Re: Current Events in Brazil
- The Carandiru massacre is a scandal in Brazil.
They're on trial, but it's one of those things you cannot
do much about except protest, because it all depends
on our Justice system - which, like elsewhere, is
independent from the other powers - the Executive and the
Legislative - and decides whatever it wants. <br><br>111
prisoners were killed in the Carandiru prison and still
no-one was condemned. You have to understand, though,
that Justice is extremely slow in Brazil, making some
cases last for more than a decade. One lawsuit in which
I took part against an old employer of mine who
didn't pay overtime took eight years to end. This
inneficiency almost seems planned to make people not want to
demand their rights in Justice. Or to forget whatever
injustices happen.<br><br>But let me assure you of
something: while human rights groups blast Brazil and its
population as "ignorant monsters who know nothing about
Justice and let these things happen to people", they say
nothing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and
other international organisms that demand that Brazil
cut its public expenses, among which social programs
and money for our Justice system, in order to give
the country a positive credit rating. <br><br>The IMF
also demanded Brazil to privatize its
telecommunications operators and other state-owned companies and
open its economy to international trade. The money
received with privatation would go to pay the debt and
opening the economy was supposed to bring investment.
What we're really seeing, though, is a rise in the
country's external debt, instead of it going down after
putting its companies to sell, and a large deficit in
external transactions due to a rise of imports.<br><br>The
IMF is an international organism slightly different
from the UN. Not all countries have the same power of
decision in it: those that contribute more to the IMF have
more votes.<br><br>It is therefore the rich countries,
rulled by big corporations, that dictate the policies
the IMF should impose on poor countries, which
obviously -and coincidentally - benefit them.<br><br>Andre
- add to msn eduardo@... ok?
On 30/04/05, vinni_77024_77024 <email@example.com> wrote:
> Looking forward to meeting you when I go back to Rio. Stay in touch.
> Ate' logo :)
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Eduardo Rocha
> <eduardo.rocha@g...> wrote:
> > I take all day the ferry boat called "barcas". Its slow...
> > But, have "aerobarcas" and "catamara", thats more fast :)))
> > Niteroi is much more security if compared with Rio
> > On 29/04/05, vinni_77024_77024 <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > I have been to Niteroi a few times. The beach is very quiet there as
> > > compared to Copacabana.
> > >
> > > What is the name of that air boat that takes you to Niteroi?
> > >
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