Bolsonaro rotates 180 degrees in its relationship with Argentina

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The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, reiterated his intention to meet face to face with his Argentine couple, Alberto Fernández, after the failure of the meeting in the presidential assumption of the Uruguayan Luis Lacalle Pou on March 1. In Órbita he consulted the Argentine political scientist based in Brazil, Andrés del Río.

The Brazilian president had raised the possibility of a meeting on March 1 in Montevideo, in the presidential assumption of the Uruguayan Luis Lacalle Pou. However, Fernández will not be able to attend because it coincides with the beginning of the legislature in Congress.

The tense relationship Between both leaders it began in 2019, when the Argentine was still a presidential candidate. The ideological differences and discursive crosses led to the fact that, for the first time in decades, a Brazilian president was absent in the takeover of the neighboring country.

“2019 was a year in which international relations between countries were very tense. It was Bolsonaro’s first year as president, while in Argentina it was the presidential campaign. When Alberto Fernández’s candidacy with vice president Cristina Kirchner, Bolsonaro was raised began to make statements against him, “the Argentine political scientist based in Brazil, Andrés del Río, told En Órbita.

Bolsonaro He expressed his support for Mauricio Macri (2015-2019), who was seeking re-election. And he warned that if Fernández won he would represent “the end of Mercosur”, and that Argentina would “become the new Venezuela”. For his part, the Peronist leader responded by accusing his pair of “racist” and “misogynist.”
But in the beginning of 2020 Bolsonaro’s posture became friendlier. On February 12, he met with Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá, and announced that he would support the nation in renegotiating the debt with the IMF.
Del Rio also recalled that these are the “two largest trading and political partners of South America”, and reflected on this attempt to remedy the relationship.

“The numbers speak for themselves. Brazil is the main destination of Argentina’s exports, with almost 17%. Meanwhile, 27% of Argentine imports originate in the neighboring country. On the Brazilian side, the main destination of Exports of its manufactures is Argentina. Overall, of all the products that Brazil exports, Argentina is third with 8%, “said Del Rio.

Although with differences, both countries are in economic crisis. The political scientist described In Orbit particularities of both realities.

Boy Scouts in bankruptcy

The organization Boy Scouts of the US declared bankruptcy. He opted for this safeguard procedure to continue functioning and create a compensation fund for victims of sexual abuse.

In 72 years, about 12,000 children have been victims of sexual abusel, according to local media. It is suspected that 7,800 ex-leaders are responsible.

The organization acknowledged in a statement that there were “moments in its history in which the cases were not treated or handled in a manner consistent with our commitment to protect explorers, or with our current values ​​or procedures.”

According to experts, this could be one of the largest and most complex bankruptcies ever registered in the country. Agreements have been claimed on behalf of thousands of men who reported abuse when they were scouting children.
By declaring bankruptcy, scouts can cripple those claims for the moment. But they might be forced to sell numerous properties in order to raise money for a compensation fund that could exceed the 1 billion dollars.

The organization founded in 1910 suffers a significant drop in registrations and finances due to the amount of extrajudicial agreements on child abuse. The situation worsened in 2019 after New York, Arizona, New Jersey and California passed laws making it easier for victims to file lawsuits.

Are there political prisoners in Argentina?

In another order, the Argentine president Alberto Fernández asked that there is never again a Justice that decides and persecutes according to the political winds. The president warned via Twitter that “in recent years the lawfare he settled in Argentina. “The term is the use of the judicial apparatus to benefit or harm someone based on their political ideology.

Two months in office, Fernández is experiencing his first internal crisis around the continuation of the arrests of these leaders, and the use of the term “political prisoner.”
The controversy began after the head of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero, said that in the current administration “there are no such detainees but arbitrary imprisonment and questionable processes.” However, senior government officials contradicted him. Among them the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro, and the governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof.
On the subject, Sputnik consulted the Argentine constitutionalist and academic lawyer, Gregorio Badeni, who opined that lawfare does not systematically exist in democracy as a general rule.

“That does not mean that there are some judges who are willing to collaborate with the Executive Power to unleash a kind of persecution against the opponents invoking or creating criminal figures that in reality later prove that they did not exist,” he said.

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