Na nossa política, só não é possível dizer que a incoerência é generalizada porque, para muitos ali, a falta de ética e moral é coerente com suas atitudes desde sempre.
Na sexta (17), enquanto policiais gastavam dinheiro público lançando bombas de gás lacrimogêneo contra manifestantes do lado de fora, o plenário da Assembleia Legislativa do Rio (Alerj) decidiu pela soltura de três deputados presos por corrupção: Edson Albertassi, Paulo Melo e Jorge Picciani. Este último, o presidente da Casa. Dos 39 votos a favor da liberdade dos parlamentares, dez foram de colegas do próprio partido, o PMDB. Até aí, tudo dentro dos (tortos) conformes.
Mas basta olhar com um pouco mais de calma para a lista dos 39 nomes que ratificaram o escárnio para perceber o quanto a incoerência – e não só de princípios, mas até política – foi decisiva. A votação foi apertada: Picciani e sua trupe precisavam de 36 votos para trocar o macarrão de uma cela na cadeia por uma dose de vinho em casa. Então cada “sim” para o relatório que livrou a cara deles foi fundamental.
Comecemos com André Ceciliano (PT). Ué, mas o partido dele não é aquele que reclama que o PMDB de Picciani protagonizou, em Brasília, um golpe para retirar uma presidente legítima do poder? E o que dizer de Jair Bittencourt, Nivaldo Mulim e Renato Cozzolino, do PR? Não é um dos líderes de seu partido no estado, o ex-governador...
In 1985, when Fernando Sánchez was 18 years old, he dug through rubble in search of life at the site of a collapsed factory in the center of Mexico City. An unknown number of garment workers, mostly women, lost their lives in that factory following the 8.0 magnitude earthquake, and Sánchez was among the rescue crew that tried to save them.
Thirty-two years and approximately six hours later, a 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico’s core again, and Sánchez found himself at the site of another collapsed garment factory, a few blocks away from the building that fell in 1985. This time, he arrived as a desperate family member, searching for his 70-year-old mother, Maria Teresa Lira Infante, and his sister, Maria Elena Sánchez Lira, aged 55, who labored in a dress-beading workshop inside.
“From a distance, [I] saw that a building had collapsed and prayed to all the forces in the universe that it wasn’t theirs,” Sánchez told The Intercept. “As I got closer, I saw that it was their building and just hoped that they had gotten out in time.”
Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on a Tuesday in late October, Vice President Mike Pence was summoned to the Senate floor. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had finalized a landmark new rule in July banning the forced arbitration provisions that banks and credit card companies commonly tuck into the fine print of agreements, barring their customers from joining class-action suits. House Republicans quickly voted to nullify the new rule, but weeks later, with a deadline looming, it was still unclear if the Senate would act in time. After intense pressure from industry and the Trump administration, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was finally able to muster 50 votes, and Pence was parachuted in to break a 50-50 tie. Politico called the vote “a blow to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” and “Republicans’ most far-reaching victory yet this year in their effort to roll back financial regulations.” CFPB Director Richard Cordray was even more blunt: “Wall Street won and ordinary people lost.”
The rule’s spectacular defeat marked a rare Wall Street victory over an agency created by Dodd-Frank, the sweeping financial reform law Barack Obama signed in 2010. The CFPB was barely five years old when Donald Trump was elected, promising to “do a number” on financial regulations. Just weeks into the new presidency, Sen. Ted Cruz declared the CFPB “an out-of-control bureaucracy” and introduced a one-page bill to abolish it outright. McConnell, then minority leader, had told a gathering of bankers in 2013, “If I had my way, we wouldn’t...
Era de se esperar que a Arábia Saudita fosse um país muito poderoso. Privilegiado com um quinto das reservas mundiais provadas de petróleo, relações próximas com estados ocidentais poderosos, acesso a armamento ilimitado dos EUA, apoio de interesses corporativos globais, e prestígio religioso e cultural por abrigar os lugares sagrados muçulmanos, o reino deveria ser a potência regional incontestada.
