Brazil's new president doesn't rule out idea of United States base in Brazil

Carlton Robbins
January 9, 2019

SAO PAULO- Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro said in a TV interview on Thursday that he is open to discussing the possibility of hosting a United States military base.

Earlier in December, two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela, a deployment that accentuated soaring Russia-US tensions. Ji Bingxuan is the vice-president of the National Popular Assembly Committee and attended Bolsonaro's inauguration ceremony two years ago.

A provisional decree, which could become permanent if ratified in Congress within 120 days, allows Cruz to practically silence NGOs struggling to protect the environment or worldwide green associations such as Greenpeace, for which Bolsonaro said during the campaign that they are "pushing their nose in Brazil".

Bolsonaro's decision on the embassy move is highly controversial since the Israeli regime claims all of occupied al-Quds as its capital while Palestinians view the eastern part of the holy city as the capital of a future state.

Brazil has the third biggest prison population in the world, behind the United States and China, with almost 73,000 inmates as of 2016. He has strongly criticized what he calls "gender-based ideology", saying it is a threat to Brazil's Christian values.

LGBTI people, Brazilians of African descent who practice non-Judeo-Christian religions were attacked by right-wing Bolsonaro supporters across the country during the presidential election campaign.

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The state's public security department said that buses and cars were torched and gas stations were attacked on Sunday in Fortaleza, the capital, and in at least six other cities.

The president argued that Brazil did not want to become a South American super-power, noting that still, the country should have a dominant position in comparison with regional states.

While authorities said the motive behind the attacks had not been confirmed, officials believed they were revenge for the recent announcement of tighter rules governing prisons and prisoners in the state.

While legal gun ownership is restricted, drug traffickers and other criminal groups are often heavily armed with automatic weapons. Last year, almost 64,000 were killed, many from firearms.

It also signalled the apparent start of a new era of sweeping deregulation in Brazil, a country once lauded for its strides in environmental protection - including its stewardship of the world's largest rain forest.

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