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Brazil presidential election headed for a run-off vote



Brazil presidential election is heading for a run-off vote after neither party managed to win a majority

BRAZIL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – It appears Brazil is heading to a run-off vote, with current President Jair Bolsonaro and rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva set to battle it out for the top job.

With 95% of electronic votes counted, Lula was ahead with 47.6 per cent of votes versus 43.9 per cent for Bolsonaro. This means neither party was able to gain the majority required to take office.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is a Brazilian politician who served as the President of Brazil from 2003 to 2011.

Several opinion surveys had Lula leading Bolsonaro by 10-15 percentage points ahead of Sunday’s vote. Bolsonaro’s strong showing came as a surprise to many.

The key issues in the election are corruption, crime and the economy. Bolsonaro has been a vocal critic of Lula and his Workers’ Party, which has been dogged by corruption scandals.

Bolsonaro’s reputation is mixed. He is a career lawmaker who rode a backlash against the Workers’ Party to victory in 2018.

He has dismantled environmental and indigenous protections to the delight of commercial farmers and wildcat miners, while pushing an anti-gay and anti-abortion agenda.

His popularity has suffered since the coronavirus pandemic, which he dismissed as a “little flu.” Corruption scandals also forced ministers out of his government.

Lula promises to improve the fortunes of Brazil’s poor and working classes, as he did as from 2003-2010, when he lifted millions out of poverty.

Lula spent 19 months in jail for bribery convictions that were later overturned. He has remained a powerful force in Brazilian politics from prison.

The second-round vote will take place on October 30th. It is likely to be a close contest, with both candidates having strong support bases.

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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?



Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns

Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.

Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.

The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.

Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.

“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.

“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.

Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?



Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise

Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.

Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.

Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.

On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.

“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.

“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.

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America focused on “dominance, leadership and primacy” in China spat



Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says the United States relationship with China is focused on dominance, leadership and primacy.

“Mind your own business” – it’s the stinging message to the West from China’s defence minister.

Li Shangfu told a security conference that China has “one of the best peace records” among major countries.

He lashed out at the so-called rules-based system. Asking – “who made the rules?”

The world is watching China amidst heightened international anxiety.

But while China’s Defence minister says Beijing’s preference is “peaceful unification” with Taiwan, he added that China will never “promise to renounce the use of force.”

Delegates from the Philippines, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the United States and Germany asked about the “apparent disconnect between China’s words and actions”.

But in some of those countries, there is growing concern about America’s increasing level of unpredictability.

Australia’s former Foreign minister Bob Carr is concerned that Canberra had mismanaged the relationship with America under successive governments. #featured #world #china

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