Bolsonaro wants to end democracy in Brazil. Here’s one way he could do it | David Miranda

Brazils far right knows it needs protests and chaos to justify a restoration of dictatorship-era measures The challenges to democracy and civic order in Brazil, the worlds fifth most populous country, have increased significantly in the past couple of weeks. As dangers to Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president, and his movement grow, so, too, do the threats emanating from them. Tensions reached a boiling point last week when the former president Luiz Igncio Lula da Silva those taking place in Chile, members of Bolsonaros party formally requested that he be preventatively imprisoned on the grounds that he was attempting to incite violence against the government. But even before Lulas release, the ways in which Brazilian democracy are imperiled were becoming …

How an isolated group of Mormons got caught up in Mexico’s cartel wars

The deaths of nine women and children has thrust into focus a small religious community and their long history in a remote corner of northern Mexico Amid the scrubby foothills of Sonoras Sierra Madre mountains, they farmed pomegranates and pistachios, raised large families and preached a fundamentalist Mormon faith. For years, the small community of La Mora also maintained an uneasy peace with the mafia gangs who dominate this part of northern Mexico: identifying themselves at cartel checkpoints and avoiding the regions lonely dirt roads after dark. Map Weve all been stopped on the road cartel groups just wanting to know who we are, said Kenneth Miller Jr, a resident of the little town. Weve never had to worry about …

Jair Bolsonaro pictured with second accused in Marielle Franco murder case

Photos of Brazils president with a suspect in the killing of a Rio councillor have emerged seven months after a similar incident Brazilian opposition figures and human rights observers are seething after a photo emerged of the countrys far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, grinning and giving the thumbs up alongside a man arrested in connection with the lsecond time the president has been photographed alongside a suspect in Brazils most high-profile political murder in a decade. In March, a photo of Bolsonaro with lcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former policeman accused of driving the car used in Francos killing, circulated on social media. Queirozs arrest appeared to support suspicion that Franco had been targeted by the s of Rio and are …

Venezuela: UN report accuses Maduro of gross violations against dissenters

In withering report, human rights chief details how Maduros security forces allegedly torture members of the opposition The UN has issued a withering appraisal of the human rights situation in Venezuela, as horrific details emerged of the injuries inflicted on a navy captain allegedly tortured to death during a crackdown on alleged plotters against president Nicols Maduro. A report by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet which follows a notorious special forces group blamed for a wave of politically-motivated killings. The a shadowy special forces unit activists suspect has been tasked with subduing opposition to Maduro in Venezuelas impoverished periphery. The report said Bachelets team had interviewed relatives of 20 young men killed by FAES between June 2018 and April …

Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi

The worlds worst leaders have a dangerous heir who will risk peace to get Dads attention, says Guardian columnist Arwa Madhawi There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the worlds most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the awkward Russian meetings, is an Idiot Adult Son. (Ivanka is …