‘Uruguay could become the first Latin American country to legalise and regulate the sale of marijuana.
Politicians are considering a law President José Mujica Cordano has proposed, which – it is hoped – would take away business from drug traffickers and organised crime.’
‘Abby Martin talks to Dominique Diaddigo-Cash, organizer with the School of the Americas Watch, about Guatemala’s war crimes conviction of former dictator and School of the Americas Graduate Efraín Ríos Montt, recalling Montt’s genocidal actions, and the need to close down the school which has bred some of Latin America’s most notorious dictators.’
by Tyler Durden
‘With the shadow (or blue) market for Argentina Pesos already devalued by an incredible 50%, it is little surprise that the population is bidding for any store of value. Demand for luxury cars is soaring (BMW sales up 30% in the last 20 months) and Bitcoin activity is often discussed as the population transfer increasingly worthless Pesos into a fungible “currency” or domestic CPI protection; but it is USD that are the most-cherished item(despite a ban on buying USD) as hyperinflation hedges. But as Bloomberg Businessweek reports, a lot of US Dollar bills are tucked away somewhere in Argentina (in stacks of $100 bills since the number in circulation has risen from 58% of the total to 62% since 2008). One table is a 2012 Fed paper on demand abroad for US currency shows net inflows to Russia and Argentina has increased by 500% since 2006 (compared to US demand up around 10%). In fact, demand for large dollar transfers to Argentina since 2006 has outstripped demand for dollar cash overall in the world. It is safe to surmise from the data (that is relatively well guarded by the government) that over $50bn is being hoarded in Argentina (or well over one in every fifteen dollars). It is little wonder that the government is furiously digging at the country’s undeclared (stashed under the mattress) wealth.’
As part of the deal, Brazil will get 30 PackBot 510 units, which usually cost about $100,000 to $200,000 apiece. The contracts include services, spares, and associated equipment.’
The British ambassador in Buenos Aires sent a telegram to the Ministry of Defence in London on 29 March 1982 saying that the Argentine air force had an “interest in acquiring extra squadron bombers”. Ambassador Anthony Williams planned to meet the head of the Argentine air force the “next week” to discuss the sale.
The subject of that meeting – obviously cancelled when Argentina invaded the islands on 2 April – was the sale of Canberra jet bombers and the refurbishment of other bombers that Britain had previously sold to the regime. “BAe [British Aerospace] is committed to making a proposal [to refurbish the planes] … if all goes well here BAe could move further up the class in time,” Ambassador Williams wrote.
The documents show that British arms sales to Argentina’s junta, notorious for its abuses of human rights, jumped after Margaret Thatcher came to power. Arms sales rose from £4.9m in 1978 to £62.6m in 1979; £46.7m in 1980 and £12.5m in 1981.’
‘Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has launched a massive security plan aimed at curbing street crime. Under operation “Safe Homeland”, 3,000 soldiers will patrol the streets of the capital Caracas and other cities. President Maduro said the plan would bring peace to Venezuela, which has one of the highest homicide rates in South America.
The opposition has long criticised the government’s record on crime, and used it as a campaign issue in recent polls. The government says more than 16,000 people were killed in crimes in 2012, a rate of 54 per 100,000. However the Venezuela Violence Observatory, a campaign group, put last year’s murder rate much higher – at 73 per 100,000 people.’
‘A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract rock for a road-building project.
The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology says the destruction was detected late last week.
Only a small portion of center of the pyramid mound was left standing.’
Judge Orders Defense Dept. to Release Names of Instructors and Students at School of Americas ~ All Gov
‘In what one leading activist, Father Roy Bourgeois, called “a victory for transparency and human rights, and against government secrecy,” a federal judge last week ordered the Department of Defense to release the names of recent instructors and trainees at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), better known by its former name, the School of the Americas. The Obama administration is expected to appeal.
