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Discovering The Real Belarus – with awesome pics!

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In this post we are offering you an rare glimpse of the many facets of Belarus. There has been a stigma attached to Belarus in the West, while the real understanding and truthful assessment of what’s happening in those parts is non-existent. West-dominated global media has simply accepted the claim that Belarus is a dictatorship and until recently it was generally accepted in the West that if Belarus hasn’t fallen apart yet, it surely soon will.

The truth is entirely different, of course. Just to give you an idea of a typical Western MSM bashing approach, here is an excerpt from UK’s ‘Independent.’

WARNING! This 2012 piece from UK’s publication ‘Independent’ will probably make you roll your eyes and shake your head due to how badly it misses the mark and because in 2016 WE KNOW what subsequently happened to the countries and leaders mentioned in it. But I want to assure you that it’s not the focus of our article. The only reason I mention the ‘Independent’ piece is to provide a perspective and so you could understand fully what Belarus is up against and what kind of madmen we are dealing with in the West.

After this, we will proceed to our today’s Belorussia feature. FT contributor Stanislav Sokolov (Nemo) and I have prepared a real treat for you! But that’s for sweet desert. Before we get to that, here’s a telling excerpt from the ‘Independent.’ Note that the article below was written and an interview was taken by a former Russian, working for ‘Independent,’ whose personal views coincide with typical Western propaganda.

The ‘Independent’ excerpt:

LINK: What’s so good about democracy anyway? Audience with the last dictator in Europe – 2012

QUOTE: As President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has made the former Soviet state a pariah nation. In a rare interview, he says that it’s security rather than freedom that his people really want.

Alexander Lukashenko

It is said you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If so, Alexander Lukashenko – President of Belarus for the last 18 years – is sending out worrying signals.

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian President whose regime has overseen the massacres of Houla and Daraya, is described as “wonderful” and “an absolute European, civilized man”. Colonel Gaddafi is name-dropped, as is Saddam Hussein.

Sat amid the faux grandeur of his offices in Minsk, he recalled the cosy chats he once shared with the former Libyan autocrat – “I told him: ‘Muammar, you need to sort things out with Europe yourself!’ Then he told me about his relationship with Sarkozy” – and more darkly about how the West turned on his old Iraqi confidant.

“American envoys came to see me before the crisis in Iraq and asked me to say that there were nuclear weapons in Iraq. I refused. They even told me that things would go well for Belarus in terms of investments, etc. All I had to do was to support them.

“I told them that I couldn’t do it because I knew that there were no nuclear weapons there. And, after talking to Hussein back then, I told them that Hussein was ready to come to an agreement with them regarding oil, if that’s what they were after, and other things. Just don’t bomb; don’t destroy the country! He was ready to show – and showed – all these [alleged WMD] sites.

“Their answer was: ‘We believe you, but the war machine’s engine is already running too fast.’ I swear to you that this conversation took place and that a man came to see me and we were discussing this matter in this very room.”

With that he leant back and stared intently at me. An imitation fire flickered in the hearth, the plastic logs casting a febrile glow across the left-side of his face.

“It’s a double standard,” he insisted with some justification. “Americans want to make us democratic. Go make Saudi Arabia democratic! Do we look like Saudi Arabia? Far from it! Why not make them democratic? Because he is a son of a bitch, but he is our son of a bitch.

“You’re bandits. Democratic bandits. You’ve destroyed thousands, maybe millions of people [in Iraq and Afghanistan].” He exclaimed: “I’m living through being democratised with a truncheon on the head by the West every day. Who needs that kind of democracy?”

Authoritarianism is still prevalent in former Soviet states. It was why I had wanted to visit Belarus and meet its leader. I wanted a reminder of where we had come from. To my disquiet, what I found was a warning of what might happen if other ex-Soviet countries in the region turn away from Europe and back towards the past.

Google Lukashenko and the prefix you find most given is “Europe’s last dictator”. It was a moniker coined in 2005 by the United States when it called on the people of Belarus to cast off the “yoke of tyranny”.   (END QUOTE)

LADA’S NOTES

What can I add to this? Everything’s clear, isn’t it? What an absolute fiasco of an article. I literally have never seen a publication or a ‘journalist’ manage to put their foot in their mouth so many times in the course of several paragraphs. Lukashenko was, after all, right about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq invasion, about Gaddafi, about Assad, Saudi Arabia, USA, and West in general. Moreover, he turned out a lot more right in his approach towards building and preserving his country than the bordering Ukraine, previously the darling of the West among post-Soviet states. All one has to do is recall Ukraine’s 2014 ukro-nazi color revolution and its catastrophic consequence of civil war, economic destruction and country’s breakup.

How fascinating it is to read that clueless 2012 article from the height of the knowledge and experience we possess in 2016. How much food for thought and how many lessons it brings to light!

Belarus

2016 map of Belarus and surrounding countries

In 2015 I visited Belarus and its capital Minsk. I was invited to deliver a high-level consultation on geopolitical and global economic developments, followed by an offer of a long-term consulting position. I talk more about that in my recent post: Eurasia Developments: Belarus Monetary Reform; Moscow World’s Most Dynamic City; Armenia Joins Russian Air Defence.

Belarus, also called Belorussia, is the western-most post-Soviet republic, which first acquired independence in 1991, after then heads of Russia (Yeltsin), Belarus and Ukraine met in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a famous nature preserve on Belorussian territory, and decided to go their separate ways. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha Agreement is considered by many in the post-Soviet space illegal; there are growing demands to annul it and classify it as treason. Whether there is any chance of that happening is a different story, which I’ll touch upon in one of the future Earth Shift Reports.

Before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution Belarus was an integral part of Russia. Before the independence was handed to Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic on a platter in 1991, Belarus never had any history of statehood. Belorussian language was in fact considered a western-Russian dialect, much like the Ukrainian language.

As a linguist I can tell you that compared to Belorussian, Ukrainian dialect was infinitely more developed and prominent, and had more characteristics of a language. For one: a number of big authors wrote in it, which is one of the required characteristics for a language status. The most prominent such author is a 19th century Russian literary genius Nikolay Gogol; others worth mentioning: Taras Shevchenko, Lesia Ukrainka and Grigory Skovoroda. Two: several million spoke Ukrainian, which again isn’t sufficient, but a helpful characteristic to classify a dialect as a language. None of these characteristics are present in Belorussian.

That said, even the exceptionally developed southern-Russian, aka, Malorussian/Ukrainian was still a dialect. Most writers, such and Gogol, still primarily used Russian language in their work; in cities, such as Kiev, people mostly spoke Russian, while in villages mostly Ukrainian or a mix.

Let’s also recall that the area surrounding Kiev and what is today central Ukraine was traditionally called Malorossia (aka Russia Minor, as opposed to The Greater Russia). The words ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Ukrainian’ came from Polish. These words don’t need a translation in any Slavic language, simply meaning ‘on the edge’ or ‘outskirts.’ The 19th century Polish and Austria-Hungarian landlords labeled so the poor villagers who were under their yoke in western Ukraine. It was later that the label was expanded to central Ukraine and Kiev, which wasn’t considered a part of Ukraine.

