Brazil’s truth commission investigates death of former president Juscelino Kubitschek

AP/The Washington Post, 01/23/2013

Brazil’s Truth Commission, which is investigating human rights abuses committed during the nation’s military dictatorship, said Wednesday it’s looking into the death of former President Juscelino Kubitschek, who died in a 1976 car accident.

Over the years, some prominent Brazilian officials have said they suspect that the death of Kubitschek, who oversaw the creation of his nation’s new capital city, Brasilia, in the early 1960s, was a set-up ordered by the military regime.

A Truth Commission official said by telephone the investigation into Kubitschek’s death began late last year after the bar association of Minas Gerais state delivered a report saying his death was ordered by Brazil’s 1964-1985 military regime.

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Hope, misery define Brazil’s dream city at 50 Read more:

Bradley Brooks-Miami Herald, 04/21/10

Renato de Jesus gives a tour of the trash-strewn lot where he has lived all his life, just yards (meters) from Brasilia’s gleaming federal government promenade built 50 years ago as an emblem of the South American country’s promise.

The 30-year-old shows the places behind the ministry offices where he rummages through garbage, collecting enough paper and plastic to earn $200 a month from recycling. He is so grimy, he sheepishly dismisses a hand outstretched in greeting, explaining he does not want to spread the filth.

“I still have the hope that Brasilia was built on,” said de Jesus, his 18-month old daughter grasping his leg while his young, pregnant wife quietly sits outside the family tent of black and blue plastic sheeting. “I’m not asking for the life of a rich man. But I do want to live with dignity.”

Brasilia, built from scratch 600 miles (965 kilometers) inland, was envisioned as the dream city, a transformational project to thrust Latin America’s largest nation ahead with a modern capital in the wilds of Brazil’s vast, interior savanna.

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