Known as the Latin American Training Center when it opened at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1946, it became the School of the Americas (SOA) in 1963, but shed the name after reports emerged that soldiers trained there helped kill six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 16-year-old daughter in El Salvador in 1989. It trains Latin American soldiers to fight left-wing insurgencies, and (at least in the past) its training manuals advocated targeting civilians, extrajudicial executions, torture, false imprisonment and extortion. Not surprisingly, many of its graduates—including such notorious figures as Gen. Efrain Rios Montt of Guatemala, Gen. Manuel Noriega of Panama and Captain Roberto D’Aubuisson of El Salvador—went on to form death squads and commit human rights abuses.’
by Claire Jones and Joseph Leahy
‘[...] On Wednesday, Mr Azevêdo was officially nominated as the next director-general of the global trade referee, seeing off competition from Mexico’s Herminio Blanco and seven other candidates. The WTO’s 159 member countries are expected formally to approve his appointment next Tuesday.
[...] How the increasingly important Chinese voted in the secret ballot remains unclear, though Brazilian officials say China joined the Russians and Indians in supporting their man. Brazil’s outspoken views on currency manipulation in recent years – what it has called the “currency wars” – were considered unlikely to win support in Beijing. But Mr Azevêdo had argued that, if he succeeded Mr Lamy in September, he would not necessarily take the same positions as he had done as Brazil’s WTO ambassador.
Close watchers of international trade politics say Mr Azevêdo’s skilful defence of Brazil’s protectionism in recent years may have helped his case. When called on to defend the country’s position on the currency wars last March, Mr Azevêdo’s diplomatic nous came to the fore. “Views were disparate, but he handled the dispute in a very calm way,” said one WTO official.’
by Mariano Castillo and Gloria Carrasco
‘Bolivia’s constitutional court voted unanimously to allow President Evo Morales to run for a third term in office, a decision that the opposition decried as abusive.
Bolivia’s constitution limits presidential terms to two five-year periods, but Morales was elected under a previous constitution with different rules.
Morales’ current term may be his second, but it is his first under the new constitution and therefore he is allowed to run for re-election, the court ruled Monday night.
It’s a maneuver that has been used in the past by Latin American presidents on both the left and right to extend their time in office while adhering to the word of the constitution.’
‘Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe was plotting to kill him, adding to a deluge of accusations by the former bus driver in recent months.
“Uribe is behind a plot to kill me,” Maduro said in a televised speech. “Uribe is a killer. I have enough evidence of who is conspiring, and there are sectors of the Venezuelan right that are involved.”
He did not provide details.’
Editors Note: USAID have been accused multiple times by Bolivian officials of using its aid program to impose its political will in the country. In 2011 it was blamed for the protests against Morales’ government. Morales himself has also accused the U.S. of treating Bolivia like a pawn in the game of international politics with relations worsening in recent years. The U.S. point to the legality of coca there as the number one cause of the deterioration in relations.
by Mariano Castillo
‘Bolivian President Evo Morales said he is expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from his country for allegedly meddling and conspiring against the government.
“USAID is out; I ask the foreign minister to immediately communicate with the U.S. Embassy,” Morales said in a speech Wednesday, according to the state-run ABI news agency.
According to USAID’s Bolivia website, the agency has operated there since 1964. It says it carries out health, sustainable development and environmental programs in the country. The agency says its 2011 budget for Bolivia was $26.7 million.
The State Department called the decision regrettable and said the ones who will be hurt by the expulsion will be ordinary Bolivians.’
by Eric LeCompte
For years, “vulture funds” have preyed on struggling nations by purchasing their debt for a pittance. Could an upcoming U.S. court decision put an end to the extortion of poor countries?
Last October, soldiers from the West African nation of Ghana boarded an Argentine naval ship called the Libertad. They overtook the crew and brought the ship to port in the town of Tema. This was not an act of piracy, at least not in the sense we normally understand it. The detaining of the Libertad took place after hedge fund NML Capital convinced a Ghanaian court that the ship, which was sailing in Ghanaian jurisdiction, should be held ransom for a debt the hedge funds claimed Argentina owed them.
The saga began in 2001, when Argentina was thrown into economic crisis and defaulted on its loans. Hedge funds swooped in and bought Argentine debt for almost nothing and circled until the country was in recovery to collect the debt in full.
