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Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

In a crushing defeat, Brazil's Left-leaning President Dilma Rouseff's attempt to fend off an impeachment vote in the Brazilian Congress was soundly defeated on the 18th, moving her perilously close to being removed in office by May, 2016.The Brazilian Senate voted 367 to 137 (with 7 abstentions and two deputies not present) to proceed to the next stage, where a simple majority vote in the Senate will suspend Rousseff from office, placing her Vice President, Michel Temer, in office to potentially complete her term, which ends in 2018.

Brazil's government has been mired in an endemic bribery scandal for over a year, and with the nation's economy - the 9th largest in the world - mired in its deepest recession since the 1930's, it appears increasingly likely that the 13-year rule of the Left-leaning Worker's Party is coming to an end.

The security issues in this situation are grave: there is a distinct possibility of a "Brazilian Tahrir Square" - with all that implies - in the second largest nation in the Western Hemisphere, at precisely the moment that the world is teetering on the brink of ever more chaos, as a bitterly divided United States prepares to jump into the unknown, and with highly unstable security and financial situations simultaneously occurring across the length and breadth of Europe, the Middle East and throughout Africa and Asia, the near future begs the security professional to heed the ancient adage:

Check your six, and keep your powder dry.

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