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Dilma Rousseff Faces Senators On Brazil's Front Pages

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O Globo, Aug. 29

Brazil's suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, will address the Senate today as part of the final moments of her trial before a vote on her impeachment tomorrow.

Rousseff studied each and every senator in detail last week "to have something up her sleeve if she gets attacked," Brazilian newspaper O Globoreported an unnamed source as saying.

Rousseff's planning to remind the audience of her role in fighting the country's military dictatorship in the 1960s, and will appeal to the conscience of senators to avoid a similar predicament going forward, O Globo reports. She will also underscore her honesty and appeal to women by saying the accusations against her are misogynistic, the daily notes.

Rousseff is accused of manipulating the state's finances to disguise a deficit in public accounts prior to her re-election.

According to Brazilian media reports, at least 51 out of the country's 81 senators are planning to vote in favor of Rousseff's impeachment — just three votes short of the minimum required. But nothing is a sure deal as yet. Several lawmakers are reportedly still undecided.

Rousseff doesn't believe she has to convince undecided senators, an unnamed political ally told O Globo. "Her speech is not for the senators but for the people. She knows that every single one of the 81 senators who are going to judge her have already made up their minds."

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Turkey: The Blind Spot Between Racial And Religious Discrimination

Before the outbreak of the Hamas-Israel war, a social media campaign in Turkey aimed to take on anti-Arab and anti-refugee sentiment. But the campaign ultimately just swapped one type of discrimination for another.

photo of inside Istanbul's Eminonu New Mosque

Muslims and tourists visiting Istanbul's Eminonu New Mosque.

Levent Gültekin


ISTANBUL — In late September, several pro-government journalists in Turkey promoted a social media campaign centered around a video against those in the country who are considered anti-Arab. The campaign was built around the idea of being “siblings in religion,” and the “union of the ummah,” or global Muslim community.

(In a very different context, such sentiments were repeated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Israel-Hamas war erupted.)

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While the goal is understandable, these themes are highly disconnected from reality.

First, let's look at the goal of the campaign. Our country has a serious problem of irregular migrants and refugees, and the administration isn’t paying adequate attention to this. On the contrary, they encourage the flow of refugees with policies such as selling citizenship.

Worries about irregular migrants and refugees naturally create tension in the society. The anger that targets not the government but the refugees has come to a point which both threatens the social peace and brought the issue to hostility towards the Arabs, even the tourists. The actual goal of this campaign by the pro-government journalists is obvious if you consider how an anti-tourist movement would hurt Turkey’s economy.

However, as mentioned above, while the goal is understandable, the themes of the “union of the ummah” and “siblings in religion” are problematic. The campaign offers the idea of being siblings in religion as an argument against the rising racism towards irregular migrants and refugees; a different form of racism or discrimination.

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