Trump administration ‘not playing around’ on North Korea BY OLIVIA BEAVERS – 08/06/17 11:03 AM EDTUN bans North Korean exports over missile tests Reuters U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised new sanctions against North Korea as a sign that the international community is seriously addressing the threat of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.”It is time for North Korea to realize, we are not playing anymore,” Haley said on Fox News’s „Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”The sanctions largely target North Korea’s major exports such as coal, iron and seafood, Haley said.”A third of their trade exports have been hit, and we basically gave them a kick in the gut with a billion dollars of sanctions that they are going to begin to feel right away,” she continued, adding that the measure „sends a really strong message.”The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday that would slap the new sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for its repeated ballistic missile testing and continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons.The former South Carolina governor said North Korea now has a big decision to make.”They can either respond by pulling back and saying that they are not going to be a part of this reckless activity anymore or they can see where it goes.“And we’ll continue to keep up the strength, and keep up the activity and make sure that we stop them,” Haley added.Haley was echoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who on Saturday said the regime is a very real threat to the world.”I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with this,” McMaster told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt in an interview that aired Saturday.”I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime.”The UN sanctions follow North Korea’s two recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the most recent of which took place last week. Analysts say those ICBMs could be capable of striking parts of the U.S.The Trump administration sees North Korea’s nuclear program as a top national security threat to the U.S.McMaster indicated this weekend that military action against the regime is an option.”If they had nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States, it’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. Of course, we have to provide all options to do that, and that includes a military option,” he told MSNBC.President Trump – who was critical of the UN on the campaign trail — praised the United Nations Security Council on Saturday for voting to support the new sanctions on North Korea, after he signed a measure this week imposing new sanctions there, as well as targeting Russia and Iran.”The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!” Trump tweeted.”United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in cost to [North Korea],” he added.China’s vote to support the sanctions is a sign that the international community is on-board with a stricter stance toward the North Korean regime.China also reportedly urged Pyongyang to stop missile and nuclear tests in the wake of the increased sanctions.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while meeting with North Korea’s top diplomat that the country should “maintain calm,” The Associated Press reported Sunday.“Do not violate the U.N.’s decision or provoke international society’s goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests,” Wang added.Haley praised China last week for supporting the additional sanctions — a move that the U.S. sees as a promising sign Beijing will work to put further pressure on Pyongyang.China’s action appeared to please the White House.Trump had vocally called on China to step up its efforts to rein in the regime last week, taking to Twitter to express his disappointment with the nation for doing „nothing.”Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used a ceremony Sunday marking the anniversary of the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima as an opportunity to call for the international community to work towards a denuclearized world, NPR reported.“As the only country to be irradiated in war,” Abe said Japan would “firmly advance the movement toward a world without nuclear weapons,” The New York Times reported.When asked by a reporter if the nation whose constitution renounces war should acquire the means to strike North Korean missile sites, Abe did not rule out the option.“At the present time, we are not planning any specific deliberations about possessing,” such capabilities, Abe said, according to the Times.But generally, he added, Japan should increase its defense plan “given that the security situation surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly severe.”Updated 3:50 p.m.
Trump takes a break to crash a wedding while on 17-day ‘working vacation’ Gordon Hurd 12 hours ago Donald Trump on his way to spend 17 days at his golf resort in Bedminton, N.J. (Photo: Getty Images)Donald Trump began a self-declared 17-day “working vacation” on Friday. He claimed he will be taking minutes and phone calls while squeezing in rounds of golf at his Trump National golf club. All this despite being a vocal critic of sitting presidents taking vacations.Nevertheless, his presence was felt almost immediately at the Bedminster, N.J., resort as Trump crashed a wedding taking place there.Trump ambled over to the wedding party outfitted in his red “Make America Great Again” cap and white golf shirt. Video captured and shared online shows him asking the guests, “Everyone having a good time?” Folks gathered around him seemed enthusiastic and happy about the executive interruption. Other photos and video were captured but in the hours since being shared online, few remain available to view.Vocal supporters of Trump have called the wedding visit proof that he is the president of the people, while detractors point out that working vacations in golf apparel don’t seem like working vacations at all. The debate will surely continue as long he is in office.This isn’t the first time a wedding has received the gilded Trump stamp of approval. He did the same thing at the same location in June, surprising bride and groom Kristen and Tucker Gladhill.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty.Security for Trump’s summer visit ruffles tranquil New Jersey townThree military helicopters hovered over Anne Choi’s backyard, engaged in what appeared to be a drill ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit three weeks ago to this tranquil town of farmland and horse barns in rural New Jersey.
