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O.P. (JE) Juiz ordena libertação de Lula da Silva

P.O.
Quoting Charles De Gaulle, President of the French Republic:
“Ciel sans couleur, fleurs sans odeur, fruits sans saveur, hommes sans honneur et femmes sans pudeur”
O Brasil foi, é e será o País do futuro.
A libertação do ex-Presidente Lula da Silva, embora possa ser justificada por motivos jurídicos, é um péssimo sinal para o Brasil.
Haja o que houver, e dê por onde der.

Francisco (Abouaf) de Curiel Marques Pereira



(JE) O juiz em causa será Danilo Pereira Júnior, da 12.ª Vara Criminal Federal de Curitiba , que terá aceite nesta sexta-feira, de acordo com o site G1, o pedido da defesa do ex-Presidente Lula da Silva, autorizando o ex-presidente do Brasil a deixar a prisão.

Lula da Silva vai ser libertado, de acordo com a decisão assinada por um juiz brasileiro na qual é dada ordem para que o antigo presidente do Brasil saia da prisão, avança a agência Reuters.

O juiz em causa será Danilo Pereira Júnior, da 12.ª Vara Criminal Federal de Curitiba , que terá aceite nesta sexta-feira, de acordo com o site G1, o pedido da defesa do ex-Presidente Lula da Silva, autorizando o ex-presidente do Brasil a deixar a prisão.

O Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) brasileiro anulou esta sexta-feira a possibilidade de prisão de condenados em segunda instância, alterando um entendimento adotado desde 2016, numa decisão que poderá levar à libertação do ex-Presidente Lula da Silva.

Com a decisão, réus condenados só poderão ser presos após o trânsito em julgado, ou seja, depois de esgotados todos os recursos. A única exceção será em caso de prisões preventivas decretadas.

Com esta mudança, 38 condenados no âmbito da Lava Jato, maior operação contra a corrupção no Brasil, serão beneficiados, segundo o Ministério Público Federal. Entre eles está o ex-chefe de Estado brasileiro Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, preso desde abril do ano passado, após ser condenado em segunda instância no caso de um apartamento de luxo na cidade do Guarujá, no litoral do estado de São Paulo.

O ex-Presidente brasileiro foi preso após ter sido condenado em segunda instância pelo Tribunal Regional Federal da 4.ª Região (TRF-4), num processo sobre a posse daquele apartamento, que os procuradores alegam ter sido dado a Lula da Silva como suborno em troca de vantagens em contratos com a estatal petrolífera Petrobras pela construtora OAS.

No total, a nova decisão abre caminho para libertar cerca de 5.000 réus, segundo o Conselho Nacional de Justiça brasileiro.

Após cinco sessões de julgamento, o resultado de quinta-feira foi obtido com o voto de desempate do presidente do STF, o juíz Dias Toffoli, com a votação a registar cinco votos a favor da prisão em segunda instância e seis votos contra.

Toffoli iniciou o seu voto lembrando que o que está em discussão é a validade do artigo 283 do Código de Processo Penal do Brasil, que prevê que uma pessoa só pode ser presa após trânsito em julgado do processo, ou seja, quando não houver mais recurso.

O presidente do STF frisou ainda que a decisão do tribunal não visa beneficiar alguém em concreto, e que apenas “se está a analisar a compatibilidade do artigo com a Constituição”.

A aplicação da decisão não é automática, cabendo a cada juiz de execução analisar a situação processual de cada caso.

É possível, por exemplo, um réu ser libertado com base na tese da segunda instância, mas o juiz poderá decretar prisão preventiva contra esse mesmo réu, se considerar que ele preenche algum requisito previsto em lei – como o risco de obstruir as investigações -, segundo o jornal O Globo.

O magistrado Edson Fachin, relator da Operação Lava Jato no STF, e que votou a favor da prisão em segunda instância, afirmou que não haverá “libertação automática” de presos em segunda instância.

“Do ponto de vista do combate à corrupção, branqueamento de capitais, deixamos de ter um mecanismo relevante, no meu modo de ver, constitucional. Mas isso não significa que todos os esforços para que haja o devido combate, nos termos da Constituição, deixarão de ser feitos”, declarou o juíz do STF, citado pelo portal de notícias G1.

O.P. (Terra) Após soltura de Lula, polarização política preocupa mercado

O.P.

O Brasil, infelizmente, como outros Países da América Latina, não é, na minha opinião um País onde se possa viver em segurança, nem investir.
Nem vejo como possa ter volta a dar lhe, depois do estado caótico a que chegou.

FCMP



(Terra) Investidores temem que radicalização de discurso atrapalhe a tramitação das reformas; dólar sobe 1,80 % e vai a R$ 4,16, Bolsa cai 1,78%

O mercado reagiu ontem à soltura do ex-presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) com alta forte do dólar e queda no Ibovespa, principal indicador do Bolsa de São Paulo. A leitura foi de que, do ponto de vista jurídico, a mudança de posição do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) traz insegurança e assusta sobretudo o investidor estrangeiro. Pelo lado político, na visão dos agentes, significa o acirramento da polarização em Brasília e nas ruas, o que poderia afetar o andamento da pauta econômica do governo.

Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo 09/05/2016 REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo 09/05/2016 REUTERS/Paulo WhitakerFoto: Reuters

Há, inclusive, parlamentares ameaçando obstruir qualquer votação no Congresso até que ocorra a análise da proposta de emenda à Constituição (PEC) sobre a prisão em segunda instância. Foi nesse ambiente que o dólar subiu 1,80% nesta sexta-feira, 8, e fechou cotado a R$ 4,1666 no mercado à vista. Já a Bolsa fechou com queda de 1,78%, aos 107.628,98 pontos.

Nesta sexta, no caso do câmbio, em menos de 45 minutos, período entre a notícia de que o ex-presidente seria solto e o fechamento do mercado, houve renovação de sucessivas máximas e a incorporação de dois centavos na cotação, da casa de R$ 4,14 para a de R$ 4,16.

“Na semana, a moeda norte-americana refletiu dois eventos: de um lado, o leilão, que começou tudo, e depois a liberação do Lula. O mercado deu uma azedada, não teve nenhuma notícia que ajudasse o real (na semana)”, disse o economista da corretora Nova Futura, Pedro Paulo Silveira. O economista se referia também ao fracasso dos leilões realizados pela Agência Nacional de Petróleo (ANP).

Bolsa

A semana no mercado de ações encerrou com os investidores se desfazendo de suas posições, mesmo após terem absorvido a frustração com os dois leilões de petróleo e gás, com resultado negativo para o governo.

Na avaliação do economista-chefe do banco digital ModalMais, Álvaro Bandeira, o noticiário deu impulso à realização de ganhos acumulados na esticada de cinco mil pontos do índice à vista desde o final de outubro. “A soltura de Lula já estava mais ou menos no preço. O mercado já estava meio que esperando a decisão do Supremo desde que a ministra Rosa Weber mudou o voto”, disse.

No entanto, para ele, apesar dos ruídos que podem haver com a intensificação da polarização, se o governo seguir tocando a agenda liberal e reformista, não deve comprometer a tendência até agora vista para a Bolsa. “Por enquanto, não dá para assustar, vamos ver os desdobramentos.”

O analista-chefe da Necton Corretora, Glauco Legat, ressalta que o tom pode ser mais negativo com Lula solto em um contexto no qual o governo quer fazer mais reformas. “De maneira geral, a soltura dele traz eventos negativos e fica mais evidente o Brasil dividido, com passeatas que já começam”, diz.

Nesse meio tempo, o senador José Serra (PSDB-SP) protocolou requerimento solicitando dados que embasaram a elaboração das três PECs do pacote Mais Brasil, em tramitação no Senado. O tucano quer saber informações detalhadas, entre elas, a economia esperada das medidas e a memória de cálculo das projeções.

O ministro da Economia, Paulo Guedes, poderá ter de abrir em até 30 dias todos os dados e, caso contrário, a tramitação das PECs ficará sobrestada, interrompendo sua tramitação.

(G1) TRF-4 marca para 27 de novembro julgamento de Lula no caso do sítio de Atibaia

(G1) Apelação da defesa do ex-presidente foi liberada na última terça (5) pelo revisor dos processos da Lava Jato na 8ª Turma, Leandro Paulsen.

O ex-presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, em imagem de dezembro de 2017  — Foto:  Hélvio Romero/Estadão Conteúdo

O ex-presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, em imagem de dezembro de 2017 — Foto: Hélvio Romero/Estadão Conteúdo

O julgamento da apelação do ex-presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva no processo do sítio de Atibaia será realizado às 9h do dia 27 de novembro, uma quarta-feira, na sede do Tribunal Regional da 4ª Região (TRF-4), em Porto Alegre. A data foi marcada pela secretaria da 8ª Turma, e foi divulgada pelo tribunal nesta sexta (8).

A apelação da defesa do ex-presidente já estava liberada desde terça (5). O revisor dos processos da Lava Jato na 8ª Turma, desembargador Leandro Paulsen, pediu a marcação da data.

