Daily Archives: 01/11/2015

Corruption Scandal at Brazil’s Oil Giant Petrobras – by Rosaliene Bacchus

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On January 1, 2015, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff began her second term marred by the corruption scandal at Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. or Petrobras, the state-run oil giant and largest company in the nation. During her address before the National Congress, President Dilma affirmed her commitment to “rigorously investigate all the wrong done and strengthen [Petrobras] even more… and know how to punish [those involved], without weakening Petrobras, or diminishing its importance for the present and the future.”

The Petrobras corruption scandal erupted in March 2014 with the Federal Police money-laundering sting, codename Operation Car Wash, executed across six states and the Federal District (Brasília). They seized R$5 million (US$1.9 million) in cash, 25 luxury cars, jewelry, paintings, and weapons. Among the seventeen people arrested was Alberto Youssef, a black-market money dealer and suspected leader of the scheme.

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European ‘No-Go’ Zones for Non-Muslims Proliferating

Many of the “no-go” zones function as microstates governed by Islamic Sharia law. Host-country authorities effectively have lost control in these areas and in many instances are unable to provide even basic public aid such as police, fire fighting and ambulance services.

The “no-go” areas are the by-product of decades of multicultural policies that have encouraged Muslim immigrants to create parallel societies and remain segregated rather than become integrated into their European host nations. Continue reading

Prospects good for APNU/ AFC alliance negotiations- Granger

Prospects good for APNU/ AFC alliance negotiations – Granger

When approached on Friday for a comment on the negotiations between AFC and his party, Granger said the prospects are “good.”

“The general secretaries have met, Mr. Joseph Harmon and Mr. (David) Patterson, and we will be discussing a draft agreement at our Shadow Cabinet meeting next Tuesday (January 13),” Granger said. Continue reading

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