Latest Brazilian Intelligence Agency Stories

2005-08-17 11:26:12

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Thousands of left-wing militants demanded that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva step down on Wednesday as new allegations of tax evasion by his ruling party added fuel to a graft scandal. Demonstrators carrying banners saying "Lula Out!" marched through the capital Brasilia in the first mass protest against Lula since allegations surfaced 11 weeks ago that the ruling Worker's Party bribed lawmakers to support legislation. The protest --...

2005-08-16 14:38:21

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Thousands of students and trade unionists demonstrated in support of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday as Brazil's Congress probed for evidence that could link him to a deepening corruption scandal. The protest, the first of two scheduled for this week, was the first mass rally in the capital since the scandal over bribes paid to Congressmen erupted in June. Demonstrators, many with faces painted in the yellow and green of...

2005-07-21 20:50:33

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made the final moves in a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday to shore up crumbling support in Congress as a bribes-for-votes scandal rocked his government. With the last two changes, Lula has now reshuffled 10 ministers since June 6 to defend his administration from accusations in Congress the ruling Workers Party (PT) bribed lawmakers to back government legislation. "The team put together now, that team...

2005-07-21 17:24:41

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva replaced two more ministers on Thursday to shore up crumbling support in Congress as a bribes-for votes scandal rocked his party and government. Lula has now reshuffled 10 ministry posts since early June when the ruling Workers Party (PT) was accused of bribing right-wing lawmakers to back government legislation -- sparking Brazil's worst political crisis in over a decade. Former PT ministers have reoccupied posts...

2005-07-14 19:55:49

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - A senator's remark in Congress that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is an idiot or corrupt on Thursday set off tempers and halted a congressional probe into a scandal threatening the government. Sen. Arthur Virgilio was referring to the unfolding corruption scandal in which Lula's Workers' Party is said to have bribed lawmakers of other parties in Congress to push through government measures. "We are being governed by at least an idiot," said Virgilio,...

2005-07-04 16:19:26

By Andrei Khalip and Ricardo Amaral BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - A new twist in Brazil'sgrowing bribery scandal may topple the powerful head of theruling Workers' Party and upset President Luiz Inacio Lula daSilva's efforts to win political support with a governmentreshuffle. Some local media said Workers' Party (PT) president JoseGenoino's departure was almost certain after Veja magazinereported over the weekend that party treasurer Delubio Soaresreceived a loan from an entrepreneur...

2005-06-30 20:09:35

By Axel Bugge BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President LuizInacio Lula da Silva opened a probe on Thursday into a stateenergy firm and unveiled anti-graft measures to fight the worstcorruption scandal to hit his government. With a flurry of corruption accusations and investigationsof them beginning to snowball, Lula toughened up laws to crackdown on graft by making it easier to probe and imprison publicofficials on the take. Anti-corruption offices will also be installed at...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'