Posts Tagged ‘Rio 2016’

Open letter to Governor Sergio Cabral

February 4, 2010

“I was ashamed as a Brazilian when I saw such a symbolic shirt being handed to a war criminal. Blair’s appointment will lower Brazil’s reputation in the eyes of the world. He has no standing in his own country, he failed as a negotiator in the Middle East, he lost his job because of the Iraq War and he has the blood of English soldiers on his hands.” — Paulo Coelho

“My feelings are that I think you are rubbish at your job. You don’t care about the British public, armed forces or anyone. My big brother died at the age of 18, and what for? A war over oil and money. I think that you should withdraw all of our soldiers from Iraq. After all, it’s not our war, it’s America’s. We are all hurting badly, but I don’t just blame Gordon’s death on the Iraqis that made the roadside bomb. I blame YOU as well, because it is your fault that our soldiers are over there in the first place.” — Maxine Gentle, whose brother was killed in Iraq

To Governor Sergio Cabral:

You appointed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as consultant to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The question on the lips of most people is why?

Whilst in office Tony Blair showed not the slightest interest in sport. Therefore what has he to offer, what is he being paid for, how much is he being paid? Jobs for the boys, you grease my palm and I grease yours?

It cannot be claimed he won the 2012 Games for London as that was down to the hard work of then London Mayor Ken Livingstone and former Olympic athlete Sebastian Coe.

Tony Blair is seen by most people as a war criminal. A man with blood on his hands. The blood of innocent Iraqis, the blood of young British soldiers who have died in an illegal, pointless war. He took his country to war on a pack of lies, against the wishes of his own people. A war that has destabilized the Middle East and made the world a less safe place.

Has the irony escaped you that the day you met with and appointed Blair was the day after he appeared before the Iraq Inquiry and tried to justify his action?

Take a hard look at the pictures of the people on the street as they greeted Blair as he appeared before the Iraq Inquiry.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/02/445546.html

This is the man you have engaged as a consultant.

It was an insult to the team and to Brazilian football fans the world over to hand Blair a Brazil team shirt.

You have tarnished the reputation of Brazil and the Rio Games.

When Paulo Coelho speaks out against the appointment of Blair, he speaks for people across the world, he recognises the shame you have brought upon your own country.

Letter sent via e-mail to Governor Sergio Cabral, governor of Rio de Janeiro, the city in Brazil that will host the 2016 Olympics.

governador@governador.rj.gov.br

Writer Paul Coelho, together with footballer Pele, was part of the winning team that went to Brazil to win the 2016 Olympic Games for Rio. [see Rio 2016]

Also see

Tony Blair as consultant to Rio 2016 Games!

‘Not in my country’

Comments on “Not in my country”

Tony Blair as consultant to Rio 2016 Games!

February 2, 2010
Rio 2016 press conference

Rio 2016 press conference

“Tony Blair consultant for Olympic Games 2016 (Rio)? A man responsible for an illegal war? NOT IN MY NAME. Not in my country.” — Paulo Coelho

“Tony Blair deserves Hague, not Rio. Governor Sergio Cabral, please don’t do that. I was in Copenhagen for athletes, not for murderers.” — Paulo Coelho

I have not heard anything so sickening as war criminal and liar Tony Blair being engaged as consultant for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. My first reaction, after wishing to throw up, was what can he offer? He is not exactly known for his interest in sport. Associating his name with the Rio 2016 Games is simply to tarnish still further the reputation of the Olympic Games.

As Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho who was part of Rio team in Copenhagen who obtained the Games for Brazil said, I went to Rio to obtain the Games for athletes, not war criminals.

Two million people took to the streets of London at the start of the Iraq War to say Not in Our Name. As did many more millions around the world. They were ignored. Spineless parliamentarians were bamboozled into backing the war. The cabinet was not properly consulted, no proper discussion took place, some cabinet members have said was kept in the dark.

There were no weapons of mass destruction, there was no threat to the Middle East. A war based on lies and a dodgy dossier. The Middle East has been destabilised, the world is a less safe place.

