As eleições parlamentares antecipadas na Islândia

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Alϸingi, Parlamento Islandês

Publicado originalmente em 29/09/17

A Islândia ficou conhecida recentemente pelo envolvimento de seus políticos no escândalo do Panama Papers, que derrubou o governo do primeiro-ministro Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson. Em janeiro deste ano (2017), Bjarni Benediktsson assumiu a função de Premiê com uma coalizão tripartidária, após as eleições de 29 de outubro, em que os membros dessa coalizão ocuparam 32 dos 63 assentos no Parlamento.

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Brasil encerra atividade militar no Haiti nesta quinta-feira (31)

Texto 63

30/08/2017

Nesta semana, as tropas brasileiras se despedem oficialmente da missão da Organização das Nações Unidas no Haiti depois de 13 anos. Será realizada na próxima quinta (31), às 19h de Porto Príncipe (20h em Brasília), a cerimônia que marca o encerramento das atividades militares do Brasil na Missão das Nações Unidas para Estabilização do Haiti (MINUSTAH). Desde a decisão do Conselho de Segurança de extinguir a missão, o contingente tem se reduzido gradualmente até a retirada completa, prevista para 15 de outubro de 2017.

MINUSTAH e o comando brasileiro

MINUSTAH é a sigla em francês que se refere à Missão criada em 30 de abril de 2004 pela Resolução 1542 do Conselho de Segurança da ONU, e implementada efetivamente em 1º de junho do mesmo ano. A Missão foi criada para suceder de maneira mais estruturada a Força Multinacional Interina, estabelecida apenas dois meses antes (26/02/2004) pela Resolução 1529.

A Missão foi autorizada a mobilizar no Haiti até 6.700 militares, 1.622 policiais, 550 funcionários civis internacionais, 150 voluntários das Nações Unidas e cerca de 1 mil funcionários civis locais.
Desde sua implementação, a MINUSTAH tem seu braço militar sob o comando do Brasil no trabalho para colocar fim à violência e à instabilidade política no Haiti.

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US imposes sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela

Texto 60

25/08/2017

The US imposed sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela on Friday, which were angrily denounced by Caracas and dramatically ratcheted up tensions between the two countries.

The sanctions, which US President Donald Trump signed by executive order, prohibit American financial institutions from providing new money to the government or the state oil company, PDVSA, and could make it harder for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to raise badly needed cash to prevent a debt default.

They also restrict the Venezuelan oil giant’s US subsidiary, Citgo, from sending dividends back to Venezuela and ban trading in two bonds the government recently issued to circumvent its increasing isolation from Western financial markets.

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What Kenyan voters got for the $500m spent on elections

 

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18/08/2017, by Nanjala Nyabola

Raila Odinga, leader of the National Super Alliance and Kenya’s opposition is petitioning the Supreme Court for a review of the results of the 2017 election, easing the political pressure that has kept the country in suspended animation for the last week.

On the morning of August 9th, about 12 hours after results started trickling on the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) results transmission website, leader of the largest opposition coalition Raila Odinga claimed that the website had been hacked to under-represent his share of the vote. On Friday, at 10:30 pm, the chairman of the IEBC, Wafula Chebukati, declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner triggering a flurry of protests in Nairobi and Kisumu. According to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights at least 24 people have died.

Kenya’s elections generally have three phases. First, there is a jittery pre-election phase peppered with accusations of malpractice; second, a peaceful and even joyous voting phase; and third, an anxious wait for final results and the inevitable fallout.

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Eventuais sanções à Venezuela podem piorar sofrimento da população, diz relator da ONU

Texto 54

11/08/2017

As sanções não são a resposta para a crescente crise na Venezuela, e a comunidade internacional não deve seguir por esse caminho, disse o relator especial das Nações Unidas Idriss Jazairy nesta sexta-feira (11).

“As sanções podem piorar a situação da população venezuelana, que já está sofrendo com a inflação paralisante e a falta de acesso adequado a alimentos e remédios”, disse Jazairy.

O especialista enfatizou que esforços no sentido de prejudicar a economia venezuelana só levarão a violações dos direitos das pessoas comuns. “Sanções causam perturbação a qualquer Estado, e podem particularmente ter efeitos devastadores para cidadãos de países em desenvolvimento quando prejudicam a economia”.

“O diálogo é a base de uma solução para as disputas”, disse Jazairy. “Os Estados devem se engajar em diálogo construtivo com o governo venezuelano para chegar a soluções para os desafios muito reais enfrentados”, disse.

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The Partition: The British game of ‘divide and rule’

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10/08/2017, by Sashi Tharoor

On August 15, 1947, India won independence: a moment of birth that was also an abortion, since freedom came with the horrors of the partition, when East and West Pakistan were hacked off the stooped shoulders of India by the departing British.

Seventy years later, it is hard to look back without horror at the savagery of the country’s vivisection, when rioting, rape and murder scarred the land, millions were uprooted from their homes, and billions of rupees worth of property were damaged and destroyed. Within months, India and Pakistan were embroiled in a war over Kashmir, the consequences of which still affect us today.

There was an intangible partition, too. Friendships were destroyed, families ruined, geography hacked, history misread, tradition denied, minds and hearts torn apart. The creation and perpetuation of Hindu-Muslim antagonism was the most significant accomplishment of British imperial policy: the colonial project of “divide et impera” (divide and rule) fomented religious antagonisms to facilitate continued imperial rule and reached its tragic culmination in 1947.

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Christopher Kissane: ‘Historical myopia is to blame for the attacks on Mary Beard’

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11/08/2017
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther sparked a movement of Reformation that would leave indelible marks on European history. While some have used this anniversary as an opportunity for reflection, and others a chance to heal old wounds, 2017 finds us in an age of intense historical myopia. Breathless news cycles and furious outrage are shrinking our horizons just as they need to widen. Public debate barely remembers the world of last year, “old news”, let alone that of a decade or few ago.

History’s expertise, and most dangerously its perspective, are being lost in our inability to look beyond the here and now. We stumble into crises of finance and inequality with ignorance of economic history, and forget even the recent background to our current politics. We fail to think in the long term and miss a growing environmental catastrophe. We refuse help to millions of refugees by turning away from our own history. As technology and globalisation bring the world closer together, we have narrowed rather than broadened our perspective. With challenges on many fronts, history needs to be at the heart of how we think about our ever-changing world.

Instead, history’s prominence in Britain is too often reduced to a seemingly endless parade of Tudors, Victorians and the second world war. When history does appear in public debate, it is generally in the form of facile analogies, from all manner of centenary comparisons to the first world war to the Reformation, as “the first Brexit” or “this generation’s Dunkirk”. Such lazy attempts to equate the present and the past are actively misleading, a pointless parlour game that crowds out the vital role of history in understanding current affairs. Instead of examining the historical trends in American economy and culture that have produced Trump, we ask if he is “the new Hitler”.

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