World China Considering Military Action Against India: Report Josh Lowe,Newsweek 19 hours agoTwo combative articles published in China’s state-run Global Times newspaper have raised fears of military clashes in the disputed Doklam region that lies at the junction between China, Bhutan and India.Since June 16, when Indian forces sought to prevent China from building a road in a part of the plateau claimed by Bhutan, the two powers have been locked in a standoff in the region. Now, the Times of India reports, a top Chinese academic has written in the state organ that China is planning a „small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks.”Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, wrote in the Global Times : “China will not allow the military standoff between China and India in Doklam to last for too long, and there may be a small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks.”Trending: Arsenal: Everything Arsene Wenger Had to Say About Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil Future, Alexandre Lacazette ProgressHu added that the „Chinese side will inform the Indian foreign ministry before its operation,” but gave no source for his claims.A Global Times editorial on Saturday, meanwhile, accused India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “gambling” his country’s destiny.”It is a war with an obvious result,” the editorial said. „PM Narendra Modi should be aware of the [Chinese army]’s overwhelming firepower and logistics. Indian border troops are no rival to [Chinese] field forces. If a war spreads, the [army] is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region,” the daily said.Don’t miss: Scientists Aim to Preserve a Rare, and Blind, Species of Chinese FishThe editorial further said, „Modi government’s hard line stance is sustained by neither laws nor strength. This administration is recklessly breaking international norms and jeopardising India’s national pride and peaceful development.”“Restraint has a bottom line,” the editorial warned.The road China is trying to build leads towards the Indian border and could prove strategically useful to the east Asian superpower.
World China Backs North Korea Sanctions, But Urges A Return To Talks As Situation Becomes ‘Critical’ Josh Lowe,Newsweek 20 hours agoChina has said that new sanctions imposed on North Korea following a U.N. vote are justified—but urged the totalitarian state and other international partners to get back round the table for talks aimed at stopping its nuclear program.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that „After the implementation of the [U.N.] resolutions, the Korean peninsula issue enters into a critical juncture,” Reuters reported.”We call on all sides to take a responsible attitude when making judgments and taking actions…. We cannot do one and neglect the other. Sanctions are needed but sanctions are not the final goal,” Wang added.Trending: Canada’s Trudeau Makes a Splash—Literally, in a Kayak, and Of Course Cameras Were ThereThe new U.N. resolution, drafted by the U.S. and implemented in response to two July intercontinental ballistic missile tests, bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It could slash the country’s export revenues, which stand at $3 billion per year, by one third.”The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearization of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved,” Wang said in a statement, according to ABC news.In 2003, China, the United States, North and South Korea, Japan, and Russia first entered into negotiations aimed at bringing Pyongyang’s controversial nuclear program to a close.Don’t miss: Quora: Do Americans Trust the Media? It’s ComplicatedBut the talks came to a standstill in 2009 when North Korea walked out; the U.N. had imposed new sanctions on the country after it tested a missile it claimed was part of a civilian space program.The U.S. has said it will not re-engage with North Korea if it comes to talks with the intention of maintaining its nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, North Korea’s aim from the talks is to secure a non-aggression pact from the United States, which deploys almost 30,000 troops in South Korea.Wang’s statement Sunday re-iterated China’s view that a “double suspension”—of both North Korea’s nuclear program and U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises—is necessary to tackle the rising tension.
Entertainment This Sarah Huckabee Sanders impression is so spot on, it deserves an Oscar Kitty Lindsay,Hello Giggles Sat, Aug 5 2:01 PM PDT Let’s face it: Trump’s White House is full of characters. From newly ousted communications director Anthony Scaramucci (aka The Mooch) to the endlessly parody-able former press secretary, Sean “Spicey” Spicer, to the president himself, the office of the leader of the free world more resembles a clown car than a cabinet. That’s why Chelsea Handler enlisted the help of comedian Fortune Feimster to bring to life an over-the-top impression of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — and the spot-on impression is giving us life!Perfectly capturing Sanders’ signature no-nonsense sensibility and flawlessly imitating her slow Southern drawl to a sweet T, it’s almost like Feimster IS Sanders. Appearing this week on Handler’s namesake Netflix series, Chelsea, Feimster brought down the house (but NOT the White House — that’s the Russians’ job), skewering Sanders’ reading of a handwritten letter from the president’s biggest pint-sized fan, Dylan, referred to by friends as “Pickle.” There was much speculation that “Pickle” wasn’t a real person, so as part of her parody Feimster read another ~letter~ from a fan — this time by a child known only as “Cucumber.” And boy, does Cucumber have a colorful way with words.LOL!But it’s Feimster’s Sanders-esque style of communicating that really makes the sketch sing. It’s as if Feimster, a comedy writer and breakout star of The Mindy Project, has been preparing for this her whole life. The resemblance is uncanny.Let’s hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Feimster’s so-accurate-it’s-scary impression of Sanders. In an increasingly hostile political climate where drama is an everyday reality, a little comedy goes a looong way!
