Fernandinho and Rafinha in Brazil’s team in friendly against South Africa

Convened for the first time by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to play for Brazil, Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Rafinha (Bayern München) will start the game this Wednesday, 5 in Johannesburg against South Africa as holders. It is the great opportunity that the two players have to get a spot in the group that will debut at the World Cup on June 12 against Croatia, in São Paulo.

They replace Luiz Gustavo and Dani Alves, respectively. But in fact Rafinha should be struggling for the position of Maicón, once Dani is probably the first choice for the position.

Full team roster that starts the game today is as follows: Julio Cesar; Rafinha, Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Marcelo; Fernandinho, Paulinho and Oscar, Hulk, Neymar and Fred.

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“It Would be Terrible if Outside Winds Overthrow a Democratically Elected Government”, Says Kirchner, Regarding Venezuela


Photo: Cristina Kirchner Oficial/Facebook

The President of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, made ​​an emotional defense of the maintaining the mandate of his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, who faces growing opposition in his country with violent street protests.
Shortly before ending his annual opening speech of the legislative work in Congress, this saturday, 1, Kirchner addressed what he called soft coup attempt and said he was not defending President Maduro or his government, but the will of the people who elected him, regardless of their ideological affiliation.
“It would be terrible if outside winds overthrow a democratically elected government,” said Kirchner, saying it would have a disastrous effect on the regional integration process underway in South America.

Kirchner emphasized that the defense of democracy in Venezuela is following the same path of the Argentine government in crises such in Bolivia and Ecuador, but that she would do the same if there was a tryinf of a coup in countries under other political ideologies. “If there was an attempt to overthrow the government of President (Sebastian) Piñera of Chile, or the president (Juan Manuel) Santos, I would defend democracy in the same way,” she said.

The President made ​​a mea culpa regarding Peronism, stating that in the past this movement created by Juan Domingo Perón not always advocated the importance of democracy and exalted the importance of the rival party, Radical Civic Union, to defend democracy.

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A Happy End for Maduro? One Year After Chavez Passed Way, Oliver Stone Releases His Film on Former President as Venezuela Seeks Support From Neighbours


The Oliver Stone’s film “Hugo, mi amigo” , which tells the story of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, will debut next March 5, in simultaneously airing by Telesur, Caracas, and the TV Publica of Buenos Aires. The launch takes place on the first anniversary of the death of Chavez.

The 51 minutes long film includes testimonies of relatives and friends of the “comandante” about his life and his role in Latin America. The film comes to television a few days later that the streets of Caracas were shaken by a massive wave of demonstrations against the govern of Nicolás Maduro, friend and successor to Chavez, that already caused the death of 17 Venezuelans and left 261 others injured since the beginning of clashes between pro-government and opposition, last Feb. 12.

But the president of Venezuela will need more than the friendship of the American filmmaker to pacify an increasingly divided country not only by ideological differences, but by a growing hatred between the two parts of society, the richest and poorest , a phenomenon that also deepens in other Latin American countries that have experienced some social mobility of those who had not many opportunities and found some hope in governments labeled as “populists”.

No wonder that the Chancellor of Venezuela, Elias Jaua, took some days to make your schedule a tour through Argentina, Brazil, Paraguau, Uruguay and Bolivia in search of political support, something that had already been expressed jointly in a statement of Mercosul, but to Caracas, need to become more explicit.

No wonder that the Chancellor of Venezuela, Elias Jaua, took some days to make  a tour through Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia in search of political support, something that had already been expressed jointly in a statement of Mercosul. But  Caracas has a need to it become more explicit, especially from Brazil, whose statements regarding Venezuela have been considered timid, both for those expecting a more effusive support of Dilma Rousseff toward Maduro, as critics of mandatory Brazilian and such “populist governments”, which require a conviction on the part of Brazil to repressions against anti-Chavista demonstrators.

In a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, this Friday, 28, Jaua rallied support for the holding of a special meeting of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to discuss the crisis in his country. But it will be difficult to get from Rousseff more than the statement made two weeks after the start of the conflict: “We believe, always, in any situation, is much better dialogue, consensus, democratic work than any other type of institutional breakdown ”

Unlike its predecessor Lula , Rousseff not exactly stands out for her role in the diplomatic field and hardly will launch its government in attempts to mediate between government and opposition in Venezuela , the way that Uruguay , Colombia and the United States have been willing to do.

