The appointment of General Mourão’s son to a high position with a high salary at Banco do Brasil has supposedly been a cause of friction between Vice-president Mourão and President Jair Bolsonaro. Not without embarrassment, Mourão explained that his son has been promoted on his own merits. Also angry are the members of the Landless Workers Movement (MST), after Bolsonaro’s orders to shut down all agrarian reform actions in Brazil. By the way, the Brazilian soybean production has been severely reduced due to hot and dry weather in Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul. In the United States, President Donald Trump insists on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and on the government shutdown. In Arizona, a woman in a coma for over a decade gives birth to a healthy boy. The police are investigating, of course.
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Mourão has to explain his son’s controversial appointment to President Bolsonaro
Vice-president Hamilton Mourão’s son, Antônio Mourão, has been appointed as special assistant to the presidency of Banco do Brasil, earning a R$36 thousand salary per month. The controversial decision supposedly annoyed President Jair Bolsonaro. After all, he was elected on a platform of austerity. Mourão, however, insisted that his son has been promoted on his merits alone. It’s unknown if Mourão’s son will keep the position after such negative repercussion.
Bolsonaro orders agrarian reform shutdown all over Brazil
Following presidential orders, the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra) is shutting down any land acquisition or expropriation for agrarian reform purposes. The measure includes the mapping and delimitation of quilombola territories. As expected, the Landless Workers Movement (MST) reacted accordingly, stating that the decision should increase the tension over land disputes all over Brazil.
Brazilian soybean production reduced to 116.9 metric tons amid hot, dry weather
Irregular rains and higher-than-normal temperatures in December, especially in Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul, got in the way of a new soybean production record for the country. A new estimate by Paraná-based consultancy AgRural puts the Brazilian 2018/2019 soybean production at 116.9 million metric tons, 4.5 million metric tons down from the 121.4 million metric tons estimated in November and also below last year’s 119.3 million metric tons.
In a nationwide speech, Trump insists on wall and on the government shutdown
U.S. President Donald Trump broadcasted a nationwide speech last night addressing the controversial wall along the Mexican border and the consequential government shutdown promoted by Democrats. According to Trump, the shutdown will continue because the US$5 billion wall is necessary to fight the “national security and humanitarian crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats, on the other hand, reacted saying that Trump is trying to manufacture a crisis.
Woman in a coma for over ten years gives birth in Arizona
For more than a decade, an anonymous woman from the San Carlos Apache Tribe has remained in a vegetative state at a health care facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Suddenly, a few days after Christmas, she started moaning, and the doctors realized that she was in labor. She gave birth to a healthy boy. The case is being investigated by the police—obviously. Detectives have already served a search warrant seeking DNA from men who work at the facility.
Until tomorrow, good evening.