World Hiroshima marks 72nd anniversary of atomic bombing after Japan’s refusal to join nuke ban treaty The Japan Times 20 hours agoHIROSHIMA – Hiroshima marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday at its annual memorial ceremony, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui calling on the Japanese government to help realize a treaty banning nuclear weapons. This year’s ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park near ground zero follows the adoption by 122 United Nations members of the world’s first treaty to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. The pact’s preamble uses the Japanese term hibakusha in its mention of “the unacceptable suffering” of survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings that killed an estimated 214,000 people by the end of 1945. But Japan, together with the world’s nuclear weapon states and other countries …NATIONALOn 72nd A-bomb anniversary, Hiroshima highlights Japan’s refusal to join U.N. nuke ban BY SOPHIE JACKMAN KYODOHIROSHIMA – Hiroshima on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of its atomic bombing by the U.S., with Mayor Kazumi Matsui using the annual memorial ceremony to call on the central government to help make a treaty banning nuclear weapons a reality.KEYWORDS This year’s ceremony at Peace Memorial Park near ground zero follows the adoption by 122 U.N. members last month of the world’s first treaty to comprehensively ban nuclear weapons.The treaty’s preamble uses the term hibakusha in mentioning “the unacceptable suffering” experienced by the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombings, which had killed an estimated 214,000 people by the end of 1945.But Japan — together with the world’s nuclear weapon states and other countries under the U.S. nuclear umbrella — refused to participate in the U.N. treaty.In the city’s annual Peace Declaration, Matsui stopped short of demanding that Japan join the treaty, but urged the government to “manifest the pacifism in our Constitution by doing everything in its power to bridge the gap between the nuclear weapon and non-nuclear weapon states, thereby facilitating the ratification.”He said the countries that adopted the treaty “demonstrated their unequivocal determination to achieve abolition,” and that now is the time for all governments to “strive to advance further toward a nuclear weapon-free world.”Prime Minister Shinzo Abe avoided any mention of the U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty in his speech at the ceremony.“For us to truly realize a ‘world without nuclear weapons,’ the participation of both nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states is necessary,” he said.Later in the day, after meeting with representatives of seven local hibakusha groups who protested Japan’s refusal to participate in the U.N. treaty, Abe defended the decision to stay out, saying “a realistic approach” is needed to reach the goal of having a world without nuclear weapons.“We think (the treaty) must not result in the distance between the nuclear weapon and non-nuclear weapon states being further widened and the realization of a world without nuclear weapons getting further away,” Abe said at a news conference.“By firmly maintaining our three non-nuclear principles and continuing to appeal to both sides, Japan is determined to lead the international community,” Abe said in his speech, referring to the government’s policy of not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on its territory.At the news conference, however, Abe said he did not see any need to turn the three-point policy into law.About 50,000 people came to the park for the ceremony, at which 80 nations plus the European Union were represented.Nuclear states Britain, France, the United States and Russia sent representatives, as did India, Israel and Pakistan, which are also known to possess atomic weapons.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for all states to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons “in their own ways,” in a message read on his behalf by Izumi Nakamitsu, U.N. undersecretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs.“Hiroshima’s message of peace and the heroic efforts of hibakushas have reminded the world of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. … The United Nations stands with you in our shared pursuit of a world free of nuclear weapons,” the message said.A moment of silence was observed at 8:15 a.m., when the atomic bomb dubbed “Little Boy” exploded about 600 meters above Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, leaving an estimated 140,000 people dead by the end of the year.A second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on Aug. 9 and Japan surrendered six days later, bringing an end to World War II.Matsui demanded in his speech that the government give more compassionate assistance to elder hibakusha, as well as to “the many others also suffering mentally and physically from the effects of radiation.”City officials said “the many others” reference includes people affected by the March 2011 triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.This year’s anniversary is the first to follow the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose predecessor, Barack Obama, last year became the first sitting U.S. leader to visit Hiroshima. Trump had suggested before his election that Japan and South Korea should acquire nuclear weapons in the future, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to rule this out in a U.S. interview in March.Braving high temperatures from the early morning, young and old visited the park ahead of the ceremony to pay their respects to those who died in the bombing and offer prayers for peace.Hiroshima native Masaharu Masuda, 70, offered a prayer as he does every year in memory of his parents, who both experienced the bombing. The midsummer heat reminded him of how his older sister always wore long sleeves when they were younger to hide the keloid scars on her arms.Masuda said he is disappointed by the Japanese government’s “half-hearted” response to the nuclear ban treaty, and worries that the world is losing interest in Hiroshima’s message.“People used to say with feeling, ‘No more Hiroshimas,’ but I hear it less and less these days,” he said.Naomi Miyamoto, 56, came from Tokyo to place flowers at the memorial and renew his commitment to peace and nuclear abolition.“I don’t have confidence that the way Japan and other countries deal with each other will change any time soon, but one thing individual people can do is educate themselves about what happened here in Hiroshima,” he said.
