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Israel, Brazil Go Further With the Genocide Throw-Down

Brazil's Lula says Gaza war reminiscent of 'when Hitler decided to kill the Jews'

(Newser) - Israel on Sunday condemned Brazil's president for comparing the war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of being antisemitic and trivializing the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II. The outcry further strained relations between the countries, which have deteriorated since President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva...

Anti-Poverty Group: We're Entering a 'Decade of Division'

Oxfam says we could see the world's first trillionaire within 10 years

(Newser) - The world could have its first trillionaire within a decade, anti-poverty organization Oxfam International said Monday in its annual assessment of global inequalities timed to the gathering of political and business elites at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Oxfam, which for years has been trying to highlight the growing...

Lula Airlifts Starving Tribespeople, Points Finger at Bolsonaro

Hundreds of Yanomami children have reportedly died as a result of illegal mining

(Newser) - Brazil's president has accused his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro of committing genocide against the remote Amazon tribe of Yanomami, whose territory has been infiltrated by illegal miners . President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who said he was "shocked" while visiting tribespeople in Brazil's northern state of Roraima...

Lula Fires Army Chief in Response to Uprising

President had said some in military assisted the insurgents

(Newser) - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva fired Brazil's army chief on Saturday, days after the leftist leader openly said that some military members allowed the Jan. 8 uprising in the capital by far-right protesters. The official website of the Brazilian armed forces said Gen. Julio Cesar de Arruda had...

For Brazil, the Riots Came on Jan. 8
Amid Brazil Riot, Bannon
Cheers 'Freedom Fighters'
the rundown

Amid Brazil Riot, Bannon Cheers 'Freedom Fighters'

Hundreds arrested after supporters of losing President Bolsonaro storm the capital

(Newser) - Authorities in Brazil have reclaimed control of the nation's seat of power after supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro rioted in the capital Brasilia on Sunday. Estimates of the number of arrested range between 200 and 400 in news coverage:
  • The scene: Thousands stormed the nation's Congress, its

Lula Takes Office in Brazil, Promising 'Democracy Forever'

With Bolsonaro out, new president says he'll rebuild the nation

(Newser) - Declaring that "democracy was the great winner" of Brazil's violent presidential election, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office on Sunday and promised to restore the nation from the "terrible ruins" left by his predecessor's rule. "Together with the Brazilian people, I assume the...

Bolsonaro Leaves Brazil After Farewell Address

Outgoing president won't attend successor's inauguration Sunday

(Newser) - President Jair Bolsonaro tearfully delivered an unyielding farewell address to Brazil on Friday before flying to the US, avoiding taking part in the transfer of power to his successor on Sunday. "Nothing is lost," he told supporters in a speech streamed on social media. "Brazil is a...

Bolsonaro Supporters Attack Police HQ
Bolsonaro Supporters
Attack Police HQ

Bolsonaro Supporters Attack Police HQ

Brazilian president, who claims election fraud, said his fate was in their hands

(Newser) - Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro clashed with police Monday, setting fire to several vehicles and allegedly attempting to invade the federal police's headquarters in the capital city of Brasilia, per the AP . Images of chaos circulated on local television channels and social media as a small number of...

In Speech, Bolsonaro Avoids Conceding Defeat

But Brazilian leader says he will follow the constitution

(Newser) - In his first public remarks since his narrow election loss Sunday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro did not concede defeat, but he said he would follow the rules of the country's constitution. "I have always been labeled as anti-democratic and, unlike my accusers, I have always played within the...

There May Be Another Big Winner in Brazil

Environmentalists see da Silva's victory as huge for the Amazon rainforest

(Newser) - Supporters of Luis Inacio Lula da Silva are still celebrating his win over Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Supporters of the Amazon rainforest are doing the same. New Scientist points out that environmentalist Erika Berengeur of the University of Oxford was in tears as she spoke about the ouster of Bolsonaro...

A Worry in Brazil: Bolsonaro Still Hasn't Conceded

Some fear president won't accept that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the election

(Newser) - World leaders from President Biden to Vladimir Putin have congratulated Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on his close victory in the Brazilian presidential election, notes Reuters . But one prominent figure has so far not weighed in, and his voice may be the most important of all—outgoing Brazil President Jair...

Lula's 'Stunning Reversal' Is Complete
Brazil's 'About-Face' Is Complete

Brazil's 'About-Face' Is Complete

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wins Brazil's presidential election

(Newser) - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has done it again: Twenty years after first winning the Brazilian presidency, the leftist defeated incumbent Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday in an extremely tight election that marks an about-face for the country after four years of far-right politics, the AP reports. With more than 99%...

A Populist Will Win in Brazil. But Left or Right?

Election Sunday will decide between incumbent Bolsonaro and ex-leader da Silva

(Newser) - Brazilians vote Sunday in a polarizing presidential runoff election that pits an incumbent vowing to safeguard conservative Christian values against a former president promising to return the country to a more prosperous past, per the AP . The runoff shaped up as a close contest between President Jair Bolsonaro and his...

Tense Debate Wraps Up Lula, Bolsonaro Race

Brazil chooses Sunday between a current and former president

(Newser) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made their final appeals for support ahead of Sunday's presidential runoff vote following an acrimonious face-to-face debate. The right-wing Bolsonaro took part in a motorcycle rally Saturday in Belo Horizonte, capital of a state that generally...

Brazil Politician Throws Hand Grenades at Police

Roberto Jefferson, an ally of President Bolsonaro, refused to be arrested

(Newser) - A Brazilian politician attacked federal police officers seeking to arrest him in his home on Sunday, prompting an hours-long siege that caused alarm and a scramble for a response at the highest level of government. Roberto Jefferson, a former lawmaker and an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, fired a rifle...

On Brazil Election, Polls Missed the Mark

Jair Bolsonaro, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will go to runoff

(Newser) - Brazil’s presidential election provided the world yet another example of polls missing the mark, with incumbent Jair Bolsonaro considerably outperforming expectations to prove the far-right wave he rode to the presidency remains a force, the AP reports. The most-trusted opinion polls had indicated leftist former President Luiz Inácio...

This Might Be It for Brazil's Controversial Leader

Voting begins, with challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expected to prevail over Jair Bolsonaro

(Newser) - Brazilians were voting on Sunday in a highly polarized election that could determine if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right incumbent in office for another four years. The race pits incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro against his political nemesis,...

Jailed da Silva Drops Presidential Bid Weeks Before Brazil Election

Workers' Party replaces him with Fernando Haddad

(Newser) - Jailed former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has officially abandoned his presidential bid two weeks before the country's election, CNN reports. Brazil's Workers' Party on Tuesday replaced da Silva as its candidate for October's general election, clarifying one of the biggest question marks hanging over...

From Poverty to President to Prison
From Poverty
to President
to Prison

From Poverty to President to Prison

Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva convicted of corruption charges

(Newser) - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva went from poverty in his childhood to two terms as president of Brazil ... to, soon, prison. The former leader was convicted of corruption charges Wednesday and sentenced to nine and a half years behind bars, though he remains free for now on appeal, Reuters reports....

Brazil's Crazy Political Crisis Just Got a Little Crazier

Judge trying to halt president's controversial Cabinet appointment

(Newser) - Not so fast, Lula. A judge on Thursday issued an injunction to suspend Brazil President Dilma Rousseff's appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as her chief of staff, reports Reuters . This was no ordinary political appointment: Lula is facing prosecution in a corruption scandal involving energy...

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