BRAZIL: ‘ Two Leftist Women Fight it Out in Presidential Election as Millions Cast Their Ballot’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRAZIL (SÃO PAULO) – October 05  – The twists and turns in Brazil’s presidential race end Sunday, at least for a few hours, as millions of Brazilians cast ballots in an election expected to force a three-week run-off campaign between incumbent Dilma Rousseff and one of her two top challengers AP reported.  

Português: Dilma Rousseff faz o primeiro pronu...

Português: Dilma Rousseff faz o primeiro pronunciamento como presidente eleita do Brasil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rousseff held a commanding lead in all recent opinion polls, with her support rising to 46 percent in a survey released Saturday. But it was thought unlikely she could push through to win the absolute majority required to avoid a second-round election.

Brazil’s next president is likely to be a left-leaning woman with a compelling life story. The only question is which one: the incumbent or her chief challenger?

As Brazilians prepare to go to the polls Sunday, the presidential race has become a surprisingly close contest between the country’s current leader, Dilma Rousseff, and challenger Marina Silva, who wasn’t even a candidate for president until less than two months ago.

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English: 2010 Brazilian presidential candidates Dilma Rousseff, José Serra, and Marina Silva. Português do Brasil: Os candidatos à Presidência da República em 2010, Dilma Rousseff, José Serra e Marina Silva. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silva had been the running mate of Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who trailed badly in the polls when he died in a plane crash Aug. 13.

Since then, Silva, 56, has surged in popularity, in part because of her background — born to a large impoverished, illiterate family in the Amazon, and overcame diseases and menial jobs to become a successful political leader.

Family of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff (...

Family of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff (left to right): Igor (brother), Dilma Jane Silva (mother), Dilma Rousseff (as a child), Zana Lúcia (sister), and Pedro Rousseff (originally Pétar Rusév; her Bulgarian father). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rousseff’s background is no less intriguing. The daughter of an affluent Bulgarian immigrant turned lawyer-businessman, Rousseff, 66, became a Marxist guerrilla opposed to Brazil’s military dictatorship and was jailed while in her 20s. She rose through the political ranks to become Brazil’s first female president in 2011.

Until Silva’s surge in the polls, Rousseff had seemed a shoo-in for a second term despite a corruption scandal involving two dozen leading members of her ruling Workers Party (PT) and protests over the more than $13 billion Brazil spent to host the soccer World Cup tournament this year.

Surveys show the two women would be the top two finishers in Sunday’s election, which means they would compete head-to-head in the second round, in which Rousseff holds leads of varying sizes, according to the polls.

In recent days, polls have shown  Rousseff  gaining on Silva, sending Brazil’s stock market and currency down on investors’ fears that a continuation of her market-interventionist policies will fail to spark an economic turnaround.

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Brazil: “Flash Mob`Force Closure of Luxury Shopping Centre’ as the Poor Protest About the Rich”

#AceNewsServices says Mall rats: Brazilian flash mob forces closure of luxury shopping center

Published time: January 20, 2014 13:29
Edited time: January 21, 2014 13:00
Participants of the "Rolezinho" movement dance in front of the Shopping Leblon, which closed its doors to avoid the event, in Rio de Janeiro January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Participants of the “Rolezinho” movement dance in front of the Shopping Leblon, which closed its doors to avoid the event, in Rio de Janeiro January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Protests by Brazil’s poor against the rich have taken a new turn. Local black youths are taking to shopping malls usually visited by the wealthy, cooking barbecues and dancing. The seemingly innocent rallies are drawing the government’s attention.

The latest protest of the kind led to a shutdown of one of the Rio de Janeiro’s upmarket malls.

Nine thousand people joined the Facebook page of the flash mob. According to the report by local media outlet Terra, the social network deleted the event when it had over 500 people confirmed. 

However, only a few dozen took part in the flash mob. The participants held a barbecue outside the mall, set up speakers and danced to the music. One of the protesters was dressed as Batman, and another one as the Joker.

Shopping Leblon, the mall that was shut down, is a center that consists of 200 luxurious boutiques, restaurants and cinemas. 

The owners tried to ban the event, fearing violence, but failed. Instead, they closed the mall and left notices on the doors of the mall in Portuguese and English that read, “To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers, tenants and employees, Shopping Leblon informs that the center will be exceptionally closed today, 19 January.” 

“Looks like we’re bums who want to break the mall,” Fábio Fleck, one of the organizers, told Terra TV. “It is disappointing that we have more police than protesters. We’re not even a movement, just a group of people who met through Facebook.”

 

A notice to patrons of the Shopping Leblon mall is seen posted to one of its doors during a "Rolezinho" movement in Rio de Janeiro January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)A notice to patrons of the Shopping Leblon mall is seen posted to one of its doors during a “Rolezinho” movement in Rio de Janeiro January 19, 2014 (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

 President Dilma Rousseff actually organized a meeting of top aides to form a response to the flash mob activity. 

It’s not by any means the first time a mall has been targeted. Over the past months, almost a dozen shopping centers were chosen as the place for rolezhinhos. The main features of the activity is that black, poor youths gather in the place that’s usually considered a place for rich, white customers.

The first rolezinho happened at Shopping Itaquera in the suburbs of São Paulo last month. It was staged by fans of Funk Ostentação, a music style that appeared in poor favelas that is about showing off one’s money, flashy cars and expensive drinks.

The phenomenon has many sides to it. On one hand, the teenagers do what normal youths would in a huge shopping center: they hang out and have fun. On the other, the activity has been boosted by police presence, social media coverage. In one case, there were 6,000 people participating.

