August 27th, 2019.
The President of Brazil’s Lower House of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, is being investigated by the Federal Police for the crimes of corruption, money laundering, and using slush funds during his campaign. The Brazilian government has rejected a US$ 20 million offer by G7 countries to help fight fires in the Amazon region; the offer was presented by French president Emmanuel Macron, who had been publicly arguing with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro in the last few weeks. Europe has just determined that travelers from Brazil will need a special authorization in order to enter that continent; although it will not be equivalent to a visa, people willing to enter those 26 countries will still need a special authorization in order to gain access to those territories. Bolivian opposition politicians are planning on filing for president Evo Morales’s impeachment, claiming he should be tried for the fires which have been devastating huge tracts of land in the country. Finally, Lebanon has just declared that recent attacks by Israel against Iran-backed targets in that country and in Syria are a “declaration of war”.
Take a look at our highlights.
Rodrigo Maia is charged with corruption, money laundering, and slush funds
The Brazilian Federal Police has just finished an inquiry in which it has charged the President of the Lower House of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, with the crimes of corruption, money laundering, and using slush funds during his campaign, within the scope of the Operation Car Wash. According to the Federal Police, he received R$ 350 thousand in the 2010 and 2014 elections. Federal Supreme Court justice Edson Fachin established a 15-day deadline for Attorney General Raquel Dodge to decide on how to follow with the investigations.
Brazil rejects US$ 20 million offer by G7 to fight Amazon fires
On Monday night, the Brazilian government confirmed it will reject the US$ 20 million offer made by G7 countries to help with the fight against fires in the Amazon region. The announcement of the offer was made by French president Emmanuel Macron, who recently had a public spat with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. “We are thankful, but these resources perhaps would be more useful to reforest Europe. Macron can’t even avoid a predictable fire in a world heritage church, and he wants to teach our country?”, said the president’s Chief of Staff, Onyx Lorenzoni. The Environment minister had welcomed the G7 help hours earlier. Bolsonaro said he might accept the offer after a formal apology by Macron.
In order to avoid illegal immigration, Europe will demand travel authorization from Brazilians
Brazilians willing to travel to Europe will need a new document to gain access to any of the European Union’s 26 countries. The permit, called “European Travel and Authorization System” (ETIAS), is not equivalent to a visa, but will be required from all travelers after 2021. People from all other 14 Latin American countries will be required to obtain the document, which the European Council has established as necessary to improve internal security and prevent illegal immigration. The ETIAS will collect personal information from each traveler and ensure that no members of any no-fly list are trying to access the continent.
Bolivian opposition wants Evo Morales impeached for ‘biocide’
Members of the opposition in Bolivia are considering the possibility of beginning a “trial of responsibility” – a process similar to Brazil’s impeachment – against president Evo Morales for the crime of biocide. According to news website El Deber, they claim that Morales should be put on trial for the fires which have been devastating huge tracts of land in the Santa Cruz department for almost two weeks, after he signed a decree allowing controlled forest fires in the region. The opposition also criticizes Morales for a 2015 law which authorized the deforestation of up to 20 hectares in small agricultural properties.
Lebanon says that attacks attributed to Israel are a “declaration of war”
Lebanese president Michel Aoun, along with other Lebanese politicians, declared today, during a meeting with Iraqi politicians, that Israel’s recent attacks against his country’s territory were a “declaration of war”, after an Iran-backed military target was allegedly destroyed by an Israeli airplane. The attack against a Palestinian unit in the Bekaa Valley, in eastern Lebanon, was the fourth in less than one day to hit targets sponsored by Iran-backed groups in that country, as well as Syria and Iraq. The attack happened few hours after Islamist militia Hezbollah threatened to shoot down any Israeli drone flying over Lebanese territory.