By 1922, Lenin insisted that the core Russian territories of east and south be added to Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The reason was geopolitically and politically expedient at the time, but it created a long-term disaster, as we are seeing today. I lay out the entire spread on the issues of Ukraine, Malorossia, its true history and language issues, why Lenin made such disastrous decisions, and much more in my Ukraine-dedicated Earth Shift Reports: ESR2, ESR3 and ESR6.

Both Ukrainian and Belorussian dialects were given the status of languages by Lenin during the formation of the USSR in 1922. Compared to Ukrainian/Malorussian, Belorussian dialect was much less developed, being its poor cousin. Therefore, it has taken a lot more effort, with very little result, to mold a dialect into any semblance of a proper language. Despite the widespread availability of the artificially created Belorussian language, most in Belarus speak Russian.

Belorussian President since 1994, Alexander Lukashenko, has been labeled by the West ‘the last dictator of Europe.’ Belarus and Lukashenko have been under Western sanctions since 1990s and to this day very few Western countries have diplomatic relations with Belarus.

Yet, as I discussed in IS PUTIN PART OF NWO?, Belarus expertly navigated the turbulent waters of the Western-financed color revolutions and economic crises and is still doing pretty well, avoiding many potential disasters.

Moreover, Lukashenko, whom I call ‘the sly fox,’ managed to capitalize on Ukraine’s problems, on the rift between EU and Russia and on anti-Russian sanctions. Sometimes he plays a peacemaker or gracious host, as in the case of hosting Ukraine-DNR/LNR Minsk negotiations with Putin, Hollande and Merkel. The result of that was that some of the long-standing anti-Belarus sanctions came off.

On the other hand, capitalizing on the Russian sanctions, Belarus engaged in piracy and illegal distribution: for example, enterprising Belorussians would import banned produce and goods from the EU, then slap Belorussian labels on them and pass them on the Russian market as their own. This underhanded approach offended Russians and even caused a public clash between Putin, when he pointed out the facts of piracy, and Lukashenko. Under Putin’s pressure, Lukashenko was eventually forced to crack down on illegal bait-and-switch, and relations normalized again. 

Lukashenko is a sly fox and an outspoken eccentric, who once in a while does put his foot in his mouth. But for the time being he is the only leader who can keep Belarus together and in pretty good shape, especially considering the mess in the nearby Ukraine and Baltics. Moreover, Belarus, along with Kazakhstan, plays an exceedingly important role as a support system for Russia in her role as the Great Global Balancer. Belarus also actively participates in the shaping up of the new, multi-polar world. For this reason, Lukashenko is forgiven his lapses and eccentricities and Belarus is treated by Russia with kid gloves.

Read all this and much more juicy intel and Lada Ray original, off-the-beaten-path predictions about Belarus and Lukashenko in ESR1 reloaded: IS PUTIN PART OF NWO? (Lukashenko’s Bluff).

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And here is the treat I promised! And did I mention that Stanislav is also an awesome photographer? Check out a treasure trove of his Minsk pics! Along the way of his travels Stanislav also visited Helsinki, Finland, so we have thrown in a couple of images of Helsinki as well.

In the end, I’ll have a few afterthoughts and clarifications of my own.

Travelogue: DISCOVERING BELARUS

by Stanislav Sokolov (Nemo)

This article is a series of observations from my recent week-long trip to Minsk and surroundings, and will be comprised of a few sketched notes around some general topic that I observed, which together will hopefully help create a picture of Belorussia. It was the first time I visited Belorussia – I haven’t been there even while living in USSR and was curious as to how the land and the people fared.

Interestingly, my trip went through Finland – another country that I visited for the first time. Despite the turbulent history of the 20th century, Finns still keep the history of their federative association with the Russian Empire, keep the monuments and stellas, and do not re-write history as is the want in the other Western European countries.

Only a few Western European countries have diplomatic relation with Belorussia, and Finland is one of them. I could have applied for Belorussian visa in Finland, but I chose another venue, contacting consular services at the Minsk airport, submitting all the paperwork there beforehand, and getting my visa on arrival.

Roads and transportation

The first thing that meets you when driving from Minsk airport is the road. One of an exceptionally high quality. And this high standard of quality roads persists not only in the capital itself, but also outside – in the surrounding towns that I travelled to. Another thing that Belorussia is famous for, is its railroad network. You can set clock by departures and arrivals, and travelling by rail is a real pleasure. There are modern regional trains and well as trains with cars from the Soviet period, though maintained with care. Belorussia is the only country of the former USSR that has not squandered its Soviet heritage, but built on it and multiplied it.

An interesting detail: all the man-hole covers in the streets are new and, moreover, painted to prevent them from rusting. In Lithiania, for example, all manhole covers are from 70s-80s and are thoroughly worn-out. Or take the traffic lights… The vast majority of them are of a modern bright LED kind, with the central circle showing the number of seconds until the light shifts from red to green or back, allowing the drivers to plan their acceleration and breaking. All are small details, but quite telling.

Industry and agriculture

The second thing you notice are the fields, ploughed and planted. The land is not left idle and in desolation, as is the case in the neighbouring Lithuania, but is serving the country’s needs as well as producing enough surplus for export. The industrial complex is also intact and fully functional. A small fragment of an impression: my hotel room was equipped with flat-panel TV and a Peltier element mini-bar. This is expected of any world hotel with a name to itself. But while in most countries the TV and the mini-bar would have been made in China or Malaysia, here they were Made in Belarus. I checked. The TV model, by the way, is called Horizont – a mark that I’ve known since the Soviet times. I am quite particular when the picture quality is concerned, and I would give that TV quite high marks.

Minsk

Coming to Minsk, I felt an acute sense of deja-vu, like I’ve already been there. And then I realised that I felt myself like in Moscow of my youth, back in the 80s. It was the combination of many factors. People speaking Russian in the kind of ‘a’-sounding dialect typical of Moscow (I’ll come back to the language later). The vast expanses – wide roads, wide pavements, distance between blocks that can be up to 100 meters. In Western Europe I became accustomed to the compact, overcrowded building plan, and did not realise what I was missing of the old days. Then there is a feeling of security and stability – something that you never feel now days in a big city. I walked around Minsk by night and all was quite and orderly. And finally, the architecture was also reminding me of the centre of Moscow.

Minsk railroad square
Minsk Railway Square

That’s not a coincidence, by the way. Belorussia got the brunt of the first hit from the German Nazis. Everything was wiped out. Of the whole historic Minsk, all that remains are a dozen houses in the Trinity Neighbourhood. The rest of Minsk was razed to the ground by the Germans. After the War, it was rebuilt in the neo-Classical style that you see today.

Today, the city of Minsk is getting a lot of modern buildings – you can see a lot of construction sites a little bit off from the centre. The apartments can either be bought privately (with loan level, comparable to most Western European countries) or with state subsidy. Besides, Minsk is expanding it’s Metro system with the 3rd line being built now.

