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Brazilian Academics: 2019 Amazon fires are not “normal”

A group of Brazilian academics based in Sweden debunk media and governmental claims that the 2019 Amazonian fires are a "normal" seasonal event. Brazil is currently facing worldwide attention due the fires...

Brasil lost in the mists of the Ivory Towers

by Mariana T Noviello. For the past three years, Brazilian post-graduate students at UK universities have organised an event inviting the ‘powerful’ of Brazil, politicians, academics, public administrators, members of the judiciary...

America’s Two Giants to Gather: Expectations and Realities

President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will meet in Washington, D.C. later this week in a highly-anticipated gathering. The two men are not only the presidents of the two...

Saad-Filho: Fascism In Brasil, A Tragedy In Four Acts

Brazil elected its new President on 28 October 2018 – the improbable, unspeakable fascist former army captain Jair Bolsonaro won against the affable unimpeachable democratic candidate of a left alliance led...

Media Silent On Brasil’s Growing Public Debt Under Temer

During the lead up to the 2016 Coup, a series of alarmist articles in the Brazilian and international media warned of Brazil's spiraling public debt. In January, 2016, for example, the...

Brasil’s Post-Coup Submission To Foreign Capital Faces Backlash

In his landmark work, “A Fantasia Organizada”, legendary developmentalist economist Celso Furtado described the modern history of Brazil as a conflict between internationally-backed monetarist economic strategies and efforts to implement a...

Marielle’s Murder And The Newspapers

When  Rio City Councilwoman Marielle Franco was assassinated on March 14, much of the international coverage omitted the fact that she was a socialist and the most prominent critic of Rio...

Saad Filho: The attack on Lula and threats to Brasil’s Democracy 

Speech at SOAS, University of London, April 12, 2018 Transcribed and edited for readability by Brasil Wire Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was the most influential trade union leader in Brazil in the...

Immanuel Wallerstein On Lula’s Arrest & The Coup

By Immanuel Wallerstein. Lula Arrested: How Successful a Coup? On April 7, 2018 in Brazil Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva was arrested and taken to prison in Curitiba to begin a twelve-year sentence....

Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff: It’s Class War, and Their Class is Winning

Every so often, the bourgeois political system runs into crisis. The machinery of the state jams; the veils of consent are torn asunder and the tools of power appear disturbingly naked....

On Brazil’s Political Crisis

It’s been some time since I last waded into the political unrest in Brazil, in part because, in the first few months of the year, other matters had gained increasing focus/importance...

June 2013: A Retrospective

"Brazil: Social Change from Import-Substitution to Neoliberalism and the ‘Events of June’" By Alfredo Saad Filho originally published at nuvole.it Introduction Large demonstrations erupted unexpectedly in Brazil in June 2013. The wave...

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...

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...

As Dilma Rousseff stumbles, how will Brasil’s military react?

Brazil’s political climate is as polarised and fractious as ever, and it’s getting nastier. While some desperately attempt to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a minority of right-wing protesters are openly asking for a military intervention. This comes a year after...

The United States and Brasil: On Reaping What You Sow

By Jan K. Black It was often said in Latin America in the early 1960s that when the United States sneezed, Latin America caught pneumonia. In fact, it was repeated year after...

Satisfaction and discomfort: Brasil’s new impasse

The partnership between Brasil Wire and LeMonde Diplomatique Brasil continues with our second shared article, by Dr. Marcio Pochmann, one of Brasil’s most important developmentalist economists. The filters that uphold Brazil's meritocracy...

Transforming Brasil – A History of National Development in the Postwar Era

'Transforming Brazil: a History of National Development in the Postwar Era' critically revisits the context of the time in Brazil in order to reexamine traditional questions and notions pertaining to the...

United States Penetration of Brasil – Epilogue

In her 1977 book "United States Penetration of Brazil", former CIA researcher, Professor Jan K Black exposed the complex role the US had played in Brazil's 1964 coup and its governance since. This extremely detailed...

Sixty Years Later: What Have We Learned?

Successive demonstrations in its most important cities, brawls between militants of opposing ideological sides who see the other as an enemy rather than a political adversary, growing numbers of strikes, verbal...

How the massive Petrobras corruption scandal is upending Brazilian politics

Operation Car Wash, the investigation into the misuse of funds within Brazil’s partially state-owned oil company Petrobras, is little over a year old – but it has already taken as many...

Converging Income Inequality in Brasil and the United States: Some Uncomfortable Realities

The US will become as unequal as Brasil. And that bothers both societies. As we watched President Obama’s second inauguration 2013 it was hard not to notice that, once again, Latin America...

Emir Sader: What’s At Stake in Brasil Elections

When, in one of its first foreign policy positions, the Brazilian government - charged, together with the US, with concluding the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)...

Brasil’s Election Surprise

Brazil's presidential election campaign, already marked by tragedy, continues with high drama after the first-round results on 5 October 2014. The incumbent Dilma Rousseff received the most votes (41.5%). But her...

Latinamericanism

Emir Sader: For Edward Said, the Orient exists only in the imagination of Westerners. It was created to represent the "other" in the polarisation between "civilization" (themselves, naturally) and "barbarism" (everyone...
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