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HAARETZ, JERUSALEM POST, ISRAEL RADIO (Israel)

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EILAT - A U.S. tourist opened fire in an Israeli hotel resort on the Red Sea coast Friday, killing one person.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Israeli counter-terrorism units arrived on the scene after the gunman barricaded himself in the kitchen. Counter-terrorism units subsequently killed him in an exchange of gunfire.

The gunman, a 23-year-old American man from New York had been working in the kitchen at the Leonardo Club Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, as part of a work and study program for American youth in Israel. Haaretz believes his job at the hotel was recently terminated.

According to Israel Radio, cited by Jerusalem Post, the incident began with an argument between the American citizen and another hotel employee. After a security guard attempted to break up the quarrel, he snatched the guard's gun and shot the other employee.

Eyal, a guest at the hotel, said: “We were in the dining room, and suddenly we heard shots fired. Both guest and hotel workers were very frightened. No one understood what was going on. Ten seconds later the dining room was blocked off and we were asked to go to our rooms and stay inside,” Haaretz reports.

The gunman has not been named so far, although the victim of the shooting was allegedly a man in his fifties. Two others were also taken to hospital, suffering with shock.

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Capitol Riot, Brazil Style? The Specter Of Violence If Bolsonaro Loses The Presidency

Brazilian politics has a long history tainted with violence. As President Jair Bolsonaro threatens to not accept the results if he loses his reelection bid Sunday, the country could explode in ways similar to, or even worse, than the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol after Donald Trump refused to accept his defeat.

Supporters of Brazil presidential candidates Bolsonaro and Lula cross the streets of Brasilia with banners ahead of the first round of the elections on Oct. 2.

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SÂO PAULO — Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro delivered a message to his nation this year on the anniversary of its independence day, September 7. He recalled what he saw as the nation’s good times, and bad, and declared: “Now, 2022, history may repeat itself. Good has always triumphed over evil. We are here because we believe in our people and our people believe in God.”

It was a moment that’s typical of how this president seeks to challenge the democratic rules. Bolsonaro has been seen as part of a new populist global wave. Ahead of Sunday's first round of voting, the sitting president is trailing in the polls, and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could even tally more than 50% to win the race outright and avoid an Oct. 30 runoff. Bolsonaro has said he might not accept the results of the race, which could spark violence from his supporters.

However, Brazil has a tradition of political violence. There is a national myth that the political elite prefer negotiation and avoid armed conflicts. Facts do not support the myth. If it did all major political change would have been peaceful: there would have been no independence war in 1822, no civil war in 1889 (when the republic replaced the monarchy) and, even the military coup, in 1964, would have been bloodless.

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