With the whole continent , in general, observing what happens in Venezuela Maduro one year after the death of Chavez, Brazil and Argentina have in fact increased interest in the outcome of the Venezuelan situation , even as they face within their territories similar clashes between an impoverished part of the population that supports the government that brings them some social assistance , and a high-middle and middle class that sees abandoned by the government and complaining about insecurity , corruption and the rising cost of living .

From Buenos Aires, Cristina Kirchner faces the “panelazos” in the streets of the Argentine capital at the same time that her government makes effusive statements of support for partner that Venezuela under Chavez and the height of oil prices, was the first country to extend the hand then to Argentina in crisis with the IMF.

From Brasilia, Rousseff, who last year had its popularity severely affected by gigantic street demonstrations, does not seem very willing to go beyond a discrete institutional support.

In this sense, the offer made by the U.S. president, Barack Obama, to mediate the crisis in Venezuela, and the launch of the Oliver Stone film are ways to remember that without Chavez and Lula out of power in Latin America, which made ​​a certain global leadership over the past two decades, runs the risk of returning to have a supporting role even in solving their own problems.

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To Counter Criticism, Brazilian Government Increases Salaries Paid to Cuban Doctors Working in the Country


Cuban doctors are welcomed in Salvador, Bahia, for stuff from Govern of the State/ Photo: Carla Ornelas (Secom)

From this Saturday, 1 the 7,400 Cuban doctors working in Brazil through the “Mais Médicos (MoreDoctors) ” program will have a 50% increase in the amount of wages they receive directly in your hands each month, $ 600, versus $ 400 that has received until February. Because ofwork rules established by, doctors in this country who work outside the communist regime in Cuba receive only a part of the salary to which they are entitled, another part is deposited in a bank account in the name of the doctor in Cuba and a third party, 60% of salary, is in the hands of the government in Havana.

Since last year , Brazil began to bring thousands of foreign doctors to work in remote areas and the outskirts of cities , to fill vacancies that are unwanted by Brazilian physicians , despite the wage is considered good for a professional early career. The program has attracted doctors from different countries such as Argentina, Spain and Portugal , but most professionals come from Cuba , through a bilateral agreement is brokered by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO ) .

The arrival of Cuban doctors to the country was not peaceful . Even with no interest in moving to where there is greater need for basic medical care , Brazilian physicians through their professional associations , began to boycott the program all possible ways , including guiding professionals to enroll in More Doctors and subsequently give up the vacancies only to delay the hiring of foreign doctors . In the demosntrations that occurred in some cities, Cuban doctors that arrived to were harassed and some were compared to domestic employees by their Brazilian counterparts , because of their physical appearance .

Recently, some Cuban doctors have left the program, alleging doing slave labor (the wage that comes to their hands is much less than the amount received by doctors of other nationalities) and expressed an intention to immigrate to the United States.

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Brazilian Elections: First Challenge of Governor Eduardo Campos is to Show He is a Better Bet Than Marina Silva

Former Ally of Lula, Governor of Pernambuco State, Eduardo Campos, will be an oppositor candidate to Presidency this year

Former Ally of Lula, Governor of Pernambuco State, Eduardo Campos, will be an oppositor candidate to Presidency this year. Photo: PSB


On its official Facebook page, Governor of the State of Pernambuco and virtual presidential candidate of Brazilian Socialist Party, Eduardo Campos, states that “if we want to save the next 20 years of Brazilian life we must have the courage to do now what it always was left for later.” The general statement of the governor better evaluated nationwide should be the basis of every word that Campos will comment publicly on his travels around the country to convince the Brazilian electorate that a former government ally, who was Minister of Science and Technology in the first term of President Lula (2003-2006) is the best person to lead the progress that the country needs to do in almost all areas. Improvments, in an official perspective. Changes for those in opposition.

Grandson of a legendary left-winged politician and former governor of Pernambuco Miguel Arraes, Campos is finishing this year his second term ahead of the state that had the most remarkable performance in attracting public and private investments in the whole Northeast, the poorest and most underdeveloped region in the country .

Under the command of Campos, Pernambuco received huge investments, such as the Port of Suape, a giant complex that binds port facilities and industrial units, which began to be planned in the 1960s, but that started becoming real in 2007, the first year of government Campos. He turned posible investments of $ 17 billion with the installation of more than 100 large companies. Together, these new industries generated more than 50,000 jobs and helped to give a new impetus to the State of Pernambuco in their historic struggle to overcome the neighboring state of Bahia and become the largest regional economy.

