“We choose Brazil not because it lies along the equator in a happy accident of geography, but because we want to work with Brazilians — our hemispheric neighbor whose values we share politically, as well as your impressive technological orientation,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. “Others cannot credibly say the same.”
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Workers’ Party, which underpinned his domination of Brazil during two terms in 2003-2010, believe he’s no yesterday’s man.
“He’s still the leader,” rubs in the Workers’ Party’s latest election ad online, featuring a picture of the smiling 72-year-old, dressed in his trademark black T-shirt and suit jacket.
A Brazilian appeals court judge Sunday ruled former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva must remain in jail, in a dizzying day of judicial orders and counter-orders months before the country’s presidential vote. Though he is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption, the wildly popular leftist Lula, 72, continues to lead opinion polls ahead of October’s election and has vowed his name will be on the ballot.
Thousands of Venezuelans are living in the streets. They sleep in tents and on benches in central squares, have taken over abandoned buildings and cram dozens of people into small apartments. “God will provide,” said Guillen when asked how the family would eat during a trip that can take five days.