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The Lebanization of Brazil

Iron Maiden

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Btaaboura is a tiny village in the mountains of northern Lebanon. It is connected to the main motorway by a narrow winding road. It could be just anywhere in the Christian part of this country: white stone houses, olive groves, wine grapes, bare hills.
Like elsewhere, the wealth is hardly backed by hard work. It is mainly sustained by remittances flowing from abroad. There are grotesquely luxurious cars everywhere - Audis, BMWs. And there is Western Union office on the main street. All doors are closed; nothing moves.

But this village is actually ‘unique’; different from all others in the area. At the entrance, there is a new park that shows the Brazilian and Lebanese flag fluttering side-by-side.

And across the street, a blue and white sign announces in Portuguese and Arabic: RUA MICHEL TAMER PRESIDENTE DO BRAZIL.

In front of the word PRESIDENTE, there is a patch of blue spray paint. Later, I am told that just a few months ago it read, VICE-PRESIDENTE, but when Michel Temer ousted the legitimate President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, the Mayor of Btaaboura personally covered what he considered to be ‘outdated’ – the word VICE (Temer took office on August 31, 2016 after Rousseff's impeachment and removal).

We inquired at a small grocery store, and soon we found the ancestral home of Michel Temer, “Presidente do Brazil’. Nizar Tamer (the local spelling), his cousin, was sitting in the garden, waving at us, inviting us in.

“Come, sit down and rest. Have some figs and grapes: all local produce. You want to talk about Michel? But of course; why not?”

Soon, the seating area begins to fill with other relatives and friends. Fruits are served. Everybody is smiling, joking, happy.

My head is heavy. I hardly slept the night before, shooting endless Tweets, denouncing the coup, ending my long chain of messages with words of unconditional support for Dilma, and with one Tweet depicting a battered Brazilian flag, accompanied by the text: “Here is lesson one in essential Portuguese: FORA TEMER! = TEMER, GET OUT!”

"If only they knew,” I am thinking. And involuntarily, a bitter smile appears on my face.

“Yes, we are cousins,” Nizar, a civil engineer, grins. “His father left for Brazil, my father stayed in Lebanon...”

I am shown another house, right next door, where Michel Temer’s father was born. The house is around 200 years old, and it is totally dilapidated. But there are rumors now that it could soon be converted into a museum in honor of the ‘Presidente’.

“People in Lebanon are very proud of Michel,” explain his relatives. “When he came here last time, it was in 2011 or 2012, it was a huge event: some 100 security people, Brazilian embassy employees... Michel told us that he would raise economy in both Brazil and here.”

When Temer ‘became President’, the village organized a huge party, with fireworks, belly dancing, traditional music...

And what about the coup, the corruption? Do people here realize how he came to power?

“Here, nobody cares about politics. He is now perhaps facing some problems, but these are his problems. We support him no matter what, because we are Lebanese, and because his roots are in Lebanon.”

We eat figs and grapes. Then coffee is served.

Several women, miserable-looking Syrian refugees, are walking down the street, humble, scared, looking down at the road.
It is just two days before Dilma Rousseff addresses the Senate.

I could stay much longer, listening to slow-flowing stories about the man who is now helping the West to demolish socialist South America. But suddenly I feel nauseated; I want to vomit. Obviously, I had reached the limit, and we have to leave.

Will Brazil get 'Lebanized'?
Lebanon is a total mess - a collapsed country with nothing social or socialist whatsoever. Money, ‘business’, flashing wealth is all that matters here.

While Maserati and Porsche sports cars navigate around the potholes of Beirut, misery and filth are swallowing suburban areas. Garbage collection periodically collapses, the country is burning diesel to generate electricity (blackouts and water shortages are endemic). Less than 40 percent of children attend public (state) schools. Medical care is mostly abandoned to the market. There is virtually no public transportation, no city planning, hardly any parks or green areas.

Those who have money throw it around, proudly and vulgarly. There are obnoxiously rich marinas, while the restaurants in the capital are at least twice more expensive than in Paris.

And there is plenty of cash here: from filthy mining and other investments that are plundering West Africa, from drugs being grown in the Bekaa Valley, from those billions of dollars in remittances, and of course from banking (money laundering). Lebanon produces very little. It consumes excessively.

