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Controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Signaled That He Might Have Skin Cancer

Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, made worldwide headlines this year and not so much for his politics, but because of his stubborn views on climate change. His perspective and words could have severe global ramifications. It all started this fall when the world was in awe over the massive fires in the Amazon Rainforest. Everyone seemed to be up in arms, except for Bolsonaro, who said they didn’t have enough resources to put the flames out. Bolsonaro seems to be facing a new kind of problem, but this time it’s personal. 

The president of Brazil announced that he might have skin cancer, but his office is saying something different.

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According to Reuters, Jair Bolsonaro said that doctors removed a mole from his ear. Later, his office told the publication that there wasn’t any concern in regards to his cancer probability. 

“The president is in good health, without any indication of skin cancer, and is keeping his appointments for this week,” his office said in a statement. 

Those two statements are somewhat confusing, primarily because the publication also reports that Bolsonaro initially canceled a visit to Salvador because he was suffering from exhaustion. However, his office later said that he did make his appointments. Who can we believe?

The president didn’t elaborate further about his health, but to be honest, he has more serious concerns that he should be worried about. His announcement about cancer could be a way to distract the media and the public. 

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As we mentioned earlier, Bolsonaro has been under fire over his handling of the Amazon rainforest blaze. He’s also in a feud with actor Leo DiCaprio. The Hollywood A-Lister donated funds this fall in response to the Amazon fires to a nongovernmental organization (NGOs). Still, Bolsonaro said that DiCaprio’s contribution actually went toward the people who started the fires in the first place. 

“The NGO people, what did they do? What’s easier? Set fire to the bush,” Bolsonaro said, according to CNN. “Take photo, film, send it to an NGO, the NGO spreads it out, does a campaign against Brazil, gets in touch with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Leonardo DiCaprio donates $500,000 to this NGO. One part went to the people who were setting the fire, right?” He added, “Leonardo DiCaprio, you are assisting with the burning of the Amazon, that can’t be.” 

Yet the president hasn’t provided any proof to back up his allegations. If that weren’t enough, officials are also investigating people on his staff. 

There’s an investigation underway that involves Bolsonaro’s associates, one of them being his son. Just this week, investigators raided their homes and confiscated some of their belongings in connection with possible corruption. 

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According to several reports, Bolsonaro’s son, Flávio, who is also a Senator and his ex-wife, along with another associate, had their homes raided as investigators inquire about a very serious and illegal operation that involves fraud and money laundering. 

One of those involved in the allegations is Fabrício Queiroz, a good friend of Bolsonaro, who also worked for him as his security chief and aide. Some people are speculating that the raids, which have been part of an investigation for quite some time, occurred too late. They’re saying that Bolsonaro’s family members and friend had plenty of time to get rid of implicating evidence. Others, however, especially critics of Bolsonaro, welcome this part of the investigation and want Queiroz to spill the beans. 

Guilherme Boulos, a well-known leftist leader in Argentina, tweeted, “With a 1-year delay, MP performs an operation against Queiroz. He had complained about recent audio of being abandoned. If Queiroz speaks what he knows about the Bolsonaro family, he can overthrow the government.”

If Queiroz goes against Bolsonaro and, as a result, brings down his administration, well, Bolsonaro will have more on his plate than he can handle. While Bolsonaro or his office did not comment about the raids that took place his week, the attorney representing Bolsonaro’s son said, according to The Guardianyet another attempt to destabilize Jair’s government.”

While hope Bolsonaro doesn’t have skin cancer, that worry will be the least of his issues now that investigators are looking into people in his circle and in his family. 

READ: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Blamed Leonardo DiCaprio For The Amazon Fires, Now The Actor Claps Back

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Temporary Quarantine Things We Want To Stick Around Even After The Pandemic Is Over

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Temporary Quarantine Things We Want To Stick Around Even After The Pandemic Is Over

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Oh, quarantine. The not so sweet but absolutely necessary measure we all must take during the pandemic to stay healthy and alive. Sounds pretty drastic and dramatic but fortunately, the time in self-isolation means that we’ve experienced some pretty fantastically dramatic switch-ups. From work from home days to on the go cocktails, for many of us, there’s a lot to like about quarantine measures.