Besides the economy, part of the success is due to the Campos reduction of homicides in Recife, capital of the state, which has always been one of the most violent cities in Brazil and showed that, over the past few years, a significant reduction in homicides. According to data presented by the state government, last year there were 7.6% fewer murders in Pernambuco than in 2012. The state did not meet the 12% reduction in these crimes, but it was the only one of the great Brazilian states to record fewer homicides.

The person responsible for crime reduction program called Pact for Life, includes a series of integrated between the different spheres of power, including justice, and provides for increased use of technology shares and police intelligence, greater emphasis on the completion of police investigations and investments in the training of police officers. Five years after its implementation in Pernambuco, the program was copied by the Bahia government, administered by the same party of President Dilma Rousseff, PT, without presenting the same results so far.

The success of public policies led Campos to be re-elected in 2010 with over 80% of the vote, a national record. Such approval ratings led the governor of Pernambuco to be called, years before, the “golden boy” by his friend and countryman, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who shortly afterwards sought in vain to curb electoral projects from his ally, trying to convince him to run for president only in 2018, with the possible support of the Workers Party.

But Campos was determined and although in the first three-years of the term of President Dilma Rousseff had maintained his formal support to the government, began to criticize the conduct of economic policy and used the time that the political parties are entitled to in the Brazilian television to say that “more can be done.”

The criticisms made ​​by the governor for the presidency caused an immediate malaise among the leadership of the PT. Not only because they were made ​​by a party with positions in government, but especially by the fact that most of the investments to Pernambuco, as the Abreu e Lima refinery, designed in partnership with PDVSA of Venezuela, were made under the influence of Lula, who was born in that state, and eventually became the main guarantor of administration de Campos. In fact, without Lula’s help much of that investments could not have been done.

Campos continued his tour through the country, talking to political and business leaders, showing up as an alternative to long polarization between the PT of Lula and PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who staged the contest in the elections Brazil over the 20 years since Cardoso became president supported by the success of the fight against inflation when he was finance minister of President Itamar Franco (1993-1994).

But the gap between Campos and Dilma materialized when the governor of Pernambuco began to be photographed next to Aécio Neves, a PSDB Senator and likely presidential candidate, which is the main name of the opposition to the October elections.

So far, the polls indicate that Campos is not a big problem for Rousseff. Even with the possible candidate to vice being former minister Marina Silva, who got over 20 million votes in 2010, the governor has fluctuated around 10% of the electorate. Many observers thinks Silva would be a better name for the party in order to run for presidence. But Campos, who had to get rid of important leadership in the party who taught would be smarter staying an ally of PT, such brothers Ciro Gomes, former finance minister, and Cid Gomes, governor of Ceará, has it is clear that in campaign he will talk not about necessary improvments, but changes.

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Supposed to Meet Former Girlfriend in Brazil, Neymar Announces he is Sueing Woman That Put him in Trouble With Marquezine

Striker Neymar, from Barcelona, sued Brazilian model Laryssa Oliveira to explain it to justice her statements that she maintained a  romance with the most important player of the Brazilian team, which would have damaged the star’s relationship with actress Bruna Marquezine. The information was published on Thursday, 27 by UOL, the leading Brazilian news website that interviewed the player’s lawyer, Fernando Thompson.

The news was published on the eve of a possible visit of Neymar to Salvador, where he is being awaited along with Messi to participate in the carnival city on the invitation of Ronaldinho, who rode a funky “camarote”, a temporary structure built along the street where the parade takes place, which should receive numerous celebrities during the party. Local newspapers speculated a meeting between Neymar and Marquezine, which could resume dating.

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Russian Gay Couple Get Married in Argentina and Seeks Refuge in the Country

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Two Russian men from the city of Sochi, which recently hosted the Winter Games, thdecided to get married today, 25, in the civil registry of Uruguay Street 753 City of Buenos Aires. Alexander and Dimitri, whose family names were not informed, said the marriage is a way to denounce homophobic practices in their native Russia, where recently foreign athletes were told not to “promote homosexualism” during the Games.

The Argentine capital became in 2010 the first Latin American city to allow marriage between same-sex and, since last year, allows foreign tourists to marry in the city in an attempt to consolidate as a reference to the rights of homosexuals in the region.

Nowadays, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Uruguay are the only countries in Americas where gay marriage is allowed. Alexander and Dimitri are now to ask for refuge in Argentina. Curiosly, the website of Argentinean La Nación, closed this news to comments from readers suggesting it is a sensible subject.

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