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Incumbent Dilma Rousseff reelected as president of Brazil

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Brazil's President and Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff.
Brazil's leftist president Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected for another term with over 51 percent of the vote in a tight presidential run-off on Sunday.

Rousseff, who has been in power since 2011, has been re-elected for a second term, winning 51.6 percent of the vote according to the official tally. With over 99 percent of the ballots counted, her opponent, the centrist opposition leader Aecio Neves got 48.4 percent.
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Brazil's Dilma Rousseff wins re-election campaign

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Brazil's President and Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff gestures to photographers after voting in the runoff election in Porto Alegre October 26, 2014.
Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election on Sunday after convincing voters that her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than a recent economic slump.

After one of the closest, most divisive campaigns in Brazil in decades, Rousseff won 51.6 percent of votes in a runoff against centrist opposition leader Aecio Neves, who won 48.4 percent support.

The vote split Latin America's biggest country almost evenly in two along lines of both social class and geography. Neves prevailed in Brazil's richer south, southeast and center-west, while Rousseff took the Amazon north and impoverished northeast.

Voting was peaceful and Brazil's robust democracy is free of the political violence that mars some other countries in the region. Yet, mindful of the deep economic challenges facing the country, both Neves and Rousseff sounded a cautious, conciliatory tone in speeches on Sunday night.

French ambassador says 'Poker Player' Putin bluffed and won

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Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin has outmaneuvered his opponents and humiliated Ukraine by continuing to back pro-Russian separatists and flouting a cease-fire, making it crucial that sanctions on Russia remain firm, France's ambassador to the U.S. said.

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Ambassador Gérard Araud
The Russian president "has won because we were not ready to die for Ukraine, while apparently he was," Ambassador Gerard Araud said yesterday at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington, in remarks he said represented his personal opinion. Echoing the view of other European envoys in Washington, Araud expressed concern that the Ukraine conflict has hit an impasse, leaving Putin the winner by default.

While many observers have called Putin a geopolitical chess player, he said, the Russian leader is more a "poker player really, putting all the money on the table, saying, 'Do the same,' and of course we blink. We don't do the same."

The economic sanctions against Russia must stay in place to prevent Putin from going further, said Araud, who moved to Washington in September after serving as the French ambassador to the United Nations.

"The question is there on the table: When is Putin going to stop?" Araud said. "That's the reason that we need to keep the sanctions" because, "let's be frank, it's more or less the only weapon that we have. We are not going to send our soldiers in Ukraine. It does not make sense to send weapons to the Ukrainians, because the Ukrainians would be defeated real easily, so it will only prolong the war" and lead to a "still bigger Russian victory."

Comment: It's fun to see these narrow minded, so called 'elites' squirm when they can't play ball with their rules.

Comment: No bluff from Putin was required. He didn't take the bait set by these elites who are now exposing themselves for what they truly are.

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Key quotes from Putin's Valdai speech in Sochi - His strongest yet against the Western Empire

Putin showed his true colors - as a traditional, old-school, European conservative
Vladimir Putin took part in the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club's XI session. The meeting's theme is The World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules.

This year, 108 experts, historians and political analysts from 25 countries, including 62 foreign participants, took part in the club's work.

The plenary meeting summed up the club's work over the previous three days, which concentrated on analysing the factors eroding the current system of institutions and norms of international law.

Vladimir Putin criticized the West for "sawing at branches" with sanctions against Russia and releasing a "genie in a bottle" with color revolutions. RT looks at the Russian President's best quotes from his speech in Sochi:
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Paul Craig Roberts: Vladimir Putin is the leader of the moral world

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Dear Friends,

Vladimir Putin's remarks at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club are worth more than a link in my latest column. These are the remarks of a humanitarian political leader, the like of which the world has not seen in my lifetime. Compare Putin to the corrupt war criminal in the White House or to his puppets in office in Germany, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, and you will see the difference between a criminal clique and a leader striving for a humane and livable world in which the interests of all peoples are respected.