Para saber que não é o caso, basta uma olhada rápida sobre o Oriente Médio.
A política externa saudita está naufragando de tal forma que seria cômico assistir, se não envolvesse tamanha devastação humana. Sob a liderança recém-criada de Mohammed bin Salman, o governo da Arábia Saudita está empenhado em perder todas as guerras indiretas em que se envolveu: fracassou em subjugar seu diminuto rival no Golfo Pérsico, o Catar, e mais recentemente humilhou seu próprio aliado, o Primeiro-Ministro do Líbano Saad Hariri, no que parece ter sido uma tentativa tragicômica de desestabilizar o governo libanês.
A Arábia Saudita sofre frequentes críticas por ser um celeiro do islamismo radical, mas esse pode ser apenas mais um sintoma de um problema maior: a radical incompetência de suas lideranças. Desde o assassinato do rei Faisal bin Abdulaziz em 1975 – o último soberano a promover uma imagem positiva do país – a política externa saudita tem estado catastroficamente à deriva. Mesmo gastando valores exorbitantes para ampliar sua esfera de influência, os líderes do país parecem cada vez mais encurralados – em guerra não apenas com o Irã e seus aliados, mas também com o Catar, a Irmandade...
Pouco mais de um mês depois da sanção da Reforma Trabalhista, o presidente Michel Temer fez mais uma de suas maldades sem chamar muita atenção. Um decreto assinado no dia 16 de agosto tornou a atividade dos supermercados essencial. Na prática, isso abriu caminho para que funcionários sejam ainda mais explorados: desde então, as empresas não são mais obrigadas a pagar 100% de hora extra por domingos e feriados trabalhados. Agora, os efeitos começam a ser sentidos na prática. O que fez com que trabalhadores de uma das maiores redes de mercados do Rio, o Mundial, tivessem cortes de até R$700 no pagamento. Com isso, os funcionários cruzaram os braços:
“A gente está fazendo História, primeiro supermercado a parar”, afirmam.
Quando assinou o decreto, Temer afirmou que a legislação estava sendo atualizada “em favor dos empresários e do povo brasileiro que quer ir ao mercado no feriado e fim de semana”. Os trabalhadores foram esquecidos.
O movimento dos funcionários da rede, que emprega mais de 9 mil pessoas, nasceu de forma espontânea. Na segunda-feira (6), houve a primeira paralisação na Ilha do Governador, mas o supermercado não chegou a fechar. A notícia se espalhou em grupos de Whatsapp e chegou até a unidade da Praça da Bandeira, onde os colaboradores ocuparam a frente da loja, que acabou suspendendo o atendimento ao público. No dia seguinte, a onda...
Like most documents that travel through U.N. channels, a recent proposal from Ukrainian diplomats is blanketed in jargon and buzzwords, promising to render things “integrated, holistic and balanced” and to promote “ambition.” But this proposal — brought by the Ukrainian negotiating team to this year’s U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties, COP23 — carries more substance than its language might suggest: giving the world’s biggest polluters an official say in how the Paris Agreement gets implemented.
“We have to stop forcing our corporations to do something, but making — I don’t like to say profitable — but, I like to say, make them think about environmental actives as serious business,” Taras Bebeshko, an adviser to Ukraine’s energy minister who presented the proposal on behalf of his delegation this month, told The Intercept.
Bebeshko acknowledged the role fossil fuel companies play in driving up global emissions, but he cautioned against painting them as “enemies of humankind” and was eager to have them on board in a governing role. “This concept is not aiming to replace the UNFCCC process,” he said of the Committee for Future plan. “It’s aiming to assist and make the ground … for a global agreement.”
He said he had spoken to representatives of the United States, who reacted positively to the proposal. Another Ukrainian official close to the issue told Climate Home that his country’s negotiating team has been in “permanent contact” with the United States.
The role of subnational and private actors has been debated...
Saudi Arabia should be a very powerful country. Endowed with one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves, close ties with powerful Western states, access to endless amounts of U.S. weaponry, the support of global corporate interests, and the religio-cultural cachet afforded by stewardship of Muslim holy sites, the kingdom should by all accounts be an undisputed regional powerhouse.
