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DEMOCRACY ELECTION 2022 FASCISM

The Most Important Election in Brazil’s History

Brazil faces a stark choice in its presidential runoff Sunday. Can Lula and the Left overcome Bolsonaro’s misinformation and attempts to buy the vote? By Bryan Pitts for NACLA n Sunday, up to 156 million Brazilian voters will go to the polls to choose a new president in a run-off election. The stakes could not […]

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Latin America And The New Non-Aligned Movement

By Bryan Pitts The weeks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine have witnessed an astonishing unity of purpose among the world’s democracies, as leaders from Washington to Warsaw, from Wellington to Athens, have set aside their differences to stand against Russian aggression. Or so the story goes. What this narrative leaves out, however, is that […]

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AUTHORITARIANISM DEMOCRACY INTERNATIONAL MEDIA LAVA JATO LAWFARE SOVEREIGNTY UNITED STATES

The Smoking Gun of U.S. Involvement in Lava Jato

By Bryan Pitts. Ever since the Obama administration’s silence in 2016 when Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was removed in a legally-spurious impeachment that constituted a congressional coup, the question of the role of the United States in that process has been the elephant in the room. Even a casual student of history knows that the […]

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AUTHORITARIANISM DEMOCRACY FOREIGN POLICY LAVA JATO LAWFARE SOVEREIGNTY UNITED STATES

The Not-so Invisible Hand of Uncle Sam

The United States has spent over a century meddling in Latin America. Recent crusades against corruption in Latin America are only the latest chapter. Today Brazil is on the front lines of the US battle to re-establish its hegemony in the region. by Bryan Pitts When you study Latin American history, as I have for […]

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ACADEMIC DEMOCRACY POLITICS

The Future of Brazil’s Left Turn

President Dilma Rousseff appears to have weathered calls for her impeachment, but the ruling Workers’ Party is in tatters, and a resurgent right is threatening the social progress of the last 12 years. Yet despite recent setbacks the left is showing signs of regeneration. Sunday, August 16, witnessed a third round of protests against Brazil’s […]

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DEMOCRACY POLITICS

Bigger Than Ever? Not So Fast

Sunday, April 12, was supposed to be bigger than ever before. The same groups that organized Brazil’s March 15 demonstrations against Dilma Rousseff’s government via social media had planned a new wave of protests across Brazil. Today they are undoubtedly privately disappointed. The early crowd estimates indicate a drop of at least 50% in every […]