In one corner, Hamilton Mourão, general and vice-president. In the other corner, Carlos Bolsonaro, Rio de Janeiro councilman and son of President Jair Bolsonaro. The tension is growing. Who will win this surreal political fight? Only time and common sense, if there is any, will tell. Meanwhile, progressive Justice Cármen Lúcia has reaffirmed a controversial STF decision that prohibits psychologists from helping people who feel uncomfortable being homosexual. Indigenous people from São Paulo have chosen a different form of protest against a railway: by buying shares of the company. Upset about political belligerence in Brazil? If you are in Belo Horizonte, you may relax at a bar that provides right-wing-themed drinks and dishes. In the United States, Democrat-darling Joe Biden has decided to try to run for Presidency in 2020 against Trump.
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Uneasiness between Carlos Bolsonaro and Mourão grows
There is a growing uneasiness between President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Carlos Bolsonaro, and the Vice-president, General Mourão. After two days’ worth of tweets in which Carlos attacked Mourão, the president himself expressed his dissatisfaction with the criticism against his vice, called him “the government’s sub-commander,” and said he would always be on the side of his son and that “blood is thicker than water.” Mourão answered with the popular saying: “it takes two to tango.”
Supreme Federal Court reaffirms prohibition of the so-called “gay cure”
STF Justice Cármen Lúcia suspended a citizen suit in which federal judge Waldemar Cláudio de Carvalho had allowed the professional freedom of psychologists to help people who couldn’t accept their sexual attraction to people of the same sex – the so-called “gay cure.” The lawsuit had been filed by a group of psychologists who feared being denounced by homosexual rights groups.
Indigenous people fight railway by buying shares of the company
Guarani indigenous people from São Paulo have purchased stocks of a large railway in order to accuse other stockholders of the company of neither complying with environmental measures nor protecting their rights. In a protest letter read during the annual meeting of Rumo Logística, the country’s largest railway operator, they claimed that trains crossing their villages have disrupted their daily lives and affected the local fauna.
Bar in Belo Horizonte sells right-wing-themed drinks and dishes
A new bar in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, has sparked controversy by serving dishes that poke fun at the Brazilian left. Called Destro Bar (“Right-handed bar”) and decorated with pictures of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, among the snacks served by the bar is a calamari dish called “A Lula Tá Presa” (“Arrested Calamari”) and a passion fruit mojito called “Go to Cuba!”.
Joe Biden announces he is running for president in 2020
Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has announced he will be running for president in the 2020 elections. He will now face twenty other candidates in the Democratic Party primary elections, which will determine who will represent the party against Trump’s reelection campaign. So far, the polls have shown he has the most votes among his running mates, with 24 percent of voting intentions against runner-up Bernie Sanders, who has 15 percent.