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Crawling IVC with Navicrawler & WIRE


Source: IVC (Instituto Vericador de Comunicação), the Brazilian publishing and media industry circulation institute — led principally by big advertisers, major advertising agencies, and media groups (Abril, RBS, Editora Globo, Estado de S. Paulo, Infoglobo, Diários Associados) …

The institute was  known as the Instituto Verificadoir de Circulação until May 2015. Its service encompass …

  1. [Free publications]
  2. [Daily newspapers]
  3. [Magazines]
  4. [B2B]
  5. [Web sites]
  6. [Events (log-in required) ]

The IVC Web is extremely valuable as a «hub and authority» Web site, enabling the creation of an extensive if partial roster of the industries it covers.

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Hacking the PTAX? | CADE Pursues «Currency Cartel»


«Double or Nothing: Major players in the currency speculation game» –Source: CartaCapital

Source: CartaCapital, 27-12-2015

Translation: C.B. 28-12-2015

The international scandal over exchange-rate cartels has revived a long-standing dispute here in Brazil. Under scrutiny by antitrust regulators since July of this year, 15 financial institutions have been able to rely upon the government as an ally. In closed-door deliberations and subtle public relations messages, the Brazilian central bank has acted almost like an attorney to the investigation subjects.

For example: The BC contests the right of competition agency CADE to investigate the industry, and states that it is “practically impossible” to manipulate the official dollar rate. It has also sought to convince the federal executive to produce legislation that would put an end to the cases currently under the jurisdiction of CADE.

Under study for more than two years now is the notion of authorizing the Central Bank to make deals with financial institutions caught committing irregularities.

In these deals, the company confesses its crimes, turns on its co-conspirators and, in exchange, receives lighter sentences and amnesty from paying fines.

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Toucan Scams | A Corruption Double Standard


Source: Brasil247

Translation: C.B.

In the sentence handed down on December 16, 2015, Judge Melissa Pinheiro Costa Lage Giovanardi of the Ninth Criminal Bar of Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) concluded that “given the sum total of the evidence presented, there is no doubt but that the accused, EDUARDO BRANDÃO DE AZEREDO, in order to run for reelection as the state governor of Minas Gerais in 1998, created a political and financial infrastructure in order to legitimize and launder enormous sums of cash that would later be used to fund his campaign. A complex criminal organization was set up, with a well-defined division of labor and operating methodically and constantly over a period of time.

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In Re Star Wars


Gilbert Mercier of News Junkie Post discusses his new book, The Orwellian Empire.


Gaucho Marks | A Link Ecology of ClicRBS


A «link ecology» of the ClicRBS media group — a Globo affiliate — in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Source: WIRE crawl data studied using Pajek and the elegant gephi.

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Brazil | Clicktivism and the Impeachment Question


It is being reported widely here in  Brazil that turnout for this past weekend’s pro-impeachment demonstrations was markedly lower — by  200% or more in the most visible of urban congregations — than that of the March impeachment rallies, themselves inflated by fancy  camera angles from news photographers.

Some 500 marchers turned out to call for the downfall of the Rousas much asseff government in Salvador, Bahia, for example — an electoral redoubt of the Workers Party since the defeat of Carlismo — a sort of regional Brazilian version of Mexico’s PRI — in recent elections.

The Radar column of Veja magazine suggests that this lack of activism be weighed against what is treated as a significant volume of supporting «clicktivist» chatter on «the social networks» …

But beware the clicktivist fallacy: the notion that computer and network users represent a segment of the population proportional to support for a given proposition.

Factor in the digital divide, in other words.

For example, if 52% of the population uses the Internet, including mobile Internet — 103 million Brazilians — and 48% does not, how representative are half a million Internauts discussing impeachment for good or ill?

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Veja-El Clarín

Source: Brasil247

Translation: C.E.B.

On May 30, 2015, the Brazilian newsweekly Veja accused Máximo Kirchner, son of president Cristina Kirchner, and ambassador Nilda Garré of maintaining offshore bank accounts.

The story was immediately picked up by the Argentine daily El Clarín, a principal opponent of the Kirchner government.

The problem: It was all a lie, as the very bank where the accounts were supposedly opened confirmed. Read an account of the incident by Marcelo Justo of Carta Maior.

Veja has embarked on these sorts of agitprop campaigns many times before. Consider the phony list of Swiss accounts of government, party and police officials, shown above.  Continue reading


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