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Death squaddies...
Trained by CIA, supported by right wings everywhere
No minority group too large for targeting...
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Histories worse death squads certainly weren't related to the CIA. The CIA was involved in supported non-leftist regimes that had very poor human rights records. However the offensives of any of the regimes supported by the CIA pales in comparison to that of the regimes the US has toppled and or helped to destroy. I:E: Nazi's, Imperial Japan, the Communist block, Papa Doc, Saddam, Assad, and numerous others.
 
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More on the fire.

A fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro has destroyed one of country’s most important scientific collections. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out after the museum had closed on Sunday evening. But the blaze ravaged the museum’s massive archives and collections, numbering around 20 million items by some estimates. The museum had no sprinkler system, and only limited water was available from fire hydrants when fire fighters arrived.

Founded 200 years ago, before Brazil’s independence from Portugal, the museum housed ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman artifacts, important paleontology and natural history collections, including one of Latin America’s oldest human fossils, the 11,500 year old skull called Luzia. In recent years budget woes had plagued the museum, and scientists had warned as early as 2004 of dangerous wiring and a lack of fire protection.

“It’s an irreparable loss, not only for Brazilian science but for the world. The building can be reconstructed, restored and everything else, but the collections can never be replaced. Two centuries of science and culture are lost forever”, said Sergio Alex Azevedo, a paleozoologist and former director at the museum.

The full extent of the damage isn’t yet clear. Some vertebrate specimens and some of the botany collection were housed in a separate building that was not affected by the fire. But millions of specimens, including the museum’s globally important invertebrate collection, were destroyed. Aerial images showed collapsed roofs, with piles of ashes and rubble inside the exterior walls that were left standing. The interior of the building was mostly wood, and safety upgrades were difficult to make because of federal rules governing historically protected sites. (The building was built in 1808 as the official residence of the Portuguese royal family in Brazil.) ...

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018...ly_2018-09-03&et_rid=394299689&et_cid=2347035
 
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At least some exhibits survived.

After a catastrophic fire blazed through the National Museum of Brazil on Sunday (Sept. 2), destroying many of the institution's 20 million artifacts, the museum's meteorites were some of the few relics left standing.

Among the space rocks that survived the blaze is the Bendegó meteorite, which is the largest meteorite ever found on Brazilian soil. The iron-nickel meteorite is one of about a dozen meteorites housed at the museum.

Discovered by a cattle farmer near the town of Monte Santo in the Brazilian state of Bahia in 1784, the Bendegó meteorite weighs about 11,600 lbs. (5,260 kilograms). That's more than twice as much as an average car, all packed into a space rock the size of a motorcycle. At the time of the object's discovery, it was the second-largest meteorite ever found. ...

https://www.space.com/41710-bendego-meteorite-survives-brazil-museum-fire.html
 

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It's the native artifacts I'm worried about, they likely had some from tribes that might not even be around anymore.
 

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A Brazilian rightwing group led by a messianic cult leader who claimed to be in contact with aliens carried out terrorist acts to justify repression by the country’s military dictatorship, according to newly discovered archive documents.

The group was led by Aladino Félix, who wrote a book called My Contact with Flying Saucers under the pseudonym Dino Kraspedon, claimed to be the messiah of the Jewish people and had served in the army during the second world war.

Félix led a group of 14 police officers who, between December 1967 to August 1968, carried out a series of terrorist acts – detonating 14 bombs, stealing arms and explosives and robbing a bank. Targets included the São Paulo stock exchange, a secret police headquarters and an oil pipeline.

In March 1968, armed leftist groups also began planting bombs. And as violence increased, in December 1968, the military government used leftwing terrorism as its justification to introduce a landmark decree that toughed up the dictatorship’s powers, ushering in its most repressive period, which became known as theanos de chumbo,or years of lead.

Félix and his group were arrested in 1968. Félix served a little over three years in prison, Quadros said, and eventually died in 1985.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...er-aliens-terror-aladino-felix-dino-kraspedon
 

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Wonderful piece of brazilian history that you unearthed Tribble! It shows that the close relationship between fundamentalist religion, police and far right is quite old and well estabilished.
 
