21 Dec 2017

The UN votes to condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision, despite a threatening Haley

Today, 21 December 2017, the UN voted to condemn President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite threats from the US to the world that would watch very close each vote. An exact number of 128 countries voted for the resolution, nine voted "no," and 35 nations abstained, including old US partners like Canada, Mexico and Australia.

The vote came after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a threatening statement that the US will think twice about funding the world body if it voted to condemn Trump's decision.
"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly," Haley said. "We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution" to the UN and when other member nations ask Washington "to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.” However, despite the vote, the American embassy will be built up in Jerusalem. "That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do," Haley said. "This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN," she said. "And this vote will be remembered.” With this speech, Haley is just showing to the world that the UN is an instrument to please the US. I give you dollars, you do what I demand you to do - it’s the advice the US has telling to the world.

Before the vote, Turkish President Recep Tayyip blasted the President Trump during a speech in Ankara on Thursday. "Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic free will with your dollars, our decision is clear. "What is the cradle of democracy doing," Erdogan said. "They are looking for people they can buy with their dollars." He also appealed to other world leaders, saying, "do not, for the sake of a few dollars, sell off your democratic free will.”

The Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon stated "The United States simply stated a fact. They officially declared what has always been true. Jerusalem always has been and always will be the capital of Israel. Those who support this resolution are like puppets," Danon said, "puppets controlled by the strings of your Palestinian masters.” That’s to say, it is as if all the world ‘should' think as Israel and the United States think. As if nobody should think and act by themselves.

What the US and Israel do not want to see, is that what they are doing is extremism. Or you think and do what we believe you should do, or you are our enemies. That’s the message both Trump and Danon have been saying. Not different from what an Arab extremist believes, but in the opposite side.

However, the Haley's claim that the decision to move the embassy reflects the will of the US people, is untrue. A University of Maryland Critical Issues poll released December 1 found that 63% of Americans oppose moving the embassy to Jerusalem, including 44% of Republicans! The pollsters questioned 2,000 people and had a margin of error of 2.19%.
A December 13 Monmouth University poll that found Trump at record low approval ratings also found that 39% of Americans thought moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a bad idea, while only 23% thought it was a good idea. Some 51% of respondents said it would lead to greater regional instability, while 10% said it would make the region more stable. It means that is the only Trump’s decision and it does not reflect American people’s will.

If Israel has the right to have Jerusalem as its capital or not, doesn’t matter here. What does really matter is that the US has shown to the world that it doesn’t respect any other countries’ decisions except the ones that pleases it, as well as - the main issue - it also does not respect the UN. 

What the today’s vote show us, is the simple and well known fact that the UN is an old and useless place where the world’s body assembles to listen to the world’s powerful countries and do nothing but their wishes. 

Shut down the UN.

30 Nov 2017

Donald Trump - a dotard in the White House

It’s tragicomic, but, in fact, there’s a "dotard" in the White House.

No. I’m not against the United States of America! On the contrary, the US is a country which always deserves respect not only for owing the most powerful arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in the
The populist President Donald Trump
world, but mainly for the good things it produces, such as: the incredible technological apparatus it develops every year; the amazing bunch of athletes that always receive the best medals in a wide range of sports around the world; the admirable way it gives comprehensive education to the most of its citizens; the commendable means it leaves bureaucracy aside to generate jobs through the creation of new companies; the laudable form it handles economy when all the world is upside down and so many other commendable feats that it is almost impossible to not like this country!

However, this year everything is changing…

I'd never imagined that the United States of America would have a populist President as it has today. Donald Trump is as much populist as it is President Maduro, in Venezuela, President Rodrigo Duterte, in Philippines, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Turkey,  ex-President Lula in Brazil, and lots of other examples like the ones in Africa and in South America. The main difference is that Trump has the world’s most powerful country in his hands - but it looks like he isn't aware of that.

His slogan is “Make America Great Again”, but what we can really see he’s been doing is he dividing America between blacks and whites, christians and muslims, Americans and ‘foreigners’. He spreads hatred around the world and brag himself about it. He uses his twitter account to write what he thinks - even "without thinking” about the outcome of his words. Like a little rich boy who boasts himself about getting everything he wants, the US President does exactly the same besides being proud of those disgusting behaviors!

