February 10th, 2020.
The South Korean movie “Parasite” has made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, winning several Oscars, including best movie and best director for filmmaker Bong Joon-ho. Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, is in a state of chaos after two days of heavy rain; streets are flooded, and in several neighborhoods the traffic is at a complete standstill. A former military police officer accused of being involved with the killing of councilwoman Marielle Franco has been killed during a shootout at a farm in the state of Bahia; his family is claiming he was a victim of witness elimination. Left-wing party Sinn Féin, former political arm of terrorist group IRA, has won the majority vote at the Republic of Ireland’s general elections, and will now have to attempt to form a coalition with other parties. Finally, members of El Salvador’s military and security forces have occupied the country’s Congress in order to show their support to a controversial measure presented by president Nayib Bukele to Salvadoran legislators.
Take a look at our highlights.
Oscars 2020: South Korean movie makes history
South Korean movie “Parasite” made cinema history at the 2020 Academy Awards as the first-ever non-English-language film to seize the Oscars’ top prize. The movie also won the statuettes for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, and the Best Director award for Bong Joon-ho. Sam Mendes’s war epic “1917”, considered one of the favorites, won three awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor Award for the title role in “Joker”, while Renée Zellweger won the Best Actress Award for her interpretation of Judy Garland in “Judy”. Brad Pitt and Laura Dern won the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
São Paulo in utter chaos after two days of heavy rain
Brazil’s largest metropolis and one of the world’s biggest conurbations, with over 20 million inhabitants, the city of São Paulo woke up on Monday to a scenario of complete chaos. After two straight days of heavy rain, the city’s usual problems were felt. Drainpipes and manholes were either clogged or unable to cope with the unusual amount of rainwater, flooding streets and avenues, and the level of the city’s two main rivers, Tietê and Pinheiros, rose onto the surrounding thoroughfares, bringing the traffic to a virtual standstill. The country’s largest labor court, at the neighborhood of Barra Funda, and the São Paulo Justice Court, were flooded, and all work was suspended at those sites for the day.
Member of militia killed in Bahia was at PSL councilman’s farm
Former military police officer Adriano Magalhães da Nóbrega, known as “captain Adriano”, accused of heading the so-called “Crime Bureau” – a militia suspected of murdering Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes – was killed during a confrontation with other police officers while hiding at a farm in Esplanada, Bahia. The farm belonged to a councilman affiliated to PSL, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s former party. Four guns and 13 cell phones were found at the hideout, and Adriano’s family is calling the incident a case of “witness elimination”.
IRA’s former political arm wins popular vote in Irish general election
Left-wing party Sinn Féin won more votes than any other party in the general elections held at the Republic of Ireland this weekend. The historic result promises to turn the country’s political scenario upside down, but it is still not clear if the left-wing will be able to form a coalition government. Sinn Féin, which used to be ostracized for its associations with terrorist group Irish Republican Army, has obtained 24 percent of all votes, and will attempt to side with the Greens, who got 7.4 percent, and other smaller left-wing parties. Center party Fianna Fáil, as well as prime-minister Leo Varadkar’s center-right party Fine Gael, obtained 22.1 percent each.
Armed pro-government military and police officers occupy El Salvador’s Congress
Armed police officers and members of the military occupied the floor of El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly on Sunday to show their support to a security plan devised by the government which is currently pending approval by the country’s legislators. The act is being seen as a form of intimidating the opposition, which is now the majority in the House. In an extraordinary session, Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele called for an “insurrection” to force Parliament to approve a measure that would grant US$ 109 million to modernize the equipment of the country’s security forces. Snipers have also taken position on the buildings around the site.