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Artists attending the Avante festival respond to criticism: “Where are they when children in Yemen are screaming of hunger?”

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With the opening Poster of the festival “Forward”which takes place from 2 to 4 September at Quinta da Atalaia, in Seixal, there were several criticisms of Portuguese artists accepting an invitation to perform at an event of the Communist Party of Portugal (PCP), the only Portuguese party with a seat in Parliament that did not condemn the military invasion of Ukraine by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

José Milhazes spoke first. At SIC, a commentator recalled that musicians are “free to participate in anything, but they are in a party that is not just a musical one. It is a political party created by a party that supports abhorrent regimes and that currently supports war.

I was stunned to see artists like Carminho or Paulo Braganza on the poster,” said José Milhazes, adding that he was surprised by the presence of Bia Ferreira, “who, according to the poster is one of the most prominent Brazilian voices of affirmation for the LGBT community and comes to the side of a party that supports regimes that persecute, arrest and kill all these sexual minorities.”

BLITZ podcast guest, Posto Emissor, Paulo Braganza said: “There was a wave hate because of Avant. I am a man of the world and I am going for the world. I go to work and nothing else.”

For her part, Bia Ferreira responded in the affirmative, releasing a video in which she responds to messages received after José Milhazes’ comment. “The Festa do Avante invited me to make show and on any stage that invites me to do my art, I rise because I am a woman, black and Brazilian, who does not have many opportunities to do the political and revolutionary art that I represent.

“I’m going to practice my art” Bia Ferreira

“I’m going to denounce the damage the Portuguese have done here in Brazil. If you only care about deaths in Ukraine because a white European dies, I wanted to say that every 23 minutes a black person dies here in Brazil. And that’s what I’m going to do at the Festa do Avante: condemn the damage. I don’t refuse to touch because my art will not be hushed up or condemned,” he says.

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“What really worries me is that I’m complaining that your ancestor enslaved my people here in Brazil and that we’re still paying that bill to this day. That’s why you’re so excited for Bia to play Festa do Avante. Yes, I’m going to do my art,” says Bia Ferreira, who also works at FMM Sines.

Bia Ferreira developed these ideas into mail on Instagram: “Regarding the war between Russia and Ukraine, I have never been to any of these countries, but here in Brazil I have been living in war since birth and I have never seen these same people worry about our death. . Helicopters are used as a base to shoot down civilians in the favelas. The deaths in Ukraine are alarming because white people are dying. How much are the lives of the people who die every day as a result of state violence in Brazil worth? Do you know their color? If you don’t care, then you’re just another racist. And Brazil is the country that kills the most [pessoas] LGBTKIAP+ no peace!” he says.

“As long as I have ammo, I will travel wherever I am welcome.” Dino D’Santiago

For his part, Dino D’Santiago wrote: “I received messages from some people against my participation in the Festa do Avante, some asked to cancel, others accused me of Ukrainian blood shed in this war. Yeah. I am responsible for the bloodshed in this and all wars on both sides of the trench! Because I’m the son of the 20th century! The deadliest century in human history! In OUR hands we carry the blood of over 100 million people killed in the name of power, religion or genocide.”

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On the other hand, the author of The New Lisbon notes:As for this war between two European countries, it seems to have finally awakened the compassion of the privileged Eurocentric, who today tastes his own “Western” poison. Where are they when famine cries out for children in Yemen, where are they when it comes to the 5.5 million refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the 1.75 million fleeing Burkina Faso, in addition to the other million refugees from Cameroon, South Sudan, Chad, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Burundi and Ethiopia?” he asks. “I have always been and will be for PEACE in every corner of this globe! And for this war of mankind, I carry the only weapon that I inherited from my parents … LOVE! And as long as I have ammo, I will travel wherever I am welcome.”

Express too. Enrique Raposo wrote on the topic, commenting on the reaction of the Russian Embassy to the words addressed to Putin, at a concert in Agueda. “After the Pedro Abruños case, the friendship and connivance between the PKP and Russia has become even more scandalous, and in this sense it is important to ask the question: will Portuguese artists continue to campaign and act for freedom and diversity in the morning? and during the day? Will they continue to play at the party of the party that supports Putin? Will they continue to campaign LGBT in the morning and play as the most reactionary Portuguese party in the field in the afternoon, which, on top of that, refuses to denounce the Putin regime that persecutes LGBT minorities? ”

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Vladimir Putin has delayed the invasion of Ukraine at least three times.

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Putin has repeatedly consulted with Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the invasion, Europa Press told Ukraine’s chief intelligence director Vadim Skibitsky.

According to Skibitsky, it was the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which is responsible for counterintelligence and espionage work, that put pressure on Gerasimov and other military agencies to agree to launch an offensive. .

However, according to the Ukrainian intelligence services, the FSB considered that by the end of February sufficient preparations had already been made to guarantee the success of the Russian Armed Forces in a lightning invasion.

However, according to Kyiv, the Russian General Staff provided the Russian troops with supplies and ammunition for only three days, hoping that the offensive would be swift and immediately successful.

The head of Ukrainian intelligence also emphasized the cooperation of local residents, who always provided the Ukrainian authorities with up-to-date information about the Russian army, such as the number of soldiers or the exact location of troops.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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Life sentence for former Swedish official for spying for Russia

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A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a former Swedish intelligence officer to life in prison for spying for Russia, and his brother to at least 12 years in prison. In what is considered one of the most serious cases in Swedish counterintelligence history, much of the trial took place behind closed doors in the name of national security.

According to the prosecution, it was Russian military intelligence, the GRU, who took advantage of the information provided by the two brothers between 2011 and their arrest at the end of 2021.

Peyman Kia, 42, has held many senior positions in the Swedish security apparatus, including the army and his country’s intelligence services (Säpo). His younger brother, Payam, 35, is accused of “participating in the planning” of the plot and of “managing contacts with Russia and the GRU, including passing on information and receiving financial rewards.”

Both men deny the charges, and their lawyers have demanded an acquittal on charges of “aggravated espionage,” according to the Swedish news agency TT.

The trial coincides with another case of alleged Russian espionage, with the arrest of the Russian-born couple in late November in a suburb of Stockholm by a police team arriving at dawn in a Blackhawk helicopter.

Research website Bellingcat identified them as Sergei Skvortsov and Elena Kulkova. The couple allegedly acted as sleeper agents for Moscow, having moved to Sweden in the late 1990s.

According to Swedish press reports, the couple ran companies specializing in the import and export of electronic components and industrial technology.

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The man was again detained at the end of November for “illegal intelligence activities.” His partner, suspected of being an accomplice, has been released but remains under investigation.

According to Swedish authorities, the arrests are not related to the trial of the Kia brothers.

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Ukraine admitted that Russia may announce a general mobilization

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“They can strengthen their positions. We understand that this can happen. At the same time, we do not rule out that they will announce a general mobilization,” Danilov said in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online publication.

Danilov believed that this mobilization would also be convened “to exterminate as many as possible” of Russian citizens, so that “they would no longer have any problems on their territory.”

In this sense, Danilov also reminded that Russia has not given up on securing control over Kyiv or the idea of ​​the complete “destruction” of Ukraine. “We have to be ready for anything,” he said.

“I want everyone to understand that [os russos] they have not given up on the idea of ​​destroying our nation. If they don’t have Kyiv in their hands, they won’t have anything in their hands, we must understand this,” continued Danilov, who also did not rule out that a new Russian offensive would come from “Belarus and other territories.” .

As such, Danilov praised the decision of many of its residents who chose to stay in the Ukrainian capital when the war broke out in order to defend the city.

“They expected that there would be panic, that people would run, that there would be nothing to protect Kyiv,” he added, referring to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine caused at least 6.5 million internally displaced persons and more than 7.8 million refugees to European countries, which is why the UN classifies this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945). gg.). ).

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At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The Russian invasion, justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,755 civilian deaths and 10,607 wounded since the beginning of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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