In the news this week...
After getting in hot water for his words of idiocy about Brazil, it came out that Sylvester Stallone supposedly owes a whopping US$2 million to local Brazilian production companies, drivers, security guards, and other staff hired to work on The Expendables movie in Rio state.
President Lula's offer of asylum to an Iranian woman convicted to death by stoning for adultery was rejected this week. Iranian officials were vague, but claimed that Lula was "emotional" and "probably lacked information" about the case. I'm hoping Lula tries again, but given the oppressive regime in Iran, it looks unlikely that the woman will be allowed into exile. Thanks to Ernesto for an interesting op ed on the incident here.
Illegal shark fishing has become a hot business in Brazil. According to the Environmental Justice Institute, over 300,00 sharks have been killed off the Brazilian coast this year alone, and are then exported to Asian markets. The EJI is suing a Brazilian company that has illegally sold the majority of the shark fins, and has warned that the ecosystem has suffered serious damages.
Also, I'd just like to tack on a quick and long overdue thank you to two bloggers. Thanks to Quintino over at Diario do Rio, for adding me to his Carioca links list. Obrigada! For those who love Rio, if you haven't already, add DDR to your RSS feed or to your daily reads, and also check out the Rio blogs on his list. Also, a thank you to Maria Helena, who has written several very kind posts about me and has even patiently translated one or two of my (long!) posts into Portuguese. Valeu!