30 Sep 2015

Almost 16000 people die per year in Brazil

In the Brazilian capitals, 43 people die every day victims of violence, according to the 9th Brazilian Directorate of Public Security. The survey prepared by the Brazilian Forum on Public Security and released today, shows that in 2014, crimes such as murder and robbery and victimised 15.932 people in 27 cities. The figure is slightly higher (0.8%) than the 15.804 recorded in 2013. It means that Brazil e far more dangerous than Iraq, for example, a region devastated for wars.

The city o Fortaleza, in the Northeast region and the 5th largest city in Brazil, had the highest number
Part of an arsenal the Federal Police apprehended from a gang
specialized in bank robbery, in Bahia
of murders in 2014 with 1.989 cases (but yet, down 1% compared to 2013), when the number reached 1.993 deaths. The city also recorded the highest rate of unintentional deaths per 100.000 inhabitants: 73.3.
Salvador is the second capital in absolute terms. There were 1.397 deaths, which means a rate of 48.1 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. In 2013, the city had 1.485 crimes and rate of 51.5 per 100.000 inhabitants.

Although São Paulo has the third largest absolute value of deaths (1.360), São Paulo has the lowest crime rate: 11.4 per 100.000 inhabitants. This low rate, in comparison to the other cities, is because the state has more than 11 million inhabitants – the largest in Brazil.  The number represents a drop of 4.3% in the murder rate in relation to 2013, when 1.412 deaths were recorded, 11.9 per 100.000 inhabitants, representing 1.389 murders in absolute numbers. In Rio de Janeiro, the rate was an astonishing number of 20.2 per 100.000 inhabitants, with 1.305 intentional violent murders in 2014.

The second highest murder rate was recorded in Maceió (69.5 per 100.000). The number is, however, a decrease of 14.5% in 2013 (81.4 for 100 thousand). In absolute numbers, 699 murders were recorded in 2014 and 811 in 2013. The city of São Luiz presented a very similar crime rate, 69.1 per 100.000 in 2014 and 61.2 per 100.000 in 2013. In absolute numbers , there were 645 murders in 2014. The previous year, the capital of Maranhão had 735 unintentional deaths.

The biggest growth in the murder rate was observed in Campo Grande, in the State of Mato Grosso, changing from 13.8 in 2013 to 18.9 per 100.000 inhabitants in 2014. In absolute numbers, there were 159 cases in 2014 and 115 deaths the previous year. The largest reduction was in Boa Vista, where the rate fell from 23.3 to 17.5 per 100.000. In 2014, there were 55 deaths, while in 2013 were 72 cases.

The robber AKA "The Monster" is one of the most dangerous
bank robbers in Brazil. Nowadays he is serving time in jail,
at least, for the time being.
All those terrible numbers shows that Brazil is one of the most dangerous countries in the world not only for tourists but mainly to the citizens themselves. There always a risk of being slaughtered somewhere in Brazil whether in a robbery, in a fight, etc., which makes this country more dangerous than Iraq and Afghanistan. It should be noted that Brazil will host the Olympic Games next year in Rio de Janeiro. The question is:

How the Brazilian Government will protect foreigners who will come to Brazil, if the government is not able to protect their own citizens?

PS.: Thieves, murders, robbers, etc, by Brazilian law, are under protection of the Human Rights Watchdog.

5 Sep 2015

ISIS - the Islamic State has reached Brazil

"The text below, I have extracted and translated to English, from the "ÉPOCA" Magazine. The link to the Portuguese version of this, is on the end of the text. I did not translate everything to English, as my English isn't that so good but I made an effort to translate the main topics as well as to do not make too many mistakes. I think it's worth it to read this excellent report. It's about the Islamic State and its steps in Brazil."

The house alarm rang just after 6 am, in a typical street of Pari neighbourhood, in São Paulo. It was the last Friday of August. The Military Police soon arrived at the scene, trying to avoid what thought it was a robbery. They found armed Federal Police officers (PF), using sledgehammer to break the 14 locks that locked the house's iron gate. It was the only house in the street with electric fence. Compared to the others, it looked like a bunker, surrounded by a dozen of security cameras. The operation had been authorised by the Federal Court in order to investigate a suspicious group of illegally move more than R$ 50 million (US$15million) in five years. The "ÉPOCA" Magazine found out that the investigated persons form a cell specialized in money laundering, suspected of supporting terrorism. Its members advocate mass executions, the death of US President Barack Obama and supports the Islamic State, nowadays the most dangerous terrorist organisation.

The "Mendaz Operation" as it was named, was planned with discretion. Mentioned only the rout a network of companies which emitted false documents and that send money out of the country without identifying the recipient. Conducted by the Intelligence Directorate of the Federal Police, the action was accompanied by the US Embassy, ​​the section led by Steve Moore, FBI agent. On the morning of that Friday, the Israeli Embassy also received the report of the PF on the action. There is a concerted effort to trace the connections of this group abroad. It is the first time a PF operation finds a structured group of terror supporters in Brazil.