Another characteristic feature of Minsk (as well as other towns of Belorussia) is their cleanliness. You won’t see any litter in the streets – not a scrap of paper, not a cigarette stub. And the reason for this lies not only in the nightly cleaning/washing of the streets. It is primarily in the mindset of the people. As one of the locals told me: you wouldn’t throw litter around your house, so why would you around your city? I think that is an important, fundamental feeling when you know that the land you live on is yours too, and not just some abstract state.

Shops and food

Whichever shop you come into, the assortment and quality of food is impressive. In my conversations with the locals, I got to know that the state owns only about 20% of the stores, while the rest is private business. The shelves are full of local produce, with a few imports. Below is an exhibition window of a bakery shop Karavai – a must-stop for anyone with a sweet tooth.

bakery shop Karavai Minsk

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bakery shop Karavai Minsk 3

Bakery shop (Pekarnia) “Karavai”, Minsk, Belarus

Eating out is also a pleasure – there are a lot of places to choose from, catering to all kinds of tastes. I found one restaurant, serving delicious selections of Russian “varenniki” and “pelmeni” – stretching it a bit, you can call that a kind of pasta. The place is called Gurman, and though it is a walking distance from some of the tourist points of interest in Minsk, it is frequented by the locals.

Language

Language is both a big and a small issue, depending on how you look upon in. As we’ve seen on the example of Ukraine, language (or an artificial separation of dialects into languages) can be used divide people and start wars.

Simply put, everywhere I went, everyone was speaking Russian. And, moreover, the type of speech typical for Moscow, with the predominant “a” sound where “o” would be written. (Moskva becomes Maskva, Belorussia becomes Belarusia). It is written Belorussian that makes one pause. Jokingly, people told me that they write with all the grammatical and pronunciation errors one can make in Russian. Or What You Hear Is What You Write. Basically that’s the same first step in making a dialect into a language, that was also taken in Malorossia/Galicia in 1800s, leading to Ukrainian.

Then, there is a more complex perspective. There is an official Belorussian language, which no one speaks. I only heard it once at the railway station. I was quite amusing – at first I thought they were announcing all the trains twice in Russian, and only after having listened closely, I noticed some subtle differences. A taxi driver, to my question of how widespread the official Belorussian was, told me that he hears it approximately once a year from some of the more radically-mooded youths. And that people don’t pay much attention to it. Maybe they should?

And then there is an even more troubling development. Take a look at the route of bus #1 that goes along the central avenue of Minsk:

Minsk Bus 1

At first glance, nothing untoward – names in Cyrillic for the locals and in Latin for the guests of the capital. Then you take a closer look. That’s not simply translations of the names. That’s essentially a Latinisation of them, along with Czech-looking umlaut characters of “č” and “š”. Let’s remember that attempts to Latinise Russian language were ongoing for several centuries. This may be yet another vector of attack on the Slavic roots.

Moreover, the names, which are basically lifted from Ukrainian – as I wrote above, I did not hear a single person call them that. Two examples: Independence Avenue in Ukrainian (and official Belorussian) is “Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci”, while in Russian it’s “Prospekt Nezavisimosti” (“independence” from what? History? Roots?); The Victory Square in Ukrainian/Belorussian is “Plošča Pieramohi”, while in Russian it is “Ploshad’ Pobedy”.

Ploshad Pobedy
Victory Square, Minsk

Circus
State Circus, Minsk

Man Is A Fool

Man is a fool,
When it’s hot, he wants it cool,
When it’s cool, he wants it hot,
He always wants what he has not

I already mentioned the sense of security and stability that I felt in Belorussia. What I found peculiar, is the kind of grumbling from the locals, aimed at this stability “oh, yeah, we have STABILITY, but you are luckier being there in Europe”.

Another point of discontent comes from a kind of inferiority complex, comparing themselves to how much better it is in Europe, while saying that Belorussia only tries to catch-up. One example: I asked in one of the taxis that I rode, if I can pay with Visa card. The reply was along the lines of “yes, but the connection is slow and patchy, we try to make it appear like in Europe at stop when the appearances are satisfied, without bothering about functionality”. Well, payment went through very well. And never mind that in Germany, when calling for a taxi, you need to say in advance that you want to pay with VISA, or you may get a car, which is not equipped with a terminal.

One manifestation of such expectation that everything is better on the other side, was a song/rap that I heard on one of the radio stations – something about dreaming of Jamaica, but only having “Minsk sea” to do diving in. “Minsk sea” being a somewhat bitter, self-derisive joke. Seemingly quite an innocent one, but setting a subconscious undercurrent of discontent in the youth.

Let us hope that such undercurrents would no be nurtured by the outside forces into the kind of tsunami that finally destroyed Ukraine in 2014.

LADA’S AFTERTHOUGHTS

I loved that last bit and the verse about a man being a fool. This is so applicable to Belarus, and some time ago it was also applicable to Russia. Not so much any more due to the events of the past several years, which caused Russians to awaken and grow up in a hurry.

Let me explain why some (and I emphasize that it’s only some) Belorussians don’t value what they have, but instead think the grass is greener somewhere else.

This was the attitude I recall from the Soviet days, albeit, as I said, Russians managed to grow out of it. This attitude, which I personally never had, was born of entitlement widespread during the later Soviet Union days. The life was so stable, so quiet and so secure that some thought their life wasn’t worth anything. Somewhere in the West they had excitement, adventure and high life. Soviet people, being too sheltered and isolated, didn’t understand that everything had a flip side. The flip side of high life is poverty and drudgery; adventure and excitement may mean danger to your life and the danger to the very existence of your country and culture. But man is a fool and the grass is always greener far and away for those who lack wisdom. Sometimes the grass really is greener elsewhere, but it always comes with strings attached and it’s always a trade-off, which, in the final analysis, you may not want.

In most other post-Soviet republics they already got it due to many tough lessons they had to learn in the past 25 odd years. The reason Belorussians still don’t know how to count their blessings is because they continue being sheltered by the ‘dictator Lukashenko’s’ regime.

In reality, just like Kazakhstan, Belarus is what I call a stewardship, not a dictatorship. The steward in charge takes care of his country as if it was his own domain and family, with great care and attention to detail, security and preservation of culture and industry. Like ‘big daddy’ he may be overbearing. He does everything to ensure a smooth sailing and a lack of shocks to his domain and people in his care. This results in some immature citizens feeling like rebellious teenagers (which is what such people really are, having never grown up).

They long to break out of the mold and experience something that the tough steward’s careful management doesn’t allow them to experience: turmoil, crisis and ups and downs, which they interpret as adventure, sparkle and excitement. Such attitude, when everything’s given to someone on a platter and therefore is not appreciated, is in some way akin to that of a spoiled rich brat.

This is a major downside of a sheltered existence and of any country functioning as a stewardship. A very similar situation developed in the late USSR, when the young generation took what they had for granted and didn’t value it; and this in part precipitated the USSR collapse. The shocks of the past 25 years took care of that in Russia as the Russian population quickly matured. It helped to have Putin and his team in power.

On the other hand, Ukrainians took their own country for granted so much and for so long that they had a bloody 2014 coup, resulting in total collapse. Now they don’t take anything for granted not knowing what tomorrow will bring, and many wish the old, good Yanukovich were back. Too late: the country is on its way to disintegration.