The case is set to be decided in the coming days in the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court, the jurisdiction in which the original loans were contracted. The decision will impact whether certain hedge funds commonly known as “vulture funds”—funds that buy a struggling country’s debt for pennies on the dollar and then sue for the full amount when a country is in recovery—will continue to extort poor countries.
by John Pilger
In the wake of Thatcher’s departure, I remember her victims. Patrick Warby’s daughter, Marie, was one of them. Marie, aged five, suffered from a bowel deformity and needed a special diet. Without it, the pain was excruciating. Her father was a Durham miner and had used all his savings. It was winter 1985, the Great Strike was almost a year old and the family was destitute. Although her eligibility was not disputed, Marie was denied help by the Department of Social Security. Later, I obtained records of the case that showed Marie had been turned down because her father was “affected by a Trade dispute”.
The corruption and inhumanity under Thatcher knew no borders. When she came to power in 1979, Thatcher demanded a total ban on exports of milk to Vietnam. The American invasion had left a third of Vietnamese children malnourished. I witnessed many distressing sights, including infants going blind from a lack of vitamins. “I cannot tolerate this,” said an anguished doctor in a Saigon paediatric hospital, as we looked at a dying boy. Oxfam and Save the Children had made clear to the British government the gravity of the emergency. An embargo led by the US had forced up the local price of a kilo of milk up to ten times that of a kilo of meat. Many children could have been restored with milk. Thatcher’s ban held.
In neighbouring Cambodia, Thatcher left a trail of blood, secretly. In 1980, she demanded that the defunct Pol Pot regime – the killers of 1.7 million people – retain its “right” to represent their victims at the UN. Her policy was vengeance on Cambodia’s liberator, Vietnam. The British representative was instructed to vote with Pol Pot at the World Health Organisation, thereby preventing it from providing help to where it was needed more than anywhere on earth.
To conceal this outrage, the US, Britain and China, Pol Pot’s main backer, invented a “resistance coalition” dominated by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge forces and supplied by the CIA at bases along the Thai border. There was a hitch. In the wake of the Irangate arms-for-hostages debacle, the US Congress had banned clandestine foreign adventures. “In one of those deals the two of them liked to make,” a senior Whitehall official told the Sunday Telegraph, “President Reagan put it to Thatcher that the SAS should take over the Cambodia show. She readily agreed.”
In 1983, Thatcher sent the SAS to train the “coalition” in its own distinctive brand of terrorism. Seven-man SAS teams arrived from Hong Kong, and British soldiers set about training “resistance fighters” in laying minefields in a country devastated by genocide and the world’s highest rate of death and injury as a result of landmines.
I reported this at the time, and more than 16,000 people wrote to Thatcher in protest. “I confirm,” she replied to opposition leader Neil Kinnock, “that there is no British government involvement of any kind in training, equipping or co-operating with the Khmer Rouge or those allied to them.” The lie was breathtaking. In 1991, the government of John Major admitted to parliament that the SAS had indeed trained the “coalition”. “We liked the British,” a Khmer Rouge fighter later told me. “They were very good at teaching us to set booby traps. Unsuspecting people, like children in paddy fields, were the main victims.”
When the journalists and producers of ITV’s landmark documentary, Death on the Rock, exposed how the SAS had run Thatcher’s other death squads in Ireland and Gibraltar, they were hounded by Rupert Murdoch’s “journalists”, then cowering behind the razor wire at Wapping. Although exonerated, Thames TV lost its ITV franchise.
In 1982, the Argentine cruiser, General Belgrano, was steaming outside the Falklands exclusion zone. The ship offered no threat, yet Thatcher gave orders for it to be sunk. Her victims were 323 sailors, including conscripted teenagers. The crime had a certain logic. Among Thatcher’s closest allies were mass murderers – Pinochet in Chile, Suharto in Indonesia, responsible for “many more than one million deaths” (Amnesty International). Although the British state had long armed the world’s leading tyrannies, it was Thatcher who brought a crusading zeal to the deals, talking up the finer points of fighter aircraft engines, hard-bargaining with bribe-demanding Saudi princes. I filmed her at an arms fair, stroking a gleaming missile. “I’ll have one of those!” she said.
In his arms-to-Iraq enquiry, Lord Richard Scott heard evidence that an entire tier of the Thatcher government, from senior civil servants to ministers, had lied and broken the law in selling weapons to Saddam Hussein. These were her “boys”. Thumb through old copies of the Baghdad Observer, and there are pictures of her boys, mostly cabinet ministers, on the front page sitting with Saddam on his famous white couch. There is Douglas Hurd and there is a grinning David Mellor, also of the Foreign Office, around the time his host was ordering the gassing of 5,000 Kurds. Following this atrocity, the Thatcher government doubled trade credits to Saddam.