Suffice to say, this is not the case, as a quick glance at the Middle East today reveals.
Saudi foreign policy is floundering in a way that would be comical if it didn’t involve so much human devastation. Under the newly minted leadership of Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi government is stuck losing every proxy war that it is involved in. It has failed to bring their diminutive Gulf rival Qatar to heel and most recently humiliated its own ally, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in what appears to be a tragicomic attempt to destabilize the Lebanese government.
Saudi Arabia is often criticized for being the seedbed for radical Islam, but this might be just a symptom of a deeper problem: the radical incompetence of its leadership. Since the 1975 assassination of King Faisal bin Abdulaziz — the last ruler widely seen to have promoted a positive image of the country — Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy has been catastrophically adrift. Despite spending exorbitant sums of money to spread its influence, the kingdom’s leaders appear more and more besieged — at war not just with Iran and its allies, but with...
Em agosto, várias empresas de tecnologia se reuniram para tentar descobrir como transformar em realidade o conceito de “averiguação rigorosa”, uma ideia vaga e preconceituosa de Trump para o controle de imigrantes. Em um encontro no Departamento de Segurança Interna dos EUA (Department of Homeland Security, DHS) – e por meio de vários documentos oficiais, como revelado por The Intercept –, empresas como IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton e Red Hat foram informadas sobre o tipo de software desejado pelo governo para colocar em prática sua “Iniciativa de Averiguação Rigorosa” (Extreme Vetting Initiative).
Nesta quinta-feira, mais de 100 grupos de tecnologia e ativistas de direitos civis – incluindo algumas figuras proeminentes desses setores – se uniram para dizer que é impossível criar um software que atenda aos requisitos do DHS, e que qualquer programa que tente fazê-lo estará apenas promovendo a discriminação e solapando as liberdades civis.
Esse movimento de oposição está sendo organizado pelos pesquisadores de Direito Alvaro Bedoya, diretor-executivo do Centro de Privacidade e Tecnologia da Universidade de Georgetown, e Rachel Levinson-Waldman, jurista sênior do Brennan Center for Justice, da Universidade de Nova York. O grupo endereçou duas cartas ao governo – uma sobre a inutilidade de se tentar criar um software de verificação rigorosa de imigrantes e outra sobre os riscos sociais de tal tentativa.
Senators in the Capitol were stunned into rare speechlessness by the wave of Weinstein-esque allegations finally crashing down on a member of the august body that dubs itself the most exclusive club in the world.
A radio news anchor said Thursday that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken groped and “forcibly kissed” her during an overseas USO tour two years before Franken was elected to the Senate. The accuser, Leeann Tweeden, published her firsthand account to her station’s website, 790 KABC in Los Angeles, including a damning photo.
Dozens of senators routinely eager to speak to the horde of reporters in the Capitol struggled to get their bearings, with a curiously high number of them suddenly getting urgent phone calls just as reporters approached. “I just heard the allegations, I’d like to hear it from Al,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., shortly after the news broke.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein similarly said she didn’t “know anything about it,” adding “I’ve learned, don’t comment before you know what you’re commenting on.”
The caution was bipartisan. “Just barely saw it, so no reaction,” shot Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who recently denounced President Donald Trump while announcing his retirement.
“I receive these kinds of questions every day about all kinds of things and I just — I don’t really have a lot — I don’t know enough,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said. “I just, again, I just...
A U.N. panel of experts found that Saudi Arabia is purposefully obstructing the delivery of humanitarian aid into Yemen and called into question its public rationale for a blockade that could push millions into famine. In the assessment, made in a confidential brief and sent to diplomats on November 10, members of the Security Council-appointed panel said they had seen no evidence to support Saudi Arabia’s claims that short-range ballistic missiles have been transferred to Yemeni rebels in violation of Security Council resolutions.