In a sane Western society, Putin's statements would have been reproduced in full and discussions organized with remarks from experts such as Stephen F. Cohen. Choruses of approval would have been heard on television and read in the print media. But, of course, nothing like this is possible in a country whose rulers claim that it is the "exceptional" and "indispensable" country with an extra-legal right to hegemony over the world. As far as Washington and its prostitute media, named "presstitutes" by the trends specialist Gerald Celente, are concerned, no country counts except Washington. "You are with us or against us," which means "you are our vassals or our enemies." This means that Washington has declared Russia, China, India, Brazil and other parts of South America, Iran, and South Africa to be enemies.

This is a big chunk of the world for a bankrupt country, hated by its vassal populations and many of its own subjects, that has not won a war since it defeated tiny Japan in 1945 by using nuclear weapons, the only use of such terrible weapons in world history.

As an American, try to image any known American politician, or for that matter any professor at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, or Stanford capable of giving an address to an educated discussion group of the quality of Putin's remarks. Try to find any American politician capable of responding precisely and directly to questions instead of employing evasion.

No one can read Putin's remarks without concluding that Putin is the leader of the world.

In my opinion, Putin is such a towering figure that Washington has him marked for assassination. The CIA will use one of the Muslim terrorists that the CIA supports inside Russia. Unlike an American president, who dares not move among the people openly, Putin is not kept remote from the people. Putin is at ease with the Russian people and mingles among them. This makes him an easy target for the CIA to use a Chechnya terrorist, a Jihadist suicide bomber, or the traditional "lone nut" to assassinate Putin.

The immoral, wicked, and declining West is incapable of producing leadership of Putin's quality. Having defamed Putin, assassinating him will cause little comment in the Western media.

Here are Putin's remarkable remarks:

The cornerstone of war is dehumanization: One My Lai a month

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"When somebody asks, 'Why do you do it to a gook, why do you do this to people?' your answer is, 'So what, they're just gooks, they're not people. It doesn't make any difference what you do to them; they're not human.'

"And this thing is built into you," Cpl. John Geymann testified almost 44 years ago at the Winter Soldier Investigation, held in Detroit, which was sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Against the War. "It's thrust into your head from the moment you wake up in boot camp to the moment you wake up when you're a civilian."

The cornerstone of war is dehumanization. This was the lesson of Nam, from Operation Ranch Hand (the dumping of 18 million gallons of herbicides, including Agent Orange, on the jungles of Vietnam) to My Lai to the use of napalm to the bombing of Cambodia. And the Winter Soldier Investigation began making the dehumanization process a matter of public knowledge.

It was a stunning and groundbreaking moment in the history of war. Yet - guess what? - the three-day hearing, in which 109 Vietnam veterans and 16 civilians testified about the reality of American operations in Vietnam, doesn't show up on the "interactive timeline" of the Department of Defense-sponsored website commemorating, as per President Obama's proclamation, the 50-year anniversary of the war.

This is no surprise, of course. The awkwardly unstated, cowardly point of the site, as well as the presidential proclamation - "they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans" - is to "nice-ify" the ghastly war, wipe off the slime, return public consciousness to a state of unquestioning adoration of all U.S. military operations and banish "Vietnam Syndrome" from the national identity.

So what if somewhere between 2 and 3 million Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians were killed in it, along with 58,000 American soldiers (with, by some measures, a far greater number of vets committing suicide afterward)? A bad war is nothing but trouble for those who want to wage the next one. It took a generation of retooling before the military-industrial economy was able to launch the war on terror, which itself no longer has massive public support. Maybe restoring Vietnam to a state of false glory is part of a larger plan to make the American public proud of all its wars and, thus, more compliant about the idea (and the reality) of permanent war.

US first Lady confuses Democratic candidate for Republican opponent in campaign trail

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First lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama has once again confused the identity of a Democratic candidate while on the campaign trail ahead of the November 4 elections.

In Colorado on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic incumbent running to keep his US Senate seat, the First Lady said Sen. Mark Udall was a "fifth-generation Coloradan." In fact, Udall, son of longtime former congressman Morris Udall, was born in Arizona.

Udall's challenger, US Rep. Cory Gardner, is the fifth-generation Coloradan,according to The Weekly Standard.

Kiev regime's parliamentary elections marred with widespread political infighting, including assassination attempts among the Western-backed junta

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The Kiev regime's parliamentary elections this weekend are set to go ahead amid an atmosphere of rampant political street violence and intimidation - and that's not in the war-torn eastern part of Ukraine.