Unbelievably, he still has fun in goading Ms Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the 2016 presidential election (a childish behavior only seen before by ex-President Hugo Chavez and the actual President Maduro, both of Venezuela), an election that occurred a year ago. He accuses without showing any piece of evidence, the most reliable international news agencies such as The Washington Post, the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, CBS, etc. of spreading “fake news” while crediting the “Republican” Fox News as the only source of liable news in the US, only because those media news speaks against his poor politics. He pokes his nose on other’s countries matters as he did with Germany and still does with the US most important ally, the UK.

So, what can we expect from a President who believes is untouchable and stands above the law? Mr. Trump thinks he is as much invincible as the North Korean leader Kim Jong-um believes he is a god. And, talking about them, we can see that in one side we have flame and in the other we have fuel, that’s to say, two “dotards" with a dangerous arsenal in their hans.

The funny thing about all this, is that the next US presidential race will occur only in 2020 but everywhere in the the US, and in the world, there are several discussions about who can succeed Donald Trump in the White House, something at least weird if we take into consideration that he didn’t accomplish his first year as President, yet. However several bets on whether he will remain in power or not, are already taking place everywhere around the globe! 

To the US foes, having such a President in the White House is a good deal. So that, that the Russian President Vladmir Putin nowadays is considered the world’s most powerful and influent leader, a title that for many years belonged to the US Presidents.

So, what’s the deal to the American people in having such a populist President? Well, only them can answer this question. In 2020, if “the Dotard” defeats his next “would be”opponent, then it means they are happy with his populist way of managing their country. But, if another one climbs to power, then the answer will be they are tired of a man who is able to play havoc even to his own Republican inner circle.

26 Oct 2017

Do NOT come to Rio

I'm writing it down, just to give you one advice:

DO NOT COME TO RIO, in Brazil.


That's simple: Violence!
Too many shootings and too many victims are suffering for lack of security! Since the beginning of this year (2017) 111 police officers have died while fighting bandits. Yes, one hundred eleven officers have died so far, apart from several victims, including foreigners tourists. 

I bet the travel agency you buy tickets from, does not tell you about that, so, as I'm living here in Brazil, I feel myself compelled to tell you this sad true. It's your life at risk; do not waste it.

Poor laws and with the Brazilian Human Rights Watchdog protecting bandits, it's up to you to get out of your country to come to one land where ordinary people do not live in peace.

All Brazil is enduring such a difficult time concerning violence, but in Rio de Janeiro, although all that natural beauty, is totally hostage of criminality.

Take it as an valuable advice.


In the center, Col. Luiz Gustavo "Teixeira", who died today 26/10/2017 hit by 17 bullets, after an intense shooting in a busy street in the center of Rio

28 May 2017

Trump pushes prime minister Dusko Markovic aside to be in front of a group leaders

It's just appalling how Mr. Trump behaves as if he thinks he's is "the man"!

Have a look at this link: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/25/politics/trump-pushes-prime-minister-nato-summit/index.html

It's ridiculous - and funny.
What a regrettable behaviour for a President!

19 May 2017

Turkish President Erdogan watches a brawl in Washington DC

While visiting the US this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched his security servicemen beating up protesters outside the country’s embassy in Washington, DC. The Turkish embassy claimed that the protesters were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" -- a terrorist group -- and had assembled without permission (as if protesters should have requested permission to the embassy, and not to American authorities).

The Turkish President Erdogan watching protesters clashing with his
security servicemen, in Washington DC

The protesters "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President," the embassy said in a statement released late Wednesday.

The Republican Sen. John McCain, called for the Turkish ambassador to be expelled of the US. "We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged”. In the mean time, "were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released" and returned to Turkey with Erdogan.

An official of the State Department confirmed that two members of Erdogan's security service "were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released" and returned to Turkey with Erdogan.

Despite McCain’s comment, probably nothing will happen to the Turkish Ambassador or to the security servicemen who took part in the brawl.  Mr. Erdogan knows the US needs Turkish bases to operate its Air Force in that region and, after receiving as much power as one dictator could get, he has more power in his hands than his American counterpart; even in the US.

18 May 2017

Brazilian President Michel Temer under investigation

Brazilian President Michel Temer gave his blessing to an attempt to pay a potential witness to remain
Senator Aécio Neves and President Michel Temer
silent in the country's biggest-ever federal probe, according to plea bargain testimony by the powerful owners of JBS industries.