“The Panel finds that imposition of access restrictions is another attempt by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition to use paragraph 14 of resolution 2216 (2015) as justification for obstructing the delivery of commodities that are essentially civilian in nature,” the U.N. experts wrote. Resolution 2216 was passed in April 2015, a month after the Saudi-led international coalition began its intervention in Yemen’s civil war. Paragraph 14 calls for U.N. member states to take measures to prevent the supply, sale, or transfer of military goods to a rebel alliance led by a group called the Houthis, which is backed to an unclear degree by Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Iran. The panel of experts was established by a previous 2014 resolution and expanded to five members by resolution 2216.
The Saudi-led coalition began enforcing a total blockade of Yemen after a ballistic missile was launched from Yemen at Saudi Arabia’s capital airport on November 4. The coalition, which has the backing of the U.S., said the ratcheted-up blockade was necessary to prevent...
The Trump administration may be engaged in widespread violations of U.S. and international law at the southern U.S. border, according to new filings in a California lawsuit. The filings offer the latest piece of evidence of a systematic campaign aimed at turning away asylum-seekers, actions linked to the embrace of hard-line immigration enforcement policies at the heart of the president’s rise to power.
On Tuesday, immigration attorneys in the Central District of California filed a motion for class-action certification that would allow six asylum-seekers from Mexico and Honduras to stand in for individuals affected by an alleged pattern of illegal practices on the part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The class-action suit would include all the immigrants who, since June 2016, have or will be denied their right to secure asylum in the U.S. because of the CBP practices.
Building on a complaint filed in July, the suit argues CBP officials at numerous ports of entry, or POEs, throughout the southwest have displayed a similar set of “unlawful practices” designed to deny individuals their right under the law to apply for asylum.
“Since at least June 2016,” the motion reads, “CBP officers at POEs along the U.S.-Mexico border have been consistently turning away — through an identifiable set of tactics including, misrepresentations about U.S. asylum law and the U.S. asylum process, threats and intimidation, verbal and physical abuse, and coercion — significant numbers of individuals who express an intent to apply for asylum or a fear of returning to their...
Primeiro trabalho solo de Daniela Thomas, “Vazante”, que entrou em cartaz há uma semana, no dia 9 de novembro, foi vendido pela imprensa como um retrato da escravidão no país — mas não é o que entrega. O filme tem o mérito de provocar a conversa sobre a representação histórica da escravidão e de povos escravizados no cinema, mas também é uma obra de brancos para brancos, que está longe de se inserir na cinematografia brasileira como algo que vá muito além disso ao tratar do assunto em questão.
Assisti a “Vazante” para participar do programa da TV Globo “Conversa com Pedro Bial” junto com a diretora do filme e o cineasta Joel Zito Araújo. Durante o programa, Daniela explica que o filme nasceu a partir de uma história que vem sendo contada há décadas em sua família: a de um parente de 50 anos que se casou com uma menina de doze. O episódio, bem retratado em “Vazante”, aconteceu no início do século XX, mas Daniela escolheu recuar 100 anos e contá-la como se tivesse se passado em 1821.
A escravidão vira mera moldura, plano de fundo, com personagens negros sem voz, sem nome.
E é aí que, para mim, começa o grande problema: no filme, a escravidão vira mera moldura, plano de fundo, com personagens negros sem voz, sem nome, sem profundidade, sem desenvolvimento, servindo de escadas para os personagens brancos.
Durante a preparação para a conversa na televisão, li muita coisa que já foi...
Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved the Keystone XL pipeline Monday, eliminating a major regulatory hurdle to construction of a project that galvanized people across the U.S. into opposition. The decision comes days after the existing Keystone pipeline, to which the KXL will connect, spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in South Dakota. To many pipeline opponents motivated by the inevitability of a spill, the contaminated land proves their point.
Those who have been fighting the pipeline for more than five years, and many more drawn into opposition via last year’s dramatic confrontation at Standing Rock, say the approval of KXL marks the beginning of the next phase of the pipeline battles. Opponents in Nebraska will have 30 days to appeal the decision and have promised lawsuits. “We have to do everything we can in order to make sure that this pipeline never gets built,” said Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb in a press conference after the decision.