The parliamentary elections were called in June by the then elected President Petro Poroshenko as a way of legitimising the illegal coup against the Ukrainian government that occurred four months previously with the support of the American Central Intelligence Agency.

In the capital, Kiev, and other parts of the country regarded as under the administrative control of the Western-backed regime the run-up to the elections this weekend has been marred with widespread political violence, including assassination attempts against various rival politicians.

Some of the politicians targeted are members, or former members, of the Regions Party belonging to the ousted President Victor Yanukovych. The party had formed the government until it was kicked out of power in the illegal coup in February this year. That coup was backed by Washington and European governments under the sanitising and false narrative of it being a «pro-democracy, pro-European popular revolution».

Western media coverage of the attacks on Yanukovych's party have been couched in language that seeks to belittle their criminality, or to excuse them by conveying the incidents as being out of popular frustration with remnants of the old government who are labelled as «corrupt».

Thus when Regions Party members or former government officials have been ambushed in the street by neo-Nazi paramilitaries and thrown into rubbish bins, the Western media have typically reported the assaults as some kind of novelty - albeit rough play. The fashion of these attacks has been dubbed as «trash bucket challenges» with the Western media trying to spin them as some sort of practical joke.
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More Israeli Apartheid: Palestinians to be banned from West Bank settlers' buses

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Palestinians wait to cross into Jerusalem at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon has decided Palestinians working in Israel should only be able to return home to West Bank via a single crossing and should not be allowed to ride the same buses as settlers.

Ya'alon issed a directive banning the workers from the buses during a meeting with settler leaders, who have long been seeking to ban Palestinians from Israel-run transportation in the West Bank, Haaretz reported on Sunday. The measure is scheduled to go into effect next month.

Palestinians won't be able to take buses going directly from central Israel to the West Bank. They will instead have to use other types of transportation to arrive at the Eyal Crossing, near Qalqilyah.

Palestinian workers have so far been obliged to cross into Israel via that particular checkpoint, but were free to return at multiple locations.

The Civil Administration has been tasked with providing separate buses for Palestinians, so as not to disrupt their movement to and from workplaces.

Supporters of the move argue it's dictated by security concerns.

"Riding these buses is unreasonable. They are full of Arabs," Moti Yogev, of the pro-settler Habayit Hayehudi party told Haaretz. "We have heard disturbing testimonies from girls who were harassed by Arabs during the bus ride."

An Israeli human rights groups B'Tselem has slammed Ya'alon for his plan, saying he was "not content with merely moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, but means to keep them off buses altogether."

Ukraine's elections: Legitimizing the Maidan Coup?

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An election billboard in Kiev featuring its Mayor Vitaly Klitschko. Extraordinary parliamentary election to Verkhovna Rada.
The vote taking place this weekend in Kiev-controlled territories is part of the Maidan junta's desperate quest for legitimacy. Nazis still dominate Ukrainian politics, while Kiev dreams of a military 'final solution' for the east.

In 2001, the Austrian economist Hans-Hermann Hoppe wrote a book titled 'Democracy: The God that Failed', in which he - among other things - compared the process of voting to a religious ritual. Just as the ancient religious rituals served to confirm the divine right of ancient kings, the ballot box is used today to bestow the same kind of blessing on the secular rulers of modernity. In his study, Hoppe actually demonstrated that the supposedly oppressive monarchies actually safeguarded peoples' lives and liberty far more than democracy has - before making a case for outright anarchy. Agree with him or not, his comparison of modern democracy to ancient religious ritual strikes close to home.

Western leaders routinely speak of 'democracy' as a virtue unto itself, even using religious phrasing such as "rooted in the sanctity of the individual" (BH Obama in Talinn, September 2014). In actuality, democracy is simply a decision-making process in which the majority gets its way.

The way it is practiced by the West in the countries they 'liberate', however, democracy means whatever the 'liberators' say it means. Thus an overwhelming vote in favor of independence in Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk is not 'democratic' - because the High Priesthood in the West says so - while the violent coup in Kiev is the pinnacle of democracy, because it was "midwifed" by Washington (per V Nuland's famous phone call).