Conforme o TRF-4, será julgada primeiramente a Questão de Ordem para decidir se a ação deve ou não voltar para a fase das alegações finais com a anulação da sentença da 13ª Vara Federal de Curitiba. No dia 29 de outubro, o Superior Tribunal de Justiça suspendeu esse julgamento, com o argumento de que o pedido deveria ser analisado junto com a apelação.

Caso o trâmite normal do processo seja mantido, a turma avança para a análise do mérito.

Lula foi condenado a 12 anos e 11 meses em primeira instância neste processo por corrupção passiva, ativa e lavagem de dinheiro, em fevereiro deste ano. Seus advogados recorreram pedindo a absolvição. O Ministério Público Federal, por sua vez, recomenda o aumento da pena.

Na época da manifestação do MPF, a defesa de Lula emitiu nota afirmando que o ex-presidente sofre uma “perseguição política”, e que o processo é “viciado pela parcialidade do ex-juiz Sérgio Moro”.

O relator do processo, desembargador João Pedro Gebran Neto, entregou seu voto sobre a apelação no dia 11 de setembro. O conteúdo é sigiloso. Além dele e de Paulsen, a 8ª Turma também é composta pelo desembargador Carlos Eduardo Thompson Flores Lenz.

Prisão

A sentença do sítio de Atibaia é a segunda condenação de Lula na Lava Jato. O ex-presidente cumpre pena na Polícia Federal de Curitiba por corrupção e lavagem de dinheiro no caso triplex do Guarujá (SP), desde abril do ano passado.

Em setembro, o MPF pediu a progressão do regime do ex-presidente à Justiça. Lula, no entanto, se recusou a sair da prisão. Em carta, ele disse que não aceita “barganhar” por liberdade.

Entretanto, após a decisão do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) de derrubar a prisão após condenação na segunda instância, em julgamento que terminou na noite de quinta-feira (7), a defesa de Lula pediu à Justiça que ele seja solto.

O pedido será analisado pela juíza federal Carolina Lebbos, em Curitiba, que é a responsável pela execução penal de Lula.

Outros réus no caso do sítio de Atibaia

Outras 12 pessoas foram denunciadas no processo. Veja aqui como ficaram as penas na primeira instância.

Marcelo Odebrecht, ex-presidente da Odebrecht, teve a condenação suspensa por causa do acordo de delação premiada. Agenor Franklin Medeiros, ex-executivo da OAS, teve a acusação extinta. Rogério Aurélio Pimentel, ex-assessor especial da Presidência, foi absolvido.

Nove réus recorreram ao TRF-4 contra as condenações. Alexandrino de Alencar, ex-executivo da Odebrecht, não apelou.

O procurador do MPF entende que os réus Carlos Armando Guedes Paschoal, ex-diretor da Odebrecht, e Emyr Diniz Costa Junior, ex-engenheiro da empreiteira, devem receber perdão judicial. Os dois são colaboradores.

Denúncia

De acordo com o Ministério Público Federal, Lula recebeu propina do Grupo Schain, de José Carlos Bumlai, e das empreiteiras OAS a Odebrecht por meio da reforma e decoração no sítio Santa Bárbara, em Atibaia (SP), que o ex-presidente frequentava com a família.

A acusação trata do pagamento de propina de pelo menos R$ 128 milhões pela Odebrecht e de outros R$ 27 milhões por parte da OAS.

Para os procuradores, parte desse dinheiro foi usada para adequar o sítio às necessidades de Lula. Segundo a denúncia, as melhorias na propriedade totalizaram R$ 1,02 milhão.

O MPF afirma que a Odebrecht e a OAS custearam R$ 850 mil em reformas na propriedade. Já Bumlai fez o repasse de propina ao ex-presidente no valor de R$ 150 mil, ainda conforme o MPF.

Segundo o MPF, Lula ajudou as empreiteiras ao manter nos cargos os ex-executivos da Petrobras Renato Duque, Paulo Roberto Costa, Jorge Zelada, Nestor Cerveró e Pedro Barusco, que comandaram boa parte dos esquemas fraudulentos entre empreiteiras e a estatal, descobertos pela Lava Jato.

P.O. (AJ) Brazil president threatens to cancel Globo TV over report

P.O.
One wonders about President’s Bolsonaro state of mind

It is not a question about liking his policies, or not.

Even giving him the benefit of the doubt that many brazilian politicians live in a World of their own , one really wonders if the President of Brazil is fit enough to continue as President.
By comparing Brazil Supeeme Court to “a bunch of hyenas” one really wonders…
President Bolsonaro was  elected because he was the only major candidate that seemed not to have connections with corruption.
But i would argue that enough is enough.

Francisco (Abouaf) de Curiel Marques Pereira



(AJ) Bolsonaro made the threat after a report raised his name in connection with the murder investigation of Marielle Franco.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro threatened the license of the country's largest network on Wednesday [File: Eraldo Peres/The Associated Press]
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro threatened the license of the country’s largest network on Wednesday [File: Eraldo Peres/The Associated Press]

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Wednesday to cancel the license of Brazil’s largest TV network, Globo, accusing it of “villainous journalism” after a report connecting him with a former police officer accused of killing Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco last year.

TV Globo reported on Tuesday that just hours before the March 2018 murder the suspect was alleged to have told a doorman he was going to Bolsonaro’s house, gaining access to a gated community where he met instead with another former police officer accused of murdering the left-wing politician.

Investigators arrested two former police officers Ronnie Lessa and Elcio de Queiroz nearly a year later and charged them with killing Franco in return for about $50,000. Their lawyers said they did not commit the crime.

The case led to widespread protests by Brazilians outraged to see a black, openly gay human rights advocate shot dead. 

Bolsonaro, who took office at the beginning of the year, has denied any connection to the case, saying he was in Brasilia the day of the murder voting in Congress, where he was then serving as a representative. TV Globo’s report also said Bolsonaro was in Brasilia on the day of Franco’s murder.

“This is rotten, villainous journalism by TV Globo,” an enraged Bolsonaro said in a live video on social media, recorded at 4am in a Riyadh hotel during an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

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The Murder of Marielle Franco

Following the report, Bolsonaro accused the media and a former ally, Rio Governor Wilson Witzel, of conspiring to attack him and his family.

Bolsonaro went on to discuss the timeline for renewing the license of the network, which is part of Grupo Globo, the largest media group in Brazil that includes TV, publishing, internet content and music labels.

“We’ll talk in 2022,” Bolsonaro said. “You’d better hope I’m dead by then, because the renewal process won’t be persecution, but … there won’t be any workarounds for you or anyone else.”

In a statement, Globo expressed regret about Bolsonaro’s comments and said its aim was to inform the Brazilian public. Referring to its license renewal, it said that it had complied with its obligations during the past 54 years.

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bolsonaro to “refrain from insulting and threatening media outlets”. 

“President Bolsonaro’s threats and insults against Brazil’s largest news broadcaster have no place in a democracy,” CPJ Central and South America Program Coordinator Natalie Southwick said in a statement. “Brazilians have the right to access news without government restrictions, and the government’s ability to issue licenses should never be used as a form of censorship.”

Lingering questions

In Tuesday’s report, TV Globo said the doorman to Bolsonaro’s gated community in Rio told police that someone in the Bolsonaro residence identified as “Mr Jair” confirmed the visitor on the day of Franco’s murder and then waved off the doorman’s concern that the car went to a different house.

“It looks like either the doorman lied or someone induced him to commit a false testimony,” Bolsonaro said on Tuesday.

He accused Governor Witzel of leaking details from a confidential investigation to the press to “destroy the Bolsonaro family” before the 2022 presidential elections.

Witzel denied any political interference with the investigation.

“I deeply regret the untimely reaction of President Jair Bolsonaro,” the governor said in a statement.

Bolsonaro’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro has asked Brazil’s top public prosecutor to investigate the doorman’s allegation, saying he might have given false testimony, either in error or as part of a wider conspiracy to implicate the president, according to the request made public by the ministry.

Bolsonaro has denied knowing Lessa, who lived two houses down from him in the same gated community.

Police allege Lessa fired the 13 shots in the assassination-style murder of Franco and her driver. Queiroz was accused of driving the hitman’s car. 

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Marielle Franco smiles for a photo in Cinelandia square, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Franco was slain returning from an event focused on empowering young black women [Ellis Rua/Associated Press]

Shortly after their arrests, a photo of Queiroz circulated on social media, wearing a police T-shirt, with his arm around Bolsonaro. Local news outlets reported the photo was taken from Queiroz’s Facebook profile. The authenticity of the photo could not be independently verified. 

At the time, Bolsonaro told reporters he had taken photos with thousands of police officers as he campaigned for the presidency.

Investigators have still not determined who paid for the killing.

In September, Brazil’s top prosecutor charged five people including police officers and a former state legislator with sabotaging the investigation.

