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Lula Vote Was Hit By Unexpected Abstentions. Are Bannon Tactics In Play?

A surge in abstentions has prompted the Brazilian Electoral Court to act on long voting lines that blighted the first round of the presidential election. Although he won comfortably, voting data suggests Lula vote was most hit by the unexpected no shows, which also skewed polling accuracy. At the October 2 first round of the presidential […]

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Carol Dartora Elected 1st Black Congresswoman from Paraná

With 130,000 votes, former teachers union leader makes history in one of Brazil’s most conservative states by Brasil de Fato Paraná Voters in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná broke from tradition of voting for white, conservative congressmen last Sunday and elected a new face: Carol Dartora (Workers Party/PT), the first black woman elected to […]

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The Fake News Machine: How Meta Endangers Brazilian Democracy

By Brett Heinz. Originally published at CEPR. Meta is the king of the social media world. Not only is the company’s flagship product, Facebook, the world’s largest social networking platform, but two of its other properties — WhatsApp and Instagram — are also in the top five. With this popularity has come significant controversy, especially […]

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Brazil Military’s “Parallel Vote Count” Poses Great Risk To Democracy

By Guilherme de Queiroz-Stein for Brasil de Fato Any concession to a “parallel count” of the 2022 elections by the Armed Forces poses a great risk to democracy. Firstly, it must be made clear that this is not a “parallel count”, but an estimate of electoral results, which, if carried out by sampling, will probably […]

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Israeli Company Hired By Army To “Supervise” Brazil’s Election Spreads Disinformation

Spokesperson for the Mossad-linked Israeli company CySource, Hélio Sant’Ana was IT director at Palácio do Planalto during the Bolsonaro government, and has been found to have spread disinformation about the 2022 election. By Paulo Motoryn for Brasil de Fato One of the representatives of the Israeli company CySource, which is in a technical cooperation agreement signed […]

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YouTube Pushing Pro-Bolsonaro Content To Brazilians, Study Finds

With the 2022 election only weeks away, YouTube, owned by US tech giant Google, has been found to be favouring pro-Bolsonaro videos in its recommendations to users in a damning new study. The videos include conspiracy theories and attacks on the electoral process. Folha de São Paulo reports that the YouTube algorithm has found to […]

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UK Prime Minister Truss Challenged Over Bolsonaro Links

Incoming British Prime Minister has been challenged in parliament over her proximity to far right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. The questions are related to secret meetings held in 2018, six months before the neofascist was controversially elected following the arrest and jailing of frontrunner then and now, Lula da Silva. One day after her confirmation […]

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‘January 6th All Over Again’: Facebook Accused of Fueling Bolsonaro’s Coup-Mongering

By Jake Johnson at CommonDreams Trailing badly in the polls with the presidential election less than a month away, far-right Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro is attempting to galvanize his supporters with incendiary rhetoric and lies about the integrity of the vote—and Facebook is supplying him with a megaphone to do so.   That’s according to […]

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Letter To Brazilians In Defense Of The Democratic Rule Of Law

An open letter in defense of Brazil’s democracy against the Bolsonaro government’s preemptive attempt to sabotage this year’s elections, drafted by the São Paulo Federation of Industries (FIESP) has quickly gathered over 1 million signatures. On August 11, Brazilian National Students Day, crowds in the thousands gathered at dozens of public universities where the letter […]

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Bolsonaro “Announces Coup” To Foreign Ambassadors

Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of “announcing the coup” to summoned foreign Ambassadors. The extraordinary meeting at Alvorada palace was reportedly convened at the request of the Military core in his government, which is increasingly seen as the genuine power running Brazil, is demanding the right to run its own parallel vote count, and has […]