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President-elect Bolsonaro has embraced tough-on-crime measures that egregiously violate basic human rights and eviscerate the rule of law. Responding to Brazil’s 63,880 homicides in 2017, Bolsonaro calls for increasing protection for police officers who kill alleged criminals and arming citizens. He calls for further militarizing urban policing, reducing the age of criminal liability from 18 to 16, reinstating the death penalty, authorizing torture in interrogations and imprisoning more people... Brazil’s police are already notorious for being one of the world’s deadliest in the use of force. In many favelas, Brazil’s retired and current police officers operate illegal militias that extort and control local communities, murdering those who oppose them and engaging in warfare with Brazil’s highly-violent gangs and in social cleansing. Bolsonaro is simply threatening to turn the rest of the police into state-sanctioned thugs.
Now is the time for Congress to take the big step and compel an end to this war… There is an opportunity in all this for us. Refocus attention on Yemen and on quitting the war as quickly as possible... [The United States needs to] find a way to bring the regional conflict to a halt, [but] recognize that [Yemen’s] internal conflict is not likely to end.
Both Egypt and the UAE have come out defending the Saudis. Perhaps they also played some role in the operation. There is no evidence of that aside from the suspicious stops in Cairo and Dubai.
Mohammed bin Salman tried very hard over more than three and a half years to fashion an image of himself as a reformer and even a revolutionary. Now that veil has been torn apart.
[The Saudis are in no position to retaliate to an arms sales ban by reducing oil exports. The Saudis] have serious cash flow problems with a war that costs them $50 billion a year. [The crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman,] is shaking down his own businessmen because he needs the money.