July 5th, 2019.
Today, Justice and Public Safety minister Sergio Moro criticized the release of new alleged conversations between him and members of the Operation Car Wash taskforce by news website The Intercept Brasil and Veja magazine. Moro refuted all statements attributed to him. The Air Force sergeant arrested in Seville with 39 kilos of cocaine may not have acted alone, according to a preliminary investigation by the Brazilian Federal Police. He is also suspected of money laundering. Former Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner’s running mate in the forthcoming elections has visited Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, ex-president of Brazil, currently in jail at the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba. Alberto Fernández expressed his opposition to the free trade deal recently signed between Mercosur and the European Union. A BBC report has shown that the Chinese government has been separating children from their parents in the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, allegedly under the pretext of curbing religious extremism. Finally, a Norwegian company launched the first cruise ship powered by electric batteries.
Take a look at our highlights.
Moro refutes new release of private conversations published by The Intercept and Veja
Justice and Public Safety minister Sergio Moro has declared once again he does not recognize the legitimacy of his alleged private conversations released today by the news website The Intercept Brasil. Journalist Glenn Greenwald, responsible for publishing the alleged dialogues between Moro and the members of the Operation Car Wash taskforce, has reaffirmed that the minister committed irregularities while occupying the office as judge. In a statement, Moro claims he regrets that Veja magazine, which published a report containing the conversations in partnership with The Intercept, described his actions when judge as having incurred in a “breach of impartiality”.
Air Force sergeant may not have acted alone, says Federal Police
The Federal Police is studying the possibility that the Brazilian Air Force sergeant who was arrested with drugs in Spain may have acted along with other members of the military. 38-year-old Manoel Silva Rodrigues was arrested by Spanish authorities at a stopover in Seville with 39 kilos of cocaine in his bag while he was a member of president Jair Bolsonaro’s entourage during the trip to the G20 meeting in Tokyo. Investigators believe that Rodrigues may also have been laundering money based on his bank transactions to friends and family members, and that this might not have been his first trip carrying drugs.
Argentina’s presidential candidate visits Lula in jail
Yesterday, Argentinian presidential candidate Alberto Fernández visited former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, currently detained at the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba, Paraná. The left-wing politician, who is running for office along with former president Cristina Kirchner, said that the free trade agreement recently signed between Mercosur and the European Union needs to be reviewed, since, according to him, it was hurriedly signed due to electoral reasons and it might worsen the problems currently faced by the Argentinian industry. “The impression that I get is that the deal was announced so that [president Mauricio] Macri may use it in his electoral campaign,” he said.
Chinese government is separating children from their parents
An investigation led by BBC News has revealed that China is “deliberately” separating Muslim children from their families in the Xinjiang region, in the western part of the country. Based on public documents and 60 interviews with different families, the report stated that at the same time it has detained hundreds of thousands of Muslim adults of Uyghur ethnicity in “reeducation” camps, the Chinese government is putting in place a widespread and quick campaign of building boarding schools. In one city alone, more than 400 children have lost contact with their parents, who were arrested or sent to reeducation camps. The government claims these measures are being set up to avoid the spread of religious extremism in the country.
The search for sustainable energy alternatives has also reached the seas
Early this month, for the first time the Norwegian company Hurtigruten launched its expedition cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, the first hybrid-powered ship in the world, which sailed through the waters of Norway’s western coast using only the electric energy stored in its large batteries. Allied to fuel-based propulsion, the use of electric energy should reduce the CO² emissions in regular trips in vessels of the same size by 20 percent – the ship is 140 meters long, and may carry up to 530 guests and 151 crew members. It is also the first cruise ship completely free from single-use plastic.