Firas Allameddin
On top of laundering scheme is the Lebanese Firas Allameddin. In 2009, Allameddin tried to be recognised as a refugee in Brazil. This could prevent him of being expelled or extradited from Brazil. The request was rejected. According to investigations, the Allameddin group used shell companies and fake names to send values ​​to Lebanon. The money comes from, suspected PF, embezzlement, fraudulent cheques and loans. "They use false information to obtain documents that would provide the creation of individuals and 'ghosts' entities in order to promote the opening of accounts, cards, perform foreign exchange, remittance of cash to ​​abroad, in violation of Brazilian law.
Allameddin and its partners had adopted various expedients and shared tasks in sending money to Lebanon. Allameddin used three CPFs (Brazilian social security number). His brother Fadi created false identities, with a fondness for "Felipe". Another brother, Toufic, paid credit cards with values ​​above the invoice amount so that the surplus could be drawn in Lebanon. They also used shell companies to avoid being on the spot. A clandestine exchange office transferred money to a broker, who remitted the amount to abroad. The tactic was used to made it difficult to trace.

The Lebanese and others investigated in the "Mendaz Operation", published on the Internet, images in favour of the Islamic State (ISIS) with videos with the announcement of the advent of the caliphate. Allameddin disclosed on the Internet images of executions by ISIS. "Die of envy! The Islamic state will stay forever and will spread out all over the world,"said one of the texts published by a Allameddin's brother. Charred bodies are on the Facebook profile of another Allameddin partner who is also under investigation. 

Hesham Eltrabily
The MO started after PF investigated the Egyptian Hesham Eltrabily who was involved in money laundering. Living in Brazil at least since 2002, Eltrabily lives a quiet life as a trader in Sao Paulo. He was also a trading partner of Allameddin in a shop store called "Nuclear Jeans". Nowadays the site is closed. For the government of Egypt, Eltrabily is a terrorist, accused of participating in an attack that killed 62 people in 1997. Egypt requested his extradition and justified: "The defendant led and joined an illegal group. This group used terrorism to achieve their goals, murdering security men and public figures, bombing and destroying institutions." The Brazilian Supreme Court denied the request in 2003. The judges wanted better description of the crimes he was accused of committing.

The PF now anylises the seized material to try to find out with whom the group communicated in Lebanon and who are their terror supporters in Brazil and abroad. Eltrabily, who lived in the bunker in Pari neighbourhood, had at home ten mobile phones at the time the PF arrived.

The investigations follow the trail of financial crimes and falsification of documents - even if to the PF the suspicions are much more dangerous them it seems. In Brazil, terrorism or supporting it, is not considered crime, let alone an just an apology. If the Congress aproves a law that for some years are in the Senator's hands for appreciation, terrorist attacks and apology to this kind of crime could be punished with 12 to 30 years in prison. By the Brazilian general law, all who were sentenced to more than eight years in prison for any crime, is mandatory to serve its penalty in a maximum security prison.

Only a year from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the government is awaiting a resolution of the Congress to make the law, and determine what is "a terrorist attack, what sets it up to support terrorist activities and what it means". This discussion about what is considered terrorism, however, comes up against a misplaced controversy: the fear that social movements could be deemed as terrorism. Meanwhile, the crime of terrorism in Brazil, is a legal limbo, and they take advantage of it to spread their hatred around the world.

To access the entire report, in Portuguese, click here.

2 Sep 2015

Brazil enters technical recession

The Brazilian economy has entered in a technical recession. The main cause for that, are the several
President Dilma Rousseff
scandals of corruption where billions of dollars were embezzled by politicians as well as the top construction bosses of the country, who used their power and friendship to steal money from the Brazilians public safes.

The last scandal in the current government, the Petrobras scandal, has rocked Brazil's leftist governing Workers' Party (PT), with top politicians accused of taking bribes. Among them, close friends to the President Dilma Rousseff, like José Dirceu, an ex-Minister and a key figure in the Party, who has been arrested again (he had been arrested in an another scandal - “Mensalão” - just two years ago). Investigators also signaled they intend to investigate Dilma Roussef for manipulating fiscal accounts and other sorts of mismanagement during her ongoing government. 

As the last scandal hit directly Petrobras and the financial market, the country started sinking into a recession. Apart from that, came the Chinese crisis that forced Brazil to go deep down in this sea of financial problems.

The population is getting angry with all those problems and opposition parties are trying to oust her due to her inability of managing the country. Impeachment is the most probable option but it will not be a easy mean, since she still has lots of sympathisers who believe all those scandals “were created by the media, including the international ones” to see a legitimate government being overthrown by the opposition only because they do not want to see Brazil as a Communist force.

While Brazil is getting each day more divided, with treats from the leftists “to go to the streets holding arms and kill for the President”, the country is financially vanishing from the rest of the world. 

The solution? Dilma Rousseff and her Worker’s Party should leave the power, after all, all those scandals and problems the country has been enduring, is due to their inability of administrating a country, as well as their "great ability" of taking bribes and embezzlement.