Perhaps it is too easy to dance on her grave. Her funeral was a propaganda stunt, fit for a dictator: an absurd show of militarism, as if a coup had taken place. And it has. “Her real triumph”, said another of her boys, Geoffrey Howe, a Thatcher minister, “was to have transformed not just one party but two, so that when Labour did eventually return, the great bulk of Thatcherism was accepted as irreversible.”
In 1997, Thatcher was the first former prime minister to visit Tony Blair after he entered Downing Street. There is a photo of them, joined in rictus: the budding war criminal with his mentor. When Ed Milliband, in his unctuous “tribute”, caricatured Thatcher as a “brave” feminist hero whose achievements he personally “honoured”, you knew the old killer had not died at all.
Two US hedge funds suing Argentina for full payment on defaulted bonds Friday rejected the country’s offer to settle the suit with a deal that would give them just 25 percent of what they were seeking.
“Argentina’s years of defiance cannot be cured by a convoluted offer to give (the bond-holders) yet more Argentine IOUs, worth pennies-on-the-dollar,” the hedge funds said in a statement filed to a New York court.
[...] US hedge funds NML Capital and Aurelius, which are seeking some $1.3 billion, had been expected to reject the offer, in which Argentina had sought to repay them on similar terms to the majority of holders of bonds who had accepted a bond restructuring after the country defaulted on $100 billion in debt in 2002.
The funds, which Buenos Aires labels “vulture funds,” had bought the bonds at a discount and gone to court to seek full repayment.
However, Argentina worries that full repayment would require it to repay the restructured bonds in full as well, which some analysts say could force the country back into default.
by MATTHEW LEE
The Obama administration is refusing to accept the official results of Venezuela’s weekend presidential election, which gave victory to the protege of the country’s late leftist leader Hugo Chavez.
The State Department said Tuesday that a full recount of the vote and an investigation into alleged irregularities were needed, given the close tally that almost evenly divided the country. On Monday, the U.S. had called for a full recount before results were certified but the election commission went ahead with certification without one.
The State Department said it was “difficult to understand” why the commission certified ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro as the winner in the absence of a recount, which challenger Henrique Capriles is demanding.
It also condemned post-election violence that has killed at least seven people.
by Paul Iddon
He added that he “would like to express that this is a flagrant US interference in Venezuela’s democracy, as neither that spokesperson nor the US government has moral authority to question electoral results in any Latin American country or around the world.”
Venezuelan security forces quelled protests on Monday as Nicolás Maduro - the handpicked heir of Hugo Chávez – was proclaimed president after a wafer-thin and fiercely disputed vote.
The election on Sunday gave Maduro a 1.6 percentage point victory over his pro-business rival, Henrique Capriles, according to the National Electoral Council.
The closest vote the country has seen in more than 40 years has sparked accusations of fraud and attempts to destabilise the oil-rich South American nation.
Capriles has refused to accept the result and called for a recount and peaceful street demonstrations. The ruling camp have accused the opposition of plotting a coup.
Signs of unrest are already apparent. El Universal newspaper reported protests in six cities.
In Caracas, troops dispersed a crowd of thousands. Twelve student protestors were reportedly injured in Barquisimeto a city in the middle of the country. Images spread by Twitter showed apparently injured protestors being carried away. The scale of the unrest is, as yet, hard to verify.
by Todd Benson
Venezuela’s government said on Friday it foiled a plot to destabilize Sunday’s presidential election, the latest in a flurry of claims that the opposition has derided as crude attempts to distract voters from the country’s problems.
Vice President Jorge Arreaza went on national television to announce that security forces had captured two Colombians posing as Venezuelan military officials who were allegedly planning to disrupt this weekend’s vote, though he did not say how.
Flanked by the military’s top brass, Arreaza held up photos of the Colombian suspects. He also displayed about 50 assault rifle cartridges and explosives that he said were linked to a group of Salvadoran mercenaries previously accused by the Venezuelan government of plotting to kill acting President Nicolas Maduro, who is favored to win on Sunday.
