Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says

A Brazilian Senate probe into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic will recommend in its final report due next week that President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, the senator leading the inquiry said on Friday, though it remains highly unlikely that he will face a trial on any such charges. Renan Calheiros saidContinue reading “Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says”

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said. Many ransomware gangs operate from Ukraine and Russia, private sector cybersecurity experts say. Some U.S. officials and analysts have said RussianContinue reading “Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime”

Misinformation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ at ICC

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was accused Tuesday (Oct 12) of “crimes against humanity” at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in the destruction of the Amazon, the first case seeking to explicitly link deforestation to loss of life. Planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from burning and industrial-scale agriculture in the Amazon are higherContinue reading “Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ at ICC”

Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain

Rights council to decide on proposal this week U.S., UK, Brazil, Russia among critics – sources Lawyers say right could help in climate cases Britain and the United States are among a few countries withholding support for a proposal brought at the United Nations that would recognise access to a safe and healthy environment asContinue reading “Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain”

Mass protests in Brazil call for Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment

Crowds parade through cities as polling shows president’s ratings sinking to new depths Tens of thousands of protesters have returned to the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities to demand Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment, as a poll showed the Brazilian president’s ratings had plumbed new depths. Huge crowds paraded through downtown Rio on Saturday to voice theirContinue reading “Mass protests in Brazil call for Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment”

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy in some western nations. More than half of allContinue reading “Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world”

Authoritarianism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, their common characteristics, and whether or not one of them is currently our president.

Brazil hospital chain hid COVID-19 deaths, whistleblowers’ lawyer tells Senate

A Brazilian hospital chain tested unproven drugs on elderly COVID-19 patients without their knowledge as part of an effort to validate President Jair Bolsonaro’s preferred ‘miracle cure,’ a lawyer for whistleblowing doctors told senators on Tuesday. At least nine people died of COVID-19 during the trials at the Prevent Senior hospital chain from March toContinue reading “Brazil hospital chain hid COVID-19 deaths, whistleblowers’ lawyer tells Senate”

Let’s talk about Arizona and Brazil – Beau of the Fifth Column

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