Belorussians haven’t had any major shocks and setbacks; therefore, they are somewhat behind in their maturing process. Some signals coming from Belarus are worrisome, but so far so good. Lukashenko is the right steward for the delicate job.

Read more of my predictions on Belarus in Earth Shift Reports linked below!

FOCUS BELARUS:

I have more than once discussed Belarus and its President Lukashenko in my various pieces. This is a mini-guide: links to the most significant mentions of Belarus in my work.

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Read FREE latest article on FuturisTrendcast:

Eurasia Developments: Belarus Monetary Reform

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The realities of Belarus, comparisons to nearby Russia, Ukraine and Baltics, as well as what is Lukashenko playing at and what is his long-term strategy, complete with predictions:

EARTH SHIFT REPORT 1 reloaded:

IS PUTIN PART OF NWO? 

(Astana KZ – New NWO Capital? Bonus: Lukashenko’s Bluff)

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Belarus and Lukashenko, their role as support for Russia – the Great Balancer and as a building block forthe Great Eurasia project, are addressed in

Video EARTH SHIFT REPORT 9

ATTACK ON KAZAKHSTAN: WHO DESTABILIZES EURASIAN UNION?

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Many thanks to Stanislav for a wonderful Belorussia travelogue and for the gorgeous images!

PLEASE VISIT STANISLAV’S SITE: Stanislavs.org

 


Additional photos from Stanislav Sokolov:

MINSK, BELARUS

Railway square detail 1
Detail of the left building on the Railway Square, Minsk

Railway square detail 2
Detail of the right building on the Railway Square, Minsk

GUM
An ornamental detail of the State Universal Store (GUM), Minsk

Airport
View from the window of Minsk airport towards the open-air museum. IL-76 in the middle

HELSINKI, FINLAND

Helsinki cathedral
Panoramic view of the Cathedral on the Senate Square in Helsinki

Alexander II
The monument to Czar Alexander II in Helsinki

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Brazil Color Revolution: Corruption, Dilma, Lula, Zika, Rio Olympics and BRICS. Lada Ray Report and Predictions

: “Out Dilma!” “Out PT! So, ‘Brazil Spring’ is on, color revolution is in progress!

Ah, and don’t say I haven’t warned you about that! A quote from my June 30, 2015 article New Best Friends? The Truth Behind Obama & Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Trying to Make Up:

“In 2014 Obama attempted to put a wedge between China and Russia on one hand and India on another, by trying to convince India to leave the BRICS. That didn’t result in anything. Read more in:

Why Is Obama Scrambling to Catch Up to Putin?

Weakness or Cunning? Why US decided to End 50-Year Standoff with Cuba Now

Brazil is the next target.

But then the question becomes why Brazil is suddenly so gullible and trusting? What’s in it for them?

There were several attempts of color revolution in Brazil in this period. While Rousseff was re-elected president, she had to endure an unusually difficult election. All this is happening with the backdrop of the very expensive and financially straining Olympic Games Brazil will host in August 2016.

I have written in the past how Olympic Games are often used as a pretext to seriously destabilize the situation in the world and/or the host country.

Here is what is happening behind the scenes in Brazil. There are ‘spontaneous’ protests against the 2016 Olympic Games and the construction of various Olympic projects. In between these, there are also frequent protests against various transportation fee hikes, utility fees hikes, etc. It has proved to be impossible to start an outright Maidan in Brazil, of the kind they were able to organize in Kiev.

CIA and US-financed NGOs can only go so far in organizing a color revolution. However, they can destabilize and weaken the country, damage president’s reputation, and completely ruin the first ever Olympics in South America, which are the pride of Brazil.”

‘Brazil Spring’ is now active 

In truth, this new article has been semi-written and sat in draft for a month. At the time it was mostly about Zika virus and my suspicions that a lot more was going on underneath the surface, that it was all connected to the 2016 Brazil Olympics and the destabilization of the BRICS; that the pretext of Zika was used to remove Dilma from power. As it often happens, my intuition somehow stopped me from publishing the post back then since I felt that something else was about to happen. Instead I reached out to my friend, Akaida, who has good connections in Brazil and asked him to tell me more. For a couple of weeks we exchanged emails, in which I asked questions and Akaida replied his impressions. All this was happening before the inkling of this new development took place.

Then, Akaida tweeted me this:

   ‘Brazilian Spring’ is active! Looking forward to the new report

brazzil color revolution in fulls swing

This is #Brazil One-Stop Info Central!

If you are confused as to what’s happening in Brazil, what these anti #Dilma protests are all about, how the previous president of Brazil Ignacio Lula da Silva is implicated – look no further! If you want to know my opinion on the Brazil economy and social landscape, how all this is connected with Zika virus scare, Brazil Olympics 2016 and the attempts to destabilize and divide the BRICS, then this is your one-stop info central on all these connected topics!

In this post I am using a lot of first-hand evidence and factual material straight out of the horse’s mouth. Special thanks to Akaida who has provided his personal observations and factual info! (You remember him from his popular guest post: ORGONITE 101: Chemtrails, Orgonite and Environmental Clearing).

As usual, in the end I’ll sum it up and give my own analysis of the Brazil developments.

On March 13, 2016 Brazil has seen the largest ever anti-Dilma Rousseff protest

brazil protest 3 13 16

People, who are ignorant about geopolitics and the real spread of who’s who on the planet think these protests are great and enthusiastically tweet about them:

 biggest ever protest in history of is happening right now against Prez . 3Mn people out on the streets

And here’s what’s really going on:

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   Brazilians want an end to corruption, not just of Dilma’s PT party but of the Pro-USA Brazil parties too!

Failed photo op: rich white Brazilians protest Dilma/Lula/PT corruption and demand justice, while their black nanny pulls carriage with their kids:

upper classes protest dilma

 

   Private boat says ‘Dilma Out!’ upper class problems.

dilma out boat

These are the memes that are trending now:   🙄

LR NOTES: PT is the ruling party of Brazil with Dilma Rousseff at the helm. 

Only in Brazil! Patriotic ‘Impeach Dilma’ dance tutorial on YT. As they say in Russia, it’s laughter through the tears:

Got word that the metro was open for FREE today for the protests courtesy of the Governor of São Paulo
   Sunday’s Brazil protest had beer garden, VIP area and full rock band!
   Consensus among my Brazil contacts is the protest was a real circus, narrative is not going where the Anti-Dilma forces want 😉
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3/12 – 3/15/2016

Lada Ray analysis

Previous, extremely popular, president Lula da Silva is also from PT, Dilma’s party. The party emphasizes social lifts and assistance for the poor. Out of 200 mln Brazil population, 36 mln were lifted from poverty during PT rule, according to official statistics.

Lula was treated as a hero when he secured the first ever Brazil, and first ever S. American, Olympics. He left his post on the high note, endorsing Dilma Rousseff as his successor. Last elections were increasingly difficult for Dilma as the economic situation in the country continued worsening, bringing with it political and social instability.

