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Fernando Horta

Bolsonaro loses his war

Covid 19 could have been used to consolidate fascism in Brazil, but Bolsonaro's own incompetence prevented this from happening. by Fernando Horta One of the characteristics that differentiates a fascist government from a...

Brazilian democracy is dead

The elites made a serious mistake to bet on Bolsonaro. They're making another mistake in thinking he can be easily sidelined. by Fernando Horta The word is that that General Braga Netto is...

Republic of the Snake

“Do we want to serve a snake? Brazil is not a Snake Republic!” - Janaína Paschoal These words were of Janaína Paschoal, the lawyer who wrote the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff with...

Fernando Horta: Lula is “Plan O”

By Fernando Horta. Plan A was for us to pressure the coup-mongers in 2013, investigating who was financing the Movimento Brasil Livre, Vem para Rua and other proto-fascist groups and stopping things...

Yes, it’s a coup…

Since “legality”, in Brasil, does not come necessarily from “peoples will" (but from some peculiar interpretation of legal acts) our democracy is almost becoming some type of “judicial dictatorship”. In Latin...

Beauty and the Beast

Since the emergence of what would come to be called "Lava Jato" in 2009, every honest political commentator has been clear: the operation was designed to reach ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula...

Moro, Lula and the consolidation of the Coup

By Fernando Horta. After helping Aécio Neves and Michel Temer avoid conviction, Judge Sergio Moro uses shaky evidence to prevent Ex-president Lula's candidacy on the day that the Brazilian Senate wipes 70...

Brazilian McCarthyism:  Why don’t we learn from history?

By Fernando Horta. There are astonishing similarities between post-World War 2 US and present day Brazil. Both countries had same-party rule for extended periods. In the US Roosevelt and Truman were in office...

A Temperamental Consensus

In 2001 when Brazilian democracy proved strong enough to bring ex-metalworker and union head Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Presidency the country became an international sensation receiving compliments from some of...