Its reputation in the Middle East is terrible, mainly thanks to the racism and arrogance of many of its citizens.

Paradoxically, the only social force that stands above all religious and sectarian divides, is Hezbollah. But Hezbollah is closely linked to Syria and Iran’s government, and it fights ISIS in the mountains and across the border, as well as the several Israeli invasions and incursions into Lebanon. Predictably, the West put it on the terrorist list.

I keep imagining Brazil being governed by Mr. Temer and those like him. And I am frightened! What would happen to the majority of the people? Would they again become fully irrelevant and forgotten, like here in Lebanon?

Would the country function only in order to serve big business, the elites? Would the success of the entire nation be judged by the size of marinas and by the size of luxury cars in the parking lots of grossly overpriced restaurants and clubs?

Instead of being an example to the world, would Brazil get brutally Lebanized? The West would definitely like that, as it worked so hard to make it happen in the first place.

But in the name of Brazilian people, the rot, this deadly destruction has to be stopped.

Before leaving Btaaboura village, I stop my car for a few moments. And suddenly I see it: the beautiful and dear Brazilian flag is not waving in the wind. It is torn, dirty and looks like a rag. And there in front of the entrance to the park garbage lies strewn everywhere.

Full article here: Why Brazil under President Michel Temer risks becoming 'Lebanized' — RT Op-Edge
 
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  • kmarthe

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    #3
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    Btaaboura is a tiny village in the mountains of northern Lebanon. It is connected to the main motorway by a narrow winding road. It could be just anywhere in the Christian part of this country: white stone houses, olive groves, wine grapes, bare hills.
    Like elsewhere, the wealth is hardly backed by hard work. It is mainly sustained by remittances flowing from abroad. There are grotesquely luxurious cars everywhere - Audis, BMWs. And there is Western Union office on the main street. All doors are closed; nothing moves.

    But this village is actually ‘unique’; different from all others in the area. At the entrance, there is a new park that shows the Brazilian and Lebanese flag fluttering side-by-side.

    And across the street, a blue and white sign announces in Portuguese and Arabic: RUA MICHEL TAMER PRESIDENTE DO BRAZIL.

    In front of the word PRESIDENTE, there is a patch of blue spray paint. Later, I am told that just a few months ago it read, VICE-PRESIDENTE, but when Michel Temer ousted the legitimate President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, the Mayor of Btaaboura personally covered what he considered to be ‘outdated’ – the word VICE (Temer took office on August 31, 2016 after Rousseff's impeachment and removal).

    We inquired at a small grocery store, and soon we found the ancestral home of Michel Temer, “Presidente do Brazil’. Nizar Tamer (the local spelling), his cousin, was sitting in the garden, waving at us, inviting us in.

    “Come, sit down and rest. Have some figs and grapes: all local produce. You want to talk about Michel? But of course; why not?”

    Soon, the seating area begins to fill with other relatives and friends. Fruits are served. Everybody is smiling, joking, happy.

    My head is heavy. I hardly slept the night before, shooting endless Tweets, denouncing the coup, ending my long chain of messages with words of unconditional support for Dilma, and with one Tweet depicting a battered Brazilian flag, accompanied by the text: “Here is lesson one in essential Portuguese: FORA TEMER! = TEMER, GET OUT!”

    "If only they knew,” I am thinking. And involuntarily, a bitter smile appears on my face.

    “Yes, we are cousins,” Nizar, a civil engineer, grins. “His father left for Brazil, my father stayed in Lebanon...”

    I am shown another house, right next door, where Michel Temer’s father was born. The house is around 200 years old, and it is totally dilapidated. But there are rumors now that it could soon be converted into a museum in honor of the ‘Presidente’.

    “People in Lebanon are very proud of Michel,” explain his relatives. “When he came here last time, it was in 2011 or 2012, it was a huge event: some 100 security people, Brazilian embassy employees... Michel told us that he would raise economy in both Brazil and here.”

    When Temer ‘became President’, the village organized a huge party, with fireworks, belly dancing, traditional music...

    And what about the coup, the corruption? Do people here realize how he came to power?

    “Here, nobody cares about politics. He is now perhaps facing some problems, but these are his problems. We support him no matter what, because we are Lebanese, and because his roots are in Lebanon.”