Under Lula, who was considered a genius by Brazilians for bringing ‘prosperity’ to the country, this instability would have been impossible. The reason is not the ‘genius’ of Lula, who certainly was a charismatic and passionate leader, but ‘the economy, stupid,’ as they would say in the USA.

Here is the reason Lula was able to push through lavish subsidies and help for the poor, the social lifts costing a lot of money and various other development programs. The global commodities prices were extremely high for years, lifting Brazil our of poverty and putting it into the top ten economies. Simultaneously with the ‘Brazil miracle’ the BRICS also began developing, lighting additional fire in Brazilians’ belly and giving additional boost to the country’s global standing. The culmination of this rise was Lula securing the first ever Olympics for Brazil, a matter of great pride and joy.

Lula left his office and Dilma came in, riding high on his wave. I feel sorry for Dilma. It was during her presidency that the global economic downturn began – something certainly beyond her power or control. The typically emotional Brazilians responded with disappointment and discontent, resulting in withdrawal of some popular support. Once the population withdraws part of its support, the leader can’t move as boldly forward as before. Coupled with the downturn, increased debt and spending on the Olympics and intensified attacks against the ruling party, such situation resembles a perfect storm. There is definitely a meddling in Brazil’s internal affairs and an attempt at the regime change. Those who are attempting to undermine and topple PT and Dilma have waited for the most aggravated moment, when the ‘perfect storm’ like conditions would ripen.

This happened on our very recent memory in Ukraine in February 2014, where the toppling of the Yanukovich regime succeeded; in Syria in 2013-2015, until Russia stepped in, reversing the situation.

The common sense analysis of Brazil’s economic downturn

Let’s say at the get-go: the economic downturn isn’t Dilma or PT’s fault. This is a global situation predetermined by the normal economic cycle. Several years ago the rolling global recession started due to the downturn in the West. In our globalized economy this meant that eventually everyone would be hit one way or another. As a result of Western, primarily US, recession, and as American consumers shopped less, the global engine of growth, China, slowed down and went into a recession, thus requiring less and less natural resources to power its economy. This resulted in a gradual slowdown of the resource and export based economies, such as Canada, Australia, Russia, Brazil and India.

Specifically in Brazil the internal financial and economic situation worsened as two economic factors converged: 1. Olympics required a lot of money and strained the country’s resources. 2. falling global commodity prices, Brazil’s export bread and butter, caused a simultaneous strain, which put the country in a bottle neck of high expenditure with much lower income coming in.

All this meant PT was unable to subsidize the poor as much as before, which in turn meant that the support base for the party and Dilma Rousseff was not as large and not as enthusiastic as when Lula da Silva presided over the boom. Not only Dilma’s, but also ex-prez Lula’s, fortune ran out as economic downturn occurred: he is now under investigation on corruption charges.

Petrobras scandal: Lula da Silva facing corruption charges Petro Global News

This is typical CIA color revolution at work. Regardless of any corruption, if it really did take place, Lula and Dilma represent for the US a movement away from the US-centric world. Together with the very inconvenient Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez (now deceased due to poisoning disguised as fake cancer) and Argentina’s ex-prez Christina Kirschner (now replaced by new pro-US president) Lula and Dilma tried to orchestrate a peaceful ‘independence from the US revolution.’

In addition, both Dilma and Lula represent the ‘B’ in the BRICS, together with being a symbol of the rising power of the formerly 3rd World nations.

Color revolutions and various disturbances were tried in Brazil before. Nothing worked until the economic downturn conveniently happened.

The expression that has become very popular in Russia after the Ukraine 2014 events that Russians didn’t see coming, was coined by a European politician; was it Bismark or someone else, I can’t recall. Paraphrased, it goes like this: ‘If you don’t get politics, politics will get you.”

Due to how ignorant part of the Brazil population is in the matters of politics and geopolitics, it was easy to dupe them into these protests. The spin is that this a protest against government corruption.

It doesn’t occur to these three million that they are being used to advance foreign agenda, just like the poor Ukrainians were wound up by foreign coercion and propaganda, and unleashed onto Kiev Maidan in 2014.

But when the dupes on Maidan were used as cover for the trained ukro-nazi and foreign mercenary country take over, not everyone was duped by the show. Yet, those in Ukraine who knew what was happening, preferred to keep their heads down and continue their lives undisrupted, thinking that it would blow over, that the Kiev craze would not reach them. They thought that Odessa, Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov, Kherson, Nikolaev and Dnepropetrovsk were far enough from the Kiev madness. We all now know how wrong they were!

They didn’t stand up for the legitimate president because they thought he was corrupt and didn’t represent their interests as well as they wanted. Two years later, the foreign-managed Kiev junta destroyed Ukraine’s economy, plunged the population into poverty, ruined economic and neighborly relations with Russia, created a major rift within own country, started civil war, killed tens of thousands of its own citizens and succeeded in losing the most lucrative parts of its territory when Donbass and Crimea seceded. If those who, seeing Maidan madness and foreign manipulation, didn’t decide it was none of their business and acted differently, their country still could have been saved.

Brazilians, who truly care about their country, should heed this warning!

My unpublished post from 2/5 – 2/10/2016

Zika virus hoax & 2016 Rio Olympics

The following was written a month or more ago, well before the present color revolution attempt in Sao Paolo:

The epicenter of Zika virus, as trumpeted by MSM, is, supposedly, Brazil. When it first began my initial thought was that someone’s trying to sabotage Brazil Olympics, with far-reaching purposes. After Zika was announced, US almost immediately said that the American team may skip Brazil Olympics due to safety concerns.

Read on to see how Brazil Olympics are tightly connected to geopolitics and the balance of power on our planet.

Zika virus scare in S. America has a large geopolitical component, specifically, that of pressure on South America, and especially on Brazil as a member of the BRICS. The actual virus scare has been drastically overblown, feeding off people’s deep-seated fears in order to achieve two goals:

1. Put extra pressure on South America, which is attempting to have its own independent voice in global affairs, inconsistent with USA’s.

2. It is specifically designed to decimate the reputation of Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, while also weakening Brazil economy and stepping on the country’s pride. It’s no secret that the previous president of Brazil won the coveted bid for his country by appealing to the OIC that it was time to have the Olympic Games in South America, which never hosted them before. Hosting Olympics is a very big deal and a matter of national pride for Brazil and all of South America.

But while it invokes a great deal of raised self-esteem and inspiration for the citizens, it is also a huge strain on country’s resources. Basically, any Olympics is a test for the host country. This holds especially true for the countries outside of the West and US sphere of influence. As someone who grew up around the sports and Olympics and who has observed on various occasions what went on, I can tell you that world-wide sporting events, but especially World Cup and Olympics, are used by the USA and West to damage a host country’s reputation, spoil its ‘star hour,’ ruin the economy and undermine self-esteem. The campaigns against a host country are normally relentless and vicious.

Brazil has strained its resources, finances and economy dramatically due to the Olympics preparations. Hosting the Olympics is an extremely expensive proposition for any country. It is also a test as to the country’s unity and resolve to get to the next level.

The country preparing for the Olympics is especially vulnerable to MSM, political and financial attacks. Leadership of such country gets attacked relentlessly from both inside and outside the country. We can say that both China and Russia have passed the test, but at a cost. It may turn out that Brazil hasn’t passed the test as well.

