Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 🖋

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ISRAEL: CHANGE OF POWER AFTER TWELVE YEARS OF NETANYAHU GOVERNMENT

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Last March 23, Israel held its fourth consecutive election in the span of just 2 years. The country went through elections in April and September 2019, in March 2020 and in March 2021. There were 39 parties participating in the contest that had as central characters two of the biggest political rivals in the country's electoral history in 2019 and 2020: the Likud and Blue and White parties, led respectively by Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, who dance to the rhythm dictated by maintaining power, as the governing coalition agreement provided for these rulers to take turns in the post of prime minister. 

 

Of the 120 seats available in the Knesset (the Hebrew name for the Israeli Parliament), 52 were won by Netanyahu and his allies and 57 by his opponents who remain in the fight to take power away from him. The result had no significant impact for anyone, as the situation looks even worse than before. 

 

Netanyahu, the longest serving prime minister in Israeli history, governed from 1996 to 1999 and returned to power a decade later, where he remains thanks to nationalist positions that appealed to various areas from the centre to the right in Israel, having as part of his governmental base orthodox Jews and secular militarists, for defending the Jewish state and the Israeli occupations in the Palestinian territories, besides being tough in his attacks on Hamas. 

 

The crisis installed in the country, which gave its first signs at the end of 2018, when there was a split in the pro-Netanyahu alliance and which worsened with the departure of the then Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, a "right-wing" politician and great supporter of Netanyahu. With this, new elections were called, which demonstrated how fragmented politics in the country was. 

 

In the elections that took place between 2019 and March 2020 no party gained control of parliament, as none of them achieved individually winning the 61 seats needed to gain that level of control. Despite Israel's president calling on Netanyahu to form coalitions, the prime minister failed to strike deals and missed deadlines, entailing new elections.

 

Without Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu is left without sufficient support, resulting in new elections. In March 2020, Gantz, Netanyahu's biggest opponent, eventually agreed to ally with his opponent in order to temporarily resolve the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership was short-lived and resulted in yet another electoral process and a fall in Gantz's popularity among those opposed to the current prime minister. 

 

Summoned to form a new coalition, Netanyahu repeated the previous performance, which made President Reuven Rivlin summon Yair Lapid, the runner-up in the polls, for a new attempt. The picture seemed to announce that a fifth election was on the horizon, but the scenario changed a few days before the deadline, with the announcement of an alliance between Lapid and Bennet, in opposition to Netanyahu, who, in a trial resumed in April, is facing charges of bribery, for accepting a $264,000 gift from tycoons; fraud, for negotiating with a newspaper coverage favourable to the government while slowing the growth of another; and breach of trust.

 

The population took to the streets, demonstrating against Netanyahu, while opponents took advantage of the situation to discredit the prime minister, using the accusations as a reason for the rupture of the alliance months earlier.

 

With the coalition's approval, Netanyahu left office, after twelve years of consecutive terms, migrating to the opposition, and the relay alliance is already in place between Naftali Bennett, who takes over as prime minister for the initial two-year term, and Lapid, who takes Bennett's place and becomes prime minister for the final two-year term. 

 

The new prime minister arrived showing what he came for, by announcing that he will toughen up against Iran, preventing it from seizing an atomic weapon and warned Hamas not to test it. Even so, he retains the line that "he will work united for religious, secular, ultra orthodox and Arab Israelis. For all, without exception", in an attempt to undermine doubts about a political consensus.

 

Whether this alliance will sustain itself over time, and whether the rulers will be able to maintain unity despite divergent points, is not possible to know, as internal disagreements on key issues have torn apart previous alliances in Israel's government. Moreover, the moment is tense in the country, which has clashes resulting in many deaths.

 

Published 16 July  2021

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

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ATTACKS ON ISRAEL: WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE HOLY LAND 

ATTACKS ON ISRAEL- WHAT IS HAPPENING IN

Sounds of gunfire and running for shelters under the constant sound of sirens have marked the routine of Israelis in recent days, especially residents in the city of Ashkelon. The Israeli army confirms over 450 rocket launches from Gaza towards southern Israel, 200 of them shot down by the Kipat Barzel air defence system, resulting in 2 confirmed deaths and over 50 Israelis injured. The launches targeted some of the capital Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Ashkelon and Sderot, and promise to last for a few days.

 

As I write this article, fires have been set in Jewish plantations, started by balloons released by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza towards Jewish-owned fields. 

 

Warning bells sounded again in Jerusalem, which was the scene of another act of violence, this time on the Esplanade of Mosques. The conflict occurred on Monday (10), in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque, on the day that commemorates the conquest of Jerusalem and the walled Old City, in the Six Day War, fifty years ago. The date, which this year coincides with the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is marked with more than 300 people injured. The tension began after a determination by Israel's Supreme Court ordering the eviction of Palestinian families from land, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. The conflict has been considered, by experts, the most violent since the year 2017. 

Credit for this wave of violence is also given to a video posted on a famous app. The images showed a rabbi being beaten by Arab youths and it went viral on the net, sparking the revolt of Jewish youth who took to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the way Jews have been treated by Arabs on the streets, in transport etc. 

 

The elderly man was driving in the northern region of the country, as it was his way home, when he was attacked by local residents, and was only not lynched thanks to the intervention of other people, among them, a man named Jamal. After this video, which spread quickly, many others with similar content were posted: a Palestinian pulls a knife and tries to attack a policeman controlling the traffic; a woman pulls a knife and tries to hit soldiers; a vehicle passes in front of a bus stop and shoots at people waiting for transportation, leaving some in serious condition; Arabs try to lynch a Jewish family near the Old City of Jerusalem, but flee when an Israeli policeman shoots in the air. Just to name a few.

 

Tension is high, and the attacks represent an attitude of intimidation and threat against Israelis due to clashes with Palestinians in the streets of the Holy City. In several places, Jews are being attacked and beaten with stones and sticks, generating demonstrations of discontent with the situation, especially by the youth. 

 

Israel responded to the attacks from the Gaza Strip by launching rockets in the direction of the Gaza Strip and bringing down a building in the area, according to a warning issued half an hour before. Officials said the attack was aimed at eliminating a key Hamas member in charge of the Gaza missile unit, a successful operation that was aided by the internal intelligence service, the Shabak, and resulted in the elimination of three key members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. The army reinforced its presence on the Gaza border on Tuesday (11), sending tanks, and blocked roads in the south of the country.

 

The wave of Arab violence also left its mark in the cities of Lod, Ramla and Ashdod, where hundreds of Arabs set fire to and destroyed synagogues, study houses, shops, vehicles and public buildings overnight; only hours later there was police intervention.

 

Israel's situation has drawn the attention of other countries and caused concern for the Middle East Quartet, formed by the US, the European Union, Russia and the UN. The United States is monitoring the situation. In contact with Israel, on Sunday (09), Jake Sullivan, the country's National Security Adviser, reiterated his commitment to reduce situations of tension in Jerusalem and its surroundings. Representatives of Qatar and Egypt are talking to Hamas in an attempt to halt and reverse the advance of violence.

Many waters will still pass under this bridge, and we hope they will be waters of peace.

 

"Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God..."

 

Published 14 May  2021

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

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IN A DISASTROUS DECISION, THE UN GOES BEYOND AND CHOOSES IRAN TO BE PART OF THE COMMISSION FOR THE DEFENCE OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS

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When we think we have seen it all, something unexpected happens: on Thursday (22), the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN) took a decision that aroused concern and caused astonishment around the world, as well as criticism on social networks: it elected Iran to the Commission on the Status of Women. 

 

The UN was created in 1945 and, according to Dag Hammarskjold, secretary-general of the institution in 1954, its goal was not "to take people to paradise, but [...] to save humanity from hell". It seems, however, in relation to women - especially Iranian women - to be doing neither one thing nor the other, since protecting the rights of women, especially Christian women, is at the opposite of the practice and laws in force in this Middle Eastern country.  

 

Including Iran in the composition of the most important global intergovernmental body that works exclusively on promoting gender equality and women's empowerment resembles the attitude of putting the wolf to look after the sheep and transforming an arsonist into the head of the city's fire brigade, and, as Masih Alinejad, Iranian journalist and activist, says, is "surreal". 

 

The choice of the country by the UN, for a four-year term beginning in 2022, on the occasion of the first meeting of the 67th session, was seen as an "insult" to Iranian women and denounced by the Association of Iranian Women in France (AFIF), the Associazione delle Donne Democratiche Iraniane (ADDI) in Italy and the association Iranska kvinnosamfundet i sverige in Sweden:

We, the undersigned women's associations, consider the election of Iran's extremely misogynistic regime as a member of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) an insult to all Iranian women, the main victims of this regime over the last four decades.

