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Former Defence Ministers Ask Military To Protect Democracy

On Sunday May 17, Jair Bolsonaro again joined demonstrations by supporters of his government calling for military intervention and the closure of the Supreme Court and National Congress. Without mentioning the current...

Petra Costa: “We need to talk about AI-5”

Academy-award nominated director Petra Costa has posted on social media in response to the Bolsonaro-led protests on Sunday 19th April 2020, which although small in number, were a blatant call for...

A Coughing Bolsonaro Addresses Hundreds Of Military Coup Supporters

To hundreds of supporters who waited for him in front of the army headquarters in Brasilia, holding signs calling for shutting down Congress and the Supreme Court, a tired and weak...

Mandetta-Mania and the Military

On Monday 13th April, word began to spread that Brazil’s high profile Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, having been saved from dismissal by the Military just a week earlier, had lost...

How the United States killed Brazil’s Democracy. Again.

Buried under a global pandemic is the most important Brazil story for decades. Unless the role of the United States in Brazil’s democratic collapse is acknowledged and understood, no useful sense...

Brazil’s Power Vacuum: “Nobody wants to conduct a Ghost Train”

The military won't officially take over because nobody wants to be publically associated with the worst government in Brazilian history By Leonardo Attuch Bolsonaro’s pen has less and less ink in it. Every...

The “Operational President” of Brazil

As the saga of an "Operational President" rolls on, former editor of Folha de Pernambuco and Diario de Pernambuco, Homero Fonseca, unpicks the details and concludes that whatever the Military's intent, Bolsonaro will...

Sader: Bolsonaro has been neutralized but Military eyes 2022

"Bolsonaro made threats he couldn’t carry out about replacing the Health Minister and reopening commerce. Now he is isolated and everyone has turned on him, as General Villas Boas admits. He’s...

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...

“We are heading for Chaos”: Professor Domingos Neto on Brazil’s Military, Moro, and Bolsonaro

In conversation about the past and the present, Manuel Domingos Neto reflects on the role of the Armed Forces in Brazil. By Cristiane Sampaio and Pedro Stropasolas. Brasil de Fato In these times...

Brazil’s Armed Forces are “to defend US interests” says researcher

For Héctor Luís Saint-Pierre, it is a military paradox to support the deregulation of the economy and the sell-off of assets. By Ana Penido. Brasil de Fato. 26 October 2019. With the broad...

2019: the year my worst nightmares came true

By Cynara Menezes Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine Jair Bolsonaro would become President of Brazil. To me he was always just a bad joke - an evil folk character...

New book describes how Bolsonaro was elected “by force” – by the Armed Forces

'Os Onze – O STF, seus bastidores e suas crises' reveals further evidence of the Pro-Bolsonaro Soft Coup at the 2018 Election. By André Barrocal, CartaCapital. On Tuesday before Sunday's final vote in the...

31/3/1964: Brasil’s Zombie History

On March 31, extreme-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called for the Military to commemorate the Coup of 1964, a Coup which he insists was nothing of the sort. Such commemorations were outlawed...

Meet the Military Junta running Brasil

A Junta has taken the power that was left vacant by the cartoon caricatures of Bolsonaro and his sons. Captain Jair may continue living in the Presidential Palace and even play video games in...

AI-5 and the forbidden future of Brasil

On the 50th anniversary of Institutional Act 5, the 1968 "coup within the coup" which ushered in an even more brutal and repressive phase of the Military dictatorship, historian Fernando Horta explains...

Etchegoyen: Brasil’s Strongest Man?

In February 2017, ousted President Dilma Rousseff warned of a second, more radical and more repressive phase of the Coup d'état which removed her from office - akin to the "Institutional...

Brizola ’89: The Coup That Never Was…

On 22nd November 1988, United States Secretary of State, George Shultz met with his Deputy John Cunningham Whitehead, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Morton I. Abramowitz, and Under Secretary of State...
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