    We eat figs and grapes. Then coffee is served.

    Several women, miserable-looking Syrian refugees, are walking down the street, humble, scared, looking down at the road.
    It is just two days before Dilma Rousseff addresses the Senate.

    I could stay much longer, listening to slow-flowing stories about the man who is now helping the West to demolish socialist South America. But suddenly I feel nauseated; I want to vomit. Obviously, I had reached the limit, and we have to leave.

    Will Brazil get 'Lebanized'?
    Lebanon is a total mess - a collapsed country with nothing social or socialist whatsoever. Money, ‘business’, flashing wealth is all that matters here.

    While Maserati and Porsche sports cars navigate around the potholes of Beirut, misery and filth are swallowing suburban areas. Garbage collection periodically collapses, the country is burning diesel to generate electricity (blackouts and water shortages are endemic). Less than 40 percent of children attend public (state) schools. Medical care is mostly abandoned to the market. There is virtually no public transportation, no city planning, hardly any parks or green areas.

    Those who have money throw it around, proudly and vulgarly. There are obnoxiously rich marinas, while the restaurants in the capital are at least twice more expensive than in Paris.

    And there is plenty of cash here: from filthy mining and other investments that are plundering West Africa, from drugs being grown in the Bekaa Valley, from those billions of dollars in remittances, and of course from banking (money laundering). Lebanon produces very little. It consumes excessively.

    Its reputation in the Middle East is terrible, mainly thanks to the racism and arrogance of many of its citizens.

    Paradoxically, the only social force that stands above all religious and sectarian divides, is Hezbollah. But Hezbollah is closely linked to Syria and Iran’s government, and it fights ISIS in the mountains and across the border, as well as the several Israeli invasions and incursions into Lebanon. Predictably, the West put it on the terrorist list.

    I keep imagining Brazil being governed by Mr. Temer and those like him. And I am frightened! What would happen to the majority of the people? Would they again become fully irrelevant and forgotten, like here in Lebanon?

    Would the country function only in order to serve big business, the elites? Would the success of the entire nation be judged by the size of marinas and by the size of luxury cars in the parking lots of grossly overpriced restaurants and clubs?

    Instead of being an example to the world, would Brazil get brutally Lebanized? The West would definitely like that, as it worked so hard to make it happen in the first place.

    But in the name of Brazilian people, the rot, this deadly destruction has to be stopped.

    Before leaving Btaaboura village, I stop my car for a few moments. And suddenly I see it: the beautiful and dear Brazilian flag is not waving in the wind. It is torn, dirty and looks like a rag. And there in front of the entrance to the park garbage lies strewn everywhere.

    Full article here: Why Brazil under President Michel Temer risks becoming 'Lebanized' — RT Op-Edge
    Tcharrafna! The author is Andre Vltchek, a very controversial self proclaimed philosopher who often mixes reality and fiction. Some forumers here, @Goku I guess, were defending him in the Christianity thread because of his attacks against this faith and his offenses towards Christians. Lebanon and us Lebanese are not perfect, but any other people living in the neighborhood we live in and in the horrible circumstances we have known since many decades would have behaved in a worse manner and crumbled. We have our flaws but we have also lots of strength points that the likes of Mr. Vltchek lack.

    This dude should be a persona non-grata in our country....
     
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    Indie

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    Btaaboura is a tiny village in the mountains of northern Lebanon. It is connected to the main motorway by a narrow winding road. It could be just anywhere in the Christian part of this country: white stone houses, olive groves, wine grapes, bare hills.
    Like elsewhere, the wealth is hardly backed by hard work. It is mainly sustained by remittances flowing from abroad. There are grotesquely luxurious cars everywhere - Audis, BMWs. And there is Western Union office on the main street. All doors are closed; nothing moves.

    But this village is actually ‘unique’; different from all others in the area. At the entrance, there is a new park that shows the Brazilian and Lebanese flag fluttering side-by-side.

    And across the street, a blue and white sign announces in Portuguese and Arabic: RUA MICHEL TAMER PRESIDENTE DO BRAZIL.