Recently, we asked our FIERCE readers what they’d like to hold onto about quarantine when it’s all over.

Check out the answers below!

“Not paying rent.” – yungkundalini

“Masks when you are sick.” – glam_dam

“Supporting small businesses! I can’t stress enough how many people have suddenly started coming out to keep their local businesses and mom and pop shops running. This should be a thing whether there is a pandemic or not! Keep your community strong, protect your local elotero, and give the big corporations a run for their money!!!” – itslinamarie

“Ppl staying 6ft away from me.” – _mrssuave__

“Flex working. No longer an excuse that employees must be in the office.” – mixtapemcgee

Cocktails to go.

“Curbside pickup being regularly available.” –melchini

“All of it!! I feel at peace with people not getting close, knowing mugrosos are washing their hands and being covered in sanitizer, not crowding restaurants and spaces, supporting small businesses, I just feel like so much greatness has come from this but maybe I’m just a glass half full person.” –pinatapink

Work from home options.

“To go cocktails.” –elizar

“Work from home at least 2-5 days/week.” – m_lc88

“Prioritizing wellbeing over work.” –srios21

“Not paying student loans.” – senoritasenorita_

“I wouldn’t mind wearing a mask forever, especially during flu season. But mostly because it hides my RBF really nicely.”- mellowpaloma

“Washing your hands.” – mbhearts20

Giving people space.

“6 ft apart rule should never leave! Especially those don’t know about personal space.” –artkidshirley

“Masks if you are sick or utilizing public transportation or crowded places. I lived in South Korea and I like how normalized it is there to wear it in public places. I think this will help most of us stay away from other people’s kuddies when we are out and about.
Definitely wearing it in the airplane. More often than not I get some sort of cold after traveling.” – haveacupofjohanny

“No middle seats on airplanes.” –lcamargo.g

“More patio dining and employers not discouraging sick days.” – carolcontra

Virtual doctor appointments.

“Virtual telehealth appointments.” –fiona_theresita

“Pretty much all of the above as well as the grocery workers cleaning the carts and handing them to you as you walk up. I LOVE THAT. I hope that stays forever!” –lindafairall

“Hand sanitizer every where!” –jeann0m0

“Spending time at home with your loved ones.” –queenmetal

“Drive by parties … drop a present pick up a plate. A gift from god for the antisocial socialites.” –bobbibrittani

“Some of the cleaning guidelines that probably should have been in place to begin with.” –julezz__o9

“More outside space at restaurants and bars, to go drinks, and 6ft apart 💯 ! Readily available hand sanitizers is chill too.” –pietrememories

Hand washing.

“Frequent washing of hands… because I have no idea what these cochinos were doing prior to this.”- xippallipina

“Cleaning items you just bought before putting them away.” –lia028_ava

“Staying home when ill. Rest. Ppl not crowding my space. Strange men not speaking to me.” –ayequemuchacha

No interest on student loans.

“No interest on student loans. I’ve been able to reduce my loan by so much without the interest!.” –bdlr_jp

“People giving me my personal spaces. Pls stay 6ft away from now on.” –natrdgez

“Working from home and people not shaking my hand lol I’ve always hated shaking hands.” –victorria_p

“People being grateful for their family, health, and what they have around them in this moment!” – liv3.so.angie

Masks.

“Masks when people are sick.” –tricia.adriii

“Masked food handlers and when your sick.” –fancyfaceaz

“People actually washing their hands.” –marilynscarlet

“The checkout line social distancing system! Not having a creep breathe down your neck in line is amazing.” –susanabenavidezkoppelman

“To go drinks at restaurants.” –lizbit3

Alone time.