(BBG) Rich Brazilians Moving to Portugal Pull Local Bankers With Them

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  •  Itau, Bradesco are among banks that might open offices there
  •  XP, BTG have already announced they’ll also have a presence
Portugal is attracting foreigners with tax incentives and resident permits for non-Europeans who purchase real estate worth more than 500,000 euros.
Portugal is attracting foreigners with tax incentives and resident permits for non-Europeans who purchase real estate worth more than 500,000 euros. Photographer: Patricia De Melo Moreira/Bloomberg

Banks including Itau Unibanco Holding SA and Banco Bradesco SA are considering opening wealth-management offices in Portugal amid a surge in Brazilians moving to the European nation.

“We’re studying whether to have some bankers there,” said Luiz Severiano Ribeiro, head of global private banking for Itau, the biggest wealth manager in Brazil. “We have clients that moved to Portugal, and we believe our edge is to be close to our clients.”You’ve reached your free article limit.Get unlimited access for $1.99/mo.View Offers

(OBS) Banif vende banco no Brasil por cerca de 20 cêntimos

(OBS) Comissão liquidatária do banco madeirense chegou a acordo com sociedade de advogados para a opção de compra do Banif Brasil, que vai sair da esfera do Banif até janeiro de 2021.

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O Banif vai libertar-se do Banif Brasil até janeiro de 2021. A comissão liquidatária do Banif chegou a acordo com a Siqueira Castro, uma sociedade de advogados especializada na aquisição de ativos de alto risco, que ficou com a opção de compra do Banif Brasil por um real (cerca de 20 cêntimos), durante dois anos, segundo o Jornal de Negócios. Após esse período, o banco madeirense pode vender o banco a esta sociedade, se a compra não tiver sido realizada entretanto. Em ambos os casos, o banco brasileiro sai da esfera do Banif.

Desde 2016 que o Banif tenta vender o Banif Brasil, que detém a 100%. Nesse ano foram detetadas graves dificuldades financeiras no banco brasileiro, tendo sido tomada a decisão de liquidar ou vender a instituição.

Em 2017, dos 60 investidores contactados, só dois mostraram interesse, acabando por desistir. O Banif pediu, por isso, ao Banco Central do Brasil para avançar com a liquidação ordinária do Banif Brasil. Em 2018, a Siqueira Castro pagou ao Banif três milhões de reais (655 mil euros) pelos créditos do banco brasileiro que o Santander não quis comprar. O Banif reinvestiu o montante na compra dos créditos no Brasil à Oitante — que ficou com os ativos do Banif.

Segundo o Negócios, esta operação aconteceu porque a sociedade de advogados exigiu que, para ficar com o Banif Brasil, o banco madeirense tinha de recuperar todos os créditos. O acordo entre o Banif e a Siqueira Castro foi celebrado a 25 de janeiro deste ano. A opção de compra mantém-se pelo prazo de dois anos.

(FT) Brazil’s Amazon climate change crisis

How the fight against deforestation in Bolsonaro’s Brazil is also a fight against criminal networks and corruption. The battle against deforestation in President Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil is also a fight against criminal networks and corruption, drawing in politicians, militias and drugs gangs. The FT follows the fight as it cycles from the cities to the rainforest, and meets the indigenous people trying to save their land

(AJ) Brazilian gold rush is destroying Amazon forests

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The gold rush is fueled by robust international prices amid weak enforcement and speculation of a worldwide recession.

An illegal gold mine, located in a deforested part of the Amazon region, is seen near the city of Castelo dos Sonhos in Para State in Brazil [File:Nacho Doce/Reuters]
An illegal gold mine, located in a deforested part of the Amazon region, is seen near the city of Castelo dos Sonhos in Para State in Brazil [File:Nacho Doce/Reuters]

Itaituba, Brazil – Jose Antonio sits on a plastic chair in an open-air wooden shack, the makeshift headquarters of his illegal gold mining operation. It is one of the hundreds here, in the Tapajos River basin in Para State in the Amazon region of Brazil.

Outside, a hydraulic digger is parked near the edge of a vast mining pit that has been carved into the rainforest’s reddish-brown earth.

The digger needs parts that will be flown in shortly via a small aircraft to a clandestine landing strip, a 10-minute motorcycle ride away over a river crossing and through an indigenous village.

Fuelled by robust international prices amid lackluster regulation, weak enforcement – and speculation about a worldwide recession – Brazil’s Amazon is experiencing a new gold rush.

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A digger used for illegal mining on an indigenous territory in the Tapajos River basin region, where in recent years, illegal mining has become increasingly capital intensive [Sam Cowie/Al Jazeera]

Thousands of illegal miners called garimpeiros are digging for gold, tearing down forests, polluting rivers and encroaching on indigenous lands.

Now, garimpeiros and industry representatives alike have found an ally in Brazil’s far-right leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, who pledges to “legalise” gold panning and open up mineral-rich indigenous lands to mining.

“As far as I’m concerned, if an indigenous [person] wants [to do] mining on his land, he can,” Bolsonaro said in a recent edition of his weekly Facebook Live programme.

There are more than 450 illegal mining sites in the Brazilian Amazon region. And dozens are on indigenous lands, according to research by the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network.

Epicentre of the crisis

Today, the Tapajos River basin is the epicentre of the mining crisis. Taking a light aircraft flight, it’s possible to see the extent of the damage: forests and river banks opened up and turned into vast swathes of brown mud.

Some of the activity in the region is legal. But each year, 30 tonnes of gold are illegally traded here. That represents 4.5 billion reals ($1.1bn) in undeclared funds – six times more than the legal amount traded, according to information presented by Brazil’s National Mining Agency to its congress in April.

Illegal miners themselves are mostly poor men with little to no education, hoping to strike it rich. Illiteracy rates among them are high.

In the town of Crepurizao, from which dozens of light aircraft leave each day packed with parts, fuel and supplies, Al Jazeera interviewed several miners waiting for vacancies in mining pits.

They spoke of an easy-come, easy-go lifestyle where large amounts of money could be earned – then squandered in days on alcohol and prostitution.

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An improvised kitchen is set up at an illegal gold-mining camp [File:Ricardo Moraes/Reuters]

“When it’s good, it’s good, but it’s usually more difficult than good,” said Nerivan da Silva, 37.

The pit controlled by gold mining boss Jose Antonio sits on a patch of the 2.4 million-hectare Munduruku indigenous land, home to 14,000 tribespeople.

Currently, in Brazil, mining on indigenous territories is totally prohibited. Last year, authorities destroyed Antonio’s previous digger during a raid.

“It’s us that sustain them,” he said of the indigenous people. “Because of us, they can now have food, motorbikes, fridges, TVs and good clothes.”

Sitting on the concrete floor of a wooden hut, the village chief, a man referred to simply as “the captain”, did not want to comment, and told Al Jazeera to leave.

Impact on the indigenous

Alessandra Korap, a Munduruku indigenous leader from a different village, said that Bolsonaro’s rhetoric was encouraging the advance of the miners deeper into indigenous territory.

“The president says ‘let’s legalise’ so people say ‘I’ll take my space there,'” she said.

Recent satellite images acquired by BBC Brazil show illegal mining encroaching significantly on three indigenous territories, including that of the Munduruku, since the start of 2019.

Korap explained that the village chief accepted the illegal mining on the land as a form of financial aid, as indigenous agency budgets had been slashed in recent years.

“They are cheated,” she said. “They think that they’ll get everything, but they lose everything.”

The social impacts are grave: illegal mining brings malaria, prostitution, human trafficking, drugs and violence. Then, as a gold pit starts to yield less, the miners typically move on and open up another operation, perpetuating a cycle of destruction.

“In some cases, there are indigenous leaders who get involved and get their cut. But once the door opens, it quickly gets out of control,” said Glenn Shepard, an American anthropologist who works with indigenous populations affected by illegal mining in Para State.

Illegal mining’s effect on the Tapajos River has been severe. According to a study by the federal police and the Federal University of Western Para, seven tonnes of sediment are released into the river every year. That’s the same amount of sediment – collecting every 11 years – as was released in Brazil’s 2015 Samarco Dam break.

Illegal gold mining on a mass scale requires large amounts of mercury to extract the gold – and that mercury ends up dumped in the river.

Mercury exposure can trigger sickness, birth defects and infertility, according to scientific studies. 

‘Big-business level logistics’

The image of illegal gold mining in Brazil was immortalized in Sebastiao Salgado’s stunning photographs of thousands of workers climbing the Serra Pelada mine in the 1980s.

But over the past few years, experts say, mining gangs in the Tapajos region have become increasingly professionalised, and their operations more mechanised.

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Though prohibited by law, illegal mining pits on indigenous territory – like this one in the Tapajos River basin region — are becoming more common in Brazil [Sam Cowie/ Al Jazeera]

Pit bosses buy powerful diggers on credit, usually with investment from wealthy, seemingly legitimate businesses, investigators say.

Today, it’s common to have five to seven workers who typically pay 70 percent of their gold earnings to the boss of the pit, who has invested in the machine.

“It is big-business level logistics,” said Luis Camoes Boaventura, a federal prosecutor. “And they do it because it’s easy and there is no enforcement.”

Experts blame woefully insufficient regulation that allows for easily fraudulent transactions, including systems that are, in the main, still done using pen and paper – a practice that can facilitate money laundering for organised crime groups.