Meanwhile, organizers are preparing to stand in the way of construction. A coalition including several tribes, native-led organizations, and environmental nonprofits released a call to action, asking people to sign up to “commit to creative peaceful resistance along the pipeline route when construction begins on KXL, likely next spring.” The statement asserts that anyone traveling to resist must undergo a training and remain peaceful.
Monday also marked the one-year anniversary of one of the most aggressive police actions against Dakota Access pipeline opponents, when police sprayed protesters with water cannons in freezing temperatures. Indeed,...
Saudi Arabia’s years-long blockade and bombing campaign in Yemen has gotten very little coverage in the United States, even as the extreme food and fuel shortages have developed into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Now, as the Saudi noose on Yemen tightens — leaving 7 million people facing starvation and another 1 million infected with cholera — the war is having its moment in the media spotlight.
On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired a 13-minute segment on the war’s devastating humanitarian toll. The program featured imagery of starving children and interviews with displaced people, all obtained after Saudi Arabia blocked “60 Minutes” from entering the country.
“You keep going like you’re going, there’s not going to be anybody left,” David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, told CBS’s Scott Pelley. “All the children are going to be dead.”
Coverage on such a high-profile program is frequently enough to get politicians to pay attention to an issue, and the “60 Minutes” feature comes amid a growing debate about the U.S. role in the war. Just last week, the House of Representatives voted to say that Congress has not authorized American military support for the Saudi-led coalition.
Still, the program did not once mention that Saudi Arabia is a U.S. ally, and that U.S. support is essential for the Saudi campaign to continue.
For two-and-a-half years, the U.S. government has backed Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen every step of the way. The United States has dispatched warships to reinforce the blockade. It has refueled...
Most of the people in the room when the United States gave its sole presentation last week at COP23 — the United Nations climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany — were protesters. Around the 20-minute mark, 100 people — mostly Americans — stood up, sang an altered version of “God Bless the U.S.A.,” turned their backs to the panel of White House officials and fossil fuel industry representatives, and walked out. The event then continued before a room filled mainly with journalists.
Panelists soldiered on, peddling one of the Trump administration’s favorite lies: clean coal, or what Trump himself loves to call “beautiful, clean coal.”
Last week was the first time administration officials and their chosen partners — natural gas, coal, and nuclear companies — expounded at length on their strategy on energy both in the United States and around the world, promoting a global vision for continued coal production along with a scale-up in nuclear and natural gas. That the presentation revolved so heavily around so-called clean coal technology — one form of carbon capture and storage, CCS for short, in some iterations — shouldn’t come as a surprise. The phrase has been one of President Donald Trump’s go-to talking points since early on in the campaign trail. At a rally in Phoenix this summer, he announced that, “We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. … They’re going to take out clean coal — meaning, they’re taking out coal. They’re going to clean it.”
Por muito tempo não conseguia enxergar quando estava diante de um ato racista. Até porque uma neblina me impedia de ver que era de fato negra. Mesmo sabendo que branca não era – uma confusão bem comum no Brasil do colorismo. Mas aprendi que não é só quando alguém delimita o que é ou não coisa de preto que o racismo acontece.
Tomei alguns bons baldes de água fria no meio do meu processo de entendimento como mulher negra. Com eles, veio a percepção de que o racismo sempre esteve presente na minha vida: em casa, na escola, na aula de dança ou entre amigos. Ele sempre esteve lá.
Ele é tão enraizado na estrutura da sociedade que muita gente não se dá conta de suas atitudes racistas. E muitos, assim como eu, não percebem quando estão sendo vítimas. Mesmo os mais progressistas reproduzem estereótipos e contribuem para a perpetuação do racismo, até em brincadeiras e elogios.
