Monthly Archives: July 2015

Federal prosecutors opened an investigation into the life of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for increasing lobby powers for a Brazilian construction giant. Officials are trying to determine if the popular president had used his influence to help convince international leaders to award contracts to Odebrecht SA and the financing from BNDES, Brazil’s development bank.

Lula’s acts are considered criminal influences as influence peddling is punishable up to five years imprisonment. Lula, who used his influence post-presidency in 2011 to 2014, involved Odebrecth winning numerous big infrastructure deals for nations including Ghana, Angola, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Lula da Silva denied all allegations by local newspaper Epoca, which highlighted the case. Instituto Lula, da Silva’s private foundation, intends to prove that Lula da Silva is innocent from all allegations.

Odebrecht had also denied any wrongdoing and said that it only has an institutional relationship with the ex-president.

It is the first time da Silva’s name had been involved in a criminal investigation. The Workers’ Party, which is the ruling party of Brazil, is further shaken after probes earlier and continue to investigate a corruption scandal involving state-owned oil company Patróleo Brasilieiro SA, which is known as Petrobas.

In light of the scandals, many opposition politicians had called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, da Silva’s political protégé.

The Kurdish Peshmerga Forces, the probably champions against the Islamic State as seen by most Middle East forces, cannot receive aid from the latter. One of the most direct ways to win the war, the US has blocked aid. The US has refused to allow supplying heavy weapons directly to the Kurdish YPG Militia.

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The US-allied Middle East countries had criticised Obama and Cameron for providing a clear strategy and basically a reason to help them beat the IS, who had clearly outgunned and outclassed the Iraqi government.

A Senior Arab official said to a local newspaper that Arab nations may need to find a new way to deal with the threat if the United States is unwilling to make a move.

In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing to win votes to have the RAF participate in bombing runs in Syria to defeat the Islamic State. This comes after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon suggested that IS militants in Syria planned the Tunisian massacre of 29 British tourists.

The United States, Canada and Arab Allies had led bombing runs in Iraq and Syria over the past year, destroying crucial IS headquarters in different territories.