A recent investigation by Brazil’s federal prosecution office, conducted with federal police, found that just one gold-buying business in the city of Santarem fraudulently traded at least 610kg of gold – some of which was mined illegally on indigenous lands – between 2015 and 2018, costing the state 70 million reals ($17m).

“This investigation shows that in Brazil, there is no control over the chain of custody of gold,” said prosecutor Boaventura.

Enforcement operations by Brazil’s environmental agencies have also dropped off since the beginning of the year.

According to records published recently by the newspaper Estado de S. Paulo, the number of fines applied for environmental crimes by enforcement agencies is now at its lowest in a decade.

So far, Para State is still waiting for a superintendent to be appointed from Brasilia to head its local branch unit of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources.

“This gives a green light for the criminals,” said a source inside the Para State government.

President Bolsonaro has spoken of his own past as a miner. In July, he spoke of legalising gold panning in Para, but offered few details.

Currently, a bill to legalise commercial mining of indigenous lands is being prepared for congress.

“Those that don’t want [this] of course don’t have to accept [it], but those that want can profit,” said General Roberto Sebastiao Peternelli, a congressman with Bolsonaro’s Social Liberty Party. 

Deforested Amazon

An aerial view shows a tractor on a plantation near a deforested plot of the Amazon near Porto Velho [File: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

In a note to Al Jazeera, Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy confirmed that “probably in September the proposal will be concluded and ready to be submitted”.

But Juliana de Paula Batista, a lawyer with Brazil’s Socio-Environmental Institute, said that any bill that didn’t consult communities before being sent to congress was in breach of the constitution, and could result in judicial deadlock.

“The communities must be consulted during the elaboration of the bill and after,” she said.

The Bolsonaro government is coming under increasing fire internationally for what critics see as an all-out assault on the Amazon region. 

Deforestation – which always factors into illegal mining – has continued its upward trendof the last few years, with a 15 percent increase between August 2018 and July 2019 compared to the same period a year before, according to the Imazon research institute.

Citing frustration with the Bolsonaro government, first Germany then Norway suspended some payments to the Brazilian government’s Amazon Fund, which supports projects to combat deforestation. 

French President Emmanuel Macron has described the vast fires currently raging in the Amazon as an “international emergency”, and has called for the situation to be discussed at the G7 Summit – a meeting of the world’s largest industralised nations taking place August 24-26 in Biarritz, France.

For their part, many Brazilian miners hope their own president will make good on his pledge to legitimise gold panning.

In Crepurizao, as night falls, a man wearing a Bolsonaro tee-shirt drives past on a motorbike as a group of miners discuss the president’s pledge to legalise their work.

“This,” said miner Nerivan da Silva, “is our hope.”

(EUobserver) Brazil does U-turn on Amazon fire aid

(EUobserver) A spokesperson for Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has said the country will accept foreign aid to extinguish Amazon fires. Bolsonaro earlier declined €18m from the G7 states and insulted French president Emmanuel Macron over the offer. The Brazilian spokesman said his country must have full control of foreign grants and that outside help must not impinge on its sovereignty.

(GUA) Amazon rainforest fires: Brazil to reject $20m pledged by G7

(GUA)Senior official says funds should be spent on reforesting Europe and not on ‘colonialist practices’

A Brazilian farmer walks through a burned area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state
 A Brazilian farmer walks through a burned area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

A senior Brazilian official has told Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies” as Brazil rejected an offer from G7 countries of $20m (£16m) to help fight fires in the Amazon.

“We appreciate [the offer], but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, the chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website.

Leaders of the G7 countries made the aid offer at a weekend summit in the French city of Biarritz hosted by the French president, who had put the fires high on the agenda. Environmental campaigners have dismissed the sum as “chump change”.

“Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site,” Lorenzoni said in a reference to the blaze that devastated the Notre Dame cathedral in April. “What does he intend to teach our country?

“Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron.”

The Brazilian presidency later confirmed the comments to Agence France-Presse.

Brazil’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, had earlier told reporters that his country welcomed the G7 funding, but after a meeting between Bolsonaro and his ministers, the Brazilian government changed course.

The announcement of the $20m assistance package was the most concrete outcome of the three-day G7 summit of major industrialised democracies in Biarritz and aimed to give money to Amazonian nations such as Brazil and Bolivia, primarily to pay for more firefighting planes.

Tensions have risen between France and Brazil after Macron tweeted that the fires burning in the Amazon basin amounted to an international crisis and should be discussed as a top priority at the G7 summit. Bolsonaro reacted by accusing Macron of having a “colonialist mentality”.

Speaking on French TV on Monday night, Macron reiterated that the Amazon was a global issue and intensified his criticism of Bolsonaro.

“We respect your sovereignty. It’s your country,” Macron said. But the trees in the Amazon are “the lungs of the planet”, he added.

“The Amazon forest is a subject for the whole planet. We can help you reforest. We can find the means for your economic development that respects the natural balance. But we cannot allow you to destroy everything.”

He also acknowledged that Europe, by importing soya from Brazil, was not without blame for the agricultural pressure on the rainforest, saying: “We are partly complicit.”

The diplomatic row between the leaders had escalated earlier in the day, when Macron condemned Bolsonaro for what he called “extraordinarily rude” comments made about his wife, Brigitte, after the Brazilian president expressed approval online for a Facebook post implying that Brigitte Macronwas not as good-looking as his own wife, Michelle.

“He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife,” Macron said at a press conference in Biarritz when asked to react to statements about him by the Brazilian government. “What can I say? It’s sad. It’s sad for him firstly, and for Brazilians,” he added.

Macron said he hoped for the sake of the Brazilian people “that they will very soon have a president who behaves in the right way”.

The US president, Donald Trump, skipped the summit session aimed at finding solutions to global heating through tree planting and shifting from fossil fuels to wind energy. In a press conference after the summit, he was dismissive of efforts to change direction.

“I feel the US has tremendous wealth … I’m not going to lose that wealth on dreams, on windmills – which, frankly, aren’t working too well,” he said. “I think I know more about the environment than most.”

Environmental groups said G7’s emergency fire aid was insufficient and failed to address the trade and consumption drivers of deforestation.

“The offer of $20m is chump change, especially as the crisis in the Amazon is directly linked to overconsumption of meat and dairy in the UK and other G7countries,” said Richard George, the head of forests for Greenpeace UK.

(EXAME) Emmanuel Macron pode solicitar status internacional à Amazônia

(EXAME)Presidente francês sugeriu a hipótese caso líderes da região tomem decisões prejudiciais ao planeta, em clara alusão ao presidente Jair Bolsonaro

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron: presidente critica postura de Bolsonaro diante de incêndios na Amazônia (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

O G-7, grupo de países mais ricos do mundo, prometeu nesta segunda-feira, 26, liberar em caráter de urgência US$ 20 milhões o equivalente a R$ 83 milhões, para enviar aviões-tanque para combater os incêndios na Amazônia. O presidente da França, Emmanuel Macron, questionou a conveniência de conferir um status internacional à floresta caso os líderes da região tomem decisões prejudiciais ao planeta.

A fala de Macron é uma clara alusão ao presidente brasileiro, Jair Bolsonaro(PSL), que o acusou de ter uma “mentalidade colonialista” por exigir uma ação internacional a respeito da região.

Associações e organizações não governamentais (ONGs) levantaram a questão de definir um status internacional para a Amazônia.

“Este não é o quadro da iniciativa que estamos tomando, mas é uma questão real que se impõe se um Estado soberano tomar medidas concretas que obviamente se opõem ao interesse de todo o planeta”, disse Mácron. “As conversas entre (Sebastián) Piñera (presidente do Chile) e Bolsonaro não vão nessa direção, acho que ele está ciente desse assunto. Em qualquer caso, quero viver com essa esperança.”Veja também

Segundo o presidente francês, esse status “é um caminho que permanece aberto e continuará a florescer nos próximos meses e anos”. “A questão é tal no plano climático que não podemos dizer ‘Este é um problema só meu’. É o mesmo para aqueles que têm espaços glaciais em seu território ou que impactam o mundo inteiro.”Veja também

Ele garantiu, no entanto, que construiu a iniciativa que será proposta às Nações Unidas “para respeitar a soberania de cada país”. / Com agências internacionais.

P.O. (Independent) Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires – as EU threatens trade retaliation

PO.

And Brazil fears rightly so.
I personally will not buy one single Brazilian product until this problem is solved.
And i appeal to you my Friends to do the same thing.
I wrote years ago that the Amazon forest should not be controled by Brazil alone.
A country so corrupt as Brazil is can not continue to control alone the Amazon forest which is vital for the World.
This is obvious in my opinion.
One example:
Former President Temer reached a deal with the lobby that is destroing the Amazon forest ( farmers) to prevent being impeached.
This is public information.

Francisco (Abouaf) de Curiel Marques Pereira



(Independent) European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.

Amid a global chorus of concern and condemnation, Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro pledged in an address to the nation to mobilize the army to help combat the blazes, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges overseas.

Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world’s largest rainforest, have surged in number by 83% this year, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change.

French President Emmanuel Macron called for G7 leaders to discuss the environmental crisis in Brazil at a summit this weekend in the French coastal resort of Biarritz. Both France and Ireland threatened to oppose an EU trade deal struck in June with a regional South American bloc following Brazil’s response.

Images of fires raging in the Amazon broadcast around the globe sparked protests outside Brazilian embassies from Mexico City and Lima to London and Paris.

In the Cypriot capital Nicosia, a sign tied to the railings of Brazil’s diplomatic mission read: “The Amazon belongs to Earth not to the Brazilian president.”

Demonstrators of environmental organizations take part in a rally in front to the embassy of Brazil in demand to more Amazon protection in Santiago, Chile August 23, 2019. The placard reads:
Demonstrators of environmental organizations take part in a rally in front to the embassy of Brazil in demand to more Amazon protection in Santiago, Chile August 23, 2019. The placard reads: “Bolsonaro: Turn off the fire, save the Amazon” and “Without planet there is no future”. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

Bolsonaro, who initially accused non-governmental organizations of setting the forest on fire without providing any evidence, said in a televised address he had authorized the use of troops to fight the fires and stop illegal deforestation in the Amazon.

But the former military officer attributed the scale of the fires to dryer-than-average weather and insisted on the need for economic development of the Amazon to improve the lives of its 20 million inhabitants.

Environmentalists have warned that his controversial plans for more agriculture and mining in the region will speed up deforestation.

“We have to give the population the opportunity to develop and my government is working for that, with zero tolerance for crime – and that is no different for the environment,” Bolsonaro said in his televised speech.

Demonstrators of environmental organizations take part in a rally in front to the embassy of Brazil in demand to more Amazon protection in Santiago, Chile August 23, 2019. The placard reads:
Demonstrators of environmental organizations take part in a rally in front to the embassy of Brazil in demand to more Amazon protection in Santiago, Chile August 23, 2019. The placard reads: “Bolsonaro: Turn off the fire, save the Amazon”. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

Polls show Brazilians overwhelmingly oppose his policy on the environment and as he spoke to the nation, residents in large cities across Brazil banged on pots and pans in a traditional Latin American form of protest.

U.S. President Donald Trump – whose skeptical views on climate change Bolsonaro shares – called the Brazilian president to offer help, if needed, in dealing with the wildfires.

Demonstrators of environmental organizations take part in a rally in front of the embassy of Brazil in demand to more Amazon protection in Santiago, Chile August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Demonstrators of environmental organizations take part in a rally in front of the embassy of Brazil in demand to more Amazon protection in Santiago, Chile August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

“I told him if the United States can help with the Amazon rainforest fires, we stand ready to assist!” Trump said in a post on Twitter.

The wildfires now look set to be discussed at the summit of G7 leaders in France this weekend, where Macron has called for leaders to sign a charter to protect biodiversity. The French leader said an “ecocide” was taking place in the Amazon that required an international response.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that the fires were “not only heartbreaking, they are an international crisis,” while a spokeswoman said Johnson would use the summit to call for a renewed focus on protecting nature.

France and Ireland said on Friday they would now oppose the E.U.-Mercosur farming deal struck in June between the European Union and the Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Protesters embrace during a demonstration demanding something be done about the fires that have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Protesters embrace during a demonstration demanding something be done about the fires that have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The French president’s office accused Bolsonaro of lying when he downplayed concerns over climate change at the G20 summit in June.

“There is no way that Ireland will vote for the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement if Brazil does not honor its environmental commitments,” Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement.

The EU-Mercosur deal took 20 years to negotiate, but will not be officially ratified for at least another two years.

People demonstrate demanding something be done about the fires that have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
People demonstrate demanding something be done about the fires that have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazilian business leaders also warned the backlash over Brazil’s environmental record could sink its efforts to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Paris-based club of 37 developed nations whose imprimatur is required by many institutional investors.

Stung by the international outcry, Brazil distributed a 12-page circular, exclusively seen by Reuters, to foreign embassies, outlining data and statistics defending the government’s reputation on the environment.

Having first dismissed the fires as natural, then blaming non-governmental organizations without evidence for lighting them, Bolsonaro appeared to adopt a more serious approach on Friday following the international outcry, summoning top cabinet members for an afternoon meeting to tailor a response.

Protesters demonstrate demanding something be done about the fires that have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Protesters demonstrate demanding something be done about the fires that have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias insisted that Brazil was “taking care” of the Amazon, and that international concerns over the fires needed to cool down.

“The news is worrying, but I think we have to lower the temperature. The Amazon is important, Brazil knows that, and Brazil is taking care of the Amazon,” she told reporters.

The Brazilian space agency INPE has registered 72,843 fires this year, the highest number since records began in 2013. More than 9,500 have been spotted by satellites over the past week.

Although fires are a regular and natural occurrence during the dry season at this time of year, environmentalists blamed the jump on farmers clearing land for pasture.

Farmers may have had at least tacit encouragement from the firebrand right-wing president, who took power in January.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly said he believes Brazil should open up the Amazon to business interests, allowing mining, agricultural and logging companies to exploit its natural resources.

On Thursday, Bolsonaro admitted for the first time that farmers may be behind some of the fires but he responded angrily to what he saw as foreign interference.

Some foreign donors – including the biggest, Norway – have slashed their funding to an Amazon Fund designed to curb deforestation in the region in protest at changes introduced by Brazil that blocked its operations.

“These countries that send money here, they don’t send it out of charity … They send it with the aim of interfering with our sovereignty,” Bolsonaro said.

Alexandre Antonelli, director of science at Britain’s Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, urged that import sanctions be imposed on Brazil because of the fires.

“Immediate action is necessary to extinguish the current fires and prevent future ones,” the Brazilian scientist said.

(BBG) For Many Wealthy Brazilians, Portugal Is Becoming the New Miami – Bloomberg

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Brazilian entrepreneur Ricardo Bellino knows a good deal when he sees one. So after more than a decade living in Miami, he decided to move across the Atlantic to Portugal, where a booming real estate market and tax breaks are attracting a growing number of wealthy Brazilians.

The 53-year-old multimillionaire, who made his fortune in the modeling business, bought a home last year in an exclusive resort on a hill near Lisbon, where he is planning his next business ventures. In Portugal, Bellino will benefit from a flat income-tax rate of 20% and may be entitled to a tax-free pension when he retires.

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Donald Trump and Ricardo Bellino.Source: Ricardo Bellino

“It was a chance to live in a tax haven that isn’t an island in the Caribbean,” said Bellino, whose grandfather was Portuguese. “We’re in Europe, in a country that has been going through a revival over the last few years.”

Portugal introduced the tax incentives a decade ago in a bid to attract wealthy foreigners to the southern European country. In 2012, a year after seeking an international bailout, the nation of 10 million began offering resident permits to non-Europeans who bought real estate worth more than 500,000 euros ($560,000).

Portugal’s incentives for wealthy immigrants contrast with U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to limit immigration, though last week, he proposed a “merit-based” system intended to favor immigrants with special skills.

In Portugal, a tourism and property boom followed the immigration incentives and helped the economy post its strongest growth in almost two decades in 2017. It also led to a backlash among Portuguese who saw themselves priced out of the housing market as the new demand pushed up values.

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The French, who have one of the highest tax burdens among 34 developed countries, were the biggest foreign homebuyers in Portugal in 2017, accounting for 29% of foreign property investment, according to Portugal’s Real Estate Professionals and Brokers Association. Brazilians, whose language is Portuguese, came second, with 19% of total foreign investment, followed by the British, with 11%, and Chinese buyers, with 9%.

Brazilians are catching up fast and are already the biggest foreign property investors in the capital Lisbon in the south and Porto in the north.

“They’re buying homes everywhere,” said Luis Lima, head of the Lisbon-based brokers association. “These Brazilians are completely different from those that came to Portugal in the past. They belong to a higher social class.”

Colonial Master

While immigration between Brazil and Portugal, its former colonial master, has flowed back and forth in line with economic booms and busts, wealthy Brazilians have for decades favored young, hip, international Miami, viewing Portugal as a melancholic nation, nostalgic for its glorious past. That characterization can be seen in the Portuguese love of fado, a national musical genre full of loss and sadness that contrasts sharply with the livelier African-influenced Brazilian samba.

“I first came to Portugal in the 1970s and was struck by how much poverty there was,” said Claudio Madureira, a 70-year old Brazilian pensioner who moved to Portugal last year after shutting down his construction company. “My memories of Portugal were like images on a black-and-white television screen.”

Safe Haven

All that began to change after Portugal completed its international bailout program in 2014 and a tourism and a real estate boom transformed entire cities with boutique hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury apartments and stores that cater to foreigners. The tax incentives and the perception of Portugal as a safe place — it ranked fourth in the 2018 Global Peace Index — were the cherry on the cake for many Brazilians.

