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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Since 2014, when the story of a massive corruption scandal known as Operation Car Wash broke, it has been common to hear the most illustrious personalities in Brazil asking: "Where will this end?" But underneath that question lies their true preoccupation: "Will they catch me?" Last week, the ensuing investigation culminated with the jailing of ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who left office in 2011 with 80 percent approval ratings and is still considered Brazil's greatest political leader. This marks the first time a court has condemned a Brazilian head of state for corruption. Operation Car Wash has also led to the incarceration of some of the country's corporate giants, who were masterminds of a corrupt machine dating back to the 19th century. Brazil's culture of political and business corruption may have been wounded, but we cannot assume that it has been destroyed.

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Before turning himself in, Lula gave a speech in which he described himself as a victim of injustice after having worked to improve the lives of the poor. During his administration, quality of life did indeed improve for the poorest Brazilians in social and economic terms. Nevertheless, the court condemned Lula to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty of receiving a $600,000 apartment from a contractor.

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This is a yuge win for the Brazilian judicial system, and a signal that the country's political infrastructure is taking its Democracy seriously.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-04-15 12:55 PM | Reply

Wow. I wonder if the US can meet the ethical standards of Brazil.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-04-15 02:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wow. I wonder if the US can meet the ethical standards of Brazil.

POSTED BY BORED AT 2018-04-15 02:19 PM | REPLY

Giggles That was funny.

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-04-15 02:23 PM | Reply

I wonder if the US can meet the ethical standards of Brazil.

Yea, I've always wondered if they would have the balls to put Hillary in jail for her crimes too. And possibly even our Kenyan President Obama.

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2018-04-15 04:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

And possibly even our Kenyan President Obama.

POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2018-04-15 04:00 PM | REPLY

You lose all credibility with that post. Cya wouldn't wanna be ya.

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-04-15 04:02 PM | Reply

The most obvious liar and criminal in our country's history is office, and you want deflect to someone else?

That's just crazy talk.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-15 04:03 PM | Reply

"Yea, I've always wondered if they would have the balls to put Hillary in jail for her crimes too. And possibly even our Kenyan President Obama."

Seeing as the GOP majority in all three branches of government haven't done that, what do you think is the hold-up?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-15 04:03 PM | Reply

"Seeing as the GOP majority in all three branches of government haven't done that, what do you think is the hold-up?"

These days the argument is that there's still too many deep state RINO swamp monsters that they haven't eliminated yet. It's a work in progress.

#8 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-04-15 05:27 PM | Reply

I saw a thing about how the Syria gas attacks were staged propaganda -- Crisis Actors if you will.
So did the Deep State trick Trump, or is he just part of the Deep State now?
Maybe BayViking knows.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-15 05:29 PM | Reply

I wonder if the US can meet the ethical standards of Brazil. - #2 | Posted by bored at 2018-04-15 02:19 PM
I too wonder if America will prosecute someone 7 years after they've left office with both a trial AND evidence.

#10 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-04-16 10:42 AM | Reply

#10 Dude, we don't need no stinking evidence. Evidence is for sane people. For instance, if you want to accuse someone of something, the smart move is to not let anyone face their accuser. Just spend an entire YEAR slowly leaking bs from a fantasy story made up by their #1 enemy while denying where you got it all from, while using it to violate their civil rights and slander them until step 3: Profit.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-04-17 12:29 AM | Reply

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