Demorei para entender que “ter tido a sorte” de não ter nascido com o “cabelo ruim do meu pai” não era uma vantagem. Ou que ser “elogiada” pela minha “beleza exótica” de “morena cor de jambo” não era nenhuma honra. Ou, ainda, que ter um “quadril de boa parideira” não era sorte alguma. Aliás, nada disso impediu que eu não fosse convidada para aquela festinha da escola particular de alunos brancos em que eu era bolsista, de ser vigiada pelo segurança quando entro em uma loja, ou de não ser atendida em um...
It was cold outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility on the morning of November 15, where some two dozen people formed a circle in the parking lot. They had traveled to Lucasville from various parts of the state, wearing heavy jackets and carrying handmade signs. A large banner read: “We remember the victims … BUT NOT WITH MORE KILLING.”
Inside the prison, officials were getting ready to kill 69-year-old Alva Campbell, convicted of murder in 1997. His execution was scheduled for 10 a.m. For weeks, Campbell’s lawyers had fought for a reprieve, warning that his severe health problems posed serious risks to carrying out lethal injection. Campbell had been diagnosed with an array of chronic illnesses in recent years, from cancer to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He used a walker and an external colostomy bag and relied on oxygen treatments four times a day. During a recent examination at the prison hospital, medical staff found he could not breathe lying down.
Of particularly grave concern were Campbell’s veins, which his attorneys repeatedly said were not viable for inserting an IV.As the execution approached, the state never explained how it planned to get around this problem. But officials did agree to provide Campbell a wedge-shaped pillow that would prop him up on the gurney so that he could breathe – at least until the state stopped his breathing for good.
Vesti minha camisa e atravessei a cidade até chegar no pomposo bairro da Vila Olímpia em São Paulo. A missão era acompanhar o 3º Congresso do MBL, no ainda mais pomposo World Trade Center. Mesmo após ter assistido a um vídeo do Salsicha convidando a todos, até mesmo os intervencionistas militares, eu já imaginava que não daria para levar o convite ao pé da letra.
A aversão que os líderes do movimento têm aos jornalistas é conhecida. Apesar de não haver nenhuma restrição à entrada da imprensa na página de informações sobre o congresso, um jornalista foi expulso e outra impedida de entrar. Uma jornalista da Folha foi barrada porque, segundo um dos líderes, “o povo ficou chateado” com uma matéria escrita por ela que “não teria o enfoque certeiro”.
Mesmo tendo escrito diversas colunas sobre o MBL sem o tal “enfoque certeiro”, paguei minha inscrição e acompanhei pacientemente os dois dias de evento.
O auditório, com capacidade para 600 pessoas, estava praticamente lotado. Havia gente de todas as idades, de várias cidades do país e classes sociais. Engana-se quem ainda pensa que o grupo ainda é apenas um convescote de jovens brancos de direita de São Paulo. O MBL furou a bolha e hoje dialoga com diversos setores da sociedade.
O painel de abertura foi composto pelas principais lideranças...
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The progressive online news outlet the Young Turks abruptly cut ties with reporter Jordan Chariton, according to an email obtained by The Intercept, after initially placing him on administrative leave following allegations of sexual assault last week.
Chariton was accused last week of sexual assault by a former employee at Truth Against the Machine, an organization he founded in addition to his work with the Young Turks. Chicago activist Christian Chiakulas first shared the allegations in a piece posted to HuffPost’s contributors section, a platform for self-publishing. HuffPost later took the piece down, according to Chiakulas.
The Intercept obtained an email that the Young Turks management sent to staff Friday night announcing Chariton’s departure. “Although privacy concerns keep us from discussing the details surrounding this, I wanted to communicate that Jordan is no longer employed by The Young Turks,” the email read.
The announcement came a day after Chariton published a Medium post titled “Explaining My TYT Absence,” that included a detailed and explicit description of the incident at the heart of the allegations, saying he had learned in June that a “consensual sexual encounter” he had was “being portrayed in gossip as something else.” Truth Against the Machine correspondent Chelsea Lyons took to Facebook Live to support Chariton’s version of events.
On Tuesday evening, Chariton posted a second statement to Medium, writing that the Young Turks fired him and reiterating his innocence of the accusations against him. “I was informed the evening of Friday, November 17,...