Brazil is one of the world’s most homicidal countries, with an average of 175 people killed every day in 2017, according to the Brazilian Forum of Public Safety, a non-governmental organization that collects crime data. Violent crime rates have fallen since 2018, a development that began before President Jair Bolsonaro was elected, though that hasn’t stopped him from claiming credit. Nor has it convinced many Brazilians to return.

“I’ve lost hope that things will ever improve in Brazil,” said Madureira, who now enjoys playing tennis on weekdays with other Brazilian expats in Cascais, a seaside town near Lisbon.

Priced Out

In Chiado, one of Lisbon’s most expensive quarters, some residents say their neighbor, Brazilian national Regina de Camargo Dias, is Portugal’s richest woman. Camargo, one of three sisters who control construction and cement company Camargo Correa SA, is among the wealthy Brazilians who have bought homes in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, where the price can reach as much as 10,000 euros per square meter ($11,170 per 10.8 square feet).

For many locals who complain they’re getting priced out of a property market that goes out of its way to lure foreigners, that’s a cause for concern. Median home prices in Lisbon rose 23.5% in 2018 to reach an average of 3,010 euros per square meter, while the net average monthly wage of Portuguese workers increased 3.7% to 888 euros, according to the National Statistics Institute.

“It’s very sad,” said Isabel Sa da Bandeira, who heads a Lisbon-based organization called People Live Here aimed at reminding authorities about the remaining residents in the capital. “Prices are out of control. Even people with jobs can’t afford to live in the city.”

Still, prime real estate in Lisbon remains much cheaper than in cities such as London or New York. The price of a 3,100-square-foot three-bedroom apartment in one of Lisbon’s most exclusive buildings, Sky Flats Castilho 203, is listed at around $5.4 million on the website of Lince Real Estate. A similar property on New York’s Park Avenue may reach as much as $24.8 million, according to Sotheby’s International Realty.

‘Three Minutes!’

Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira said in an interview that the lack of affordable housing in some Portuguese city centers “is a concern.”

“We know that this is a global phenomenon — that prices are going up in the center of the cities — which creates a social problem,” he said.

Bellino, who says he convinced Trump in three minutes in 2003 to invest in a half-billion-dollar golf resort in Sao Paulo that never got built, sees Portugal as a country full of opportunities. Bellino, who bought his home in Key Biscayne, Florida, at the start of the financial crisis in 2007, when the Brazilian real was strong and the dollar was weak, says he’s now looking to invest in a range of businesses in Portugal, including education and real estate ventures.

“I normally see a business opportunity where there is a crisis,” said Bellino, who spun his encounter with Trump into a book on the art of the pitch and called it “You Have 3 Minutes!” “As a dedicated entrepreneur, when everyone is crying, I like to sell tissue paper.”

(EM) Portugal, refugio para homosexuales huidos de Brasil

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Entre 2011 y 2018, cada 16 horas tenía lugar un asesinato homófobo en Brasil. En total, durante esos años, han matado a 4.422 personas del colectivo LGTBI

Un hombre participa en las marchas del Orgullo Gay en Lisboa, en junio.Rafael Marchante REUTERS

El día después de que el ultraderechista Jair Bolsonaro ganara las elecciones presidenciales en BrasilAriadna Seixasdecidió huir de Florianópolis, una de las mayores ciudades de la región Sur.

La brasileña, que se identifica como una mujer transexual,había regentado un popular café de la ciudad durante años y nunca había tenido problemas con nadie. Sin embargo, en las semanas previas a las elecciones -a la par que crecían las probabilidades de que el líder populista asumiera la presidencia-, ella y su pareja comenzaron a recibir amenazas a través de las redes sociales.

“Nos llamaban pervertidos y decían que nos iban a matar”, recuerda Seixas. Intentó ignorar los insultos, pero el día después de la victoria de Bolsonaro un grupo de personas asaltaron su café, llevándose todo lo que había de valor y destruyendo lo demás.

“Para nosotros fue obvio que el ataque iba ligado a su elección. Bolsonaro dice que las personas LGTBI representan un peligro para Brasil, y su victoria dio legitimidad al odio sin complejos. Algunos amigos homosexuales fueron agredidos en la calle y sé que asesinaron a varias personas trans en otras ciudades. El asalto que sufrimos fue terrible, pero comparado con otras barbaridades que tuvieron lugar, tuvimos suerte”, relata la brasileña.

Convencida de que si no salía del país iba a morir, Seixas comenzó a buscar dónde exiliarse. Inicialmente pensó en irse a Canadá, país que ha aceptado numerosas peticiones de asilo formuladas por víctimas de violencia homófoba, pero mientras ojeaba su cuenta de Facebook una mañana dio con la página de Portugay Tropical. El grupo, gestionado por brasileños asentados en el país vecino, ofrece asesoramiento a las personas LGTBI que intentan huir de la violencia en Brasil. Con la ayuda de la organización, la pareja de Seixas solicitó un visado de estudios en Portugal y ella consiguió su permiso de residencia por reagrupación familiar.

“Malvendimos el café y, con ese dinero, nos trasladamos aquí en enero”, cuenta la brasileña, que ahora vive en Oporto. “Tenemos que averiguar cómo hacer para quedarnos aquí a largo plazo, pero de momento es un alivio vivir en un sitio donde podemos andar por las calles sin miedo”, relata Seixas.

EL PAÍS DONDE MÁS PERSONAS LGTBI ASESINAN

Seixas es una entre los centenares de brasileños LGTBI que han elegido a Portugal como refugio tras sufrir agresiones homófobas en el país sudamericano. Desde hace una década, Brasil es el país del mundo donde más personas LGTBI son asesinadas. Según los informes de la ONG Grupo Gay da Bahia, 4.422 asesinatos homófobos tuvieron lugar en Brasil entre 2011 y 2018. La cifra implica que se produjo un crimen de estas características cada 16 horas.

En la segunda mitad de 2018 la situación crítica fue a peor debido a la influencia de Bolsonaro, quien reconoce ser “orgullosamente homófobo” y ha declarado que preferiría tener un hijo muerto antes que un hijo ‘maricón’.

Las noticias sobre la escalada de violencia contra las personas del colectivo LGTBI hicieron que Debora Ribeiro, que vive en Oporto desde hace una década, fundara Portugay Tropical en otoño. “Muchos amigos me contactaron preguntando cómo podían hacer para emigrar, y se me ocurrió que habría miles de personas como ellos. Creé la página en Facebook y, en ese primer día, llegaron miles de mensajes de personas pidiendo ayuda”.

Actualmente el grupo tiene más de 3.000 miembros,asesorados por Ribeiro y los trabajadores sociales y psicólogos que pertenecen a la organización. “Damos apoyo a personas que temen por su vida. Algunos se ven obligados a ocultar su identidad y fingir ser heterosexuales para sobrevivir; otros ni siquiera pueden salir de casa porque, si pisan la calle, les van a matar. La policía ya no hace nada para protegerles;están desamparados”.

UN REFUGIO IMPERFECTO

Al ser un país lusófono y seguro, Portugal es un destino natural para el colectivo perseguido. No obstante, aunque viajar al país vecino es fácil -los brasileños no requieren visado para hacerlo-, pedir asilo es complicado.

“Lo normal sería aprobar las peticiones de asilo de los brasileños que demuestren que sufren persecución debido a su orientación social”, explica Marta Ramos, directora de la ONG LGTBI ILGA Portugal. Aclara, sin embargo, que “hacerlo pondría al Ejecutivo luso en una situación delicada, pues implicaría reconocer que el Gobierno de Bolsonaro no respeta los derechos humanos del colectivo”.

“Ese paso podría provocar un incidente diplomático entre los países hermanos, algo que debe evitarse, pues podría empeorar la situación del colectivo en Brasil. Entretanto, estamos buscando vías alternativas para ayudar a los afectados”, añade Marta Ramos.

Además de las complicaciones que pueden surgir a la hora de obtener la residencia lusa, algunos de los brasileños que ya están asentados en el país vecino puntualizan que la vida portuguesa no es utópica.Emmerson Pessoa, profesor universitario de Rondonha, está cursando un doctorado en Lisboa desde hace un año. El académico ya sufrió agresiones por ser gay en su estado natal -el más evangélico de Brasil-, y una compañera trans fue víctima de un ataque homófobo en el periodo postelectoral.

“La elección de Bolsonaro me ha hecho dudar si volver a Brasil cuando concluya mi tesis. Sé que retornar es peligroso, pero ahí tengo mi puesto en la universidad. Si me quedo en Lisboa, tendré que empezar de cero, sin nada”, reflexiona Emmerson Pessoa.

“Sigo la situación en Brasil muy de cerca y, en unos meses, decidiré si me quedo o me voy. Cuando mis amigos me escriben desde ahí, preguntando cómo emigrar. Les cuento que las dos decisiones conllevan riesgos. Portugal es un puerto seguro, pero no es una panacea, y el exilio puede ser muy duro”, concluye este profesor universitario.