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World Why Russia’s Once Superpower Navy Is in Big Trouble The National Interest 20 hours agoOver the past year, the Russian Navy has undertaken several high visibility operations, most notably the deployment of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov off the coast of Syria, and the launch of cruise missiles from ships based in the Caspian Sea. Russian submarine activity has also increased, although not quite to the level seen in the Cold War. But Moscow might be best advised to heed Matthew 26:41 where maritime adventures are concerned; “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” The Russian Navy is a mess, and it will probably become more of a mess in the future. Current Ships The Russian Navy inherited a massive, modern …But Moscow might be best advised to heed Matthew 26:41 where maritime adventures are concerned; “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” The Russian Navy is a mess, and it will probably become more of a mess in the future.Current Ships The Russian Navy inherited a massive, modern fleet of surface ships and submarines. Most of these disappeared in short order, as Russia was incapable of maintaining such a flotilla. The remaining major units of the Russian Navy are very old, and in questionable states of repair. Of the twenty-four major surface combatants operated by the Russian Navy, three (the frigates of the Admiral Grigorovich class) were laid down after the end of the Cold War. Most of the holdouts from the Soviet Navy are approaching the end of their useful lifespans, although the Russians have made some effort at refitting and updating parts of the fleet.How long the Russians can keep the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in a kind of service without a major refit is up for serious question, but despite ambitious promises no replacement has been laid down. The nuclear battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy has remained active for the past decade, and reports persist that Admiral Nakhimov will return to service in the next couple of years, but both ships are in excess of thirty years old.Future Projects If Moscow built every ship that they had promised to build over the past decade, then the Russian Navy would indeed become a world class fleet. The Russian national security state thrives on the announcement of big projects, but not so much on their fulfillment. The actual record of Russian surface ship construction is, by international standards, rather grim.The biggest successes of Russian shipbuilding have been the Admiral Grigorovich (4,000 tons) and the Admiral Gorshkov (5,400 tons) frigates. The former have endured construction times of roughly seven years; the latter of nine or so years. Two Grigorovich frigates have entered service, with four more under construction. The first Gorshkov should enter service sometime later this year, with three more on the way.By contrast, it took the British about six years to construct the Type 45 destroyers; the Americans about four for an Arleigh Burke; the Japanese four years for an Atago; and the Chinese about four for a Type 052D. All of these ships are roughly twice the size of the frigates Russia is struggling to complete.The twelve ships of the Lider class, a proposed 17,000 ton destroyer, could easily replace the existing cruisers and destroyers of the fleet, but there is little indication that the Kremlin plans to lay these ships down, much less complete them in a reasonable timeframe. Russia’s recent economic crisis has made naval construction an ever harder sell. Moreover, the seizure of Crimea cut off the possibility of foreign acquisition (primarily the Mistral class amphibious assault ships), although at some point Russia could perhaps consider buying ships from China.Submarines The strength of Russia’s position depends, to great extent, on an evaluation of the centrality of nuclear submarines to naval power. Nuclear submarines, in both their ballistic missile and attack variants, are really the only things that the Russian shipbuilding industry has done well since the end of the Cold War. While the size of the flotilla has dropped (thirteen SSBNs, seven SSGNs, seventeen SSNs and about twenty diesels, depending on what’s available that day), the Russian Navy has worked hard to ensure that replacements are on the way. The eight submarines of the Borei class (three in service, five under construction) should serve as a capable deterrent for the foreseeable future, and the seven Yasen class nuclear attack submarines provide a modern complement to Russia’s existing stock of Sierra, Oscar and Akula class subs.By Comparison The Russian Navy had an interesting twentieth century. In 1905 Russia was a credible second-tier naval power, with sizable, modern fleets in the Baltic, the Pacific and the Black Sea. The destruction of the former two fleets at the hands of the Japanese caused a crisis, but in thirteen years after the Battle of Tsushima, Russia would put seven dreadnoughts into service despite the disruption of World War I. This placed Russia in firmly the same company as France or Italy, although well behind Britain, Germany, Japan and the United States.The Bolshevik Revolution, not unlike the collapse of the Soviet Union, simultaneously forced a consolidation of existing forces and a renunciation of planned new construction. Like the Russian Federation, the Soviet Union futzed through the first twenty years of its existence without a clear idea of what it wanted from its navy, before embarking (on the eve of World War II) on a massive construction program. The war disrupted these plans, but also provided clarity; Russia’s strength and security lay in its army, rather than in its navy. Nevertheless, the Soviet Navy steadily increased in strength across the Cold War, at some point clearly passing the French and British fleets and becoming the world’s second most powerful navy.
Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders Sebastian Smith,AFP Sat, Aug 5 6:28 PM PDT Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs on Saturday, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games.Five favelas were targeted by around 1,300 police and 3,600 troops in a sweep starting at 4 am (0700 GMT), the Rio state security service said in a statement.Their main goal was to stop gangs behind a surge in brazen robberies of commercial trucks, with arrest warrants issued for 40 people. Rio state authorities say there were 10,000 cases of cargo theft last year.By late afternoon, 24 adults and two teens had been arrested and two killed „in confrontations,” Rio state security chief Robert Sa said. A police officer was killed when a bus crashed into his vehicle with two detainees inside.Twenty-one vehicles, weapons, drugs and goods stolen from trucks were impounded.But the decision to flood some of Rio’s most dangerous streets with heavily armed soldiers also reflected fears that nearly bankrupt post-Olympic Rio is spinning out of control.The troops were part of 8,500 deployed to the city last month in a tacit acknowledgement that cash-strapped police have lost the ability to cope.In Lins favela — one of the many little-regulated, and often gang-plagued communities of working class Brazilians that rise on the city’s forest-clad hills — soldiers took positions at every crossroads and outside many alleyways.Troops, backed by camouflaged armored personnel carriers, stood guard with fingers on the triggers of assault rifles. Units of soldiers and SWAT police also roamed the streets in open Jeeps and SUVs, pointing their weapons out of car windows.Everyone entering and leaving the favela, in northern Rio, was subjected to an identity check and search, with men required to lift their shirts. One man was questioned at length about a scar on his stomach and another man’s bag was searched only to find he was carrying a large Bible.The orderly deployment and impressive firepower reassured some. At a time of political and economic turmoil in Brazil, the military is regularly cited as Brazil’s most trusted institution.”They bring security to us all. There’s so much robbery, so much shooting. With the soldiers, people here feel safer,” said Luiza, a resident of Lins, who like most others was too afraid to be fully identified.Others, however, were upset at suddenly having to live in the middle of what resembled military rule.”There’s an atmosphere of tension and fear,” said Vanuza Barroso da Silva, 23, who was leaving Lins to go to her job at a supermarket.”They treat us as if we’re trash,” her father Roberto, 46, said after going through the search.Officials said the other favelas targeted were Camarista Meier, Morros de Sao Joao and Engenho Novo in the north and Covanca in the west.- ‘They abandoned us’ -The crackdown came a year to the day after President Michel Temer opened the Olympics in a lavish ceremony at the Maracana football stadium, which is close to Lins favela.Rio was the first South American city to host the Games and although the event passed off smoothly, a mixture of corruption scandals, near collapse in the state budget and crime has combined into a serious hangover for what should be one of Brazil’s richest regions.In the first half of this year, Rio tallied 3,457 homicides, the highest level of violence since 2009 and 15 percent more than during the same period in 2016.People are killed daily in shootouts between rival gangs competing for control of the favelas or from police action. The shootings, often involving high-powered rifles, also lead to numerous deaths and injuries from stray bullets.Since the beginning of the year 93 police officers have been killed in Rio state, while units complain of not having enough funds for fuel or even toilet paper.Brazilian Justice Minister Torquato Jardim said the damage done to criminal groups would be „greater than the mere numbers” of arrests and confiscations.However, many favela residents fear that Saturday’s operation will be just one more in a long series of dramatic, but ultimately futile raids in neighborhoods ravaged by poverty, government neglect and deeply rooted gangs.”You can hardly go out for a beer in northern Rio,” said Marta, 40, in Lins.Asked whether she feared the gangs or the authorities more, she shrugged. „In either case it’s a minority that has weapons,” she said.Barroso da Silva scoffed at the Rio authorities’ vows of tough action. „They abandoned us,” she said.