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Dilma Doomed?, China v. G7, Future Of Facebook

Dilma Doomed?, China v. G7, Future Of Facebook

ARE DILMA'S DAYS NUMBERED?

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will face what promises to be a dramatic impeachment after a committee in Brazil's lower house voted in favor of removing her from office last night. Folha de S.Paulo reports that the committee panel vote came after an investigation into accusations that Rousseff had manipulated government finances to conceal a growing national deficit. Police are preparing for both major pro and anti-government protests in the coming days, with voting set to begin Friday, and a final decision expected Sunday. Impeachment requires a two-thirds lower house majority before moving on to the Senate.


PANAMA PAPERS EXPOSE CIA

In the latest from the Panama Papers probe into offshore financial accounts, German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that intelligence agencies from around the world, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), have long used the Mossack Fonseca law firm, which is at the center of the leaked documents, to hide various financial activities. More from AFP.


NEW BRUSSELS ATTACK ARRESTS

Two more men have been charged in connection with last month's deadly terror attacks in Brussels, Belgian authorities announced this morning. Brussels-based daily Le Soir reports that the two men — identified only as Smail F. and Ibrahim F. — are suspected of involvement in the rental of a hideout in Brussels' Etterbeek neighborhood, and face multiple charges, including terrorist activity and murder.


CHINA HITS BACK AGAINST G7 MEMBERS

Beijing slammed G7 member states today for "taking sides" in the East and South China Seas territorial disputes, stating that the member should "stop making irresponsible remarks and all irresponsible actions, and truly play a constructive role for regional peace and stability," Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports. The criticism came after the G7 foreign ministers issued a statement yesterday during their meeting in Hiroshima that appeared to be directed towards China, expressing their "strong opposition to any intimidating, coercive or provocative unilateral actions that could alter the status quo and increase tensions."


ON THIS DAY


He became the first man in space, 55 years ago today ... Find out who, in today's 57-second shot of history.


TALIBAN ANNOUNCES SPRING OFFENSIVE

The Taliban issued a statement today announcing the start of their warm-weather fighting season, Voice of America reports. This year's campaign — dubbed "Operation Omari," in honor of deceased Taliban founder Mullah Omar — promises both suicide attacks and assassinations. The Taliban vowed to try not to kill civilians or destroy civilian infrastructure.


120 MILLION EUROS

A painting believed to be the work of Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio was found in a French attic. If genuine, it could be worth up to 120 million euros, Le Monde reports.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

Writing for Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Katarzyna Wężyk notes that despite Hillary Clinton's fitness for the job, many see her presidential ambitions through a bigoted lens. She's not just a woman, but one who doesn't know her place: "If a woman wants to be successful in politics, she needs to prove that she is tougher than her male competitors, that she will not let others push her around and that she will not serve sandwiches. But if she is tough and hard-boiled, she stops being womanlike; she becomes a Tartar, a butch or an ordinary bitch. A man who defends his opinions is assertive; a woman — aggressive. And indeed nobody likes an aggressive woman. On the other hand, nobody wants weak leaders. So either way is no good."

Read the full article, Deconstructing The Sexist American Animus Toward Hillary Clinton.


RESEARCHERS ANNOUNCE THAT ZIKA IS WORSE THAN THEY THOUGHT

Health officials stated in a White House briefing yesterday that the more doctors learn about the Zika virus, the more frightening it looks, NBC News reports. Just hours before the statement was made, scientists released two more studies: one showing the virus seems to home in on developing brain cells and kill them, and one showing it may cause rare nerve damage that resembles multiple sclerosis.


MY GRAND-PERE'S WORLD



FACEBOOK'S ANNUAL F8 CONFERENCE

Facebook's annual F8 conference kicks off at today at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Tech Times reports. Insiders expect to see new products and features linked to artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Outsiders predict artificial reality and virtual intelligence. What you say Zuck?

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

Photo of a father with a son on his shoulders

Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

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When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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