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Some good news

Most of the skull from a prized 12,000-year-old fossil nicknamed Luzia has been recovered from the wreckage of a fire in Brazil's National Museum.

The 200-year-old building in Rio de Janeiro burned down in September, destroying almost all of its artefacts.

But on Friday the museum's director announced that 80% of Luzia's skull fragments had been identified.

The human remains - the oldest ever found in Latin America - were viewed as the jewel of the museum's collection.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45926733
 
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I reckon a deeper conspiracy is likely to emerge here rather than two former cops acting alone.

Two men have been arrested over the murder of Marielle Franco, an outspoken black councillor in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

The arrests come almost a year after Ms Franco and her driver were shot dead, an incident which caused mass protests. Ms Franco had been highly critical of the deployment of federal security forces to Rio's poor neighbourhoods. Police said both suspects were former members of the military police force.

Ms Franco was returning from an event encouraging black women's empowerment in central Rio on 14 March 2018 when a car drew alongside hers and nine shots rang out. She was shot four times in the head, and three bullets hit her driver, Anderson Gomes. Ms Franco's press officer, who was sitting in the back seat of the car, was injured.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47538871
 
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I reckon a deeper conspiracy is likely to emerge here rather than two former cops acting alone.

Two men have been arrested over the murder of Marielle Franco, an outspoken black councillor in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

The arrests come almost a year after Ms Franco and her driver were shot dead, an incident which caused mass protests. Ms Franco had been highly critical of the deployment of federal security forces to Rio's poor neighbourhoods. Police said both suspects were former members of the military police force.

Ms Franco was returning from an event encouraging black women's empowerment in central Rio on 14 March 2018 when a car drew alongside hers and nine shots rang out. She was shot four times in the head, and three bullets hit her driver, Anderson Gomes. Ms Franco's press officer, who was sitting in the back seat of the car, was injured.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47538871

More on this dark conspiracy.

Public prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro have once again linked the family of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to members of the criminal organisation believed to be behind the murder of a prominent left-wing member of the city’s council.

The latest evidence emerged after a series of raids earlier this week on premises linked to members of the Bolsonaro family as part of an investigation into an alleged kickback scheme operated by the president’s son Flávio when he served in Rio’s state assembly.

Prosecutors said they have concluded that bank accounts controlled by former police officer Adriano Magalhães da Nóbrega were used to launder money taken from the salaries of officials employed in Flávio’s office in the assembly.

Mr Magalhães da Nóbrega is the alleged head of the city’s Office of Crime criminal organisation. A militia mainly composed of serving and former police officers, the group is a prime suspect in the murder last year of councillor Marielle Franco and her driver. Mr Magalhães da Nóbrega’s wife and mother were both employed in Flávio Bolsonaro’s office in the assembly

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/wor...again-linked-to-councillor-s-murder-1.4121801
 

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More on this dark conspiracy.

Public prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro have once again linked the family of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to members of the criminal organisation believed to be behind the murder of a prominent left-wing member of the city’s council.

The latest evidence emerged after a series of raids earlier this week on premises linked to members of the Bolsonaro family as part of an investigation into an alleged kickback scheme operated by the president’s son Flávio when he served in Rio’s state assembly.

Prosecutors said they have concluded that bank accounts controlled by former police officer Adriano Magalhães da Nóbrega were used to launder money taken from the salaries of officials employed in Flávio’s office in the assembly.

Mr Magalhães da Nóbrega is the alleged head of the city’s Office of Crime criminal organisation. A militia mainly composed of serving and former police officers, the group is a prime suspect in the murder last year of councillor Marielle Franco and her driver. Mr Magalhães da Nóbrega’s wife and mother were both employed in Flávio Bolsonaro’s office in the assembly

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/wor...again-linked-to-councillor-s-murder-1.4121801
Again the police are the enemies of the people. Sounds like a bit like fascism.
 

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Again the police are the enemies of the people. Sounds like a bit like fascism.
Indeed, it is a special blend of fascism. I would say that brazilian people have this affair with populist fascism for a long time now.

