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Newsline: Son of Brazil’s President, on Track to Be Ambassador to U.S.

Prosecutors in Brazil have launched what looks like a last-ditch effort to block President Jair Bolsonaro from nominating his son Eduardo to be the country’s next ambassador to the United States. The public prosecutor’s office in Brasília, the capital, argued in court papers filed Monday that the younger Bolsonaro, a 35-year-old congressman and close aide to his father, is not qualified to fill the country’s most prestigious diplomatic post, having never served his country abroad. Before his election to Congress, the younger Bolsonaro had worked as a low-ranking federal police officer, and the only international experience listed on his resume is the year he spent on a work-exchange program in the U.S., which included a brief stint behind the cash register at a Popeyes, a fast food restaurant. (https://theintercept.com/2019/08/13/eduardo-bolsonaro-pro-trump-son-brazils-president-track-ambassador-u-s/) Despite the court challenge, momentum for the likely nomination of the president’s son — a climate change denier who also happens to be a huge fan of Donald Trump — has been building in recent weeks. As his son met with Brazilian senators to win their support for his nomination last week, Jair Bolsonaro revealed that the Trump administration had promised in writing that it would welcome Eduardo’s appointment. The week before, the idea was publicly endorsed by Trump himself, who called the younger Bolsonaro “outstanding.”

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Newsline: London climate change protesters daub Brazilian embassy blood red

Climate-change protesters threw red paint at the Brazilian embassy in London on Tuesday to demonstrate against damage to the Amazon rainforest and what they described as violence against indigenous tribes living there. Police arrested six activists from the Extinction Rebellion group after they glued themselves to the embassy windows and climbed onto a glass awning above the entrance. The protesters had splattered red paint and sprayed red handprints over the facade, along with slogans such as “No More Indigenous Blood” and “For The Wild”. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-climatechange-protests/london-climate-change-protesters-daub-brazilian-embassy-blood-red-idUSKCN1V30LC) Extinction Rebellion, which disrupted traffic in central London for several weeks earlier this year, said Tuesday’s protest aimed to challenge the Brazilian government over “state-sanctioned human rights abuses and ecocide”. Brazil contains about 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, a bulwark against global warming thanks to the vast amounts of carbon dioxide it soaks up and recycles into oxygen.

Newsline: Brazil’s President wants to give US ambassador post to his son

Brazil’s far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro wants one of his sons to become the country’s new ambassador to the United States. Bolsonaro told reporters that he has been considering Eduardo Bolsonaro, who is currently a congressman, for the post and that it is up to his son to accept the position. “Yes, it is on my radar. It is a possibility. He is friends with Trump’s children, he speaks English, Spanish and has great world experience. From my point of view, he would be an appropriate candidate who would represent us perfectly in Washington,” Bolsonaro explained. (https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/12/americas/jair-bolsonaro-son-us-ambassador-intl/index.html) Eduardo Bolsonaro — one of the president’s five sons — is currently a congressman for Sao Paulo state in Brazil’s lower house. He is also the president of the lower house’s Foreign Affairs Commission. Brazil has been without a permanent ambassador since April when President Bolsonaro removed Sergio Amaral from the position shortly after his official visit to the US. He said then that he would be switching at least a dozen ambassadors in key countries because Brazil’s image was “not good” abroad. Nominees must be at least 35 years old to be eligible for consideration. Eduardo Bolsonaro turned 35, one day before his father made the announcement.

Newsline: Israel’s embassy blurs lobster in envoy’s lunch with Brazil’s president

Israel’s embassy in Brazil shared a photo of its ambassador eating lunch with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but not before blurring out the lobster dishes the two appeared to be enjoying. (https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/israels-ambassador-camouflages-pricey-non-kosher-meal-with-brazilian-president) The camouflaged picture made headlines in Brazil, with local media noting that the crustacean is an expensive delicacy and international media noting it is decidedly non-kosher. Black smudges blur what appear to be lobsters from a picture posted on social media on Sunday of Ambassador Yossi Shelley having lunch with Bolsonaro.

Newsline: Brazil reluctantly recognized Venezuela opposition envoy as ambassador

Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro received the diplomatic credentials of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s envoy to Brazil, formally recognizing her as the ambassador of the neighboring country. Ambassador Maria Teresa Belandria had said that the Brazilian government withdrew its invitation to present her credentials at the presidential palace. But her spokeswoman said on June 4 the government had changed its mind. (https://en.mercopress.com/2019/06/05/brazil-reluctantly-recognized-venezuela-opposition-envoy-as-ambassador) Bolsonaro’s spokesman General Otavio Rego Barros said Brazil was adopting the stance of other members of the so-called Lima Group of countries that back Guaido and the holding of democratic elections in Venezuela. Belandria, however, will not be able to move in to the Venezuelan embassy in Brasilia because it is still occupied by diplomats representing Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, and they will not be expelled from Brazil, Rego Barros said. Diplomatic analysts said last week that the military wing of the Bolsonaro government was reluctant to recognize Guaido’s envoy because officials do not see an imminent change of government in Venezuela. Guaido’s call on the Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro and join the opposition movement went largely unheeded last month, leading many to think he had overplayed his hand with the support of the US government. Bolsonaro, like many leaders in the region, has been sharply critical of Maduro and has recognized Guaido as the country’s legitimate leader.

Newsline: Brazil says new Jerusalem office ‘part of its embassy in Israel’

Brazil said on Mar. 31 it had a opened a new diplomatic office in Jerusalem that would serve as part of its embassy to Israel, which is located in Tel Aviv. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-brazil-mission/brazil-says-new-jerusalem-office-part-of-its-embassy-in-israel-idUSKCN1RC0M9) “Brazil decided to create an office in Jerusalem to promote trade, investment, technology and innovation as a part of its embassy in Israel,” the Foreign Ministry in Brasilia said in a statement.

Newsline: Brazilian President Bolsonaro walks back embassy move promise

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro walked back his promise to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Bolsonaro, who was scheduled to arrive in Israel on Mar. 30 for an official visit just days before Israel’s national elections, told reporters in Brasilia on Mar. 28 that his government may instead open a “business office” in Jerusalem, Reuters reported. (https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Brazilian-President-Jair-Bolsonaro-walks-back-embassy-move-promise-5851600) The news service reported that Brazil’s agriculture sector is against the Jerusalem move because it could damage the country’s lucrative halal meat trade with Arab countries. Bolsonaro made the embassy pledge during last year’s presidential campaign and doubled down after taking office in January. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended Bolsonaro’s inauguration in Brasilia and achieved near rock-star status there.