 

For these and other entities that defend women's rights, the UN decision does not make the slightest sense, to say the least, since the country has a proven history of oppression and discrimination against its citizens, depriving them of basic rights. The three associations call on governments, institutions and other associations to condemn the "decision that goes against the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment in Iran".

 

The country has laws that consider women legally inferior to men, require them to wear veils in public places; many are stoned for adultery even today. An August 2020 report presented by the UN secretary-general, accuses the country of "persistent discrimination against women, girls and minorities" and "continued gender-based discrimination in law and practice, including with regard to family matters, freedom of movement" including work and studies, playing sports, access to political and judicial functions etc., in clear violation of women's right. 

 

In a critique on Twitter, Masih Alinejad states that in the country, women are considered "second-class citizens", are arrested and can be sentenced to fines and floggings if they are not wearing the mandatory hijab (Islamic veil), are forbidden to sing and need express permission from their husband to make international trips, and adds: "In the eyes of the Iranian regime, any woman who fights for her fundamental rights is a criminal.

 

The French, Swedish and Italian associations point out that Javaid Rehman, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, stated in his report dated March 2021 that he was "deeply concerned by the persistent discrimination against women and girls in the public and private spheres, which is guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of Iran as well as by law, as well as by practice" and found it regrettable that Iranian authorities had rejected fourteen recommendations concerning the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, highlighting how "patriarchal values and misogynistic behaviour permeate many aspects" of family life in Iranian homes.

 

The records attest to Iran's appalling actions when it comes to the violation of women's rights: they have little individual legal protection; Christian women are detained for their faith, running serious risks of being sexually harassed by authorities during interrogation and arrest; 13-year-old girls have judicial and paternal permission to marry; women receive death penalty for adultery; Ayatollah Khamenei's regime arrests activists on charges of peacefully demanding their human dignity; although rape is illegal, the victim has to present four male and two female witnesses to report the crime; and much more. 

By occupying one of the 45 seats of the Commission on the Status of Women, one would expect any country to be willing to employ all efforts and work hard to uphold the rights of the Commission and espouse its cause, which Iran seems unlikely to do, given the history of violence and disenfranchisement of women it has accumulated over the years. Expecting a 180-degree turnaround from the country, in a change of course from oppressor to defender of those who have always been the target of its oppression, seems too much to hope for.

 

Against the decision, UN Watch - a human rights group based in Geneva - called on Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the American ambassador, and the European Union states to condemn the election. The executive director of the UN, Hillel Neuer, considers the decision absurd and says that last Thursday (22) is a day of darkness for "women's rights and for all human rights".

Published 30  April  2021

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

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FORBIDDEN THE OPENING OF CHURCHES IN SÃO PAULO:  ONCE UPON A TIME THE BRAZILIAN CONSTITUTION  

Contrary to the minister Nunes Marques, who banned the closure of temples across the country, on Monday (05/04), in opposition to what the Brazilian Constitution dictates, as to the inviolability of religious freedom and the guarantee of free exercise of religious worship (Art. 5, item VI), the minister of the STF, Gilmar Mendes, denied the request of the National Council of Pastors of Brazil, keeping prohibited the opening of churches in São Paulo, even if these institutions have met all the recommendations of hygiene and social distancing in their meetings and gatherings. The decision confirms the decree of the governor of São Paulo, João Doria, and has the support of the minister Marco Aurélio, who in a sarcastic tone fired: "What haste was this?", and without sparing irony says that the fellow magistrate is "very religious", in reference to the decision of Nunes Marques to release cults and masses.

Given this divergence, by order of the president of the STF, Luiz Fux, who defends a unified decision on the issue, the case was taken to the plenary session that, last Wednesday (07) and Thursday (08), met to judge the issue.

At the end of the session, by 9 votes to 2, it was decided that states and municipalities have the decision to impose or not restrictions on in-person religious celebrations during the pandemic. With this, São Paulo continues to keep the doors of its temples closed. This decision displeased the National Association of Evangelical Jurists (Anajure), which advocates that it is up to pastors and church leaders to decide on the issue, using common sense and ensuring the welfare of believers.

Augusto Aras, Attorney General of the Republic, says that although states and municipalities are competent to establish rules and have autonomy to do so, "religious freedom is a fundamental clause" and states that, when it comes to religious freedom, the "Constitution ensures free exercise of religious worship" and asks: "Decrees and acts, even if arising from an ordinary law, can have the force to subtract fundamental rights set out in the higher law? It seems not to us".

Looking back at the old Brazilian constitutions, we see that many of the rights we have today represent a great victory. Last October our Constitution celebrated the 32nd anniversary of its promulgation, which took place under a speech by Ulysses Guimarães, who summed it up as a cry of "Change to win! Change, Brazil!

The Constitution is the Magna Carta, a set of fundamental principles that govern the laws of a country. It is the maximum law "that traces the parameters of the legal system and defines the principles and guidelines that govern a society [...]", the "Fundamental Law of the State or the law that a people imposes on those who govern it, to avoid the despotism of rulers"; it structures the organisation of the State and disciplines the exercise of political power. It is therefore inconceivable that it should be violated so blatantly before our very eyes.  

Regarding the issue, at the beginning of the session, André Mendonça (attorney-general of the Union), positioned himself in defense of the cults, affirming that Christianity does not exist apart from life in community. Augusto Aras, also expressed his support for the concession of permission to hold services and masses, as long as the preventive measures already recommended are taken, and also said that

"it is necessary to remember the place of religion in a democratic state of law and to bear in mind that the state is secular, but people are not". "Science saves lives, so does faith. There is no opposition between faith and reason. Where science does not explain, faith brings the justification that is inherent to it."

When did the Brazilian Constitution lose its status? When was it that those who should follow its parameters for the exercise of service to the people and enforce it, stampeded to the "dark side" of force, depriving the Brazilian citizen of what is his right?

These questions are pertinent and the discussion around these and other issues involving guaranteed rights becomes more important every day, since recently, with frightening frequency, we have seen the most powerful leaders of the nation disregarding the rights of the people and figuratively tearing up the Constitution before our astonished gaze. They blatantly disrespect it, and make equivocal and unilateral decisions, based on a biased interpretation, according to what best suits them, in a clear disrespect to this document that points out duties, but also presents and guarantees the rights of the citizen.

Decisions that violate the provisions of the Constitution have been common in recent times. Who does not remember when Alexandre de Moraes (Minister of STF) determines the arrest of Daniel Silveira (Deputy) for expressing ideas in his social network, even if the act has several obscure points, contrary to what is stated in the Constitution? And of Fachin, also a minister of the STF, who overturns convictions of the demonstrably criminal former president Lula by the Federal Court of Paraná, making him eligible in 2022?

The STF decided to deprive the people of the benefit of faith in such troubled times, when people are without hope and increasingly emotionally shaken and, unfortunately, many have taken their own lives.

As church, we need to be non-conformist and show this "holy indignation", perhaps taking up again the cry of that day in October 1988, when our Constitution was promulgated, this time, crying out: "Wake up church. Wake up, people of God, and go fight!", because our political leaders debauch our faith, they are trying to silence us, leaving the people, who are already so vulnerable in the face of this pandemic, even more helpless, without the support of faith.

In closing, we have recorded the ministers who were against the opening of the temples. Keep these names. 1)Gilmar Mendes, 2)Alexandre Moraes, 3)Edson Fachin, 4)Luís Roberto Barroso, 5)Rosa Weber, 6)Carmen Lúcia, 7)Ricardo Lewandowski, 8)Marco Aurélio Mello and 9)Luiz Fux.

Sources:

 

<https://congressoemfoco.uol.com.br/opiniao/colunas/o-que-e-e-para-que-serve-a-constituicao/>. Accessed at 12/04/21.

<https://g1.globo.com/politica/noticia/2021/04/07/supremo-julgamento-cultos-pandemia.ghtml>. Accessed at 12/04/21. 

 

God bless Brazil.

Published 16 April  2021

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION - GUARANTEEING A GUARANTEED RIGHT  

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION - GUARANTEEING A GUARANTEED RIGHT  

 

The arrest of Deputy Daniel Silveira, in Rio de Janeiro, last Tuesday (16), by order of the Minister of the Supreme Court, Alexandre de Moraes, has caused heated manifestations from all sides. 

 

In a trial that lasted about 45 minutes, the plenary of the Supreme Court unanimously approved the decision of Moraes, a decision that caused a split in the legal community; three of the five directors who make up the Federal Council of the OAB are against the decision to arrest the parliamentarian. 

