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Navegar é Necessário | Mapping the Brazilian Mediasphere

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The k-neighborhood of valor.com.br (Valor Economico, the major business daily in Brazil), as crawled with WIRE and calculated using Pajek, illustrates an extensive network of topically and generically related sites — a substantial and surprisingly complete daily reading list … The crawl was originally seeded with links to and from aldaily.com …

In Jequitinhonha | Another Good Blog Gone

A scene worthy of Sinaloa or Los Zetas.

Source: Portal IMPRENSA.

The body of investigative journalist Evany José Metzker, 67 , was found decapitated and in an advanced state of decomposition on Monday (May 18) along a road in the rural zone of Padre Paraíso (MG), an area in the Jequitinhonha Valley. He was last seen on Wednesday, May 13.

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Petrobras | Do The Urubus Change Their Tune?

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Source: TIJOLAÇO

Three days ago, the daily Valor was echoing the expectations of the vulture capitalists with regard to Petrobras: “Petrobras should close out the first quarter of 2015 with net income of  R$ 2.72 bilhões, 49,5% less than in 1Q14. This prognosis is based on the average of five investment houses consulted by Valor, which also foresee, on average, a reduction of 4.7% gross earnings, to R$ 77.73 billion, and a 23% improvement in EBITDA, to R$ 17.64 bilhões, according to the same group surveyed. The group comprised Goldman Sachs, Bradesco, Deutsche Bank and other institutions.

And now we read in today’s Valor

Three days ago, the daily Valor was echoing the expectations of the vulture capitalists with regard to Petrobras: “Petrobras should close out the first quarter of 2015 with net income of  R$ 2.72 bilhões, 49,5% less than in 1Q14. This prognosis is based on the average of five investment houses consulted by Valor, which also foresee, on average, a reduction of 4.7% gross earnings, to R$ 77.73 billion, and a 23% improvement in EBITDA, to In 1Q15, EBITDA amounted to R$ 21.56 billion, a 50 increase year on year. R$ 17.64 bilhões, according to the same group surveyed. The group comprised Goldman Sachs, Bradesco, Deutsche Bank and other institutions.

And now we read in today’s Valor

“Petrobras closed 1Q15 with earnings of R$ 5.33 billion, down 1% compared with the R$ 5.393 billion reported in the same period a year ago.” What? What happened to the 49.5% shortfall? The ratio debt/EBITDA which experts believed would explode, fell [from?] 4.77 times to 3.86, despite currency devaluations.

Though the nominal value grew from R$ 282 to R$ 332 billion), this 18% difference was outpaced by the depreciation of the Brazilian real, and an enormous portion of debt, as is natural in major corporations and especially in the oil and gas sector, are priced in dollars.

The fact is that in New York, where no one reads the Brazilian papers during the after hours session of the local stock exchange, the American Depositary Receipt (ADR) of Petrobras is up 4.05% at the moment I write this, after having risen 2% during the normal session.

In addition to this overnight trading success, Petrobras maintains a comfortable lead in terms of the asset values of oil companies — although of course much of this has been hypotheticially pumped out of deep waters. Its assets grew 38.4%, compared with Shell’s 12.3%. All the others, it seems, are registering negative results.

Measuring year on year — more or less the period in which Operation Car Wash began to receive media heavy coverage — the loss was 32%, less than half of the 67% the shares fell during the worst session of the year.

The falling price of petroleum has a lot to do with this result, however. In the same period, profits at Shell fell 20.6%; Total, 25.2%; the Italian Eni, 27.5%; and at Exxon and Chevron, leaders in the category, results fell approximately 15%.

As I wrote here yesterday, the rats and vultures have not achieved the influence they sought in order to defeat Petrobras, not even if they are willing to damage the company in the process.

And Brasil Economic headlines today’s print run with

In 1Q15, EBITDA amounted to R$ 21.6 billion, a 50% increase year on year.

Not | «Report of an Inquiry Into a Former President Rattles Brazil»

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Report of an Inquiry Into a Former President Rattles Brazil

By SIMON ROMERO

New York Times

MAY 1, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s political establishment was shaken on Friday by the news that federal prosecutors had opened an influence-peddling inquiry into the business activities of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president.who presided over Brazil’s emergence this century as a leading power in the developing world.

This is lazy and exaggerated reporting.

Rule No. 1: do not use Globo as a primary source or a casual benchmark of public opinion.

As one local blogger noted, the “Lula the Jack Abramoff of the Tropic South” meme was notably absent from the nightly Globo primetime newscast — possibly because its sister magazine was lacking solid evidence. Normally, JN will normally enunciate just about any sort of nonsense you like with a shit-eating grin on its face.

The report comes at a difficult time for the governing Workers Party, with Mr. da Silva’s protégé and successor, Dilma Rousseff, struggling with calls for her impeachment over a bribery scandal at the national oil company. Mr. da Silva, 69, was among the founders of the party in 1980.

The inquiry by a special anticorruption unit of the Public Ministry, a body of independent prosecutors, is reportedly delving into Mr. da Silva’s ties to Odebrecht, one of Brazil’s largest construction companies. That the inquiry, a preliminary step before deciding whether to open a broader investigation, had opened in recent days was first reported by the Brazilian magazine Época.

