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Political violence grows in Brazil / Gas psychosis in Germany

In Brazil, episodes of political violence increased 23% in 2022 compared to last year, and the death of a municipal guard from the Workers’ Party (Lula de Silva’s organization) is a sign of the concern that exists in the face of the presidential elections in October. In Germany, the concern about gas rationing for the coming winter is creating a true psychosis in the population. There is even talk of converting school gyms and spaces previously used for Covid patients into heated dormitories for the poorest people, who will no longer be able to heat their homes. The Argentine government announced a fiscal austerity package to avoid a devaluation. The measures include spending controls, personnel freezes and subsidies cuts, a signal intended to calm mistrust in banks, along with inflationary pressures and devaluation expectations. In Peru, the prosecution opened an investigation of Defense Minister José Gavidia for alleged embezzlement. He is the sixth official in Pedro Castillo’s current cabinet to be immersed in an investigation. And the ‘James Webb’ telescope reveals thousands of galaxies in the deep universe, in its first full color published image: the image, presented by President Joe Biden, is the most distant and precise that has been obtained of the deep universe in the infrared spectrum, according to NASA.

  • Episodes of political violence in Brazil increased 23% in 2022. The quarterly bulletin of the Observatory of Political and Electoral Violence shows that the cases of political and electoral violence registered in Brazil in 2022 grew 23% compared to the same period in 2020. In that year , in which the municipal elections were held, 174 episodes were recorded from January to June, including threats, attacks and attacks against politicians and their families, as well as the one that culminated in the death of a PT municipal guard, this Sunday, in Foz do Iguacu. In 2022, there are already 214 cases in the first six months. The numbers were recorded by the Political and Electoral Violence Observatory, formed by the Electoral Research Group of the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (GIEL/UNIRIO), which has been monitoring the dynamics and impact of violence on democracy. Brazil since January 2019 with quarterly newsletters. The most recent report shows that from April to June of this year, 101 episodes were recorded, which represents an increase of 17.4% in the number of cases compared to the same period in 2020.
  • Psychosis in Germany due to the supply cut of the largest gas pipeline in Europe due to maintenance. German city councils convert school gymnasiums into hot collective dormitories for the winter: German public radio reports on the political debate of the moment, the reason for dialectical clashes between the government and the opposition and which is none other than the organization of “islands of heat », also called «warm bedrooms» for the coming winter. In the face of the gas crisis, the director of the Commonwealth of Peoples and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, has requested aid from the central government to convert school gyms and spaces previously used for Covid patients into heated collective dormitories for the poorest people, who they will no longer be able to heat their houses. The Minister of Economy and Climate, the green Robert Habeck, has predicted a “political nightmare scenario” as soon as temperatures drop, because it is very possible that the government will be forced to ration gas consumption for homes and businesses and because many Germans will not be able to afford to pay the price of gas that corresponds to them in this rationing system.
  • Squeezed by the crisis, the Argentine government promises to adjust public spending. The Minister of Economy launched a package of measures and guaranteed the fulfillment of the goals with the IMF: after a week of strong instability in the markets after the resignation of Martín Guzmán, the government of Alberto Fernández hit a swerve this Monday with the announcement of a fiscal austerity package to avoid a devaluation. The measures include spending controls, personnel freezes and subsidies cuts, a signal intended to calm mistrust in banks, along with inflationary pressures and devaluation expectations. “We need to give some order and balance to the public finances of the National State. The measures that I am going to announce have to do with guaranteeing the fiscal balance,” Economy Minister Silvina Batakis said in the morning, accompanied by the cabinet’s economic team. Market reaction was lukewarm.
  • The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office carries out proceedings in the Ministry of Defense after the start of an investigation into its head, José Gavidia. Gavidia becomes the sixth official of the current cabinet to be investigated; in this case for alleged embezzlement of use: the area of ​​Constitutional Complaints and Illicit Enrichment of the Public Ministry went to the Ministry of Defense this Monday afternoon to carry out proceedings in the framework of the preliminary investigation that was opened against the holder of this portfolio, José Gavidia, for alleged embezzlement, after a report issued by Punto Final last Sunday. The Sunday newspaper showed the list of passengers of official flights in which the names of the three daughters of Minister Gavidia appear. One of the trips corresponds to Monday, March 14 of this year, bound for the Huánuco region.
  • Labor will ask for a motion of censure against Boris Johnson. The Labor Party will present today a motion for a vote of no confidence against the government of Boris Johnson. As Conservative candidates and their supporters battle to become the party’s next leader, Labor is expected to push for a vote on Wednesday. If MPs from all parties vote against the government, which is due to last until September, a general election would be called. Labor leader Keir Starmer said the prime minister would not be able to “hold on” for months to come, and hopes to force Conservative MPs to have to testify whether they trust Johnson. Labor is expected to lose the vote, because Conservative MPs are unlikely to support any vote that triggers an election, because in fact they have already announced that Johnson’s successor to the leadership of the Conservative Party will be officially appointed on September 5, in the first session of parliament after the summer break.
  • The French government overcomes the motion of censure presented by the extreme left. The motion of censure by the ultra-leftist alliance (the Nupes) did not achieve 151 votes from the “rebels”, socialists, environmentalists and communists: only 146 votes in favor: the National Assembly yesterday rejected the motion of censure by the government of Elisabeth Borne, presented by the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes). It is not enough to overthrow the government, which would have required an absolute majority of 289 votes and was impossible without the votes of the deputies of the Les Républicains (conservative) and Rassemblement national (far right) groups. In total, the leftist coalition has 151 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, while the government stands with a relative majority of the 266 deputies of La República en Marcha (LREM), the party of the president, Emmanuel Macron. The prime minister, in her reply, has responded that Nupes has presented “a posturing motion” with the sole intention of “hindering parliamentary work.”

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José Martí
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