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Born and educated in Sao Paulo, Brasil, Karen moved to the US at the age of 27. Karen has enjoyed an eclectic career including Riding Master for the YMCA and first female General Manager of the men’s professional hockey team, The Florida Hammerheads though she always gravitated back to her love of writing; first as a newspaper columnist in South Carolina, and later writing four screenplays including: “The Parrot’s Perch”, “Bethebotu”, a children’s fantasy about pink dolphins and mermaids, “The Gnashing of Teeth”, an adaptation of the coming-of-age novel by James Raymond about the Korean War and “Maracanazo”, a wonderful story about two young men from different worlds both dreaming of winning the World Cup. Karen enjoys traveling, hiking, Anusara Yoga, amateur photography, and horseback riding and lives in Carefree, AZ with her husband and their dog Curly Canyon Dog.
On April 30, 2010, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled to uphold a 1979 law stating that crimes committed by members of the military regime were political acts and therefore covered by amnesty. That law remains in place today. The Court’s ruling makes it clear that the Amnesty Law violates Brazil’s international obligations and that it represents an obstacle in the search for truth.
Amnesty International has condemned the Brazilian Supreme Court’s blocking of this recent reinterpretation of the 1979 Amnesty Law that protects members of the former military government from being put on trial for extrajudicial killings, torture and rape.
“The ruling places a judicial stamp of approval on the pardons extended to those in the military government who committed crimes against humanity,” said Tim Cahill, Amnesty International’s Brazil researcher.
In April 2010, Mr. Cahill went on to say, “In a country that sees thousands of extra-judicial killings every year at the hands of security officials and where many more are tortured in police stations and prisons, this ruling clearly signals that in Brazil nobody is held responsible when the state kills and tortures its own citizens,” said Tim Cahill.
In 2014 Brazil will host The World Cup, followed soon after by the 2016 Summer Olympics. It is the author’s sincere hope that the newly elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff will use all the powers of her office to put an end to torture and corruption once and for all.