How weak is that? Where is the uproar? Hell, I was shaken by the preliminary steps taken by my wife to ascertain what I wanted for breakfast.

On citing Época on any topic more substantial than fashion and the weather, see the caveat, below.

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The Estado de São Paulo, however — the best of the conservative press — goes straight to the heart of the matter and gets a named source to call  into question the leaked imminence of a supposed probe targeting Lula (sidebars above):

The Federal District prosecutor responsible for the investigation of alleged influence-peddling by former president Lula da Silva, Mirella Aquiar says she will not apply for warrants in the case because at the moment there is “no evidence at all.”… Warrants are not commonly issued in cases based on anonymous news stories that contain no concrete evidence.

The prosecutors are examining whether Mr. da Silva improperly used his influence as a former president and one of Brazil’s most powerful political figures to obtain loans from Brazil’s national development bank, a state-controlled financial institution with a lending portfolio larger than that of the World Bank, for Odebrecht’s dealings in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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Labor Day | Headhunting in Curitiba

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Brazil: At Least 150 Are Injured as Police Clash With Teachers

Source: International New York Times

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at striking teachers in the southern city Curitiba on Wednesday, leaving more than 150 people injured. The police said they responded after a few protesters tried to gain access to a state congressional building where legislators voted to make cuts to teachers’ pension plans.

But the authorities’ response was widely criticized as heavy-handed. Live television showed the police firing the nonlethal weapons into tightly packed clusters of striking teachers after some protesters tried to break through police lines around the Paraná State congressional building. Water cannons were also used to push back demonstrators.

The use of aimed rubber bullet blasts in crowd control is barbaric. The correct tactic entails bouncing volleys of shots into the shins of significant concentrations of people in order to diver disperse them.

A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries. The state security department said about 20 police officers had been hurt.

A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries. The state

Brazil: At Least 150 Are Injured as Police Clash With Teachers

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at striking teachers in the southern city Curitiba on Wednesday, leaving more than 150 people injured. The police said they responded after a few protesters tried to gain access to a state congressional building where legislators voted to make cuts to teachers’ pension plans.

But the authorities’ response was widely criticized as heavy-handed. Live television showed the police firing the nonlethal weapons into tightly packed clusters of striking teachers after some protesters tried to break through police lines around the Paraná State congressional building. Water cannons were also used to push back demonstrators.

A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries. The state security department said about 20 police officers had been hurt.

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at striking teachers in the southern city Curitiba on Wednesday, leaving more than 150 people injured. The police said they responded after a few protesters tried to gain access to a state congressional building where legislators voted to make cuts to teachers’ pension plans.

But the authorities’ response was widely criticized as heavy-handed. Live television showed the police firing the nonlethal weapons into tightly packed clusters of striking teachers after some protesters tried to break through police lines around the Paraná State congressional building. Water cannons were also used to push back demonstrators.

A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries.

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Brazil: At Least 150 Are Injured as Police Clash With Teachers

Source: International New York Times

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at striking teachers in the southern city Curitiba on Wednesday, leaving more than 150 people injured. The police said they responded after a few protesters tried to gain access to a state congressional building where legislators voted to make cuts to teachers’ pension plans.

But the authorities’ response was widely criticized as heavy-handed. Live television showed the police firing the nonlethal weapons into tightly packed clusters of striking teachers after some protesters tried to break through police lines around the Paraná State congressional building. Water cannons were also used to push back demonstrators.

A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries. The state

Brazil: At Least 150 Are Injured as Police Clash With Teachers

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at striking teachers in the southern city Curitiba on Wednesday, leaving more than 150 people injured. The police said they responded after a few protesters tried to gain access to a state congressional building where legislators voted to make cuts to teachers’ pension plans.

But the authorities’ response was widely criticized as heavy-handed. Live television showed the police firing the nonlethal weapons into tightly packed clusters of striking teachers after some protesters tried to break through police lines around the Paraná State congressional building. Water cannons were also used to push back demonstrators.

A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries. The state security department said about 20 police officers had been hurt.

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at striking teachers in the southern city Curitiba on Wednesday, leaving more than 150 people injured. The police said they responded after a few protesters tried to gain access to a state congressional building where legislators voted to make cuts to teachers’ pension plans.

But the authorities’ response was widely criticized as heavy-handed. Live television showed the police firing the nonlethal weapons into tightly packed clusters of striking teachers after some protesters tried to break through police lines around the Paraná State congressional building. Water cannons were also used to push back demonstrators.

A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries.

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Implicante | Who Is? Traceroute?

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Source: Diário do Centro do Mundo

Who created the defamatory Web site Folha Política and why are they concealing their authorship?

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Do I Spy? Checking Chequer

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Source: Various, «Wikileaks»

The Brazilian alt.press continues digging into the background of the newborn prince of digital activistism Rogério Chequer of the anti-PT Vem Pra Rua street protest movement —  a one-man media blitz — Jornal Nacional, Roda Viva — who continues to offer a hazy back story.

The digging suffers from a certain lack of precision as to the documents on which it is based, however, as well as a slight tendency to guilt by association. An example: Tijolaço, dated March 24 of this year, asks

What was the editor of “Vem pra Rua” doing on a Stratfor list leaked by Wikileaks in 2012?

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