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No Pos Wow: Maduro Wants To Be Friends With Trump, Mariah Carey DGAF, And More

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you updated on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

Mexico’s fútbol federation and Atlas are standing behind Rafa Marquez.

Both the Mexican fúbol federation and the Atlas fúbol club have both issued statements supporting Marquez after being sanctioned by the United States government in connection with drug trafficking.

“We recognize and admire Rafael Marquez’s career,” reads a statement by the federation. “He just completed 20 years as an iconic figure of the Mexican national team and he has represented us in a great way in many international events, always showing a distinctive leadership and commitment. We are confident that Rafael Marquez will clarify these accusations and we will support him and the suitable authorities in order to accomplish that goal.”

Nike, on the other hand, has decided that it is time to review their connection to Marquez following the sanction.

“We are shocked by these deeply disturbing allegations and are reviewing the situation to determine next steps,” a Nike spokesperson told Forbes.

More: Mexico federation, Atlas back Rafa Marquez in drug trafficking case

President Trump’s tough rhetoric against Mexico helped start a defense relationship with Mexico and Brazil.

Bloomberg reported that since Trump has taken a hard stance against Mexico and favors a border wall, Mexico has taken its defense business to Brazil. Rather than working with the U.S. in importing defense equipment, Mexico is looking at Brazil to start a new partnership. There has already been a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, between the Mexican Secretary of National Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos, and Brazilian Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann.

“The meetings we had in April were extremely positive,” Brazil Defense Products Secretary, Flavio Basilio, told Bloomberg. “This new proximity can be attributed to the U.S. developments, with American policy contributing to the search for new partners. We see this as a good opportunity.”

More: Mexico Wants to Team Up With Brazil on Defense Thanks to Trump’s Rhetoric

Mariah Carey’s ex-choreographer confirmed that she didn’t dance in that viral clip because she just didn’t want to.

Complex was able to get the scoop on Mariah Carey’s lackluster year of performances that all started during her New Years Eve performance in New York City. According to her former choreographer Anthony Burrell, Carey has just ran out of f*cks to give. The conversation comes after a viral video went around the Internet of Carey in a pink leotard being carried around the stage during a live performance, barely moving to the music. Tbh, we could already tell.

“It’s just typical Mariah,” Burrell told Complex. “Mariah is clear: when she doesn’t wanna do something, she doesn’t do it. She’s performing with lackluster and no f*cks given, and it’s taking away her star.”​

More: Mariah Carey’s Ex-Choreographer Explains Why She’s Fresh Out of F*cks to Give

A huge emerald was recently discovered in Brazil totaling $309 million.

Earlier this week, Forbes reported that a massive emerald cluster was unearthed in a mine in a region of Brazil known for producing great gems. According to Forbes, the emerald weighs almost 800 pounds and has already been bought by a private party. The owner of the gem is not releasing their identity for fear of their family’s safety. The cluster of emeralds is being moved from place to place to keep it secure. The gem cluster is estimated to cost $309 million dollars and is more than four feet tall. It is unclear if the owner plans to resell it or donate it to a museum.

More: $309 Million Emerald Weighing Nearly 800 Pounds Was Just Found in Brazil

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wants a meeting with President Trump to build a relationship between the two countries.

CREDIT: Jeso Carneiro / Gage Skidmore / Flickr

The Washington Post reports that Maduro recently told the newly assembled, and highly controversial, Constituent National Assembly that he wants to have a meeting with Trump to work on building a close relationship. According to The Washington Post, Maduro wants to have the same relationship with the U.S. as he has with Russia. The plea from Maduro comes after the U.S. announced that it will considering stricter sanctions on Venezuela following the humanitarian crisis gripping the country.

More: Venezuela’s Maduro: ‘Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand’


READ: No Pos Wow: Trump And Peña Nieto Back Together, New Parrot Discovered In Mexico, And More

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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Indigenous tribes are the most important connection between man and nature. These tribes have lived off the land before modern society and many have never interacted with modern society. Ricardo Stuckert is going through and documenting the indigenous Amazonian tribes in Brazil.