Do you recall my 2015 prediction that Brazil, and Rousseff personally, will be extremely quiet in the global geopolitical arena until after the Olympics? (The Truth Behind Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Trying to Make Up.) You’ll see Brazil trying to speak up again by 2017, or the earliest, towards the end of 2016.

No later than the early 2017 we’ll know if they had broken Rousseff completely, or she is simply waiting out the rough period. If they got the goods on her through those NSA tapes, then she will never be the same.

We do know for a fact that they got major juice on Angela Merkel, whom they now can twist into a pretzel, whenever they want to.

Remember how vocal was Rousseff after she discovered that she was spied on by NSA? She wanted to rally various heads of state against NSA and US; she tried to create an EU – S. America alternative to the US-controlled Internet; she even went to the UN General Assembly, where she passionately condemned Obama and USA’s spying.

After that, as if at a stroke of a magic wand, riots and protests started in her country. Several months later, Rousseff met with Barack Obama, where she proclaimed her loyalty to friendship and cooperation with the US, indicating that what happened before was water under the bridge.

My prediction that Brazil and Rousseff will become active internationally again after the Brazil Olympics is conditional on how much they had broken her. Alas, we already know one thing: Brazil isn’t ready for the major leagues.

Another thing we know: Brazil isn’t the S. American equivalent of China or Russia.

It is clear that Brazil is targeted because it’s the member of the BRICS. The BRICS is one of several organizations, others being SCO and Eurasian Union, that can serve as a backbone to the new socio-economic system that will replace the present Western-centric model.

While the economy of Brazil seemingly is large enough, the plunge in commodities prices, the basis of its economy, coupled with a strain of the preparation for the Olympics, has made it difficult for the country to balance the books, keep its social obligations and hold its own internationally.

We see time and again that the size of the economy alone doesn’t do the trick. Look at Japan: large and influential economy, accompanied by a weak military and non-existent political clout.

On the other hand, we have the phenomenon of Russia, whose economy is suffering from both crippling sanctions and catastrophic drop in commodities prices. Yet, the power of the President is more solid than ever, Putin’s ratings are through the roof and Russian Army is the strongest it has ever been since the collapse of the USSR. The new infrastructure projects are being developed due to huge currency reserves – and paradoxically, thanks to Western sanctions. Russian geopolitical and diplomatic clout is also the strongest it has been since the USSR collapse. Sure, there are problems, lots of them. The point is: if we compare what was and what is, as well as where it’s going, the dynamics is very positive, and even inspiring.

New article: 3/12 – 3/15/2016 

The BRICS and the geopolitics of the Olympics

Why the Olympics?

I have tried to write several times on my blog about the connection between sport and geopolitics. Every time I do, I feel an unspoken resistance from my readers. I can understand why: most of the aware and awake people consider the big sport to be corrupt, designed to dupe and distract the sheeple. Another part of my readers may consider Olympics a colossal waste of resources that can be better used to feed the hungry and build something useful.

They are all correct. Yet, I cannot impress enough on you all what an important part in today’s global social and geopolitical set up is assigned to sport. Its influence on human consciousness can never be underestimated. Sport is a part of humanity’s collective mythology: a remembrance of one’s childhood; a genetic memory of the ancient rights of passage, trials of courage and skill, and knights’ tournaments.

Historically, both participants and spectators are equally engaged and equally treasure a sporting event experience. Part of it is a sense of belonging to a ‘team,’ belonging to something bigger than oneself; this is coupled with admiration of human potential and achievement.

But there is also the distracting and pacifying role of sport on the masses. ‘Bread and spectacles,’ as the ancient Romans would say, is what keeps the population happy and at bay. Take that away and you will have riots on streets – exactly as happened in ancient Rome. Besides that, the big sport is responsible for the feeling of national pride and unity like almost nothing else. Due to all the above, sport is used routinely to manipulate the sheeple, whole countries and the entire world, according to someone’s clandestine agenda. We even know whose agenda…

Therefore, those who REALLY, TRULY want to understand what is going on in our world and how it works, those who want to truly get how geopolitics work, cannot ignore sport. Until human consciousness makes a leap from 3D into 5D, sport will remain a huge and inseparable part of the collective unconscious and of the global geopolitical structure.

Till then, read my posts that talk about the geopolitics of sport!

(Incidentally, read how 3D, 4D and 5D work on my new LadaRay.info page: GUIDE TO MULTI-DIMENSIONAL UNIVERSE.)

While there is a healthy element in the admiration and national pride based on your athletes’ achievements, the burning desire to host major global sporting events in order to boost national prestige has gotten many countries in trouble. Once a country is in the process of preparation for the Olympics, World Cup or something else, the amount of pressure and expenditures naturally increase, the country’s power structures become increasingly vulnerable to protest, economic/financial/political manipulation and external pressure.

Russia went through this with Sochi Winter Olympics; China went through this with Beijing 2008 Olympics; Moscow 1980 Olympics were boycotted by the West – ultimate sabotage; Los Angeles 1984 Olympics were boycotted back by the USSR and the Russian camp; Russia is still under pressure because it’s hosting World Cup in 2018.

But the above are the world’s strongest countries, the ones that are best equipped to withstand enormous pressure. As far as money goes, China has the world’s largest currency reserves and Russia has third largest currency reserves. These countries don’t need to go into debt and can weather a serious storm. It is not so with the majority of others.

Greek Olympics: how Greece really incurred its debt

No one ever talks about where Greece’s astronomical debt really came from, yet to me it’s obvious. Greece hosted the millennial 2000 Olympics in Athens. Greece is a small and relatively poor country, but the millennial Olympics were given to it in recognition of the fact that Olympics once started in ancient Greece. Some may remember that all kinds of terror threats were in the headlines for the year 2000. Greek officials grudgingly admitted before the Olympics that ‘the country spent more on security than it could afford.’

Recall what happened more recently: Greece went through a major scandal in which it was accused by the EU that it lied about the level of its debt and that it violated the EU law requiring to keep its debt below a certain level. What was never disclosed was how much of that debt went on the preparation, construction and security for the 2000 Athens Olympics. To this day Greek officials are ashamed to admit the country spent all that money and has nothing to show for it. Now the Athens Olympic stadium is used to house Middle East refugees and the country is saddled with enormous debt they owe to IMF, German and French banks; debt they will never be able to repay.

Every country wanting to host Olympics, which also is trying to be independent of the US/West, must keep this in mind. They will use the country’s vulnerability and any weaknesses in preparation for the Olympics or World Cup to attack and shift the balance back to their advantage.

Sitting on two chairs, or how Brazil grew too fast

Now the same is happening to Brazil. In the past twelve or so years Brazil grew too fast, helped by high commodities prices and influx of foreign capital. Lula and Dilma were allowed to lift the masses out of poverty, but the moment the going got tough the resistance began. Pride and resting on laurels, thinking that Lula’s achievements were due to his genius and not to the luck of the high commodity prices – that’s what got PT in trouble. Another thing that got Dilma, PT and Lula in trouble was the mediocre-to-poor understanding of the global geopolitical, financial and economic processes. Alas, they didn’t understand that our world is cyclical. Any cycle of boom would always be followed by a cycle of bust when Brazil’s economy will experience a downturn.