“Solitude.” – zoiladarton

“Contactless delivery and curbside pickup.” – fiona_theresita

“Masks!!” –jazzberrykush

“Supporting small business, drive by parties, cocktails to go, personal space.” – oclucylu

“Sanitizers and masks.” –bethanias.gonzalez

“Hazard pay for jobs that ARE hazard pay everyday! PAID sick time off these companies ain’t shit tbh.” –gvbelladonna89

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Women Of Color Are Talking About Being Made To Feel Isolated By Their Family’s Ignorance And It’s Pretty Heartbreaking

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Women Of Color Are Talking About Being Made To Feel Isolated By Their Family’s Ignorance And It’s Pretty Heartbreaking

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Being our most honest selves around family can, no doubt about it, be extremely difficult. Add family dynamics, expectations, and Latino culture into the mix and things get quite a bit murkier. And while, not all families have a hard time accepting their children as they are, there’s no denying that children who are LGBTQ struggle to be accepted more by their family’s than others. According to Equality Florida, “when asked to describe the ‘most difficult problem facing them in their life these days,’ LGBTQ+ Latino youth most often cited three issues related to their LGBTQ+ identity: lack of acceptance by parents and family, fear about being out or open, trouble at school, including bullying.”

A recent post on Reddit asked women of color who are lesbians to share their family experiences.

The responses were not only extremely enlightening but particularly heartbreaking.

Check them out below.

This woman who feels constantly judged.

“Kind of late to this post but yes. I am a Latina Lesbian and we do not talk about sexuality in my family. My family knows but it is never mentioned. I moved out out my families house 5 yrs ago but every time I go visit for the holidays, the elephant in the room is there. The “when are you having children, getting married, boyfriend etc.” All I can say is do not feel pressured. You do not have to give up your happiness or yourself to please your parents. I am constantly judged by my family for my actions, but id rather be myself and be happy. It’s a tough battle but worth it. When I moved out I moved with the excuse of moving for a work promotion. So do you, do what makes you happy.” – eltorres27

And this chica who feel pressured by the expectations of her family.

“Yeah, my mom is an immigrant to this country (the US) and feels it would be disappointing to have the family lineage end with me. Like, she came here to start something new and I’m gonna end it. Truth is, I do want kids but may never have them due to my career goals. And that has nothing to do with my sexuality.” – Baegz_

This woman who finds her parents struggle more with her amazing partner.

“Yeah I’m Egyptian so I super feel you. I’ve been telling my parents for years before I came out that I didn’t want kids. And now I’m married to a trans woman… So things have been strained. I think the end goal is working through your own shame and judgment so that theirs doesn’t affect you as much. Also, I’ve been delving back into my culture (ancient Egypt), and while there’s always pressure to have kids (so that humans survive), they had no issues with being gay. It’s been really amazing connecting to that part of my culture so I don’t feel so isolated.” –curlyhairedlesbo

This chica who resolved her issues with her family by running away.

“Wish I didn’t understand this kind of pain, but I do. My family wanted me to go to uni, find a man (possibly rich), have 3 (possibly) male children, and go from there to being a happy family as a stay at home mom. My solution? Running away with my gf at age 19, settling down, get engaged, and still not have the balls to block my family on social media even when they retweet/share conversion therapy ads. If only I was as brave as some other people out there- my wonderful girlfriend included. I just run away all the time and it hurts. I don’t know what to do or say whenever my relatives confront me, and I haven’t talked to my parents in years. Thank god Angelika is with me. Otherwise? I don’t really know, nor I want to think about it. Hope you get thru this difficult part of your life. I love the life I have now, we have a dog for heavens sake. A dog! Haha. Never felt more at peace at home than now. It will get better. Trust me.” –Maki_san

This woman who finds any self-expression difficult.

“I’m middle eastern and it’s a huge expectation (I’m expected to not move out until im married) and any self-expression that doesn’t fit the norm is considered shameful for me & my family :/ being a POC lesbian is hard.” – stupididiotdumbassb

This woman who dreams of a life with a wife despite her family’s restricting expectations.

“Not a lesbian im newly bi but my family expects me to get an education get married and be a housewife. Anything i try different from the norm gets shit on. But honestly, i lowkey dream of having a wife sounds so pretty and romantic.” –56hej027sn10

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