(OBS) Da central nuclear ao esconderijo no armário: as suspeitas que puseram Michel Temer na prisão

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Temer é acusado de liderar uma “gigantesca organização criminosa” durante quase 40 anos. Em causa estão contratos conseguidos para um grande amigo. Uma pista fundamental estava escondida num armário.Partilhe

Esta quinta-feira, no conforto da sua casa em São Paulo, Michel Temer olhou para a rua e não percebeu muito bem o que estava a acontecer. “Porque é que estão tantos jornalistas na porta da minha casa?”perguntou, pelo telefone, a um dos seus assessores.

Afinal de contas, Temer — homem que foi vice-Presidente do Brasil entre 2011 e 2016, passando depois para o cargo de Presidente até ao final de 2018 — é, desde o início do ano, um cidadão comum. Um homem que, depois de uma longa vida de trabalho, se entregou aos prazeres do repouso na avançada idade de 78 anos, a caminho dos 79, já no próximo mês de setembro.

Tudo isso, porém, ruiu em pouco tempo. Do outro lado da linha, conta a jornalista Daniela Lima, da Folha de S. Paulo, o assessor disse-lhe que corria “um boato na imprensa” de que pendia um mandado de prisão preventiva contra ele.

“Uma brutalidade”, respondeu Michel Temer.

Não se sabe ao certo o que se passou nos momentos seguintes. Apenas que, minutos depois, já Temer estava no banco de trás de um carro descaracterizado da Polícia Federal. Vestido de fato cinzento e gravata lilás, o ex-Presidente foi encaminhado para o Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo, em Guarulhos, para dali voar para o Rio de Janeiro.

Michel Temer foi detido esta quinta-feira em São Paulo, pela manhã. Depois, foi levado para o Rio de Janeiro, onde ficará em prisão preventiva (NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Será naquele estado que Michel Temer ficará em prisão preventiva nos próximos tempos — possivelmente, será ali que soprará as velas do bolo do seu 79º aniversário.

Mas porquê? Porque, de acordo com o juiz Marcelo da Costa Bretas, da Operação Lava Jato no Rio de Janeiro, Michel Temer foi durante vários anos “o líder [de uma] organização criminosa” e principal beneficiário de uma alegada rede de corrupção que remonta à década de 1980 e que terá tido o pico da sua atividade quando ele era vice-Presidente e Presidente.

Uma grande amizade com grandes lucros

Da mesma forma que quem precisa de ser operado ao coração não chama um massagista, quem quer fazer uma obra numa central nuclear não chama uma empresa de construção sem qualquer experiência no ramo para ajudar na obra. Mas, de acordo com o despacho do juiz Marcelo da Costa Bretas, foi precisamente isso que Michel Temer terá conseguido para a empresa de engenharia civil e arquitetura Argeplan, do seu amigo e colaborador de longa data João Baptista Lima Filho — mais conhecido por Coronel Lima.

Para chegar à central nuclear de Angra 3, situada na cidade de Angra dos Reis, é preciso, porém, passar primeiro pelo estado de São Paulo e rodar a máquina do tempo quase 40 anos para trás.

A relação entre os dois homens, que o juiz — que baseia as suas conclusões na delação premiada do construtor José Antunes Sobrinho, dono da empreiteira Engevix e anteriormente condenado a 21 anos e 10 meses de prisão — descreve como sendo de “amizade” e “proximidade”, remonta à década de 1980. Em 1984, Michel Temer assumiu um dos seus primeiros cargos políticos, três anos depois de se ter filiado no PMDB: secretário de Segurança Pública de São Paulo. Foi nessa altura que chamou o Coronel Lima para o seu lado, nomeando-o seu assessor militar. A partir de então, os dois homens terão passado a ser inseparáveis.

Até porque, aponta o juiz Marcelo da Costa Bretas, os interesses de um serviam o outro. Naquela altura, já o Coronel Lima era administrador da Argeplan. E, da parte de Michel Temer, havia obras a fazer. O ex-Presidente do Brasil teve duas passagens por aquele cargo em São Paulo: primeiro entre 1984 e 1986; depois entre 1992 e 1993. Terá sido no segundo período que os dois homens começaram a estreitar laços, aponta o juiz. Afinal, aponta no seu despacho, o número de contratos da Polícia Militar paulista com a Argeplan quadriplicou naqueles dois anos.

Dali, Michel Temer saltou para o cargo de deputado federal por São Paulo. Entrou na Congresso dos Deputados em 1994 e só saiu de lá em 2010, quando subiu ao cargo de vice-Presidente, ao lado da Presidente Dilma Rousseff, em 2011. Nesses anos, a relação entre o político em ascensão e o Coronel Lima voltou a estreitar-se.”As robustas provas de corroboração apresentadas pelo colaborador, bem como as diligências realizadas pela Polícia Federal a partir delas, demonstram que os representados, ocupando os mais altos cargos da República, atuaram de forma sofisticada e sistemática para obter vantagens indevidas em benefício próprio, em detrimento dos cofres públicos, em complexos esquemas de lavagem de dinheiro.”Despacho que sustenta a prisão preventiva de Michel Temer e outros suspeitos num alegado esquema de corrupção

A conclusão do magistrado aponta a dados desta investigação e de outras passadas. Nelas, foi encontrada na sede da Argeplan uma folha de pagamentos mensais, que recuavam até 1998, ao “escritório político MT”. Também foi encontrada, na casa do Coronel Lima, uma agenda telefónica de 2005, onde se lia, a páginas tantas, um número que remetia para o “Escritório Político Deputado Michel Temer”.

Nesses anos, Michel Temer não recorria ao Coronel Lima apenas para fazer as obras. De acordo com a acusação, o ex-Presidente via no seu amigo uma pessoa “apta a tratar de qualquer tema”. O amigo teria, inclusivamente, o cargo oficioso de “responsável financeiro pelo escritório político” de Michel Temer, tendo “carta branca para atuar em nome de Temer nas negociações ilícitas”.

No final, conclui o juiz, essa alegada parceria tinha o “único propósito” de “recolher parte dos valores pagos em contratos públicos e dividi-los entre os participantes do esquema”.

Ora, de acordo com o que está a investigar a Justiça brasileira, terá sido no negócio da concessão para uma obra na central nuclear Angra 3 que os dois homens levantaram a fasquia daquilo a que o juiz chamou de “gigantesca organização criminosa”.

Da estação de metro para a central nuclear

A Argeplan não tinha unhas para aquela guitarra. Foi essa a garantia do delator José Antunes Sobrinho, o dono da construtora Engevix, que foi, ele próprio, condenado a quase 22 anos de prisão após outra sentença da Operação Lava Jato.

Eis o que se lê no despacho divulgado esta quinta-feira: “Como afirma o colaborador José Antunes Sobrinho, a Argeplan não possuía qualificação técnica suficiente para participar do referido processo de licitação, pois a sua atuação empresarial limitava-se a obras de arquitetura em geral, como estações de metro, e não tinha em seu quadro de pessoal nenhum profissional com expertise em projetos da área nuclear”. E não era apenas uma questão de expertise — era também de dimensão.

Com um capital social de apenas 230 mil euros e só 30 funcionários a cargo (entre os quais dez motoristas), a Argeplan não parecia ser a empresa indicada para aquela obra. Entre quem teria mais vontade de que assim fosse, estariam Michel Temer e o Coronel Lima.

O concurso que levou a Argeplan a conseguir a obra na central nuclear de Angra 3 foi fechado em 2012 (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tudo começou com o concurso internacional para um projeto de construção na central nuclear Angra 3 e com um terceiro elemento com semelhante vontade. Era ele Othon Pinheiro, então presidente da Eletronuclear, a empresa pública brasileira para a energia nuclear. Quando chegou a altura de saber o vencedor do concurso, em 2012, figurava apenas um nome no edital: AF Consult. Trata-se de uma empresa especializada na construção especializada no setor nuclear, com origem na Finlândia, mas representação no Brasil. O projeto eletromecânico em mãos foi orçamentado em 163 milhões de reais — o que, ao câmbio atual, equivale a quase 38 milhões de euros.

Quando se viu com o projeto em mãos, a AF Consult tomou a decisão de subcontratar: 64,71% do negócio à Engevix (a tal construtora de José Antunes Sobrinho, o delator) e 15,29% à AF Consult do Brasil. E é aqui que, para o que interessa neste caso, as contas começam a entortar.

Isto porque a AF Consult Brasil tinha, àquela data, a mesma morada de uma outra empresa do Coronel Lima. Além disso, não possuía qualquer funcionário em 2013, um ano depois do fim do concurso internacional. E, cereja no topo do bolo, pouco antes de o concurso ter sido decidido, a AF Consult passou a contar com a Argeplan como parte da sua estrutura de sócios.A equipa da Operação Lava Jato do Rio de Janeiro acredita que o Coronel Lima tinha carta branca de Michel Temer para liderar todos os negócios ilícitos em que terão estado envolvidos durante várias décadas. 

Com isto tudo, o que fez a AF Consult com os seus 15,29% do negócio? Destinou metade deles à Argeplan. Feitas as contas, a Argeplan não chegou a ter sequer com 8% do negócio. O problema, porém, é que não consta que tenha alguma vez passado dos 0% no que tocou ao trabalho.

