- RUSSIA : Court Sets One Pussy Rioter Free; Fame Brings 70 Year Closure For Eurovision Folk Singer.
- USA / SOCIAL MEDIA / GUN CULTURE: Santa Leaves Heat As Xmas Treats.
- MEXICO : Gulfo Narco Boss 'El Coss' Caught In Tampico; Arrested Pozos Gonzalez Proud Of Golden AK-47.
- UZBEKISTAN: 23 Aug UPDATE: GooGoosha Responds To Critics; Ruthless Dictator's Daughter Seeks Fame With Pop Career.
- URUGUAY: Foreigners Rush To Buy Farm Land.
- RUSSIA / CZECH REP : 30 Dec UPDATE: Probe Begins Of Moscow Plane Crash That Killed 5, Injured 3.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- ARGENTINA: Bond Appeal Surging On Exports And Debt Restructure; Beating Ukraine For Yield For Now.
- MEXICO / USA : Wanted Narco Billionaire's 'Daughter' Arrested In San Diego.
- ART / HUMOR / SPAIN : 27 August UPDATE: Clever Jokers Post Their 'Restored' Versions Of Famous Images.
12 April 2013
BRASIL / GERMANY : Brasilia Beefs-up Defenses; Buying 34 Used Tanks From Berlin.
The new pope's upcoming visit in July, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics are commonly given as some reasons for Brasilia's recent military buying spree.
Brasil is close to buying 34 used German anti-tanks.
No price was revealed.
Brasilia is also spending $4 billion to build 5 submarines...including a nuke...jointly with France...and has purchased anti-aircraft missiles from Russia.
But the biggest future...and oft postponed purchase...36 new jet fighters...worth more than $4 billion...has seen the USA, France and Sweden drooling over...and sniping about it.
Brasil is also concerned about growing incursions across its remote Amazon borders...by waves of undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs.