The Week in Stories Around the Globe

BOLSONARO RAMPS UP CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT WITH TOUGH BRAZIL ELECTION LOOMING

Bolsonaro, who faces record disapproval, has ratcheted up his pressure on opponents in various ways, attempting to fortify himself ahead of presidential elections next October. He has worked to build a solid base among local police rank and file (although that support may be fading) and replaced wavering allies with loyal shock troops in key military, intelligence, and law enforcement positions. All the while, Bolsonaro has repeatedly signaled his desire to rewrite the rules to give himself more power, even if it requires a coup to do so.

#Bolsonaro #Brazil #Elections2021





Ivory Coast gears up for Laurent Gbagbo’s return

Overview of the Cote d’azur in Nice,southern France.

Gbagbo’s tenure was marred by a failed coup that split the country into a rebel-held north and a government-run south and fuelled outbreaks of violence that pushed him to extend his presidential mandate. When elections finally took place in 2010, Ouattara defeated Gbagbo, who claimed voter fraud and refused to concede.


#ivorycoast
 #Africa #PoliticalNews



Macron slap: Four months for man who attacked French president

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – OCTOBER 18: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the conclusion of a two-day summit of European Union leaders on October 18, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The day before EU and UK negotiators announced an agreement on the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. Leaders of the EU countries are also meeting to discuss the EU’s long-term budget, the strategic agenda and Climate. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

“There have been moments of very high tension and violence in our country which I’ve had to experience as president, during the gilets jaunes crisis. But society is in a different place today.”

#France #President #International

Scientist Debate the Existence of the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

“Some of the most distant objects that we see in the universe are black holes, and they’re blasting the universe with powerful radiation that’s generated by matter that’s being accreted from them,” Bower says. “But in the case of Sagittarius A*, it’s very, very quiet and it’s almost a billion times less luminous.”

#Science #BlackHoles #milkyway

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