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In the spotlight: the start of the presidential campaign in Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro, the current president and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva have entered the campaign to run for the presidency of Brazil.


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The two main candidates in the race for the Palacio do Planalto, President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Lula, have chosen symbolic places for the first day of the electoral campaign

 ,” writes 




 Bolsonaro travels to Juiz de Fora, where he suffered a stabbing in 2018;

and he must make a speech " 

at the very place where he was struck


Objective, according to his allies: " 

to revive the effervescence which marked the electoral race that year 

", and which led him to victory.

The left-wing candidate Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, for his part, chose a factory in São Bernardo do Campo, in the ABC Paulista region, his political cradle.

He also planned 

street mobilizations, with marches and flags in all the states


Knowing that according to a poll on the front page of the


site , “ 

77% of those questioned say they have already chosen their candidate


Lula leads the polls 


Lula increases his lead over Bolsonaro

 ”, title

O Dia

 : 45% against 34% for the former president.

The poll published by


 places Lula at 44% and Bolsonaro at 32%. 

In the event of a second round

, 51% for Lula and 35% for Bolsonaro.

Never before has a president run for re-election in such an unfavorable situation

 ," exclaimed an

O Globo

columnist .

But the newspaper notes that the government will now enjoy the most favorable moment of the year:

"negative inflation in the three months before the vote, rising GDP thanks to stimulus measures and falling unemployment

 ", even if believes the newspaper, “ 

it is an artificially created environment


Bolsonaro / Lula meeting? 

Jair Bolsonaro and Lula were both invited to the inauguration on Tuesday of Alexandre de Moraes as president of the Superior Electoral Court.

Moraes who therefore becomes " 

a central figure for the 2022 election

 ", writes

Folha de São Paulo


Moraes known, recalls

O Globo

, for his " combative and firm

posture  (...)

in the conduct of the Supreme Court's investigations which overwhelm the Bolsonaro camp


In Nicaragua, tension of power around the Catholic Church 

In Nicaragua, the priest Oscar Benavidez, parish priest of Espiritu Santo was arrested this weekend.

La Prensa

reproduces the press release from the diocese of Siuna: “ 

We do not know the cause and the reasons for his arrest.

We are awaiting explanations from the authorities


The daily specifies that "for 

the past two weeks, the country has experienced a repressive escalation against the Catholic Church

 ", with the police who, since August 4, have been blocking the bishopric of Matagalpa, in the North, preventing the Bishop Rolando Alvarez and a dozen priests and lay people.


The bishop represents one of the last prophetic voices of the Catholic Church that the dictatorship of (President Daniel) Ortega could never intimidate or co-opt

 ,” writes


 : the regime accuses him of promoting violence and hatred, “ 

when everyone knows that all he has done is to preach hope and peace


And the newspaper welcomes a general condemnation in the country of “the

repression against the Church

 ”, a condemnation which cannot remain silent, considers the newspaper, in view of the danger that the bishop runs.

Relations between the Catholic Church and the government of Daniel Ortega have been strained since 2018, when protesters demanding the resignation of the president took refuge in churches.  

An “extreme heat belt” in the United States by 2050? 

In thirty years, an “ 

extreme heat belt 

” would cover the center of the United States: this is in any case what the study of a non-profit organization,

First Street Foundation

, taken up by the 

Washington Post

predicts. .

The central United States is not known for the heat of summer, but according to the

First Street Foundation

tens of millions of people living in this zone could see some temperatures soar above 51 degrees, from northern Texas to Louisiana to Illinois and Indiana.

Located between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains, this region forms a kind of bowl that channels humidity, which increases temperatures.

Specialist Jaime Gonzales believes in the newspaper that this study “ 

gives a glimpse of what will happen if we do not act more


The Academy of Oscars apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather 

It's 1973, at the Academy Awards, and Marlon Brando has just been declared the winner of the Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather.

But it's Sacheen Littlefeather, a young Indian, who comes on stage.

She explains that Marlon Brando cannot accept this award, because of the way Indians are treated by the film industry.

The young woman is immediately booed by part of the room, recalls the 


site , and insulted.

She says actor John Wayne even wanted to get on stage to hit her, writes the 

Hollywood Reporter


In its letter, the Academy points out that the actress, who had hitherto appeared in a few films, was then " 

professionally boycotted and discriminated against for 50 years

 “, and apologizes” 

most sincerely

 “for what she suffered.


We Indians are very patient people


it's only been 50



 “, reacted Sacheen Littlefeather in a press release taken up by the


site .

The Academy had sent the text last June, but revealed it on Monday, to announce an event dedicated to Sacheen Littlefeather, which will take place on September 17 at the Academy Museum. 


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