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Gay Parade in Sao Paulo
Gay Parade in Sao Paulo
Marcio Falcao

BRASILIA - With an inflamatory speech, the president of the Brazilian Parliament’s Commission for Human Rights Marco Feliciano has warned the federal government not to interfere in the voting session for the proposed law known as “gay cure.”

Feliciano, who is the leader of an evangelical church, as well as a group of some 80 members of Parliament who abide by traditionalist Christian teachings, has been attempting to push through a law that would allow psychologists to be allowed to treat people with homosexuality — a law sarcastically dubbed “gay cure” by its opponents.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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