 

The deputy was arrested after posting on social networks a video in a tone considered offensive in reference to the ministers of the STF, suggesting their dismissal, and defending AI-5 (the most radical instrument of repression of the military dictatorship). Speaking about his decision, Alexandre de Moraes said social networks cannot continue as a territory without owner where "hate speech" and "...antidemocratic speeches have been manipulating people" and said the decision represents a "milestone in the fight against extremism".

 

The post, whose content coincides in several points with what society thinks about the highest instance of the Brazilian judiciary, shook the Brazilian and international press, resulting in heated manifestations in favour and against, as well as sparking international speculation about the practice of political imprisonment in the country.

 

For Maurizio R. Spinelli, Silveira's lawyer, "Everything, absolutely everything, in the arrest of the parliamentarian was unconstitutional". Spinelli bases his argument on the fact that the "flagrant" factor is questionable and that there was a clear disregard for parliamentary immunity, since "... deputies and senators" are inviolable "civilly and criminally, for any of their opinions, words and votes", according to Article 53 of the Constitution.

 

Endorsing the decision of the STF, the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies met for a vote on Friday (19) and, with 364 votes in favour, 130 against and 03 abstentions, decided to keep the deputy detained, who will have to answer for "crimes against the honour of the Judiciary and the ministers of the Supreme Court", framed in the National Security Law and risks being expelled from the party to which he is affiliated. 

 

For prosecutor and professor Thaméa Danelon, in an interview with Pingo nos Isis on Thursday (18), the arrest of the parliamentarian has several questionable points, since the case is being judged in the context of fake news. She cited Article 53 of the Constitution, with regard to the inviolability assured to senators and deputies, also stating the impossibility of, in the investigative phase, a judge decrees "arrest ex officio" without a request from the Public Ministry or the police.

 

Finally, many shadows are still to be dispelled as to the motivations involved in the case in question, in which it is evident the distortion of the law in order to characterize a flagrant in benefit of some.

 

In addition, there is another factor that causes astonishment and embarrassment: 34 of the 364 votes in affirmative of maintaining the deputy's imprisonment came from members of parliament who call themselves evangelicals, among them some members of the Assembly of God and Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. The votes of members of the UCKG were a shot in the foot, as they seem to have forgotten a certain moment in the history of the denomination when its leader and founder, Bishop Edir Macedo, was unjustly imprisoned for political-religious persecution.

 

The maintenance of the arrest of the "fascist and Bolsonarist deputy", as the left dubbed Daniel Silveira, making a mockery and in a clear attack on the President of the Republic, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, was only possible thanks to the many parliamentarians who have "stuck tail" and seek to get away with their scams, besides representing a leftist attack, aiming to deconstruct the present society that is still guided by Christian principles and family, which they consider a delay for the progress of the institution of new values and way of thinking.

 

The form and the words used by the deputy could have been better chosen, but freedom of expression is a citizen's right. Obviously, expressing oneself in a rude way can lead the speaker to lose reason, but one can never deprive the individual of an acquired right. Afterwards, if the offence is verified, the individual may be called to account for his words and, if necessary, answer for libel, slander or defamation. Before that, the right is maintained. 

 

It is time for serious reflection. Until when will the democratic rule of law continue to suffer such violent blows from those who should defend it at all costs? Will the law continue to be interpreted at the whim of "A" or "B" for their own benefit and that of "C" or "D"?  Will those in power continue to flatten their differences under the pretext of a pseudo-patriotism that hides controlling and dangerous ideologies? 

 

It is time to intensify prayer too. It is necessary to pray for our leaders; this is a Biblical commandment. And as urgent as praying is to act, to manifest in defence of what is right, after all, what worries us most is not the tireless and unscrupulous action of the wicked, but the silence and omission of good citizens.

 

God bless Brazil.

Published 8 March 2021

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

DISCERNING THE TIMES - Biden Management: Steps towards the New World Order

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new president of the United States "has arrived". Biden's first days in command of the most powerful nation in the world were marked by unrest.

 

The country that was degrading, downhill, into leftist tendencies, moral licentiousness, destruction of family values and individual freedoms, and had in the Trump government the radical turn that started a gradual destruction of the achievements of liberals planned and in execution for years, now, under Biden's leadership gives clear signs that it is resuming at large the left agenda.

 

Elected on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the new president has already signed more than a dozen decrees, some of them defending causes that go against the teachings of the Bible on which he laid his hand on the day of his inauguration and reveal not only his stance of clear opposition to the disposition of former president Donald Trump, but also - and above all - a declared attack on Christian and family principles. 

Among the decrees signed so far, some divide opinions and cause discomfort and repudiation on the part of many, and Biden, a declared Catholic, demonstrates a wide departure from the stance of his church on crucial issues. 

The withdrawal of the United States from the World Abortion Alliance and the release of more than 9 billion dollars to fund "health" procedures - among them abortion; yes, amazingly, Biden considers abortion a health procedure - has generated heated comments; some consider it the Herod of modern times. 

 

It is no secret that Biden and Planned Parenthood have been going hand in hand for some time and that the organization has made clear its support for the current president since the time of the election campaign for the presidency of the nation that still inspires many "the American dream". The largest abortion network in the US, the leftist organisation demonstrated on Twitter, congratulating Biden on the victory and declared: "The work is just beginning". According to the president of the institution, Biden "is fully committed to protecting access to sexual and reproductive health care - including access to abortion".

 

As president, Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade (a case in which the US Supreme Court has recognised the right to abortion or voluntary termination of pregnancy in the United States) and, through its Justice Department, will do everything possible to prevent the emergence of laws that violate the constitutional right to an abortion, including parental notification requirements, mandatory waiting time and ultrasound requirements.

 

Another decision that created discomfort was the executive order directed at federally funded schools. Biden's determination obliges these institutions to allow the participation in women's teams of biological boys who identify themselves as girls, or face administrative action by the Department of Education. 

Linda Blade, Olympic athletics coach, considers the action a step backwards. She commented: "The leadership skills, all the benefits that society derives from allowing girls to have their category protected so that competition is fair, all the advances in women's rights - this is going to be reduced," and she added: "The parents of girls [...] are not willing to see their daughters demoralized by such blatant injustice in a fraudulent competition.

 

The order is much broader, allowing the toilets in these schools to be used by the students according to the gender with which they identify; a decision that shows clear moral relaxation, not to mention embarrassment for boys and girls, many of them still in early pre-adolescence.

 

Biden has an ambitious LGBTQ agenda, which places him as the most pro-equity president in American history. His link with the community dates back to 2012, when he declared support for same-sex marriage and then partnered with other advocates of the cause, initiating the As You Are campaign, in defense of the acceptance [read, support] by the families of his transgender children, claiming improved self-esteem for them and decreased probability of suffering depression or suicidal ideation.

 

The current president has pledged to overturn rules in the Trump administration on the issue and made it clear that he intends to turn the law into a weapon to crush dissidents, and thus implement an extreme left-wing agenda, said Kristen Wagoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative organization for the protection of religious and moral beliefs and freedom of expression. For her, "this affects not only people of faith, but all Americans who wish to live life according to their convictions...".

 

Actions such as Biden's are a sample of the effort of world leaders to "eliminate" the existing civilization, with its Christian values and principles, and to implement a new one, with a completely new code of values, with a unique government, religion, and economic system, in which it is possible to easily instill fundamental pillars, such as moral relativism, secularism, gender ideology, abortion, euthanasia.

Before that, however, it is necessary to format the existing human being and "generate" a new one that fits perfectly into this new reality. This demands, among other things, compliance with the Global Agenda 2030, which, despite the sweet tone of its text and the apparent altruism aimed at a better and fairer world, conceals bolder plans of a system, a thoroughly planned and perfectly implemented social engineering, which begins with ideology, with a view to destabilising and demoralising, to incite hatred of Christian culture, of our biology and biological reality of man or woman, confusing the population, leaving it vulnerable and easy to be led to a new point, in a herd mentality. Once this stage is over, the others (social, economic, political, etc.) can be initiated and will naturally be accepted.  

It is urgent that we pay attention to the signs of the times... Humanity is moving in great strides towards the consummation of all things. As the Scriptures affirm, "... the heart of the wise will discern the time and the way" (Ecclesiastes 8:5; Almeida Revised and Corrected).

Published 8 January 2021

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

 

2020 in focus - Lessons to never forget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The year 2020 was an atypical year that printed on everyone the feeling that everything was frozen, like a scene captured in a photo. It was twelve months of almost unbelievable events, including the open attacks on life, the family and Christian principles that left a strange taste in the mouth. It all had a bit and a lot of some things. 

The year began with the fear that a war might start at any moment after the death of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in an attack by the United States in Iraq, especially after Iran brought down a plane from the Ukraine carrying 176 people on board. 