Plus, despite Brazilians being able to purchase more and more goods and becoming better-off, the country’s general population remains angry at the inequality. 

“People in favelas usually only enter malls to work in the shops. The customers are almost all rich, white people,” Hanier Ferrer, a 23-year-old student, told The Guardian. 

“The people from the favelas and the periphery want to prove they are just like everyone else. They want a rethink of social relations.”

A man wears a horse mask as he waits outside Leblon shopping mall, where a massive gathering called "rolezinho" was called, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo / Yasuyshi Chiba)

A man wears a horse mask as he waits outside Leblon shopping mall, where a massive gathering called “rolezinho” was called, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 19, 2014 (AFP Photo / Yasuyshi Chiba)

 

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RT: Reports Green for Go for Internet Privacy Resolution

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#AceSecurityNews says UN human rights committee unanimously passed a ‘right to privacy‘ resolution sponsored by Germany and Brazil that protects the right to privacy against illegal surveillance, following revelations about NSA spying.

The resolution states that surveillance and data interception by governments and companies “may violate or abuse human rights.”

This is the first document that establishes protection of human rights in the digital sphere, Brazil’s Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota told the AP. It “establishes for the first time that human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium, and therefore need to be protected online and offline,” Patriota said.

The resolution is concerned with the “the negative impact” that surveillance, “in particular when carried out on a mass scale, may have on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights.”

German Ambassador Peter Wittig added, “Is the human right to privacy still protected in our digital world? And should everything that is technologically feasible, be allowed?”

France, Russia and North Korea were among the 55 countries that co-sponsored the resolution that only made indirect references to US global spying techniques.

The fact that the resolution was unanimously passed by the committee seems to guarantee that it will get the votes of all 193 members of the General Assembly in December. Although the resolution will not be legally binding, it will have some political weight.

The US did not go against the measure, though it did lobby the ‘Five-Eyes’ intelligence sharing alliance of UK, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to water down the language of the resolution. By the end of the day, language stating that foreign spying would be a rights violation was weakened, according to AFP.

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Privacy (Photo credit: g4ll4is)

#Human Rights Watch specialist Philippe Bolopion lamented that the language had been watered down. But, Bolopion still believes that it was “a vital first step toward stigmatizing indiscriminate global surveillance.”

Brazil and Germany introduced to the UN General Assembly their draft resolution in early November, calling for internationally recognized rights to privacy. The document further urged an end to global electronic espionage and the extension of internet freedom.

The resolution comes amid international scandal over #NSA spying over much of the world’s population and eavesdropping on a number of foreign leaders, including Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

NSA spying revealed by former intelligence contractor #Edward-Snowden revealed that Washington has spied on at least 35 world leaders besides the exposed the mass surveillance against private citizens and business.

According to Snowden’s leak intelligence agencies from all signatories of the ‘Five Eyes’ agreement – the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – collaborated with the #NSA

Since Snowden’s leaks surfaced in June, protests demanding more privacy protections have emerged in countries around the globe, with thousands of people worldwide having joined in recent Million Mask March rallies organized by the amorphous Anonymous movement.

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The BRICS “Independent Internet” Cable. In Defiance of the “US-Centric Internet”

The BRICS “Independent Internet” Cable. In Defiance of the “USCentric Internet”

Global Research, September 17, 2013
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English: Official photo of President Rousseff,...

English: Official photo of President Rousseff, taken by official photographer, at Alvorada Palace on January 9th, 2011. Français : Photo de Dilma Rousseff, prise par un photographe officiel, dans le Palácio da Alvorada le 9 janvier, 2011. Português: Foto oficial da presidente Dilma Rousseff feita no Palácio do Alvorada no dia 9 de janeiro de 2011 pelo fotografo oficial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff announces publicly the creation of a world internet system INDEPENDENT from US and Britain ( the “US-centric internet”).

Not many understand that, while the immediate trigger for the decision (coupled with the cancellation of a summit with the US president) was the revelations on NSA spying, the reason why Rousseff can take such a historic step is that the alternative infrastructure: The BRICS cablefrom Vladivostock, Russia to Shantou, China to Chennai, India to Cape Town, South Africa to Fortaleza, Brazil, is being built and it’s, actually, in its final phase of implementation.

No amount of provocation and attempted “Springs” destabilizations and Color Revolution in the Middle East, Russia or Brazil can stop this process. The huge submerged part of the BRICS plan is not yet known by the broader public.

Nonetheless it is very real and extremely effective. So real that international investors are now jumping with both feet on this unprecedented real economy opportunity. The change… has already happened.

Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington’s widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward politically fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.

President Dilma Rousseff has ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company’s network and spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google.

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BRICS Cable!

http://www.bricscable.com/(see video)
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BRICS Cable… a 34 000 km, 2 fibre pair, 12.8 Tbit/s capacity, fibre optic cable system

  • For any global investor, there is no crisis – there is plenty of growth. It’s just not in the old world
  • BRICS is ~45% of the world’s population and ~25% of the world’s GDP
  • BRICS together create an economy the size of Italy every year… that’s the 8th largest economy in the world
  • The BRICS presents profound opportunities in global geopolitics and commerce
  • Links Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil – the BRICS economies – and the United States.
  • Interconnect with regional and other continental cable systems in Asia, Africa and South America for improved global coverage
  • Immediate access to 21 African countries and give those African countries access to the BRICS economies.
  • Projected ready for service date is mid to second half of 2015.

See also

Brazil plans to go offline from US-centric internet
Brazil Looks To Break From US-centric Internet
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