Topic: jair bolsonaro

How memes could be the new political attack ads

Jaigris Hodson, an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, says misleading political memes, and the speed at which they spread, are concerning. 

EU secures 'landmark' trade agreement with Mercosur bloc

South America's Mercosur bloc struck a free-trade deal with the European Union on Friday after two decades of negotiations that concluded amid high global trade tensions and rising protectionism.

G20 leaders at odds over trade, geopolitical issues

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over values that have served for decades as the foundation of their co-operation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

Outgoing Chinese ambassador to Canada softens tone, says tensions 'only temporary'

China's outspoken ambassador to Canada, who once described the relationship between the two countries as having hit "rock bottom," said during a farewell speech earlier this week that recent tension is "only temporary."

Man who stabbed Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro was mentally ill, judge rules

A judge in Brazil has made a ruling of mental incompetence in the case of the man who stabbed then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in his torso last year, citing his mental illness and ordering him held indefinitely in a prison mental institution.

Families bury prison riot victims, as Brazil admits it knew clash was 'imminent'

Families were burying victims of several prison riots that killed 55 inmates in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas this week, as authorities confirmed they had received warnings of an "imminent confrontation" days before the attacks begun.
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Explosion of violence in Brazil leaves dozens dead in jails, while public shootings by police soar

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: killings rock Brazil's prison system; to have a child in the throes of a drug addiction tests a parent's pride, patience and love in extreme ways.

Amazon deforestation up 20% in past year, environmental watchdog says

A non-governmental group that has monitored the Amazon rainforest for two decades said Monday that the pace of deforestation increased 20 per cent in the last nine months.

Canada pushes back after U.S. clears the way for lawsuits over seized Cuban property

Canada is "deeply disappointed" with the Trump administration's decision to allow lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says.

Cubans told to expect more shortages of food and other goods

Communist Party Leader Raul Castro warned Cubans Wednesday that they should brace for worsening shortages due to Trump administration policies, but said the island won't return to the extreme deprivation of the post-Soviet period.

At least 10 dead in Rio de Janeiro after a month's worth of rain falls in just 4 hours

Heavy rains killed at least 10 people and left a trail of destruction in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, raising questions about the city's preparedness to deal with recurring extreme weather.

Brazil waives visa requirement for Canadians as part of bid to boost tourism

Canadians will no longer need a visa to visit Brazil, as the South American country tries to boost tourism.

Ex-police officers arrested in killing of Rio de Janeiro council member Marielle Franco

Two former police officers were arrested in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday in connection with the homicide a year ago of local council member Marielle Franco that led to widespread rallies in Brazil.

Vale shares fall after Brazil orders CEO to step down

Shares in Brazil's Vale SA, the world's largest iron-ore miner, fell on Monday after its CEO Fabio Schvartsman and three other executives resigned over the weekend following a dam collapse in January that left over 300 dead.

10 teen players killed in fire at Brazil soccer academy

A fire early Friday swept through the sleeping quarters of an academy for Brazil's popular professional soccer club Flamengo, killing 10 people and injuring three, authorities said.

Gay Brazilian activist and congressman quits, flees country fearing for his life

A prominent gay congressman in Brazil announces that he is leaving his job and fleeing the country because of increased death threats.

Singh calls on Trudeau to part ways with U.S., Brazil on Venezuela crisis

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the Liberal government to abandon its decision to side with the U.S. and Brazil over the crisis in Venezuela — hours after two NDP candidates and one MP came out with much stronger statements condemning Ottawa's move as failing to stand up for Venezuelans.

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to tackle spread of misinformation

Facebook's WhatsApp is limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five as the popular messaging service looks to fight "misinformation and rumours," company executives said on Monday.
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For the good of the planet, can we curb our addiction to road salt?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at the environmental effects of road salt, the Amazon Book of Codes project and geothermal power worldwide.

Canada, Latin American countries won't recognize Maduro's new government

Canada and a dozen Latin American governments delivered a blistering rebuke to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday, questioning the legitimacy of his soon-to-begin second term and urging him to hand over power as the only path to restoring democracy in his crisis-wracked country.

Brazil's new president gives Agriculture Ministry power to decide on Indigenous lands

Brazil's newly inaugurated president has issued an executive order making the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for deciding on lands claimed by Indigenous people, in a victory for agribusiness that will likely enrage environmentalists.

Brazil inaugurates far-right nationalist Jair Bolsonaro as president

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, giving him control of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing.