[...] The accusations are the latest twist in an election campaign marked by one dramatic claim after another. In March Maduro said U.S. officials were orchestrating a plot to kill opposition candidate Henrique Capriles as a way of sparking a coup, an accusation that Washington categorically denied.
Then came charges that the Salvadoran mercenaries were out to assassinate Maduro and sabotage the power grid to sow chaos.
The Capriles camp, for its part, warned of a government scheme to plant illegal arms and explosives on senior opposition figures in order to arrest them before the election.
Such finger-pointing has been a mainstay of Venezuelan politics since Chavez was first elected president in 1998 and began pushing ahead with a self-proclaimed “socialist revolution” that pit the government against the private sector.
CHILEAN students took to the streets yesterday, staging nationwide demonstrations and demanding free education.
Riot police patrolled the streets of Santiago, the capital, and many shopkeepers shut their doors, fearing outbreaks of looting.
Security forces used water cannon to break up groups of demonstrators, some of whom threw petrol bombs and rocks.
Few students have seen any real benefits after two years of marches that raised hopes across Chile for education reform.
The marches began during the 2006-10 government of Michelle Bachelet and have troubled president Sebastian Pinera even more.
Mr Pinera’s government is focusing a chunk of the 2013 budget on financing school loans at lower rates.
However, students say the system is still fails them, with poor public schools, expensive private universities, ill-prepared teaching staff and unaffordable loans.
by Andrew Osborn
Britain will not invite Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral next week in a snub likely to deepen a long-running diplomatic dispute over the Falkland Islands.
Thatcher, 87, who died on Monday, led Britain at the time of the 1982 Falklands war ordering her armed forces to repel an Argentine invasion of the contested South Atlantic archipelago which Argentina calls Las Malvinas.
Just over 30 years later, memories of the conflict remain raw and Fernandez has mounted a campaign to renegotiate the islands’ sovereignty, lobbying Pope Francis on the issue and rejecting a referendum last month in which Falkland residents voted to remain a British Overseas Territory.
A government source told Reuters that every country with whom Britain enjoys “normal” diplomatic relations was being invited to Wednesday’s funeral, but Thatcher’s family had objected to Fernandez attending.
The charity Save the Children says the majority of victims of rape and other sexual violence in many of the world’s conflict zones are children.
Its report is based on data and testimonies from several countries including Colombia, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Save the Children says programmes to stop such violence and help children recover are chronically underfunded.
Maduro Orders Military Protection of Venezuelan Electricity System against Presumed Sabotage ~ Venezuela Analysis
by EWAN ROBERTSON
Interim President Nicolas Maduro yesterday ordered the Venezuelan military to protect power plants against what he claimed are attempts to sabotage Venezuela’s electricity system ahead of next week’s presidential election.
The move was ordered in a meeting with government ministers, military commanders and electricity board authorities, following a set of power outages in Caracas and Aragua state on Wednesday considered to be suspicious.
Maduro claimed the blackouts were part of an “electricity” and “economic war” by sectors of the opposition against the government in the run-up to the 14 April election, when Maduro will stand against conservative rival Henrique Capriles.
Maduro further claimed the issue to be one of “national security”. The Venezuelan prosecutor’s office launched an investigation into the blackouts shortly after Maduro’s pronouncements.
Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship was responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,200 people in Chile in the 1970s, but the Vatican dismissed reports of bloodshed at the time as “communist propaganda,” according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks on Monday.
Pinochet came to power in 1973 as the head of a military coup against democratically elected socialist President Salvador Allende. The right-wing junta that subsequently ruled the country from 1973 to 1990 was responsible for the murders of as many as 3,200 people, as well as the arrest of tens of thousands more, many of whom were tortured.
In a 1973 diplomatic cable addressed to Henry Kissinger, then serving as the United States’ Secretary of State, high-ranking Vatican official Giovanni Benelli was quoted as relaying “his and the pope’s grave concern over successful international leftisf campaign to misconstrue completely realities of Chilean situation.” Benelli dismissed reports of massacre as “unfounded” and “possibly [the] greatest success of Communist propaganda,” while explaining away whatever violence had occurred as “unfortunately natural following coup d’etat.”
