, floating exchange rate, inflation target) will be maintained. Other sectors of the government, led by Minister Dilma Roussef (chief of Staff) and other important ministers like Minister of Development Luiz Fernando Furlan and Minister of Agriculture Roberto Rodrigues defend that the federal government should spend more money in the near future to boost the economy, even if that requires more inflation and smaller surplus.
Vulnerable because Palocci has been charged of misdeeds from the time he was mayor of Ribeirão Preto, important city in the interior of São Paulo. Palocci is charged of having received illegal money from contractors and passed it on to his Party, PT. Also, there are rumors and evidences that some of Palocci's ex-advisors in Ribeirão Preto were conducting prosperous private business using their close relations with the now Minister.

Epoca #393: "The Power of Change"
The magazine explains why people fear abrupt changes in life, and how to overcome it.

Isto É: "Shame"
Isto É describes the shameful conditions of the Public Health System.
A young boy aged 9, living in a small city in the State of Pará, fell from a tree and entered coma. The mother rushed to the local medical post, but there were neither doctors nor equipments. He was driven by ambulance to the capital, Belém, 300 km away; in the first hospital, there were no vacancies. He checked into the second hospital, after crying appeals by his mother. He died three days later.
The magazine reports several other cases of hospitals in bad conditions, in several states of Brazil.

Thursday, November 17, 2005


Weekly Magazines

pedophile priestsIsto É: "Diary of a Pedophile".
In a long article, the magazine describes several cases of pedophilia involving Catholic priests. In a few cases, priests are being criminally prosecuted; in others, the Church uses their prestige to protect criminals (usually practices: moving the priest to other areas; persuade the family to withdraw charges; accuse detractors of conspiring agains the Catholic Church).
Isto É mentions two cases where the priests wrote diaries to register what happened between them and children under their care. In both cases, the priests are arrested.

Veja #1931: "The Man Who Explains the World". About Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics, where he reveals the obscure side of everyday life.

Epoca #391: "Fraud". In the recent scandal, the argument used by PT is that Banco Rural loaned money to Marcos Valério which loaned it again to PT (PT admits having commited the crime of not declaring these transactions, but does not admit the crimes of fraud or corruption).
Epoca interviewed an ex-director of Banco Rural. He said that all involved (the Bank, PT and Marcos Valério) agreed in creating a scheme by which money derived from corruption in the government would be laundered through the Bank and then passed on to PT.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Mike Tyson faces the Police in São Paulo

Mike Tyson in BrazilAmerican boxeur Mike Tyson was taken to a Police Department in São Paulo.
Tyson spent the night in a night club. He asked the paparazzi not to take photos or record images of him. One of the paparazzi insisted in filming Tyson, who grabbed the camera, spoiled the tape and punched the paparazzi.
Tyson was taken (peacefully) to a Police Department where he spoke to the officer and was released. Friday, Tyson should see a Judge; according to Brazilian legislation, the sentence in such cases is payment of fine, rendering of public services or donations of food baskets to charities.

Wednesday, Tyson spent the night in an upscale club for singles. He took six women to his hotel, but the women were not allowed in. See report by O Globo about Tyson in Brazil.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Weekly Magazines

Veja: "Serenity till the End". The magazine published an article about how to deal with cases where death is imminent.

IstoÉ: "The Real Face of Brazilians". IstoÉ publishes result of a survey conducted by a Publicity Agency, which shows how Brazilians behave in certain situations. The survey is summarized as in: "do as I say, not as I do".

Época: "The Secret of the Slims". Tips on how to keep in good shape without suffering with diets.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Universities and intellectuals

The Times, from London, published its yearly list of the Top 200 Universities in the World. Only one Brazilian University, Universidade de São Paulo, appeared in the list, at position 195.

Foreign Policy released yesterday a list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals. Brazilian ex-President Fernando Henrique Cardoso had 556 votes, and was ranked #43. American linguist Noam Chomsky was #1, with 4,827 votes, and Italian writer Umberto Eco was #2, with 2,464 votes.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


President Bush to visit Brazil

US President George W. Bush will visit Brazil. Bush will go first to Mar del Plata, Argentina, to participate in the 4th Summit of Americas. Last time a US President visited Brazil was in 1997, when Bill and Hillary Clinton spent a few days in the country.
Bush will arrive in Brasilia Saturday night and will leave Sunday afternoon; on Sunday, he will have lunch with President Lula.
The security services, both American and Brazilian, are working harder than ever (read O Globo). Bush fears terrorism and anti-American protests.
Read this analysis of the Bush trip to Brazil, by UPI.

Bush and Lula had a meeting, as planned. Main subjects discussed: the admission of Brazil into the UN Security Council (which is not of interest of USA) and the end of subsidies to agriculture (Bush said he will agree, if Europeans do the same).
Read the report by the White House about the visit of President Bush to Brazil.

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