We are still counting the cost. Apart from those killed in Iraq, a country still torn apart by violence, the Iraq War has created a worldwide problem of Islamic extremism and terrorism, including the July 7/7 Bombings in London.

Would you shake hands with Blair, a man whose hands are dripping with blood?

What are Brazilian politicians thinking of to engage someone with the reputation of Tony Blair? A man who is loathed and detested in his own country. A man who has acted as a corporate whore ever since leaving office. A man who whilst in office showed not the slightest interest in sport.

Blair has earned an estimated £15 million since resigning as British Prime Minister in 2007.

The irony should not be lost that Blair has been hired as consultant the day after he appeared before the Iraq Inquiry.

Are Brazilian politicians trying to make the Rio Games a world laughing stock?

The Iraq War had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction or regime change. It was about the corporate rape and pillage of Iraq. The Olympics has long sold out its ideal, it is now a corporate whore. Maybe it is appropriate then that Blair should be engaged as a consultant, maybe even more appropriate that he been adopted as the mascot to represent corporate greed?

Also see

The rape and pillage of Iraq

Bringing Democracy to the Middle East

Eyewitness Iraq

Making a Killing: The Corporate Invasion of Iraq

Occupation and Resistance in Iraq

Rumsfeld attacked by US troops

911 – a route to war or an excuse for war?

Thank you, President Bush

Protest against Blair at Chilcot Inquiry – Photos

Blair the dictator bulldozed us into war

The Case Against Tony Blair

Iraq inquiry: Short says cabinet misled on war legality

Rio Olympic team hire Tony Blair for advice on staging 2016 games

Rio 2016

October 5, 2009
Rio 2016 press conference

Rio 2016 press conference

Rio 2016 Pele y Paulo

Rio 2016 Pele y Paulo

‘I confess to you if I die right now my life would have been worth it.’ — Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazilian president

‘Read Brazilian pundits on Rio 2016: MBA in stupidity!’ — Paul Coelho, Rio 2016 team

‘Just told my Brazilian friends that I will fulfill my promise: To be upside down on the eve of the Olympics in Rio.’ — Paul Coelho, Rio 2016 team

London got the 2012 Olympics, but many Londoners did not want it. Chicago wanted 2016, but despite or maybe because of the intervention by President Obama, did not get it.

Rio wanted it and got it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8288219.stm

The winning team at Copenhagen included footballer Pele and writer Paulo Coelho.

http://www.heureka.clara.net/art/paulo-coelho.htm

I have never been to Rio. My only ‘experience’ is therefore through the films Favela Rising and City of God. Favela Rising I saw at the Beyond TV film festival a couple of years ago. City of God I have seen more recently. Both feature the violence of the favelas.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/12/357751.html?c=on

And through the music of AfroReggae, a group that has its roots in the violence of the favelas. A few years ago,  AfroReggae were the act that opened the Rolling Stones concert in Rio, the start of a world tour by the Stones

http://www.heureka.clara.net/music/afroreggae.htm

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho starts with a girl being picked up on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach. The action then quickly moves to Europe. The only novel by Paulo Coelho that has any setting in Brazil.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6945675

After Rio was awarded the 2016 Olympics, Paulo Coelho told his Brazilian friends that he will fulfill his promise to be upside down on the eve of the Olympics in Brazil. He will then be aged 70. Some weird Brazilian tradition?

The Olympics leaves behind a toxic legacy to all the cities that host it. More a curse than a blessing. Two weeks of glory, decades of counting the cost.  London 2012 has already destroyed many small businesses and wildlife habitats. Let us hope Rio fares better.

Brazil will now host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics two years later.

World attention will now be focused on Brazil. The world has given Brazil the Olympics, it is now time for Brazil to give something to the world, to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Many thanks to Paulo Coelho for sending me the pictures of the Rio 2016 team in Copenhagen.

Note this is a repost of same article from 3 October 2009, which for reasons unknown will not let me add tags, nor does it appear on main blog! Rio 2016 http://wp.me/pEcZI-C


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