He received the tragic news of the death of former basketball player Kobe Bryant, just 41, in an air crash in the city of Calabasas, California, and with his chin down with the news that Prince Harry and his wife Maghan Markle were giving up their royal titles. 

When everything seemed to settle down, nature decided to show its face: Earthquakes leave 6 dead in Mexico and 38 in Turkey, a cyclone hits the southern region of Brazil, causing storms that resulted in at least 10 deaths in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina and a cloud of locusts, which has Brazil as a possible next destination, invades Argentina causing serious damage to crops.

The city of São Paulo is plunged into a dense cloud of smoke from the wildfires in the Pantanal, compromising visibility and air quality. Twenty-eight people died as a result of a major fire on Australian land, a flood in Indonesia left 60 dead, rains in the state of Minas Gerais fatally killed 45 people in Belo Horizonte. 

China registers the first of many deaths that would come as a result of the new coronavirus. The number of infected reaches 10,000 and the death toll is 200 in a few weeks. In Brazil, the first case of contamination has been recorded, and the disease spreads more rapidly than expected. 

Biased and sensationalist media have gone to great lengths to spread terror among the unsuspecting population, reporting only the deaths and omitting the cases of people who recovered despite being part of the so-called risk group, while society experiences a mixed feeling of weeping for the losses counted and smiling for the many recovered. 

Immersed in conflicting information and based on assumptions and inconclusive positions on the part of the relevant bodies, several Brazilian cities have joined in quarantine and social isolation. 

For the first time in history, the Olympic Games, scheduled to take place this year in Tokyo/Japan, have been postponed and are not due to take place until 2021.

 

 

In the United States, the death of George Floyd, a black citizen, caused by white policemen, shook the world and prompted worldwide protests, with the shouts and hashtags "I can't breathe" and "Black lives matter". In Brazil, the possible neglect of Sari Corte Real, a white woman, led to the death of the 5-year-old black boy Miguel, the son of the family employee. After paying bail, Sari responded to the accusation in freedom, which generated revolt and questioning as to the attitude of Brazilian justice, if the news were: "By negligence of the black maid, the white son of the white mistress falls from a building". 

In the midst of the pandemic and possible fraud, elections for mayor and councilman were held in Brazil and for president in the US. Meanwhile, the Brazilian government continues to try to lead a country as complex as the number of its inhabitants, which remains under the weight of corruption, avoiding being swallowed up by corrupt, corrupting and corruptible people who have no interest in the good of the nation.

Many occurrences, not a few tragedies and challenges have passed from the account, but certainly the wave of the new coronavirus is worthy of note, not least because the situation has not yet been overcome, and its advent has changed everyone's life. 

Despite everything that has happened, 2020 has been an incredible year of learning, because it has given us precious lessons that we can never forget:

1) We have no control over anything: we are finite, limited and vulnerable. God continues to reign supreme;

2) Life is brief as a breath, so we need to hand it over to Jesus, the only one powerful enough to keep it; after all, it is foolish to try to hold on to what we cannot keep;

3) People are more important than things, they must be loved unused and discarded. Regardless of their age, nationality, the colour of their skin and how much money and goods they possess, lives are important.

4) We can make plans, and it is wise to plan, but God has the answer and the final word. 

5) We need to lead a balanced life. Our existence maintains balance on a tripod. We need to take care of our physical health, but also our emotional and spiritual health, and without this balance, an hour "the house falls".

Looking at 2021, it is possible to see that the challenges continue... they will always present themselves before us, and we must move forward. To give up is not an option. We have no other way out. 

Let us move forward, in the certainty that God is with us, and for this reason we will continue to move forward and win, after all, this is our only option, and we are very well accompanied in this trajectory.

So far God has helped us.

Merry Christmas and a blessed and promising 2021.

Published 25 December 2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

 

The controversy surrounding Sérgio Moro's new employment relationship

The headlines of the country's and the world's most important news media focused much of their attention on the controversy surrounding the hiring of the former judge and former minister of justice and public security, Sérgio Moro, on 29 February.

 

Sérgio Moro has just become a partner and director of Alvarez & Marsal, a consulting firm that manages the billionaire Odebrecht, which, according to commentator Guilherme Fiuza, was "at the heart of the cartel that he [Moro] helped to overthrow.

 

Acclaimed for his role in the operation that became known worldwide as Lava Jato, he investigated private companies and public bodies, gathering overwhelming evidence of the existence of a billionaire scheme, led by the Workers' Party (PT), and led to the conviction and imprisonment of major Odebrecht executives who, in an award-winning indictment, provided crucial information, Among them a scheme of corruption in Petrobrás that perhaps would never be discovered otherwise, and other data that triggered the conviction, leading to the arrest of so many others involved up to the neck with the payment of a bribe, various blows and the elaboration of the largest scheme of corruption in the country, among them former President Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.

 

Moro's hiring seems to be far from being a common hire, of an ordinary citizen with unusual abilities, the attachment of the former minister to the renowned American company has caused controversy and provoked an avalanche of opinions that has been disseminated in the various social networks. Figures from various segments have expressed opinions about the fact and heated up the universe of news.

 

Experts defend that, as a citizen, Sérgio Moro has total freedom to work with whoever he considers most convenient. Others argue that the former minister is nothing more than a "smart-ass" who enters private life concerned only with increasing his assets. There are also those for whom the "sacred hero" of the fight against corruption has scattered to the "other side", becoming a traitor of the Homeland, someone who possesses the best and most efficient ammunition, including the information he had access to as a minister, will work in his own cause, in order to take his employer to even higher levels, as he will be a managing partner of the mega company that has on its team a former US Department of Justice promoter, a retired special agent of the FBI, a former employee of the National Security Agency (the NSA) and now a former Justice Minister. 

It is true that Sérgio Moro was hired even for his governmental experience and, having been part of the government, holds information that gives him a privileged position and can use it to defend and help rebuild companies that he contributed to "knock down" in times of Lava Jato Operation, such as the giant Odebrecht, Sete Brasil and the construction contractor Queiroz Galvão, all A&M clients. 

 

In his defense and in order to legitimize his recent choice, the former judge has said that advocating is not part of the activities arising from the position for which he was hired and that, thinking about possible future events, a clause was included in the contract signed between the employer and employee that vetoes his participation in cases where possible conflicts of interest may occur. The OAB itself expressed its opinion on the matter, notifying Moro about the case so that he would not take up the new job, while Alvarez & Marsal said, in a note, that Moro will act exclusively "in the area of disputes and investigations and compliance issues".

It seems that the expression "Traitor of the Fatherland", used by many lately, has been configured as an adjective that accurately defines the latest attitudes of Sergio Moro since he was fired by President Jair Bolsonaro and launched defamatory arrows about the government, accusing him of politically interfering with the Federal Police and presenting evidence against him that later proved inconsistent.

 

Well, in a country where contract breaks and breaches of contract occur all too often, the suspicion hangs in the air that the inclusion of a certain clause in a contract is far from being an impediment for the parties to do exactly the opposite. 

 

The situation is a tremendous skirt. The hope is that the performance of the former judge in A&M will not further tarnish the image of the country that has been suffering for years from the consequences of an administration wrapped up in personal interests, tax peddling and corruption of many of its rulers, including those of the highest levels. Add to that, the brazenness of other prominent leaders, businessmen and executives of large corporations, in addition to a Federal Supreme Court (STF) that corrupts itself every day, acting as a sort of dispatcher at the service of renowned law firms, among them those responsible for defending former President Lula, and selling itself to guarantee its own interests.

 

Looking a little further ahead, the one who should be quite satisfied with all this is the governor of São Paulo, João Doria, who sees Moro's hiring as an excellent partner, since he has taken out of his way a great opponent for the 2022 elections.

 

Is the beloved Fatherland really seeing another son of his fleeing from the struggle? 

 

May God have mercy on our Brazil. 

Published 11 December 2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

 

JUDICIAL ZEAL OR ABUSE OF AUTHORITY?

Brazil has experienced like never before a judicial activism by the Supreme Court. It is an institution of the highest importance in the democratic scenario and is composed of highly experienced and trained figures in law. However, we must remember that, regardless of the excellent technical preparation of the members of the Supreme Court, we are faced with human beings who are doomed to misjudgments and subject to revision. Jewish authorities also make mistakes and are subject to abuse, even authority. This demonstrates that we cannot simply waive our inalienable right to criticize certain decisions made by the judiciary, even if it is the highest court of judgment in the nation.

The recent arrest of journalist Oswaldo Eustáquio Filho, whom many media outlets insist on calling "scholarship blogger", is a tacit example of this abuse of authority by one of the STF members, Minister Alexandre de Moraes. Eustaquio was arrested on June 26 in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, under the alleged fomentation and participation of antidemocratic acts that encouraged actions against institutions like the STF and the National Congress. The journalist, who specializes in investigative reporting, had to testify to the Federal Police, in the superintendency of Brasília, when he claimed innocence and non-participation in the acts attributed to him. On July 5, Minister Moraes ordered his release from temporary prison and imposed heavy restrictions on him, such as ceasing to frequent social networks, which is, in fact, the means by which he keeps himself and his family.

All this should lead us to reflect seriously on whether we are facing judicial zeal or abuse of authority. I fear that the second option is the most appropriate for the current moment that we are witnessing in Brazil, and I say this with a certain sadness in my heart.

Of course, I don't want to defend the commission of crimes here. Get away from me! Any incitement to break the institutional order must be duly repressed. Crime is a crime and must be punished with the full force of the law. But it seems that certain men of the law are judging themselves above it by putting on a robe and sitting in the chair of the judge. In the name of the "defense of democracy" they use the honorable position in order to muzzle justice and intimidate energetic critics. This strikes me as a clear outrage to the very notion of democracy, for this disproportionate measure is nothing more than violence to the citizen, who has the inalienable right to express himself, even if he says things that displease the properly constituted authorities. Being vigorous or categorical in criticism does not make a person a criminal.

Journalist Eustáquio presents himself on his Twitter as "passionate about the truth, enemy of corruption and conservative". The more than 119,000 who follow him certainly share this worldview. How can someone "passionate about the truth, enemy of corruption and conservative" be taken as a delinquent and be forbidden to practice his profession? Why didn't your professional category defend you? How does a Republican power attack a journalist in the exercise of his function and the journalism associations keep silent? If you were a journalist on a famous TV or a large circulation newspaper, would you stay for that? To avoid this skirt-justify, the major media corporations resolved the issue simply by calling Eustace a "blogger," and even adjectivating him as a "scholarship" blogger. It seems to me that perhaps that is where the resistance to Eustace and so many others lies.

What we have seen in recent months in Brazil has been a flood of criticism of the conservatism defended by Eustatius and so many others who preach values as expensive as God - who is above all - the family, the Fatherland, good customs. Those who defend these values, fight against militant atheism - which wants to banish God and his values from the Western world - the dismantling of the family, the lack of patriotism and an incessant battle against abortion, the legalization of drugs, homonormativity, feminism, gender ideology, the victimization of minorities that serve as a mass of maneuvering old political parties committed to Marxism, this evil that needs to be banished from civilization.

For years, Brazil has been dominated by a left-wing ideology, which despises everything that is dear and sacred to the Christian people; a people who, incidentally, are in the majority in Brazil. When the voices against this were raised, that is, the conservative voices, the world then began to preach the criminalization of "conservatism". Unfortunately, the imprisonment of the conservative journalist Eustace seems to reflect this ideological war to which we are subjected in this political and legal scenario.

I call upon the people of God to pray to the Supreme Judge that he inculcate in the human judges the application of correct justice, without any kind of ideological or party-political bias; that the togados place themselves under the authority of God, that they judge for good, and not for evil; that they be zealous in the application of the Law, and do not abuse the authority granted them by God, for, as the apostle Paul said, "there is no authority except from God" (Romans 13:1).

Published 8 November 2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

 

 CAN'T BREATHE

The suffocation in Minneapolis, a city in the state of Minnesota, USA, which led to the death of George Floyd, 46, on the 26th, caused sadness, commotion and revolt throughout the world. The cowardly act of Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, to an unarmed and already surrendered black man, who did not resist the police approach or offer any risk, has raised the spirits and motivated demonstrations in several parts, involving Uncle Sam's country in one of the most serious waves of protest since the murder of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther Kink Jr. (1968) and young Michael Brown (2014), also black, killed with at least 06 shots fired by Darren Wilson, a white policeman.

 

George Floyd was a Christian, a good and honorable citizen, tireless in his good deeds on behalf of others. He found his purpose: to work to lead young people to a dignified life, to be good citizens, and especially to have a personal relationship with Jesus. 

 

Any stain on his reputation? For many, yes! The simple fact of being black.

Brazil is not free of guilt when the issue revolves around the violence that black victims and the practice of "double standards" in which there are differences in the treatment given to them in different situations. Although the group represents about 55% of the population, the abyss that separates blacks and whites is perceptible in the conditions of housing and health, in the rate of employment and per capita income, in education, in security, in the representativeness in the congress and executive of the country. 

 

The number of occurrences in which there is evidence of a racist and prejudiced attitude does not stop increasing. Although few of them get the proper repercussion and only one or other "popcorn" in the media, the differences in the way blacks and whites are seen and treated are striking. There have been many cases of racial insult in recent years, and they are everywhere and in the most diverse segments - from soccer stadiums to corporations, commerce, media and institutions in general - revealing that society has not progressed sufficiently since the signing of the Golden Law (1888), which declared slavery extinct in the country. 

Cases like that of the 8-year-old black boy expelled from the sidewalk of a store on Oscar Freire street, in SP, and the students of a private school in the southern area of Rio de Janeiro who wrote offensive sentences about a black colleague, also a student from the same institution, show how far society is from getting rid of this plague called racism. The tragedy that took place last Tuesday (02), has been generating indignation and has motivated protests: the 5-year-old boy Miguel, taken by his mother to work in the house of the mayor of Tamandaré, falls from the 9th floor of a luxury residential building in the city of Recife, while he was under the care of his mother's boss and first lady, Sari Corte Real. She was arrested in the act, on suspicion of manslaughter, in which there is no intent to kill, she was released after posting bail of 20,000, and will answer the case in freedom.

 

So what? So that the mother of the deceased child is black, poor, living on the outskirts. And then, that if the roles were reversed, putting the boss in the place of the maid and vice-versa, and attributing the negligence of the blonde and rich boss to the black and poor mother, the treatment would tend to be quite different. If a poor black woman had put the rich blonde's little son alone in an elevator and the child had died, it is quite likely that the procedure would have been different; she would have been imprisoned, thrown to the bottom of a cell, since blacks, poor and peripheral residents generally do not have a good academic background, leaving them to carry out activities with low pay, thus not being able to afford to invest 20,000 reais in the payment of their bail. 

 

It is incredible that in the 21st century, speeches still echo and such retrograde postures of superiority of one race to the detriment of another are adopted. It is unacceptable to consider the white man as a good man and the black man as a criminal, without even giving him the benefit of the doubt; that the white man driving a car is always considered as an honest and hardworking citizen enjoying the fruit of his labor, while a black man driving a luxury car is considered a trafficker or bandit, enjoying something stolen or acquired illegally; that a white man carrying an umbrella is to protect himself from climatic surprises, while a black man carrying the same object is a man of doubtful character and can only be carrying an AR-15 rifle. It seems unbelievable that in a country characterized by miscegenation, blacks still serve as targets for such prejudiced attitudes and there are citizens who consider them citizens of lesser or no value.

 

What is this world? What country is this? What are these times when a person's value and character are defined by the color of their skin? What has the human race been transformed into? It is a great lack of humanity!

Society cannot get used to the domination of evil. It cannot accommodate the evil within itself, considering such attitudes and postures as normal, because they are not! That is misrepresentation. It is a deviation, an unnatural movement, unsuited to the essence of what it means to be "human". 

 

Being human has to do with interaction, cooperation, partnership, embracing, sharing, welcoming and celebrating the divine creativity in making us different and codependent, allies. It has nothing to do with exclusion, division, estrangement, extermination, enmity, production line. Being human is about doing good and not evil, considering the other superior to oneself, loving the enemy, treating well those who offend them? But, after all, each one gives what they have, and it seems that there are many people harbouring a lot of evil within themselves - at least that's what cases like the many Floyds, Miguel's countless mothers and so many anonymous victims of racism reveal. And so, we have a society where many follow life in the diametrically opposite direction of what it means to be human, in its thirst for superiority and power, increasingly devoid of humanity, using the other as a step towards its own ascension. 

 

Does someone's skin color make it better or worse than the other? Is a black man's life worth less than a white man's? 

To consider oneself superior to anyone, especially by the color of one's skin, reveals the worst possible level of degradation to be achieved by a human being.  The value of each person has nothing to do with external factors, but with their intrinsic value. People are worth for who they are, regardless of their appearance. People are worth because, although they are affected by God's detachment, they carry within them traces of resemblance to Him. People are worth because, in spite of the circumstances in which they came into existence - of having been desired or rejected - each one is part of God's plan, a loving plan, especially drawn for each one, aiming at good, at a promising future full of hope. 

 

Even if many are sold, human beings have no price. People are valuable and are, for God, an invaluable treasure. Lives matter, no matter what color they are. Lives have value.

 Published 6 October 2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

PANDEMIC OR CORRUPTION - WHO IS THE REAL ENEMY OF BRAZIL? 

The situation is complex. The crisis that surrounds us is health and social, affecting politics and the economy, so the chaos is not exclusive to public health, but this reality remained invisible until the arrival of a new character.

 

The information we have access to in Brazil is almost unbelievable. It is possible to hear that the same dictator China that in partnership with WHO omitted information about the gravity of the virus that had reached it and only released relevant data when the situation was already critical, and this under strong affirmation of having everything totally under control, which threatened and punished those few who tried to bring to light the truth and alert the world about the dimensions of imminent danger, going from one hour to another, from villain to benefactor. All this with the right to a meeting of the governor of São Paulo, João Doria, with the Chinese ambassador, Yang Wanming, accompanied by others, also governors, Romeu Zema (MG), Eduardo Leite (RS), Ronaldo Caiado (GO) and Elder Barbalho (PA), which Doria vehemently denies to have happened, Despite the images in the media and the existence of a note from the embassy thanking the country for sharing information about the virus and weaving praise to the Chinese authorities for their exemplary actions and the results they have obtained in combating the new corona virus.

 

It is also noted that the governor of São Paulo is following his race for the next elections, strategically exchanging the "Bolsodoria" t-shirt, so used in his times of electoral campaign to take the megalopolis' command chair for the "Bolsominions", and then not saving verbal aggressions against Jair Bolsonaro, the one whose popularity served him as a ride in a luxury car to get elected. 

 

In a similar way to those who seem to take pleasure in accounting for tragedies and omit the good results, with the cooperation of those who mask numbers and falsify causa mortis, the mayor Bruno Covas, from São Paulo, who reported the purchase of 38,000 funerary urns, 3,000 PPEs for employees of municipal cemeteries, 15 thousand reinforced bags for displacement of corpses and the acquisition of 8 chambers with storage capacity of up to a thousand bodies, in addition to a logistics center in the largest cemetery in Latin America, Vila Formosa, although the number of burials is within normal limits. 

 

All this, not to mention that this apex of contamination and critical period of COVID-19 seems to play with the feelings, nerves and intelligence of the population, changing dates constantly, driven by the gigantic wave of political opportunism and continuity of corruption.

What emerges from facts like these is that as long as there is room for corruption and high illicit gains, the series "Stay Home" will have new episodes under the same theme: "Stay Home While I Pass the Hands on Health Funds". 

The shameless robbery of recent years by the government continues to devastate and delapidate the country, while Brazilian politicians are, in the words of Augusto Nunes, "... under suspicion of favoring electoral sponsors, petty thugs and hidden partners, all alleging a state of calamity" and continue to take possession of the resources provided by the collection of countless and abusive taxes paid by the population, by generous donations that reach the hills and the billions recovered by anti-corruption actions, which will end up having the largest portion embezzled and pocketed under the guise of provision of PPEs and other items essential to combating the pandemic, with acquisitions made apart from bids in negotiations with companies of dubious origin. 

 

Even with the seriousness and complexity of the health situation, Brazil's enemy number one is far from being the pandemic, but the corruption practiced by the greedy and power-hungry. Men who love themselves, who play with the physical and emotional health of the population, offending it with their unbridled brazenness. Attitudes like this led to the arrest, at the request of the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office and the Public Prosecutor's Office of the State of Pará, authorized by Federal Judge Rubens Rollo, on the last Thursday (07), in Rio de Janeiro, of the former undersecretary of health and 3 businessmen. On the 14th, in Brasília, the former sports secretary of the Federal District, André Felipe de Oliveira, suspected of participation in a scheme to sell defective respirators, was also arrested, according to the MPF, "... in addition to not being used in ICUs, the lung ventilators would put the patients at real risk, for not having the necessary functions". Both are representatives of a company that received 25 million from the Para government for the purchase of 200 "Aeonmed" respirators, manufactured in China. São Paulo does not escape the tide of corruption, with those responsible for acquiring materials to supply hospitals becoming a police case.

 

Thus, the tribe of "the worse the better" follows its devastating trajectory, fighting for the victory of the virus and not of those fighting the pandemic, no matter how many more have to die, by COVID-19 as well, but mainly by the corruption of the powerful. For this reason, we can no longer, as Brazilian citizens, lie in splendid cradles while they rob us of our rights, financial resources, truth and dignity in the light of day.

 

Stealing money from health is murderous and whoever does it is murderous, and that is how it should be treated and properly punished.

 

Corruption and attempts to overthrow the government are our real enemies. Not the pandemic.

 

Wake up, Brazil!

 

Published 20 September  2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are living through one of the greatest pandemics ever experienced and we are probably about to experience one of the worst economic crises in the history of capitalism. The situation is extremely sad, as are the messages and news that reach us all the time. We see, with regret, people facing situations of social discomfort that, until recently, they would never consider facing, considering their qualifications and the stability they enjoyed in their jobs.

 

The discourse "life is more important than economics" may sound pleasant, but it is wrong; both are important, and the reason is obvious. The economy has direct impacts on life and quality of life, on employability, on the provision of what is indispensable for subsistence, in addition to providing the government with the necessary resources to provide everything related to assisting citizens in times of pandemic, from the care of those affected by covid-19, to the purchase of protective equipment for professionals who cannot stop their activities, reaching the society that, at the mercy of the new coronavirus, finds itself incapable of touching life and needs extra help in order to acquire the basic resources it needs.

 

We are now living in a period of fear and uncertainty. A significant portion of the Brazilian population is baffled, not knowing if they will be able to make their purchases next week, because only 6% of the Brazilian population has a financial reserve and 27 days is the average time of cash of the small and medium Brazilian companies that employ it. Eighty percent of jobs in Brazil come from small and medium entrepreneurs who will break in less than a month if there are no changes. 

 

It is said that the unemployment rate in the United States is 3 percent, and can reach 30 percent due to the pandemic. If the American giant with so many resources, whose average income is high, where people have the habit of investing and the population is much more financially educated than many Brazilians, imagine what will happen in Brazil. Imagine the effects in terms of violence, since we will have people unemployed and going hungry. Imagine the general breakdown that could happen if we continue with the same policies adopted so far.

Today we live in horizontal isolation, but this position urgently needs to be reviewed. Life needs to be preserved, but so does the economy. In the midst of the difficult situation we face, there is no room for measuring strength, ego battles or political wars. 

 

In his speech on Tuesday, April 24, the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, favored vertical isolation in order to protect the elderly and chronically ill and, at the same time, to move the internal market and keep the economy healthy. The idea is to promote the safety of the elderly and chronically ill, as well as those who live with them, but to release the others, with the proper care, to resume their activities. 

 

Brazil has no structure to maintain a horizontal isolation in which everything for and people are enclosed in their homes. We do not have a system that allows this. If we persist in it, half of the Brazilian companies, or more, will break down; half of the population, or more, will lose their jobs. We will enter an era of street violence like never before seen in the history of this country. Horizontal isolation is already making its mark, as in a domino effect, whose damage is exponential for the economy and for the lives of many. It is fully applicable to say that the remedy is killing so much, or more, that disease, and death will continue in a macabre way, affecting many others through hunger, murder, assault and violence in general.

 

We need to revive the country's economy, because Brazil will not be able to endure more days of closed businesses and commerce and inactive people at home, at imminent risk of succumbing to hunger. We are a weakened economy, driven by small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, and it is for them that, in a joint action, there is an urgent need to verticalize isolation, in a coordinated and intelligent way to cross this river, otherwise we will all drown.

 

I am very concerned about the way some governments have conducted this crisis, making politics about people's lives and the future of an entire nation, in a shameless attitude hidden behind beautiful words and carefully elaborated speeches. 

It's time for a change. If not, at the end of this whole pandemic, there will not be enough from where to start again.  Vertical isolation is vital and needs to be done in an organized and responsible way, which will require, especially from the population, the understanding that this does not mean returning to life as it was before, receiving friends at home, giving parties and forming clusters for whatever purpose. It is necessary to take precautions, taking into account the hygiene measures and other care recommended by the competent bodies. Only in this way will it be possible to guarantee that, at the end of all this crisis, we will still have a country in which to live, with the routine of companies and commerce being resumed, citizens resuming their jobs, new job opportunities being opened and counting many Covid-19 winners.

 

It is time to change, so that we have somewhere to start again.

Published 16 August 2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

VERTICALISE TO START AGAIN 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long ago, in the late 1980s, there was a soap opera that satiated the Brazilian political situation with the title "What King Am I?". From fiction to real life, today we watch the soap opera dubbed "Meghanxit", a junction of the name "Meghan" - the former American actress and commoner who became a member of the British royal family by marriage to Prince Harry, the sixth in the line of succession to the British throne - plus the suffix "Brexit", a name that gives the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (the name "Brexit" results from the junction of the words "British" [allusion to the United Kingdom] and "exit").

The news that Harry and Maghan Markle would leave their duties as members of the royal family shook England and the world. No one expected it. Everyone was taken by surprise, even Queen Elizabeth II, Harry's grandmother, who learned of the unusual news in the English papers. It must have been a heavy blow for Harry's monarch and grandmother not to have heard it directly from her grandson and sixth successor to the throne.

Many wondered why such a socially and economically privileged couple would renounce the obligations of royalty, as well as the monthly octopus earnings, in order to venture between Canada, the United States and England, with the aim of earning a living by the sweat of their own faces. That seems insane at first sight. But it just does. This story of earning one's own living does not make much sense, since Prince Harry has a personal fortune estimated at £70 million, which is equivalent in current prices to over £380 million. Meghan, for her part, has amassed a fortune as an actress of 4.5 million euros (just over 20 million reals). We are not talking about a couple who, in April, gave up royalty to live a life of begging.

 

As senior members of the royal family, Harry and Maghan had obligations to fulfill. As Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they represented the British Realiza and fulfilled commitments proper to their function as direct representatives of Monarch Elizabeth II. With the resignation, Harry and Meghan will no longer use royal titles and will no longer receive public funds to support their private lives and activities. Furthermore, they will no longer be considered representatives of the Queen and will no longer be able to subscribe to the expression "Her Royal Majesty", "Her Royal Highness" in their signatures. In spite of these reservations, both will retain the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

For many people, what Harry and Meghan did was crazy; others, like Oprah Winfrey, famous American presenter and businesswoman, fully supported the couple's decision. Particularly, contrary to Oprah Winfrey and so many other famous people, I am against the couple's decision. My modest opinion is based on the Holy Scriptures. 

 

Harry was not born by chance into the British royal family. The Bible makes it clear that God "removes kings and establishes kings" (Daniel 2:21). The apostle Paul states that "there is no authority that does not come from God; and those that do exist have been ordained by God" (Romans 13:1). Thus, when Harry ceases to fulfill his royal duties, he is attacking a divine arrangement. His place is where God placed him. To renounce it is to thwart the divine intent. Harry needs to learn to deal with the responsibilities proper to his real condition, and that means not letting himself be influenced either by his wife, who, it seems, has been bombarded by the British sensationalist press, or by events of the past - it is speculated that he has not yet overcome the events surrounding the death of his mother, Princess Diana, killed in 1997 in Paris in a car accident after a frustrated attempt to escape from the paparazzi who were chasing her.

Harry is no longer a "young prince" but a 35-year-old man. It's time to take his place in the world as God intended. Although he is sixth in succession to the British throne, we do not know what the future holds for him, but we do know that if God has placed him in the royal family, it is in this condition that he should remain, learning to deal with his own problems arising from his royal position. Running away from his rights and duties does not seem to me the best of options.

I don't think the British royal life soap opera should be called "Meghanxit", but "What prince am I?". Although Meghan must have played a major role in influencing Prince Harry's decision (perhaps he was afraid of losing her just as he tragically lost his mother), the fact is that he, who was born as a member of royalty, should remember Romans 13:1 and ask himself, "What prince am I? This reflection should lead him to take seriously his responsibility as a prince and fulfill the plan for which God established him in this world. It is never right to go against the wishes of the King of kings and Lord of lords. My prayer is that the prince will reclaim his royal sanity and fulfill his duties as a privileged of God, who has placed him in a family of power and authority, and that he will use that privilege for noble causes in this world so lacking in strong and courageous leadership.

Published 13 July 2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

"WHAT PRINCE AM I?"  THE NOVEL OF BRITISH ROYALTY 

EXAMINATION EVERYTHING

There's a lot of talk out there about conspiracy theories. It's all very mysterious and crazy hypotheses. There is a lot of cheap speculation that is intended to create confusion, panic and the feeling that some Machiavellian plan is underway to destabilize society as a whole.

Those in power are always the target of conspiracy theories. In this tangle of speculations, it is up to each one of us to carefully evaluate all the data presented in order to reach a plausible conclusion that really deserves our attention.

In fact, the advice of the apostle Paul, which is emblazoned in the title of this article, is very timely: "Examine everything...". And the end says, "Hold on to the good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). A paraphrasing variation of this phrase would be: "Examine all the data and 'evidence' presented to you. Put all the options on the table. Do not discard anything. Analyze everything very carefully and only then draw your own conclusions and retain what is actually feasible and verifiable.

It is with this advice outstretched in our hands that we are going to look at a very controversial issue, and I am not the kind of person who runs away from confronting thorny issues. I have to face everything with sobriety and wisdom in order to get to the truth of the facts. After all, as they say: there are no arguments against facts.

Recently, on November 28th, during one of his lives, President Jair Bolsonaro affirmed that NGOs would not only be taking advantage of the fires in the Amazon, but also fomenting the fires in a criminal way, and he cited the WWF, which would be one of the NGOs awarded international funding, including donations from the Hollywood actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio.

Would it be one of the great conspiracy theories against the Bolsonaro government? Or is there some background of truth in this whole story?

The fact is that the Civil Police of Alter do Chão, Pará, requested the preventive arrest of four brigadists linked to the Alter do Chão Aquifer Institute, on charges of promoting criminal fires in this region of Pará in order to gain notoriety to raise financial resources. Initially, there were only rumors. Afterwards, PC was able to get the suspects to intercept the phone calls and break their banking secrecy in court. And what did the police find out? That after the fires, the Institute got a contract with WWF-Brazil, an NGO created in 1996, which, according to the group itself, "has 137 employees working on 67 projects in the Amazon, Cerrado, Pantanal, Atlantic Forest and Caatinga, in addition to the marine ecosystems, on the Brazilian coast", and this NGO is the beneficiary of donations from the environmentalist actor DiCaprio. 

WWF-Brazil would have bought some forty photos of the Alter do Chão Aquifer Institute for exclusive use at a cost of 70 thousand reais. These photos would be used to raise more funds for the WWF, and according to PC do Pará, the WWF was able to receive R$500,000 in donations from DiCaprio under the pretext of helping to fight the fires in the Amazon. It is clear that when a great media figure makes such a large donation, it encourages others to donate. Thus, the investment of 70,000 reais in 40 photos becomes a highly profitable business. In addition, the Bolsonaro government has been attacked, blaming it for the promotion of forest fires in the region. The action would have yielded economic and political capital for those involved.

The case had international repercussions. The four brigadists ended up receiving provisional freedom from the Pará justice system, and will respond to the enquiry in freedom. The four environmentalists denounced land grabbers and plotters in the region for the fires, and deny that they set fire to produce photos that would then be sold to the WWF or another interested organization. Leonardo DiCaprio was outraged at the involvement of his name in this whole story, especially coming from the highest authority of the nation.

It is up to us, poor mortals, who do not have the investigative power of the police, whether military or civilian, to filter everything we read, see and hear. We cannot enter into the paranoia of conspiracy theories, but we cannot call everything "conspiracy theory" and fail to see there a harmful involvement of economic and political interests of certain NGOs. We cannot consider NGOs in general as above suspicion. In fact, no one should be in this position. Everyone must be examined in depth, and the truth, no matter how painful it may be, must come to light, and the guilty must be punished in an exemplary manner in the form of the law.

It is a fact that President Jair Bolsonaro not only has admirers; he also has antagonists. The question is: to what extent are his antagonists willing to go in order to try to overthrow him from power, to which he was legitimately elected by the popular vote of 57,796,986 Brazilians? Not everything is conspiracy theory, but we cannot deny that there are conspirators trying to make Brazil go wrong.

 

In this battle of narratives, the advice of the apostle Paul is more than urgent and necessary: let us examine everything and retain the good, that is, the truth, nothing more than the truth.

Published 17 June  2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist

 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

THE PONCIO PILATOS DILEMMA AND THE FEDERAL SUPREME COURT IN BRAZIL

Poncio Pilatos was the ruler of a tense region about to implode with social conflicts. The Roman province of Judea was oppressed and feared all the time that the Roman Empire would intervene even more in its domestic affairs. But intervention was inevitable, as Rome needed to keep its rulers under control. During the period of his government, which lasted from A.D. 26 to 36, Pilate was faced with a disagreement with the Jewish people, especially their political and religious leaders. A man who presented himself as the "The messiah" was tumulting Jerusalem and its surroundings.