To be honest, I don't think that the current president have the intelectual and moral level to achieve to be a fascist. He's a real bufoon, "governing" for private profit. The problem is that his appearence on the political stage lead to a plethora of crypto-fascists, allied to neopentecostal conmen to gain visibility and power. Police was always corrupt and violent, but now they have this kind of legitimisation, both from the Universal Church and the delirous perversions of the president, who utilised his fingers mimmicking a gun as visual identity all along his political campaign for the presidency of the country.

It doesn't help that, knowing this man and his behaviour as a public man, for almost 30 years, 60 million voters arrived to the conclusion that he was fit to represent them all.

(I guess that i'm not hinting to the fact that I was born brazilian but have left the country for almost 15 years....) :)
 
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Those claiming responsibility for the attack sound like something from The Life of Brian - "Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command of the Large Brazilian Integralist Family". Maybe it loses something in translation.


Police are investigating a fire-bomb attack on the Rio de Janeiro office of a production company behind a controversial Christmas special aired on streaming service Netflix.

The episode, by comedy group Porta dos Fundos, depicts a gay Jesus bringing a boyfriend home to meet his family. More than 2.3m people have signed an online petition to remove the film.

A video circulating online appears to show a far-right religious group claiming responsibility for the attack. In it, a group wearing ski masks and identifying itself as the "Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command of the Large Brazilian Integralist Family", appear to attack the production company offices with Molotov cocktails.

A statement, read with a digitally disguised voice, criticises Netflix and describes the film as blasphemous. It also includes flags with nationalist and fascist connotations, Reuters news agency reports.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50918636
 

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Those claiming responsibility for the attack sound like something from The Life of Brian - "Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command of the Large Brazilian Integralist Family". Maybe it loses something in translation.


Police are investigating a fire-bomb attack on the Rio de Janeiro office of a production company behind a controversial Christmas special aired on streaming service Netflix.

The episode, by comedy group Porta dos Fundos, depicts a gay Jesus bringing a boyfriend home to meet his family. More than 2.3m people have signed an online petition to remove the film.

A video circulating online appears to show a far-right religious group claiming responsibility for the attack. In it, a group wearing ski masks and identifying itself as the "Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command of the Large Brazilian Integralist Family", appear to attack the production company offices with Molotov cocktails.

A statement, read with a digitally disguised voice, criticises Netflix and describes the film as blasphemous. It also includes flags with nationalist and fascist connotations, Reuters news agency reports.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50918636
Just to give some historical background, Integralists (Integralistas) were active around the 1930s and the beggining of the 1940s in Brazil. They were fashioned like the Black Shirts or the Brown Shirts, so openly fascists. They were disbanded by the Getulio Vargas government back then.
 
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More on this dark conspiracy.

Public prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro have once again linked the family of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to members of the criminal organisation believed to be behind the murder of a prominent left-wing member of the city’s council.

The latest evidence emerged after a series of raids earlier this week on premises linked to members of the Bolsonaro family as part of an investigation into an alleged kickback scheme operated by the president’s son Flávio when he served in Rio’s state assembly.

Prosecutors said they have concluded that bank accounts controlled by former police officer Adriano Magalhães da Nóbrega were used to launder money taken from the salaries of officials employed in Flávio’s office in the assembly.

Mr Magalhães da Nóbrega is the alleged head of the city’s Office of Crime criminal organisation. A militia mainly composed of serving and former police officers, the group is a prime suspect in the murder last year of councillor Marielle Franco and her driver. Mr Magalhães da Nóbrega’s wife and mother were both employed in Flávio Bolsonaro’s office in the assembly

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/wor...again-linked-to-councillor-s-murder-1.4121801
Rather conveniently the chief suspect is killed.

Police say they have shot dead a former policeman suspected of murdering a prominent left-wing politician and campaigner in 2018.

They say Adriano da Nóbrega was killed after he fired on police officers trying to arrest him in north-eastern Bahia state. Mr Nóbrega is said to have led a paramilitary group suspected of ordering the murder of Marielle Franco. Ms Franco, 38, and her driver were shot dead in Rio de Janeiro in March 2018. Ms Franco, an outspoken councillor, had been critical of the police's often deadly raids in densely populated shantytowns, or favelas, and denounced paramilitary groups run by retired and off-duty police known as milícias.

Mr Nóbrega's lawyer said he feared his client would be killed by police because he knew too much.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51439016
 
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