Russians spent the past 12 years, when oil prices were high, setting aside a nest egg and an emergency fund, which they can now afford to dip into. Brazilians did nothing of the sort. They extravagantly spent everything and went into debt on top of it.

Further, it was extremely naive for Dilma and Lula to think they could forever sit on two chairs. This naiveté got Ukraine’s Yanukovich and Party of the Regions in big trouble in 2014. While Brazil proclaims independence of the US, its financial system is closely linked to, and dependent on, the US; economy is, similarly, closely linked. The media and business people, educated and wealthy classes go to school in the US and/or do business with the US.

In fact, as Brazil grew exponentially in the past 12-15 years, its wealthy class and associated pro-US lobby grew as well. Brazil has accumulated a gigantic ‘fifth column’ to be turned on at puppet master’s will. And this moment arrived when the country began experiencing economic difficulties.

The bricks of the BRICS

This demonstrates the relative strength of Brazil. Pride and passionate desire to get ahead played a bad joke on Brazilians.

We usually talk about BRICS as a solid, monolith organization, which it is often perceived to be. It really is a beautiful dream. But the truth is that not all BRICS have been created equal. The real bricks of the BRICS are Russia and China. India is next on the list. Brazil isn’t nearly as strong of a member, and certainly neither is S. Africa.

It’s a good idea to continue developing the BRICS as a project. But will it bring real dividends? Some, but not so much.

What we see here is an attempted attack on the BRICS. The West wants to try to break up this alliance. But in truth, this really is an attack against Russia and China.

Brazil has proven a vulnerable brick, and easy enough to dislodge. The Olympics have shown its structural weakness.

This is why I see more of a future in Eurasian alliances. The golden triangle – Russia, China, India – has great potential for a stabilizing future. SCO has a big political future. Eurasian Union theoretically has a great future, but it is full of its own weak links, such as its prospective peripheral members. But these are topics for other articles and ESRs.

Probable outcomes for Dilma and Brazil

What happens next in Brazil depends purely on the people of Brazil. Dilma apparently saw the writing on the wall and tried to appease the US in 2015 by making up with Obama. Her goal was to survive somehow until after the Olympics.

The pressure will continue until one of the following happens:

1. Dilma is impeached and gone – this outcome has a risk of civil war and Ukraine-like scenario.

2. PT and Dilma cave in and become a complete puppet of the US, like Angela Merkel.

Both of the above scenarious are scary.

3. Dilma and PT find enough strength and dig deep to find true support of the population, support not based on bribes in the form of handouts and subsidies. This support will allow them to withstand all the attacks that have to be expected, emerging somewhat dented, but alive and kicking – and much savvier – after the Olympics. They better hold on – attacks and sabotage will be relentless: just remember how the anti-Russian Ukraine coup was timed to coincide with Sochi Olympics! (Striking Geopolitical Similarities: Georgian War – Beijing2008 and Ukraine – Sochi2014)

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BRAZIL in the eye of the beholder

(impressions and inside intel from Akaida)

At the present time Brazil is a mess economically and politically, but Brazilians expected this. They have been living a boom-bust cycle since at least the early 80s, and the stability of the last decade was unusual for them. The ‘good years’ during the commodity boom were squandered and virtually no investment was made in education or infrastructure. The money flow did raise the average standard of living, but the majority of it went into elite pockets and now the gravy train is over. The currency has already collapsed and prices on imports have doubled. If this happened in America there would be riots, but the word I’m getting from friends is the economy is terrible, but there are ‘some great parties’! Brazilians gotta love em😂✌

Most of my friends have good technical jobs, but the cost of living is so high, especially in São Paulo (the business financial center of Brazil and South America) the money comes in and goes straight out. They live day to day, complain have a drink and laugh. Even in the protests they start to samba, they don’t know how to be angry and mad like Americans. My Brazilian friends think its terrible (we should be angry!!) but I think its a good thing, keeps cooler heads even in the worst of times (video from anti-Dilma protests) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXbxvx1NNvw
I don’t want to trivialize their problems, but there would be major violence in the USA if the currency devalued by 50% and so far there have only been fairly peaceful protests in Brazil. They have shot some tear gas etc, but things return to normal in a few days, it hasn’t become a martial law situation yet.

Regarding Dilma’s PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores, Worker’s Party), the situation is bad. All Brazilian politics is corrupt, and among Latin countries the joke is Brazilians take it to another level. Dilma’s administration is caught in major scandals with Petrobras, and you probably heard former President Lula (also PT party) got raided at home by Federal Police for evidence on corruption. In her youth, Dilma was a radical leftist and suffered several years in prison and torture under the US backed Brazilian military dictatorship. However in recent times many leftists of her generation including the PT party have moved to a more center-left establishment position. During the commodities boom, there were many investment articles on the ‘Brazilian Miracle’, but after a decade plus of stability, a steep downturn has hit and all opposition parties, including those backed by the USA are in a power struggle for control of the biggest country in South America.

The sentiment on the PT is divided by class lines, the majority working class attitude is the PT is corrupt but this is Brazilian Politics and what is the alternative? They feel that the Worker’s Party did do a lot for average Brazilians and are suspicious of the alternative. The other side are upper class Brazilians who support a Pro-American Anti-BRICS stance, with candidates such as Aecio Neves from the PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party).

As has been outlined the Futuristrendcast, the New Silk Road and multi-polar BRICS alliance is the best chance for Brazil and other countries in the world economy. As such I’m very suspicious of candidates such as Aécio Neves, he would be the perfect type to break Brazil out of the BRICS and join the Pro-Atlanticist TPP pact. Neves has a very playboy wealthy image (abjectly corrupt) and there was even a helicopter that crashed with tons of cocaine that was connected to his circle of friends. http://www.talkingdrugs.org/445kg-of-cocaine-pasta-base-found-in-brazilian-senators-helicopter

If Aécio Neves or a similar Pro-American candidate became president, Brazil would revert to a South American puppet state of the USA, similar to the Military Dictatorship years of the 1960-1980s. Another politician that is calling for investigation of Dilma is Eduardo Cunha from Rio (PMDB, Democratic Movement Party), who himself is under investigation for corruption in the Petrobras scandal! I hope this gives some context to the Brazilian political situation, it is very corrupt all around – to the point that, unfortunately, many Brazilians see it as standard operating procedure. There are even some that are calling for the return of the Military Dictatorship and even a Brazilian Monarchy!

I must also mention, besides the Petrobras scandal, there was a major mine disaster in Mariana at the end of 2015. A mine tailing pool in broke and destroyed one of the greatest rivers in Brazil, the Rio Doce. It happened in the Minas Gerais state which is known for mining (‘Lemurian Quartz’ comes from Minas) and also for its rich farmland. They’re calling it the Brazilian Fukushima, and trying to blame Dilma. The 800km plus river will take 100 years to recover, if it ever does. I think it’s just symptomatic of Brazilian corruption in general. Very sad, when it rains it pours in Brazil.

