July 4th, 2019.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro attended an event at the United States embassy in Brasília to celebrate the anniversary of the American independence; as well as Bolsonaro, first lady Michelle and members of the government cabinet, such as Justice minister Sergio Moro and astronaut and Science and Technology minister Marcos Pontes, attended the event. Meanwhile, US president Donald Trump is facing criticism from his opponents for allegedly turning the traditional Fourth of July celebrations into a political event, including the display of military vehicles during the traditional Independence Day parade. The government of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro drew international criticism for deciding to host Foro de São Paulo, a traditional meeting of left-wing parties and movements. A businessman killed himself during an event attended by a government minister and the governor of the state of Sergipe. Finally, snow is being forecast for southern Brazilian states this weekend.
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Bolsonaro celebrates Fourth of July at US embassy
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was the main guest at a dinner at the United States embassy in Brasília on Tuesday evening, in order to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the American independence. Bolsonaro brought along with him his wife, first lady Michelle, along with members of his cabinet, such as Justice and Public Safety minister Sergio Moro, Foreign Affairs minister Ernesto Araújo, and astronaut Marcos Pontes, minister of Science and Technology. The embassy’s chargé d’affaires, William Popp, described Bolsonaro’s presence as historic; the president entered the event to the tune of Bruce Springsteen’s hit, “Born in the USA”.
Trump celebrates Independence Day with tanks on the streets and angers Democrats
Jet fighters and military tanks will be present today at the United States Independence Day parade. The traditional Fourth of July holiday is considered by most Americans a non-partisan event held to celebrate patriotism, and critics are claiming that president Donald Trump is trying to take control of the event, turning it into a political and personalistic display. Two specific decisions angered Trump’s opponents in the Democratic Party: besides the presence of military vehicles in the parade through the US capital, the choice of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington D.C., as a site for the president’s speech, traditionally held at the White House, has been harshly criticized.
Venezuela will host Foro de São Paulo and draws criticism
Backed by the Cuban regime, dictator Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela will host Foro de São Paulo, a meeting of left-wing political parties and organizations from Latin American and Caribbean nations, between July 24th and July 28th. According to the Venezuelan state press, members of 124 parties and movements from 25 countries will attend the event. Among items on the agenda of the meeting are “the struggle of the Venezuelan people” and the “anti-imperialist thought of Simón Bolívar versus the Monroe Doctrine”. The move has been harshly criticized; Rocío San Miguel, head of NGO Control Ciudadano, said that it is unthinkable for a country in “such a complex humanitarian crisis” to spend money on the event; “Foro de São Paulo has no place in a starving Venezuela,” she said.
Businessman commits suicide during event attended by minister and governor
Businessman Sadi Gitz committed suicide this morning during an event attended by Mines and Energy minister Bento Albuquerque and the governor of the state of Sergipe, Benivaldo Chagas. The incident happened during a meeting called “Opportunities Symposium for the new natural gas scenario in Sergipe”, held at a hotel in the state capital, Aracaju. Gitz shot himself in the head during the governor’s speech. In a statement, the Sergipe government regretted the incident and canceled the event.
Southern Brazil may see snow on the weekend
There is a forecast of snow for Southern Brazil this weekend. With climate instability all over the country, some cities in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul will face a severe cold front that should bring snow with it. Temperatures below 10°C, along with low air pressure and an increase in humidity form the ideal conditions for this weather condition, which might be seen already on Friday in touristic cities at the Serra Gaúcha, such as Canela, Gramado and Caxias do Sul. In 2017 and 2018 it snowed in several Santa Catarina cities, such as Urubici and São Joaquim, but according to meteorologists the volume of snow will be bigger this year.