    In front of the word PRESIDENTE, there is a patch of blue spray paint. Later, I am told that just a few months ago it read, VICE-PRESIDENTE, but when Michel Temer ousted the legitimate President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, the Mayor of Btaaboura personally covered what he considered to be ‘outdated’ – the word VICE (Temer took office on August 31, 2016 after Rousseff's impeachment and removal).

    We inquired at a small grocery store, and soon we found the ancestral home of Michel Temer, “Presidente do Brazil’. Nizar Tamer (the local spelling), his cousin, was sitting in the garden, waving at us, inviting us in.

    “Come, sit down and rest. Have some figs and grapes: all local produce. You want to talk about Michel? But of course; why not?”

    Soon, the seating area begins to fill with other relatives and friends. Fruits are served. Everybody is smiling, joking, happy.

    My head is heavy. I hardly slept the night before, shooting endless Tweets, denouncing the coup, ending my long chain of messages with words of unconditional support for Dilma, and with one Tweet depicting a battered Brazilian flag, accompanied by the text: “Here is lesson one in essential Portuguese: FORA TEMER! = TEMER, GET OUT!”

    "If only they knew,” I am thinking. And involuntarily, a bitter smile appears on my face.

    “Yes, we are cousins,” Nizar, a civil engineer, grins. “His father left for Brazil, my father stayed in Lebanon...”

    I am shown another house, right next door, where Michel Temer’s father was born. The house is around 200 years old, and it is totally dilapidated. But there are rumors now that it could soon be converted into a museum in honor of the ‘Presidente’.

    “People in Lebanon are very proud of Michel,” explain his relatives. “When he came here last time, it was in 2011 or 2012, it was a huge event: some 100 security people, Brazilian embassy employees... Michel told us that he would raise economy in both Brazil and here.”

    When Temer ‘became President’, the village organized a huge party, with fireworks, belly dancing, traditional music...

    And what about the coup, the corruption? Do people here realize how he came to power?

    “Here, nobody cares about politics. He is now perhaps facing some problems, but these are his problems. We support him no matter what, because we are Lebanese, and because his roots are in Lebanon.”

    We eat figs and grapes. Then coffee is served.

    Several women, miserable-looking Syrian refugees, are walking down the street, humble, scared, looking down at the road.
    It is just two days before Dilma Rousseff addresses the Senate.

    I could stay much longer, listening to slow-flowing stories about the man who is now helping the West to demolish socialist South America. But suddenly I feel nauseated; I want to vomit. Obviously, I had reached the limit, and we have to leave.

    Will Brazil get 'Lebanized'?
    Lebanon is a total mess - a collapsed country with nothing social or socialist whatsoever. Money, ‘business’, flashing wealth is all that matters here.

    While Maserati and Porsche sports cars navigate around the potholes of Beirut, misery and filth are swallowing suburban areas. Garbage collection periodically collapses, the country is burning diesel to generate electricity (blackouts and water shortages are endemic). Less than 40 percent of children attend public (state) schools. Medical care is mostly abandoned to the market. There is virtually no public transportation, no city planning, hardly any parks or green areas.

    Those who have money throw it around, proudly and vulgarly. There are obnoxiously rich marinas, while the restaurants in the capital are at least twice more expensive than in Paris.

    And there is plenty of cash here: from filthy mining and other investments that are plundering West Africa, from drugs being grown in the Bekaa Valley, from those billions of dollars in remittances, and of course from banking (money laundering). Lebanon produces very little. It consumes excessively.

    Its reputation in the Middle East is terrible, mainly thanks to the racism and arrogance of many of its citizens.

    Paradoxically, the only social force that stands above all religious and sectarian divides, is Hezbollah. But Hezbollah is closely linked to Syria and Iran’s government, and it fights ISIS in the mountains and across the border, as well as the several Israeli invasions and incursions into Lebanon. Predictably, the West put it on the terrorist list.

    I keep imagining Brazil being governed by Mr. Temer and those like him. And I am frightened! What would happen to the majority of the people? Would they again become fully irrelevant and forgotten, like here in Lebanon?

    Would the country function only in order to serve big business, the elites? Would the success of the entire nation be judged by the size of marinas and by the size of luxury cars in the parking lots of grossly overpriced restaurants and clubs?

    Instead of being an example to the world, would Brazil get brutally Lebanized? The West would definitely like that, as it worked so hard to make it happen in the first place.

