Brazil’s former leftist president, former darling of the “Pink Tide,” Lula da Silva gets 9 1/2 years for crony crimes

Lula and Obama cozying up during better times for both men.


We have asked this question before, but why is it that socialist leaders, supposed men and women of the proletariat, seem nearly ALWAYS to want to be rich?

The only exception I can think of off hand was Uruguay’s former “pauper” president who seemed not to pine for such things. Other than that, pretty much across the board, socialist leaders from Beijing to London to Brazil to the Kennedy compound want to be rich.

Aren’t the “rich” the enemy?

(From The Independent)

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been sentenced to nine and a half years in jail for corruption and moneylaundering.

Lula, who was president between 2003 and 2010, will remain free while an appeal is heard.

In the first of five trials, judge Sergio Moro found Lula guilty of accepting 3.7 million reais (£890,000) worth of bribes from engineering firm OAS SA, the amount prosecutors said the company spent refurbishing a beach apartment for Lula in return for his help winning contracts with state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro.

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