Ricardo Stuckert is photographing indigenous tribespeople in the Brazilian Amazon.

The indigenous community is something sacred that most people agrees should be protected. They are more connected to the land than we are. Their customs and traditions are more ingrained in this world than ours are and it is so important to protect them.

The indigenous community of Brazil has been subjected to horrible attacks and conditions from the Brazilian government.

One of the most widespread attacks against the indigenous Brazilians living in the Amazon has been for the land. President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to take land away from the indigenous communities to allow for logging and mining. A bill he sent to the congress sought to exploit the land for commercial purposes, even legalizing some of the attacks we have seen on indigenous people since President Bolsonaro took power.

Stuckert wants to preserve the indigenous culture and customs through photos.

“I think it is important to disseminate Brazilian culture and show the way that native peoples live today,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “In 1997, I started to photograph the Amazon and had my first contact with the native people of Brazil. Since then, I have tried to show the diversity and plurality of indigenous culture, as well as emphasize the importance of the Indians as guardians of the forest. There are young people who are being born who have never seen or will see an Indian in their lives.”

The photographer believes that using photography is the best way to share culture.

“I think that photography has this power to transpose a culture like this to thousands of people,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “The importance of documentary photojournalism is to undo stigmas and propagate a culture that is being lost. We need to show the importance of indigenous people to the world, for the protection of our forests.”

You can see all of Stuckert’s photos on his Instagram.

Stuckert’s work to documented the indigenous community is giving people an insight into a life many never see. Brazil is home to about 210 million people with around 1 million having indigenous heritage. The diverse indigenous community of Brazil is something important to showcase and that’s what Stuckert is doing.

READ: Indigenous Photographer Diego Huerta’s Photos Of Oaxaca’s Indigenous People Celebrates Their Beauty

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What Is the 25th Amendment and What Does it Do?: A Primer

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What Is the 25th Amendment and What Does it Do?: A Primer

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So in case you missed it, some crazy stuff went down at the Capitol yesterday. A mob of far-right Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building in “protest” of Congress ratifying President Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes.

The heinous episode shocked and rattled many Americans. After months of inflammatory rhetoric, President Trump effectively activated his base into violent and treasonous actions. And people are upset. 

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have since called for Trump’s resignation. But knowing President Trump, it isn’t likely that he’s going to do that.

Because of that, lawmakers have reportedly been having talks to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment.

The 25th Amendment has four sections that dictate what will happen in the event of an acting president being unable to carry out the duties of office. These events have usually amounted to…colonoscopies (no, really). But this time around, lawmakers are looking to the fourth section of the amendment to remove Trump from office. And this is where the wording gets super lawyer-y.

Section Four the 25th Amendment states:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

Translation: The Vice President, Trump’s cabinet, the Senate leader, and the Speaker of the House would all have to agree to ousting Trump.

It’s a little complicated, so let’s break it down. Vice President Pence and the majority (11 out of 23) of Trump’s cabinet would have to agree that he is unfit for office. Then, they must submit a written request to the “President pro Tempore” of the Senate (who is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley) as well as the Speaker of the House (California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi).

But wait, that’s not all. As soon as this motion is enacted, President Trump would be able to contest that decision (which he most definitely would). In that case, VP Mike Pence, Senator Grassley, and Congresswoman Pelosi would have to re-draft another statement insisting that he is, indeed, unfit for office.

Then, two-thirds of both the Senate and the House of Representatives would have to agree with their decision.

Only then would Trump be permanently removed from the presidency.

So, yeah…a lot of steps. But there’s a good reason for that. If removing a president from office were easy, it would be done a lot more often and our democracy would be a lot shakier.

Remember relentlessly hearing about the “checks and balances” of our government in elementary school? This is what our teachers were talking about. A lot of different people in different parts of the government have to sign-off on hard decisions so we can all make sure every action is justified and reasonable.

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