Temer's office on Wednesday acknowledged he had met in March with the businessman, Chairman Joesley Batista of meat giant JBS SA, but denied any part in alleged efforts to keep jailed former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha from testifying.

Senator Aécio Neves is also appointed by the whistle blowers, as one of the members of the “gang" who received millions of dollars in cash, to approve of laws to benefit JBS.

The “Polícia Federal” (the Brazilian FBI), has arrested Aecio's sister Andrea Neves today as a member of this political extortion group.

In reason of this, investors dumped Brazilian assets in home and foreign markets after the news broke out, as it shows the federal probe "Operation Car Wash", which has sent several high level businessmen/businesswoman and politicians to jail, is still in progress without no end in sight.

The good of all this, is that Brazil has been cleaning up its political image before the world. For the first time in history, this Operation has sent the powerful lords of politics and from the business market, to serve long time in jail.

16 May 2017

Donald Trump, a bumbling President

For sure, everyone knows him: he tweets a lot, says things a self-contained President would never do, shares things a true leader would never share (with Russia, for example), speaks a lot about any one including  some respected international leaders and still thinks his ideas are better to the US than any other American mind. Well, that’s the President of The United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump.

Perhaps his advisers team in the government has headache everyday when realise that their Boss' fingers and mouth run faster than his ears. It’s funny to think about it… It ought to be some advisers following President Trump on Tweeter only to see what he’s thinking about (at that exactly moment, of course, because he changes mind really quickly) - and so, prepare a sort of defense whether to the media news or to Congress and Senate. Perhaps, even Republicans have no clue what’s next move of this unpredictable President.

President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov shaking hands in the White House (11 May 2017)
As if it’s not enough, It’s confirmed Mr. Trump shared confidential information about the Islamic State with the  Russians. “As President I wanted to share with Russia . . . which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety,” Trump said today (16 May 2017) in two postings to his Twitter account. It only adds fuel to the flame as he fired Director of the FBI James B. Comey exactly because he was investigating the role of Russia on, indirectly, helping Trump to be elected.

It looks like - again - Mr. Trump doesn’t have even a small idea about his responsibilities and duties as a leader of this powerful country. Not only Russia is mocking at him, but nowadays all the world is deriding this bumbling President.

I bet some one in the US will start thinking about his impeachment…

Let’s see his next embarrassing move.

13 May 2017

Evaluating Donald Trump

After more than 100 days as the commander-in-chief of the USA, president Donald Trump hasn’t convinced the world, yet, that he is in fact a President of one of the most important countries in the world. On the contrary, he still looks like just a businessman who has no idea what he’s doing out there, in the presidency.

While ex-Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have left behind a legacy of leadership (whether good or not) Mr. Trump thinks the US is one of 'his' companies - and not a country - and by thinking so, he’s been demonstrating he has no idea what politics is.

It’s the first time in my life I see an American President who looks more a joker than a serious man - with all respects he deserves - but It’s impossible to take him seriously, so far. Perhaps, his haughty way of saying “I do” instead of “we do” besides attacking all media that oppose his views on an array of political matters, make me thing that way.

Another issue really interesting - and awkward to the US - is how Russia is playing tricks on him. Soon 
President Trump and Russian Ambassador Kislyak, in the White House
after Mr. Trump sacked Director of FBI Mr. James B. Comey, which was investigating the participation of Russia in meddling American election last year, a Russian photographer shot a smiling President Trump warmly shaking the hand of Russian Ambassador Kislyak, in the White House. The picture was published by the Russian Foreign Ministry for the world to see, along with other pictures of Donald Trump shaking hands with other Russian officials. Mr. Sergey Kislyak, dubbed a key Russian spy by US officials, is the epicentre of allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials that Comey was investigating before he was fired.

US officials say they did not know the pictures would be made public. However, to be more specific, they did not ‘want' those pictures to be made public.

So, what does Mr. Trump have in mind? Nothing? Something? He should stop tweeting nonsense and use this precious time to start governing a nation he inherited from the well respected ex-president, Mr. Barack Obama. He could wake up and see that administering a country is totally different from managing his companies. He still have time to learn politics but to do so, first he should treat himself from this anger towards media news and bring them to his side, as well as to stop blaming Democratic Party for all his failures. If he manage to handle it, them he could - perhaps - be at least remembered as an awkward president, and not as a joker.