    But in the name of Brazilian people, the rot, this deadly destruction has to be stopped.

    Before leaving Btaaboura village, I stop my car for a few moments. And suddenly I see it: the beautiful and dear Brazilian flag is not waving in the wind. It is torn, dirty and looks like a rag. And there in front of the entrance to the park garbage lies strewn everywhere.

    Full article here: Why Brazil under President Michel Temer risks becoming 'Lebanized' — RT Op-Edge
    I don't agree with everything he says, and he lets his emotions take over too much, but he is right about being worried for Brazil.
     

    Iron Maiden

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    #5
    Tcharrafna! The author is Andre Vltchek, a very controversial self proclaimed philosopher who often mixes reality and fiction. Some forumers here, @Goku I guess, were defending him in the Christianity thread because of his attacks against this faith and his offenses towards Christians. Lebanon and us Lebanese are not perfect, but any other people living in the neighborhood we live in and in the horrible circumstances we have known since many decades would have behaved in a worse manner and crumbled. We have our flaws but we have also lots of strength points that the likes of Mr. Vltchek lack.

    This dude should be a persona non-grata in our country....
    You're focusing too much on the personnal aspect of his attack on lebanese way if life, which from an objective way i agree with his description.

    But the guy here is mostly a self proclaimed socialst thinker (which normally comes with the disdain for christians no surprise there)who is arguing abt the possible deconstruction of brazil's social welfare infrastructure.
    He went out to seek the roots of this new president and understand from which mentality this businessman garners his political ideas, and what he saw in lebanon scared him, he doesnt want to see oligarchs ruling brazil, doesnt want brazil to become a failed state a la lebanon. Can you blame him?

    My problem with him is that at no time does talk about what got dilma impeached, shes no angel..
     

    kmarthe

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    #6
    You're focusing too much on the personnal aspect of his attack on lebanese way if life, which from an objective way i agree with his description.

    But the guy here is mostly a self proclaimed socialst thinker (which normally comes with the disdain for christians no surprise there)who is arguing abt the possible deconstruction of brazil's social welfare infrastructure.
    He went out to seek the roots of this new president and understand from which mentality this businessman garners his political ideas, and what he saw in lebanon scared him, he doesnt want to see oligarchs ruling brazil, doesnt want brazil to become a failed state a la lebanon. Can you blame him?

    My problem with him is that at no time does talk about what got dilma impeached, shes no angel..
    The one who is focused so much on the personal aspect is Mr. Vltchek in fact. How can the roots of the Brazilian president impact his policies in Brazil? As if Michel Temer is partner of the big mafias like those of Berri, Hariri and Jumblat? This is a person whose father left his country of origin long long time ago and who was raised not in Lebanon but in Brazil as any Brazilian person. Does the author know that most of the Lebanese big names in the diaspora are brilliant people who offered a lot to their host countries much more than these countries own natives in some cases? Why not investigating the roots of these successful Lebanese to prove their success?

    Besides, what about the corruption of Roussef, Da Silva, and their predecessors? As if Brazil was booming and in super good shape before Temer gets the presidency. I hope next time this faylasouf gets kicked out of Lebanon the minute he puts his feet on our soil!
     

    LVV

    Well-Known Member
    #7
    Temer is a great president in Brazil, he is a conservative Christian . My only problem with him was that he did not nominate woman's to high posts. Finally Lebanon should develop a direct line with Brazil, establish consulates in various cities and develop touristic activities plus demanding Brazil Help for LAF. Go Lebanon Go Brazil
     

    Iron Maiden

    Her Royal Brincess
    Staff member
    #8
    Brazilian presidency race down to the leftist of lebanese orthodox origins fernando haddad and the the far right candidate jsir bolsanero who barely escaped an assasination attempt right before the vote.

    Jair at 46% almost won it from the first round without being able to campaign due to his injuries
     

    Isabella

    The Queen Of "Bazella"
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    #9
    Brazilian presidency race down to the leftist of lebanese orthodox origins fernando haddad and the the far right candidate jsir bolsanero who barely escaped an assasination attempt right before the vote.

    Jair at 46% almost won it from the first round without being able to campaign due to his injuries
    Both would have lost to the president in jail, I too watched last week tonight :p
     
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