The cable was written five weeks after the coup, during the reign of Pope Paul VI, with reports already surfacing that political opponents of the regime were being arrested and killed.
At least 46 died on Wednesday in and around the city of La Plata. Six deaths were reported a day earlier in Argentina’s capital.
Many people climbed onto their roofs in the pouring rain after storm sewers flooded forcing water into houses.
“It started to rain really hard in the evening, and began to flood,” Augustina Garcia Orsi, a 25-year-old student, said.
“I panicked. In two seconds I was up to my knees in water. It came up through the drains – I couldn’t do anything.”
The rains also flooded the country’s largest oil refinery, causing a fire that took hours to put out.
The La Plata refinery suspended operations as a result, and Argentina’s YPF oil company said an emergency team was evaluating how to get it restarted.
“Such intense rain in so little time has left many people trapped in their cars, in the streets, in some cases electrocuted,” Governor Daniel Scioli said.
“We are giving priority to rescuing people who have been stuck in trees or on the roofs of their homes.”
In a secret US cable published online by WikiLeaks, former ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to infiltrate and destabilize former President Hugo Chavez’ government.
Dispatched in November of 2006 by Brownfield — now an Assistant Secretary of State — the document outlined his embassy’s five core objectives in Venezuela since 2004, which included: “penetrating Chavez’ political base,” “dividing Chavismo,” “protecting vital US business” and “isolating Chavez internationally.”
The memo, which appears to be totally un-redacted, is plain in its language of involvement in these core objectives by the US embassy, as well as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), two of the most prestigious agencies working abroad on behalf of the US.
According to Brownfield, who prepared the cable specifically for US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the “majority” of both USAID and OTI activities in Venezuela were concerned with assisting the embassy in accomplishing its core objectives of infiltrating and subduing Chavez’ political party:
“This strategic objective represents the majority of USAID/OTI work in Venezuela. Organized civil society is an increasingly important pillar of democracy, one where President Chavez has not yet been able to assert full control.”
In total, USAID spent some one million dollars in organizing 3,000 forums that sought to essentially reconcile Chavez supporters and the political opposition, in the hopes of slowly weaning them away from the Bolivarian side.
Brownfield at one point boasted of an OTI civic education program named “Democracy Among Us,” which sought to work through NGOs in low income regions, and had allegedly reached over 600,000 Venezuelans.
In total, between 2004 and 2006, USAID donated some 15 million dollars to over 300 organizations, and offered technical support via OTI in achieving US objectives which it categorized as seeking to reinforce democratic institutions.
Much of the memo details efforts to highlight instances of human rights violations, and sponsoring activists and members of the political opposition to attend meetings abroad and voice their concerns against the Chavez administration:
“So far, OTI has sent Venezuelan NGO leaders to Turkey, Scotland, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Chile, Uruguay, Washington and Argentina (twice) to talk about the law. Upcoming visits are planned to Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia.”
In his closing comments, Brownfield remarked that, should President Chavez win re-election during the December 2006 elections, OTI expected the “atmosphere for our work in Venezuela” to become more complicated.
Ultimately, it seems that the former ambassador’s memo wisely predicted a change in conditions. Following his re-election, President Chavez threatened to eject the US ambassador from Venezuela in 2007, amid accusations of interfering in internal state affairs.
Eight Brazilian police officers have been arrested after security camera footage showed two teenagers being murdered as officers in a police car parked metres away apparently did nothing.
The footage, which was shown on Brazilian television, showed two men on a motorcycle gunning down two youngsters in the popular Bras neighbourhood of Sao Paulo.
Images from a separate camera show that at the time of the murders, a military police vehicle was parked around 50m away from where the victims were shot.
Records released on Monday confirm that Pele was investigated by Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.
The records are among nearly 300,000 digital files posted on the “Political Memory and Resistance” portal made public by the state of Sao Paulo.
[...] The file belonging Pele – whose real name is Edson Arantes de Nascimento – includes details on money transfers, newspaper article exracts related to assaults on his home in 1973, and police reports.
President Dilma Rousseff, a former rebel who was tortured and jailed by the dictatorship, last year put in place a truth commission to look into human rights abuses.