Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In Brazil, Unlike Turkey, the Government is Listening

Injustice, Income Inequality and Social Media Fuel Protests

Massive protests in Brazil.

The people are mad as hell and can't take it anymore.

Bread and circuses--stadiums for prestige purposes--no longer suffice.

But the government is listening, seems genuinely concerned--in contrast with Islamist Turkey, where the regime is out to crush dissent and impose Islamic law, step by step.

Read more.

UPDATE: Rousseff Salutes Protesters, Says She's Committed to Change

About Brazil's President: As set forth in Wikipedia, Dilma Vana Rousseff (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈd(ʒ)iwmɐ ˈvɐ̃nɐ ʁuˈsɛfⁱ] born 14 December 1947) is a Brazilian politician who has been the President of Brazil since 1 January 2011. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Chief of Staff to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010.

The daughter of a Bulgarian entrepreneur, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte. She became a socialist during her youth, and following the 1964 coup d'état joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship. Rousseff was eventually captured and jailed between 1970 and 1972, where she was reportedly tortured.