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Taiana Bares All | Brazil’s Operation Car Wash

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Photo: Autumn Sonnichsen/ Divulgação Playboy

Wearing high heels and covered in dollar bills, the former lover of the currency trader [Youssef] appears on the cover of the January edition of Playboy posing in hotel rooms and private jets. She told the magazine that she was “the first person he messaged after he was arrested.”

As I have noted before, every knock down drag out political scandal has its muse or poster child — a figure, usually an attractive woman who, to coin a phrase, “lays bare the facts” or some such analogy as that.

As Veja and Playboy are both Abril publications, it is not difficult to imagine how Taiana became the Goddess of Truth. Create a poster child with scandalous overtones  Divert attention from other significant  aspects of the case until you can measure the results and decide how — and against whom — to proceed.

Mountains of Money

This meme is a close cousin to the Mountain of Money concept in South American news media, itself a corollary to  the Perp Walk — a standard procedure for Brazilian police.

In Ecuador several years ago in an election won by the leftist Rafael Correa, the viciousness of the smear campaign by the local media was astonishing. Mobilized against Correa,  Ecuadoran TV and radio in general have to be seen to be believed , as is, or was, the case in Venezuela.

A case I remember well was an anti-Chavist talk show host who displayed a parking lot full of colorful HMMVVVs and identified them as constituting bribes to members of the government. A clever researcher was able to pin down the exact location of the photo — a HMMMVV dealership in Southern California. A sign was crudely Photoshopped in an attempt to identify the parking lot as government property in Venezuela. Grotesque.

A further analogy might be the funeral rites read over RCTV.

The Venezuelan broadcaster, which still operates in digital mode, was (is) a virulent opposition house organ whose open-to-air concession the Bolivarians declined to renew on technical grounds, as the EFFs of the network were quick to protest.

The Mother of All Mountains of Money

Possibly one of the greatest MoMs ever was the $205,000,000 in cash discovered in the Mexico City home of a prominent Asian businessman, who claimed that an official of the PAN party had instructed to hide the cash and warned of reprisals if the task was  not carried out.

As I have noted before, every knock down, drag out political scandal worth its salt in Brazil has its muse or poster child — a figure, usually an attractive woman who, to coin a phrase, “lays bare the facts” or some such analogy as that.

A further analogy might be the funeral rites read over RCTV, a classic poster child for the taking of liberties and the First Amendment or similar laws.

The Venezuelan broadcaster, which still operates in digital mode, was (is) a virulent opposition house organ whose open-to-air concession the Bolivarians declined to renew on technical grounds, as the EFFs of the network were quick to protest.

Possibly one of the greatest MoMs ever was the $205,000,000 discovered in the Mexico City home of a suspected smuggler of methamphetamine inputs, who claimed that that PAN party blackmailed him into serving as a private custody bank.

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During an attempted Paraguayan Coup in Ecuador, hysterical anti-communist, anti-corruption, pro-impeachment ads and shows targeted Rafael Correa, as I remember watching on Ecuadoran TV, by incessantly running images of … “mountains of money,” what else? (Another cousin is the video of the subject stuffing cash into his socks and underwear.)

“Blizzards of cash” would also do, but the cleanup afterwards is a schlep.

The Money-Changer’s Mistress and the Temple of Doom

Source: Fausto Macedo (O Estado de S. Paulo)

Wearing high heels and covered in dollar bills, the former lover of the currency trader [Youssef] appears on the cover of the January edition of Playboy posing in hotel rooms and private jets. She told the magazine that she was “the first person he messaged after he was arrested.”

“He never called back after sending that message. I think he was thinking mainly about how to save himself. My feelings were hurt,” Taiana said.

The romance began in 2009 after Taiana moved to São Paulo to work in sales. She describes how she was introduced to Youssef by a friend in common and that more and more contacts between them morphed into a torrid love affair.

According to federal police, who tapped the phones of the currency trader, the two of them spoke by phone 10,222 times between 2010 and 2003.

Taiana describes how, during the relationship, she became aware of corruption cases involving Youssef.

“I finally went so far as to confront him. But he said these accusations were just that, old news, and that I was being prejudiced . In the end, he broke down my resistance,” she explains.

During an attempted Paraguayan Coup in Ecuador, hysterical anti-communist, anti-corruption, pro-impeachment ads and shows targeted Rafael Correa, as I remember watching on Ecuadoran TV, by incessantly running images of … “mountains of money,” what else?

“Blizzards of cash” would also do, but the cleanup afterwards is a schlep.

The Sinaloa Samba

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so much so, the case remains unresolved.

A Chinese-Mexican methamphetamine trafficker who operated in Mexico has been sentenced to 25 years in prison while the alleged leader of the operation — his cousin — awaits extradition back to Mexico from the United States, in a case highlighting the Sinaloa Cartel’s Asian connections.

A court in Mexico State capital Toluca found Ye Yong Qing guilty of organized crime, synthetic drug production and activities involving the use of illicit funds, reported Milenio. Yong Qing worked as part of a methamphetamine trafficking organization run by his cousin, Zhenli Ye Gon. Yong Qing was Ye Gon’s business partner in a company established in Toluca with money from criminal activities, reported Proceso. Another suspected member of the organization, Fu Huaxin, was absolved of similar charges.

The Money-Changer’s Mistress and the Temple of Doom

Source: Fausto Macedo (O Estado de S. Paulo)

Wearing high heels and covered in dollar bills, the former lover of the currency trader [Youssef] appears on the cover of the January edition of Playboy posing in hotel rooms and private jets. She told the magazine that she was “the first person he messaged after he was arrested.”

“He never called back after sending that message. I think he was thinking mainly about how to save himself. My feelings were hurt,” Taiana said.

The romance began in 2009 after Taiana moved to São Paulo to work in sales. She describes how she was introduced to Youssef by a friend in common and that more and more contacts between them morphed into a torrid love affair.

According to federal police, who tapped the phones of the currency trader, the two of them spoke by phone 10,222 times between 2010 and 2003.

Taiana describes how, during the relationship, she became aware of corruption cases involving Youssef.

“I finally went so far as to confront him. But he said these accusations were just that, old news, and that I was being prejudiced . In the end, he broke down my resistance,” she explains.