 

After the tricks perpetrated by the Jewish leaders, this Messiah, named Jesus, was arrested. Pilate saw nothing in this man that could explain such hatred against him. The governor even had a certain sympathy for Jesus. Taking advantage of a custom of the time, he attempted a maneuver to free Jesus: He set before the people the Messiah and a confessed thief and murderer named Barrabas and asked the Jews to choose one of them to be released. It is probable that Pilatos thought that Jesus would be chosen to be set free, but the people preferred the declared wrongdoer. Apparently, justice seemed to have been fulfilled.

 

Barrabas didn't get his freedom by fleeing or by breaking the law. On the contrary, he was released by a legally constituted authority and at the request of a people who did not know what they were really asking for. What leads us to say that not always the justice done is really the "Justice" that should have been done.

This introduction brings us to the case of the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, arrested on April 7, 2018 and sentenced to nine years and six months in prison for crimes of passive corruption and money laundering in criminal proceedings involving a triplex in Guarujá by then federal first instance judge Sergio Moro, now Minister of Justice of the Bolsonaro government. The lower court ratified the conviction and extended the sentence to twelve years and a month.

However, after 580 days in prison, Lula benefited from a decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) that revoked, on November 7, 2019, the understanding hitherto practiced that second instance convicts could immediately serve their sentence in jail and appeal to higher courts in prison. The dilemma of releasing or not releasing a convict by the courts once again came to light, and many, among laymen and experts - with the exception of Lula's admirers - had the feeling that justice was not done. And worse: the sensation of impunity has returned to those who have enough resources to appeal in freedom ad infinitum, without suffering the consequences of their actions. In the wake of this decision, other convicts were released, which further amplified the feeling of revolt against the institution "Justice".

 

It is one thing to release an innocent person unjustly imprisoned; it is quite another to release someone who has been convicted by a college student on the basis of tangible evidence. Lula release did not only mess with civil society, but with the political world and caused turbulence in the market, raising the dollar by 1.83% on the day, closing the price of the American currency to 4.168 reais, while the Ibovespa closed down 1.78%. The fact that investors saw the action of the nation's highest court as a reflection of legal insecurity with the coming and going of understanding in the STF points to this. If arrested Lula was already causing disputes through his interviews with national and international press, he has already started to cause political and institutional instability.

 

The questions that remain are: Was it worth sacrificing so many for one? The score of 6 to 5 really reflects the "Justice" with capital julep? The legal, political and social chaos was not taken into account when determining what is fair or not? The popular clamor for a justice that reaches everyone - poor and rich, weak and powerful - do not have the force of law and constitutional support? In short, the questions have been asked, and each one answers in a way that suits him or her, just as happened among the members of the STF. Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of certain understandings alien to our power of decision. Like Pilatos, we are imprisoned by the force of the customs imposed on us, and we must accept Barrabas circulating freely among us.

Justice Sergio Moro declared that STF decisions must be respected and obeyed, but it is also important to point out that they can be regretted, especially when one has the strong impression that justice was not really done to the satisfaction, as in the case of the release of Barrabas. A sad country trapped in dilemmas like this. We are left, as God's people, with the inexhaustible resource of prayer and the certainty of the Word, according to which God "established a day when he will judge the world with justice, through a man [Jesus] who destined and believed before all, raising him from the dead" (Acts 17.31). May this day not be too late!

Journalist Eustáquio presents himself on his Twitter as "passionate about the truth, enemy of corruption and conservative". The more than 119,000 who follow him certainly share this worldview. How can someone "passionate about the truth, enemy of corruption and conservative" be taken as a delinquent and be forbidden to practice his profession? Why didn't your professional category defend you? How does a Republican power attack a journalist in the exercise of his function and the journalism associations keep silent? If you were a journalist on a famous TV or a large circulation newspaper, would you stay for that? To avoid this skirt-justify, the major media corporations resolved the issue simply by calling Eustace a "blogger," and even adjectivating him as a "scholarship" blogger. It seems to me that perhaps that is where the resistance to Eustace and so many others lies.

What we've seen in recent months in Brazil has been a flood of criticism of the conservatism defended by Eustatius and so many others who hold dear values such as God - who is above all - the family, the Fatherland, good customs. Those who defend these values, fight against militant atheism - which wants to banish God and his values from the Western world - the dismantling of the family, the lack of patriotism and an incessant battle against abortion, the legalization of drugs, homonormativity, feminism, gender ideology, the victimization of minorities that serve as a mass of maneuvering old political parties committed to Marxism, this evil that needs to be banished from civilization.

For years, Brazil has been dominated by a left-wing ideology that despises everything that is dear and sacred to the Christian people; a people that, by the way, is a majority in Brazil. When the voices against this were raised, that is, the conservative voices, the world then began to preach the criminalization of "conservatism". Unfortunately, the imprisonment of the conservative journalist Eustace seems to reflect this ideological war to which we are subjected in this political and legal scenario.

I call upon the people of God to pray to the Supreme Judge that he inculcate in the human judges the application of correct justice, without any kind of ideological or party-political bias; that the togados place themselves under the authority of God, that they judge for good, and not for evil; that they be zealous in the application of the Law, and do not abuse the authority granted them by God, for, as the apostle Paul said, "there is no authority except from God" (Romans 13:1).

Published 13 May  2020

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

HOPE IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS 

 THE ISSUE OF CIVIL AVIATION

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the human being on the moon. This is a small step for man, but a great leap for humanity. This phrase, uttered on July 20, 1969 by American astronaut Neil Armstrong after disembarking from the lunar module of Apollo 11, attests well to the advance that was that event in history. But the Moon is practically a thing of the past. Preparations are now being made to take humans to Mars, the Red Planet. How much progress, isn't it?

Meanwhile, here in Brazil, we are still skating in the field of civil aviation. We have not yet taken great steps to advance and become an example of good management and efficiency in this area, which is so vital for the country's economic growth. Our airports still live in chaos. It is a state-of-the-art company, breaking down, like Avianca, which has gone into judicial reorganization, bringing chaos to the lives of thousands of passengers, and so many others struggling to survive; it is the very high fees charged and which are not properly monitored by the counterpart of a service provided at the height (the consumer defense agencies are full of complaints in this sense, especially those affecting luggage and the early choice of seats). Recently, on July 25th, we had the theft of almost 720 kilos of gold (one of the biggest crimes against property that has been reported) showing how much security is lacking in our airports. How far back, isn't it?

Fortunately, not all is lost. We have to be realistic and optimistic. As realists, we see chaos, but as optimists, we hope for a promising future. U.S. President Donald Trump said we are "a good country. We do have the potential to improve, and a President with the will to make Brazil a prosperous country, like the United States of America. The old saying goes: "Tell me who you're seeing, and I'll tell you who you are". Allow yourselves to change the saying to: "Tell me who you go out with, and I'll tell you who you will be. Brazil will be great and will overcome the chaos that was installed in years of corrupt governments and that went hand in hand with countries like Cuba and Venezuela. Walking with the right people, I have no doubt that we will become a great nation. 

As I write this article, I have just seen in the newspapers that Brazil and China are exchanging experiences in the aviation sector. China, a giant in this area that has a lot to teach us, has almost 3,700 large aircraft and 2,700 medium and small aircraft. There are more than 60 airlines and 180 foreign companies operating in the country. What a great opportunity to learn from the Chinese the operation of their regulatory agencies and the operation that operates in a similar way to that practiced in the United States! We also have something to cooperate with. I saw in a report that the Chinese delegation informed that there are about 200 Brazilian pilots of high technical quality are flying in China.

The Federal Government, through the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac), has been taking measures to put order in the chaos that has taken over our aviation. It is not an easy task. But who said that organizing the chaos is easy? The book of Genesis states that "the earth was formless and empty; and there was darkness on the face of the abyss" (Genesis 1.2), that is, chaos. It took God seven days to put order in the house. This takes time. Let us therefore have patience and pray for our President and his ministers. Not everything will be settled overnight. But the important thing is that measures are being taken to improve this sector.

Jair Bolsonaro's government is investing in airport reform and seeking measures to leverage the sector. We already see a good result. Since 2013, the National Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SAC) has conducted the "Passenger Satisfaction and Airport Performance Survey," which assesses the passenger's experience in various items of infrastructure, service and services, as well as monitoring the performance of various airport processes such as check-in, security inspection, luggage restitution, among others, at major airports in the country. Today, August 1, was the evaluation made from April to June, in which more than 24 thousand users were heard. For the first time, all the evaluated airports exceeded the target set by the Government. According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, 90% of passengers evaluate airports as "good" or "very good. We are on the right track. Let's move forward. Maybe someday we will have a Brazil-Mars air bridge? Dreaming is never too much, isn't it? Up and ahead!

 

 

 

Published 10 December 2019

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

International Journalist 

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.