De acordo com o delator, tudo isto só foi possível com a intervenção do Coronel Lima, que terá agido com o conhecimento de Michel Temer. De acordo com a delação de José Antunes Sobrinho, “as contratações na Eletronuclear com o favorecimento da pessoa jurídica da Argeplan, somente ocorreram porque [o Coronel] Lima possuía influência junto a Othon [Pinheiro, presidente da Eletronuclear]”. Esta influência terá passado até por chantagem, com o Coronel Lima a ameaçar, segundo a delação de José Antunes Sobrinho, Othon Pinheiro com a possibilidade de o seu amigo Michel Temer o afastar do cargo — ou, pelo menos, arranjar maneira para que isso acontecesse.

Aqueles 8% seriam, afinal, a forma de receber as alegadas luvas. Não é por acaso que os procuradores titulares do processo escrevem que o esquema que o ex-presidente do Brasil é suspeito de ter montado, é “muito mais sofisticado que os esquemas anteriores”, detetados na Lava Jato. Os magistrados não têm dúvidas: os alvos da operação desta quinta-feira, “ocupando os mais altos cargos da República, atuaram de forma sofisticada e sistemática para obter vantagens indevidas em benefício próprio, em detrimento dos cofres públicos, em complexos esquemas de lavagem de dinheiro”.

As obras na casa da filha e o esconderijo no armário

O juiz Marcelo da Costa Bretas e a equipa de procuradores da Operação Lava Jato do Rio de Janeiro acreditam que o dinheiro obtido no alegado esquema da central nuclear foi “dissimulado por meio de dois principais atos de lavagem”.

O primeiro, terá sido através de obras de renovação de uma casa de Maristela Temer, filha do ex-Presidente do Brasil. Para este esquema terão participado: o próprio Coronel Lima; o seu sócio na Argeplan, Carlos Alberto Costa; o filho deste, identificado como Carlos Alberto Costa Lima; e Maria Rita Fratezi, mulher do coronel.

Terá sido esta última a assumir a responsabilidade da suposta obra na casa da filha de Michel Temer. E é aqui que começa o “senão” deste capítulo, como explica o juiz. “O que gera curiosidade é a afirmação feita por ela em seu depoimento prestado à polícia, em 30 de março de 2018, ocasião em que afirmou não participar da gestão das empresas do marido João Baptista [Lima], ‘uma vez que se dedica exclusivamente às atividades do lar’”, lê-se no despacho.

A justiça acredita que Michel Temer está envolvido em esquemas com o Coronel Lima desde os anos 1980 (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Numa troca de mensagens entre as duas mulheres, obtida pela investigação, as duas deixaram claro que tanto Michel Temer como o Coronel Lima estariam a par do que ali se passavam.

Maria Rita Fratezi: “Olá Maristela te enviei por mail, os descontos da indusparquet. Bj. Rita.”
Maristela Temer: “Ok. Passo para o papai?”
Maria Rita Fratezi: “Passei os preços para João, que disse que vai aprovar com ele. Fica bem assim?”
Maristela Temer: “Claro! Obrigada.”

No final, foram entregues notas fiscais e recibos no valor de 1,27 milhões de reais — praticamente 295 mil euros, ao câmbio atual.

Mais elevados ainda são os valores das 58 transferências que foram feitas entre a conta da Construbase Engenharia e da PDA Projeto e Direção Arquitetônica. No total, foram transferidos, por meio de 58 transações, mais de 17 milhões de reais (quase 4 milhões de euros) entre 2010 e 2015 para as contas daquelas duas empresas.

Mas o que faziam estas empresas? Nada, pensa a investigação da Operação Lava Jato, que acredita tratarem-se somente de empresas fantasma utilizadas por Michel Temer e pelo Coronel Lima para lavarem o dinheiro da sua “gigantesca organização criminosa”.

A investigação chegou a este elemento em 2018, quando fez buscas à casa do Coronel Lima, onde os procuradores da Lava Jato procuraram em todos os cantos. E acabaram por encontrar uma série de documentos que detalhavam várias transferências ocorridas entre as duas empresas, entre 2002 e 2015, ultrapassando o valor de 8 milhões de reais (1,85 milhões de euros, hoje). Cada um desses papéis estava num esconderijo de difícil acesso na casa do Coronel Lima. Ou, mais precisamente, no seu armário.

(Reuters) Trump says strongly considering NATO membership for Brazil

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U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the White House in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was strongly considering NATO membership for Brazil as he welcomed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the White House.

“We’re going to look at that very very strongly in terms of – whether it’s NATO or it’s something having to do with alliance,” Trump told reporters, sitting next to Bolsonaro.

Trump also said he supported Brazil’s efforts to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a club of the world’s advanced economies.

Brazil, the world’s eighth-largest economy, applied in 2017 to join the OECD, which has around three dozen members including Latin American countries Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

A senior member of Bolsonaro’s economic team said last week Brazil did not expect the U.S. government to announce support for its bid to join the OECD during Bolsonaro’s visit.

(ZH) Brazil Eyes $30 Billion Offshore Oil Boom

(ZH) Over the past few years, Brazil has held several very successful oil auctions under production-sharing contracts in its pre-salt layer, attracting major oil companies to its prized offshore oil area.

Now President-elect Jair Bolsonaro wants to open more of the pre-salt assets – an area currently exclusively in the hands of state oil firm Petrobras – to private investors, hoping to earn US$31 billion (120 billion Brazilian reais) that could help narrow Brazil’s massive budget deficit.

However, as Bolsonaro prepares to take office on January 1, 2019, his transition team may need to negotiate how different Brazilian states and municipalities could divide the revenues from the potential sale of stakes in more pre-salt fields to foreign oil firms. This uncertainty is not welcome news for Big Oil, which has expressed interest in the area that has been explored to some extent and proven to hold much more oil than initially thought.

The area at stake is the so-called ‘transfer of rights’ area, where Petrobras holds 100 percent of the rights to produce 5 billion barrels of oil. The state oil firm has explored the area and found that a lot more oil lies in this low-risk offshore zone. There are estimates that the ‘transfer of rights’ area could hold up to 15 billion barrels of oil in excess of the 5 billion barrels to which Petrobras is entitled to produce when the government transferred the area to the state firm in 2010.

Brazil has been looking to pass legislation to remove the obligation that only Petrobras can produce oil in the ‘transfer of rights’ area. Far-right President-elect Bolsonaro, who had supported state control over the oil assets in the past, now plans to sell oil and other energy assets and supports the bill to allow foreign participation in the currently Petrobras-only ‘transfer of rights’ area, Bolsonaro’s advisor Luciano de Castro told Bloomberg earlier this month.

But last week, the head of Brazil’s Senate Eunicio Oliveira put on hold a bill authorizing oil auctions in the zone, dealing a blow to the president-elect and potentially stalling the bill further. At a meeting with mayors on Friday, Oliveira said that the bill to authorize the sale of stakes in the ‘transfer of rights’ area to foreign firms would be approved if it guarantees that part of the revenues would go to states and municipalities.

Bolsonaro’s plan for the oil auction in this area hit a snag even before the President-elect takes office. Bolsonaro is the third Brazilian president looking to authorize sales to foreign firms in the ‘transfer of rights’ area. But his transition team will probably have to negotiate with various states and municipalities how future revenues would be divided, if the plan is to pass in Parliament.

In the past, Bolsonaro favored state control over energy assets, but he has changed his stance before the presidential election race and now he is lining up a pro-business team to lead the country and picked a privatization advocate, Roberto Castello Branco, to be Petrobras’s new chief executive officer.

If Bolsonaro and his team manage to push the ‘transfer of rights’ area bill through Brazilian politicians from all sides, the potential resources opening for Big Oil to bid are huge.

The area is low-risk—Petrobras has explored parts of it and has found much more oil than originally thought. According to UBS analyst Luiz Carvalho, projects in the area can be viable even if oil prices were to drop to $20 a barrel, Bloomberg quoted the analyst as saying at an event in Rio last week.

Brazil can become an even more attractive destination for Big Oil than it is now if it manages to remove regulatory and political hurdles to auctioning more of its coveted pre-salt oil fields.

P.O. (BBG) Bolsonaro’s Men in Brazil: A Look at His Inner Circle

P.O.
I have never been in my life not even close to what people call the far right.
But i will bet you that President elect Bolsonaro will do a much better job than generally expected.
Of course there will be some critics…
But when the drug lords efectivevely run the big cities nothing can be achieved without a heavy hand.
One thing is for sure…
Things could not continue as they where.
Please make some time and revisit my P.O. on Brazil.

Thank you for your patience.
Francisco (Abouaf) de Curiel Marques Pereira

(BBG – Click to see) Former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro looks set to be elected Brazil’s President on Oct. 28, according to the latest polls. A backbencher in the lower house of Congress for nearly three decades, he steadily amassed a popular following with his tough talk on crime, corruption and communism, peppered with incendiary comments about women and minorities. Following the dramatic demise of much of Brazil’s political establishment, Bolsonaro almost won the presidency in the first round vote on Oct. 7. On his road to power he has assembled a mixed group of family, friends and generals.