Saturday, May 28, 2016

Brazil coup against Rousseff threatens nation

Finally it comes to light that Brazil’s democratically elected president was not impeached because of corruption.
President Dilma Rousseff was impeached for being against corruption.
The world remembers the demonstrations all over Brazil against her and the ongoing corruption.
The replacement government while Rouseff awaits trial for curruption is made of all white men.
It has also come to light that president Michle Temer is very corrupt and pretty well most of his temporary cabinet.
During this whole saga, the economy of Brazil has gone to the dogs. 
The national debt level has risen.  Costs of basic needs have risen.  Inflation is on the rise. Unemployment is going up.
It may not be politics that will break Brazil down.  Rather, it will be this economic crisis being faced by a BRIC.
Those who watch global news know that the demonstrations in Brazil are still on going.
While prior to the impeachment the demonstrations were against Rousseff, now they are against Temer.
If you look at the number of countries where the citizens are rising up against corruption, human rights or basic economical survival, you will notice a pattern. 
Venezuela shares a border with Brazil and is one of Brazil’s biggest trade partners.  Venezuela is burning.  Inflation in Venezuela has hit the 500% mark.
Should Brazil and Venezeula collapse economically and politically, the world will see the repurcusions.  Sure Venezuela no longer has Chavez but Maduro deploys security forces onto the people who demand for change. 
Did you know that the government of Venezuela got to the point where they forced government employees to work only 2 days a week?
When we have 2 “super power” countries in Latin America becoming unstable, it spells doom for other developing middle income countries.  In fact Brazil has got a very large economic contribution to the world and the BRIC have about 41% of the world’s population.  Emerging markets.
When a giant like Brazil can impeach a president based on charges that will likely be refuted in the courts (assuming the judges are not corrupt), then we can assume that democracy is at stake.
Not too many countries achieve what Brazil has achieved so far.
Brazil got rid of a military dictatorship in the 1980s and put in a democratic system.  Should the corruption scandles continue and the power grabbing not get stopped, Brazil risks going back into a military state.
Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada

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