October 22nd, 2019.
During a public interview on an official trip to Japan, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has stated that his son should dismiss his ambitions to become Brazil’s ambassador in the United States, and focus on the crisis which has practically split the ruling party, PSL, in two. The government of American president Donald Trump is ‘fully prepared’ to take military action against Turkish troops, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; the US is being harshly criticized after pulling out its troops from Syrian territory and leaving Kurds to fend for themselves against Turkish military forces. A preliminary ballot count has shown that Bolivian president Evo Morales will be reelected for a fourth term; opposition parties have not accepted the result, and there are reports of protests throughout the country. A transgender cyclist has won the women’s world championship and established a new world record, rekindling the discussion on the validity of transgender individuals competing on the same level as the rest of the athletes. Finally, in the border city of Foz do Iguaçu, plans for a new bridge linking Brazil to Paraguay are already facing concerns regarding smuggling and trafficking.
Take a look at our highlights.
Bolsonaro wants Eduardo to give up embassy and stay in Brazil to save PSL
At a press conference on Monday in Tokyo, where he will attend the new Japanese emperor’s enthronement ceremony, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said that his son, federal congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, should remain in Brazil to help pacify the current internal crisis their party, PSL, is undergoing, and waive his plans of becoming Brazil’s next ambassador in Washington, D.C. To journalists, the president said that “in my understanding, [the most strategic thing] would be for him to stay in Brazil, to pacify the party and see which pieces we will be able to pick up. It’s like a couple; sometimes there is no turning point when a problem goes too far.”
Trump is ‘fully prepared’ for military action against Turkey, says Pompeo
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said president Donald Trump is “fully prepared” to take military action against Turkey if needed. The Trump administration has been harshly criticized after his decision to withdraw US troops from the border between Syria and Turkey, allowing Turkish troops to pave the way for the massacre of Kurdish militants, considered a militia by Ankara. In an interview with CNBC, Pompeo said that Trump prefers “peace to war”, but would have no qualms about using military forces if the Turkish government did not hold up their end of the recently agreed ceasefire in the region.
Preliminary vote count shows Evo Morales’s victory in first round
After a significant pressure of international organizations and Bolivian protesters concerning that country’s Supreme Electoral Court, which had interrupted the preliminary count of all votes in Sunday’s presidential election, the Monday night report update, with 95.27 percent of accounted ballots showed a 46.87 percent advantage for current president Evo Morales, compared to his closest rival, Carlos Mesa, with 36.72 percent. Mesa, who is running for the Citizen Community party, did not acknowledge the results and asked the population to defend their votes and democracy on the streets, according to the local press. He called the result “a blatant fraud.”
Transgender cyclist wins women’s world championship and says complaints come from “losers”
Canadian cyclist Rachel McKinnon, a biological male who takes part in women’s competitions continues to dominate the world of cycling, after winning a world championship on Saturday and setting a new female world record. McKinnon, who is a philosophy professor at the College of Charleston, said that all attempts of leveling the playing field for women’s sports by discriminating against transgender athletes were equivalent to “denying [them] their human rights.” “All my medical records say female,” (…) “So, if we want to say, that I believe you’re a woman for all of society, except for this massive central part that is sport, then that’s not fair.”
In Foz do Iguaçu, a second bridge would require tougher security control
The planned second bridge between Brazil and Paraguay, called ‘Integration Bridge’ – linking Foz do Iguaçu, on the Brazilian side, to Presidente Franco, will probably be finished by 2022. This new link will intensify trade relations between both countries, as well as create more business opportunities, but will also encompass consequences which will require from both governments a logistical, urban, and, above all, security planning. Local authorities are praising the advantages which will come from shorter line times, but are also emphasizing the need for further investments in security forces.