St. Catharines man says MPP Sam Oosterhoff used police as 'muscle' after tweet

A St. Catharines man says a police officer who visited him at home after he tweeted out the address and phone number of MPP Sam Oosterhoff's parents is an example of a politician using law enforcement as "muscle" to scare him.

Boeing buys 80% of Embraer's commercial aircraft operations for $4.2B

Boeing is buying a majority stake in Embraer's commercial aircraft and services operations for $4.2 billion.
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Investor pressure drives Royal Dutch Shell to take action on climate change

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: Royal Dutch Shell becomes first energy giant to set short-term greenhouse gas reduction targets; western Hudson Bay's population of polar bears has dropped by more than 30 per cent over past four decades.

'It has to be fought': Ottawa Democrat heads south to do her part

It's voting day in the U.S., and for one dual citizen living in Ottawa, the final stretch of the midterm election campaign has been a hands-on experience.
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The unpopular populist: Why former Trump strategist Steve Bannon can't draw a crowd (outside Toronto)

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: Steve Bannon's popularity gap, the truth about the migrant caravan and the controversy over statues of John A. Macdonald.

U.S. vows tough approach to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba

The United States imposed new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba and promised additional penalties against Nicaragua as the Trump administration laid out a hard-line policy toward countries the White House branded a "troika of tyranny."

Canada issues terse statement after far-right candidate elected president of Brazil

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland offered no words of praise today for Brazil's new president-elect — far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro — choosing instead to congratulate Brazilians on exercising their right to vote in a contentious election in South America's largest country.

In dramatic swing right, Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil's presidential election

Former army captain Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, riding a wave of frustration over corruption and crime that brought a dramatic swing to the right in the world's fourth-largest democracy, official results show.

Jair Bolsonaro, 'Brazil's Trump,' is on track to win the presidency. For Trudeau, that spells trouble

Jair Bolsonaro is projected to win the presidency of Brazil in a runoff election on Sunday. His controversial policies on the environment and Indigenous rights will pose a challenge for a Trudeau government that sees those issues as key planks in its foreign policy.

What a far-right Bolsonaro presidency in Brazil means for Canadian business

Canadian firms invested about $11.5 billion in Brazil last year, mostly in mining, infrastructure, machinery, finance and technology. Some businesses are expected to see new opportunities under a far-right president, while environmentalists fear more extraction will help destroy the world's largest rainforest.

Brazil presidential race heads to run-off with far-right hopeful as front-runner

A far-right former army captain who expresses nostalgia for Brazil's military dictatorship won its presidential election by a surprisingly large margin Sunday but fell just short of getting enough votes to avoid a second-round run-off against a leftist rival.
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Brazil's 'Donald Trump' poised for victory in presidential election

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: Jair Bolsonaro appears headed for victory in first round of Brazil's election this weekend; controversial president of Cameroon leads polls; Edmonton's latest weapon in the war against weeds is a herd of goats
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Obama slams Trump as Democrats roll out their big gun ahead of U.S. midterms

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: former U.S. president Barack Obama hits midterm campaign trail, delivers stinging rebuke of Trump presidency; Barcelona developer under fire for plan to lease teeny-tiny living pods to cash-strapped young workers

Brazil election thrown into chaos after far-right front-runner stabbed

The run-up to a presidential election in Brazil plunges into chaos after a knife attack on far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro puts the front-runner in intensive care just a month before the vote.

Massive military raids in Rio neighbourhoods leave at least 6 dead

Thousands of Brazilian soldiers swept into slums in northern Rio de Janeiro, the army said, targeting drug gangs in violent shootouts that killed at least six people and trapped terrified local residents in their homes.
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U.S. media stands up to Trump, but can't stop industry's financial free fall

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.

Arrest warrant issued for Brazil's former president over corruption conviction

A Brazilian federal judge issues an arrest warrant for former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

2018: The year in elections around the world

While the names may not land with the impact of recent winners Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, there will be several new heads of state on the world scene as a result of 2018 elections.

High-level corruption scandal threatens Brazil's political stability

As Brazil’s high-profile political corruption investigation ‘Operation Car Wash’ enters its third year, the inquiry’s scale is shaking the country’s government to its core. On April 11, one day before its scheduled release, Brazilian media obtained a copy of the list of politicians whose cases will go on to be examined by Brazil’s courts.

'They kill with so much hate': Anti-LGBT violence soars in Brazil

Despite its pink reputation for hosting the world's largest Pride festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil has seen an alarming spike in violent homophobic and transphobic assaults over the last decade, according to human rights groups.