For the time being, Russian President Putin is the most important ‘leader’ of the world. The craziest  is undoubtedly the North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un, so far, that’s to say… if Trump does not occupy his position.

Let’s wait and see Trump’s next move.

18 Apr 2016

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Impeachment

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of President Dilma Roussef’s impeachment yesterday
The future is getting grim to Ms Rousseff
night (Sunday, 17th April). Ms Rousseff is accused of using accounting trickery to hide the true size of the deficit as well as using this money to improve social programmes in 2014 to grant her a second term in command of the country. The government vehemently denies it, accusing opposition of establishing a ‘coup’ against Ms Roussef and its left-wing Worker’s Party (PT).

Now, the struggle goes to Brazil’s Senate - and again to the streets of Brazil – while ex-President Lula (who is also investigated by Brazilian Federal Police, for corruption) works in the shadows to keep her in the highest post of Brazilian politics.

Senators will decide, as soon as possible, whether to accept the lower chamber’s motion to open impeachment proceedings against her. If the measure wins a simple majority in the 81-member Senate, Rousseff will be suspended and the Senate will essentially turn into a courtroom. However, the President of Senate, Mr. Renan Calheiros, is prone to vote for her Worker’s Party as he is a dependant ally of Rousseff and Lula. He has never cared about what the streets say – that is, calling for her impeachment – and Lula will use all his power to convince him to bring back all ‘allies’ who left in the last moment to go along with the opposition.

Left-wing groups have threatened “strikes, occupations of buildings, land occupation” and even take up arms against anyone who opposes her or PT. Ms Rousseff herself, is a former Marxist guerrilla during the early 1970’s when Brazil was still ruled by military dictatorship.

This ‘novel’ will take longer than ever..., while Brazil deepens in a recession and corruption scandals.

16 Mar 2016

Lula - an ex-President who becomes minister to avoid being arrested

Just to update the post I have written below a few hours ago, it's confirmed that Lula (PT - Worker's Party) has become Minister of "Casa Civil" (Chief Staff) in this current government. Then, he will avoid being arrested for money laundering as he's accused by Brazilian prosecutors, as the high staff politicians in Brazil can only be judged by the High Court - whom the judges are chosen by those very politicians!

Former Brazilian President Lula manoeuvres to avoid prison

Brazilian prosecutors have requested the arrest of ex-President Lula (PT - Worker's Party) in a money laundering inquiry.
Ex-President Lula
However, to avoid so, the current Brazil President, Mrs. Dilma Rousseff (PT), is said to have offered him to take a cabinet position in her government. According to Brazilian law, politicians have a sort of immunity in case of committing crimes and accepting this position, Mr. Lula would be free, at least temporarily, of any charges against him.

Accepting a cabinet position would give Mr. Lula immunity from Federal judge Sergio Moro, who oversees a sweeping investigation into kickbacks at state-run oil Petrobras and approved the detention of dozens of senior executives as well as some politicians. Close friends of Lula said he was almost convinced he should take the position to “use his power to avoid the looming impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and not to avoid prison”.

Lula is considered, to many Brazilians, as a traitor who used his position as President to pretend he was helping the poor while he and his family was getting richer using public money.
On 13 March 2016, millions of Brazilians went to the streets to call for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff

25 Feb 2016

President Dilma warns athletes to take precautions during Rio-16

Despite Olympic organisers insisting that Rio-2016 in Brazil this August will not be affected by the outbreak of the Zika Virus, the President Dilma Rousseff warned athletes and visitors to smother themselves in mosquito repellent to minimise the risks, besides wearing long sleeves clothing and trousers!
Dilma Rousseff speaking to students in the Northeast of Brazil

It looks like a joke to use such kind of clothing in Rio de Janeiro where the weather is always hot and moist during the entire year, but it is exactly what she said at a press conference held in Rio de Janeiro.

Epidemiologists have warned that the Olympics could accelerate the spread of the disease to other
countries through infections of athletes and other visitors. But the organisers played down such fears, saying the Games will be held in Brazil’s “winter” when the cooler, drier weather will reduce the number of mosquitoes. What wasn’t said is the the winter in Rio de Janeiro, means an average temperature of 26ºC!

Visitors must exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil during their stay, not only because the virus itself but also in reason of other serious killers “viruses”: violent crimes, particularly in major cities.