Another aspect is ‘Color Revolution’ which is being pushed in many ways. There are many NGOs and American memes that are shaping young Brazilians’ minds, creating hate and division where there wasn’t any before. Some of the sentiments are legitimate, but at the same time I feel a lot of it is brainwashing and inciting divisions during a crisis point within the country. I can see why Putin put pressure on foreign NGOs in Russia.

The common themes are racism, feminism, the so-called ‘social justice warrior’ memes, etc. The majority of Brazilians that are absorbing this are the upper class as they see the West as modern and Brazil as backward, so they copy all the ‘hottest’ memes coming out of Hollywood etc.

An important thing to note is a major difference between Brazil and the Anglo countries is Brazil is a ‘Mestiço’ or syncretic culture of European, Brazilian Indian, and African elements that have combined over hundreds of years. Brazil definitely does have race and class differences, but in general they all share the singular language of Portuguese, celebrate the same cultural events, and are all united under the banner of Brazilian people. Compare this to the USA, which is also a mixture of cultures, but is severely divided by language and cultural differences, where traditional European-Americans have very little commonality with new immigrants who may not even speak English.

So, this is why I feel American based social media could be used for color revolution, to grow existing fractures or splits in Brazilian society to the advantage of The West. Creating more problems to capitalize on, just as the pro-BRICS Brazilian government is in the greatest economic and political crisis in over a decade.

Another crisis is the recent ZIKA scare, there are many Brazilians that are questioning the Zika hoax, whether it was pesticide in the water supply or because of the American introduction of GMO mosquitoes – there is a questioning about this. As far as I know there is no mandatory vaccination, but people are scared. Especially young mothers. I question the timing of this Zika phenomenon, I don’t want to be conspiratorial, but it just seems like crises are hitting Brazil from all angles at the present from the environmental, to the economic and political crises.

For investors or potential expats, in my opinion Brazil, is probably the WORST place to do business. The bureaucracy is thick and they don’t have the same work ethic as the Northern countries or East Asia. Life in Brazil is hard, taxes and cost of living is high – however, if you find a niche, they are some of the most friendly and accepting people you will ever meet. Your social life will be so rich and the love from your friends and family, you will have a life experience you will never forget. Brazil is a very YIN country, all subconscious, emotional, spiritual, flowing. Take a trip and see for yourself, it’s not for everybody but if you like Brazil, I think it is one of the most culturally rich places in the world.

From an upper class white Brazilian on Facebook.

I’ll try to explain as simply as possible: this protest is not about corruption. Operation ‘Lava Jato’ (car wash) is not about corruption. If it was, your “Poster Boy” would never be Áecio Neves. If it was, we wouldn’t see just like last year, the hashtag ‪#‎somostodoscunha‬. If it was, we would have screams and protests also against Alckmin, Beto Richa, Sierra and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This movement against the PT is clearly a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo of “good people”. The image that represents a desperate attempt to keep everything the way it was. Rich and Poor in their rightful place. The Protesters prefer the corruption of some and then condemn the other. If you are against the government, come with honesty and consistency. Show indignation, but without selectivity. And most important: do not support all these unconstitutional acts that are happening on the side of fascism. Don’t be on the team of Bolsonaro (far right politician -ak) Or you are on the opposite side of democracy. And the worst is looking down on the poor as tramps and losers, as this video shows https://www.facebook.com/jornalistaslivres/videos/351091668348050/

(protesters say public welfare should be cut, they just use money to drink and have kids – when 36 million Brazilians were lifted out of poverty under PT government -ak)

More comments from the post on Facebook:

People are being kept behind bars for months without a trial, and being released only if they accept to denounce PT and its allies, however flimsy it’s that testimony. Suspicions and inquiry file pages are being leaked to the press…. inquiries for which even the lawyers are having their access denied. Moro and the prosecutors are investigating only PT and its allies and turning a blind eye to the opposition and the media, even though there has been a whole lot of testimonies and evidence pointing to them.

The prosecutors even managed to turn operation Zelotes, about the HSBC Leaks, into an anti-Lula operation. And the electoral court is analysing AGAIN Rousseff’s campaign accounts, even though they’ve already looked into it and approved it.

In the most recent development, now globo is afraid of the unrest they created among the population (this morning there was a protest in front of their rio journalism quarters) and their bloggers and sunday op-eds are even trying to push the lie about “PT’s violent militias” and pleading for MILITARY INTERVENTION in an attempt to create a narrative legitimizing an even bigger breach of democracy.

Make no mistake. This is not a long overdue objective and universal cleansing of the countrie’s corruption. This is an orchestrated cooptation of the institutions in order to create som sort of media/justice/politics paraguayan coup like the one which ousted Lugo.

Crookedness is created and hidden by their gate keeping. Lula is one of the most investigated politicians of recent times. He had no good will from the media. You’d think by now they’d have more against him than that canoe bullshit and such. Guys like aecio neves who like to play outraged against corruption (and receive ample media space without questioning for that) wouldn’t last 10 minutes under that kind of scrutiny

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Globo (major TV media outlet in Brazil, and propagandist in the dictatorship era) calls for return of the military dictatorship!

Frightened by the wave of solidarity with the former president Lula, who blazed his base of support from the social movements, Globo, which helped establish a military dictatorship in Brazil in 1964, now uses two of its columnists, Merval Pereira and Ricardo Noblat to spread that the military is ready to put the house in order; “Military put troops on hand to ensure public order,” said Merval, which ranked the citizens who defend democracy as “PT militia”…. Will Globo try to repeat 1964?

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=pt&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brasil247.com%2Fpt%2F247%2Fmidiatech%2F219863%2FGlobo-apela-e-agora-pede-socorro-aos-militares.htm&edit-text=

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Let’s not forget the Banestado corruption scheme scandal back in 2002, involving politicians from PSDB and an amount of R$ 150 billions, the same money changer Alberto Youssef now involved in the Petrobras scandal and the same judge Sergio Moro. Only small fish were condemned. No PSDB right-wing politicians were condemned! Alberto Youssef is back in business as if nothing had happened. What was the fascists’ hero Sergio Moro thinking? Why didn’t he put any politicians in jail? Mismanagement of 150 billion reals, an absurd amount of money when compared to the R$ 10 billions stolen from Petrobras.

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My opinion Lada is, knowing Brazilian culture, most likely the PT is involved in some corruption, BUT it is not as bad as being portrayed by the media (which is overwhelmingly American friendly). These revelations about Lula being railroaded are quite eye-opening, I think this may also be timed to build tensions before the Olympics. I think they are on some sort of time table and are working as quick as possible on multiple fronts to destabilize the BRICS. The powers that be cannot afford another year or two of Putin! 😂

 

4/19/16 – NEW POST! Destabilizing Brazil: Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff – Scary Parallels with Ukraine

For additional background read my original article published on March 2, 2014: 

Striking Geopolitical Parallels: Beijing Olympics – Georgia’s Attack on S. Ossetia 08/08/08 and Sochi Olympics – Kiev Coup 02/22/14

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