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Military Plans Control Of Brazil’s “Manifest” Political Destiny Until 2035

Since the return of Brazil's military to government in 2016, it's objectives, and desire for permanence of its political project far beyond current frontman Bolsonaro, have become increasingly clear. The latest...

“Free And Fair”: US Government’s Unsettling New Calm On Brazil Election

Until recently US lawmakers and officials had warned of "democratic decline" in Brazil. Now emerges a new official insistence that the coming election will be "free and fair". There are few...

UN Alerted Over “Unprecedented Authoritarian Risk” To Brazil Election

Monica Bergamo reports in Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that UN Special Rapporteur for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego Garcia, received a document on the 17th May in which 85 Brazilian...

Vargas Llosa And The Autocratic Involution Of Liberalism

By Atilio Borón I must admit, Vargas Llosa is, as Jorge Luis Borges would say, "incorrigible." The passage of time is implacable and in his case, unlike others, it has accelerated his...

Guilherme Boulos: Is A Coup In Brazil A Risk Or A Smokescreen?

By Guilherme Boulos Bolsonaro, after a "sabbatical period" in which he stopped talking about electronic voting machines, returned to threaten the integrity of the electoral process. In the last few weeks, he...

‘Go back to the plantation’ – Curitiba moves to impeach 1st City Councilor

The first impeachment process against a city councilor in the 329-year history of Curitiba - the Brazilian city that most cherishes its "European heritage" - is underway, and it has nothing...

Folha de S.Paulo: Bolsonaro Has Coup Planned With Support From Military And Centrão

In August 2021 we reported how Brazil's US-backed military regime (yes, regime) cast a shadow over hopes for the next presidential election. There was clearly a doubt whether it would go ahead...

5 Decades with Lula

On May 1, 1978, the first issue of the Brazilian underground newspaper O Trabalho hit the streets. The paper was the result of the fusion of 4 clandestine Trotskyist organizations with...

Bolsonaro Refuses EU Observers For October Election

With the 2022 election under a shadow of threats from far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and his military backers, a delegation of EU observers have had their invitation to follow the October...

Stop Pretending This Is A Normal Election.

Analysis of Brazil’s conjuncture is rendered useless by pretense that the 2022 election is business as usual. On April 9 Brazil’s Workers Party (PT) and the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) held a...

With eye on Brazil, Progressive International launches dedicated election observatory

With elections looming in Chile, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil, the Progressive International is formalising a dedicated election observatory to monitor threats to democracy from the far-right. The initiative follows successful observer...

Vladimir Safatle: There was no election in 2018. Relying on the US is suicide.

In an interview by Leneide Duarte-Plon for Carta Maior, writer, philosophy professor and psychoanalyst Vladimir Safatle spoke of the coming elections and Brazil's democratic collapse. In 2018, Safatle, then a regular columnist...

Bolsonaro’s Discreet Charm for the Bourgeoisie

Segments of Brazil's economic-financial elite don't care about the country's institutional corrosion. As long as their interests are met, formal democracy can be raffled off without any problems. by Glauco Faria One of...

UN General Assembly Meets Bolsonaro’s Ideological Chloroquine

You cannot teach a delusional person to use reason. Democracy cannot be taught to a tyrant. by Marcelo Zero President Bolsonaro's so-called "letter of surrender", delivered to the Supreme Court after the failed...

After Sept. 7: Bolsonaro’s Record Disapproval

Beleaguered far right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's attempt to boost popularity through public rallies and fascist threats against government institutions has backfired, as his approval rating falls to a new low. by...

Bombastic Documentary Raises Questions on Bolsonaro Stabbing

New film generates controversy by suggesting it's time to take a deeper look into the September 6th, 2018 stabbing incident of Jair Bolsonaro. by Brian Mier A new documentary by Joaquim de Carvalho...

Five Eyes In Latin America: Australia’s Secret Role In Chile’s Coup

Declassified files expose Australia’s secret role in General Pinochet’s seizure of power, and shed light on the ongoing participation of the United States' Five Eyes partners in covert intelligence operations in...

September 7th, the View from Brasília

The Supreme Court is still operating as usual. The "coup" was getting everyone to think one was about to happen. By Brian Mier On the afternoon of September 6th I headed to Guarulhos...

The saddest independence day of all times – Marcelo Zero.

Regardless of what happens next Tuesday, this September 7th has already gone down in history as the saddest September 7th of all times. By Marcelo Zero Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro  just appropriated Brazil's...

5 years since the 2016 Coup: an Interview with Dilma Rousseff

The 2016 coup was ground zero. It was the inaugural act, but the process continues By Olímpio Cruz Neto Five years after being removed from the Presidency of the Republic during an impeachment...

Jean Marc von der Weid: The Threat of A New Coup

Bolsonaro prays every day for a major crisis, be it Covid-related or out of growing hunger. He hopes the desperation of the people will lead to riots, mayhem, and violence. By Jean...

Bolsonaro’s Coup: The Bolivia Model?

As Brasil Wire has reported, Bolsonaro and his allies played a behind the scenes role in Bolivia’s November 2019 coup. Liszt Vieira argues in Le Monde Diplomatique that the increasingly unpopular...

Will September 7th be Brazil’s January 6th?

With social media psyops and white supremacist symbolism, a coalition of Bolsonaro-allied right wing millionaires is working to shut down Brazil's Supreme Court on Independence Day, in what some fear will...

Economist From AS/COA Member Santander Suggests New Coup To Prevent Lula’s Return

Brazil's Workers Party has reacted with indignation to a report from an economist at Banco Santander which openly defended a new coup to prevent former President Lula da Silva from returning...

Claudia Webbe MP: We must stand internationally with Brazilians resisting Bolsonaro

Brazil's mass protests against Bolsonaro and the far-right show that the country is at a tipping point. Our international solidarity is vital for those fighting for social progress, democracy and public...

Tanks on the streets: who will laugh last?

Many are laughing at Bolsonaro's failure to intimidate Congress, but things could still get a lot worse. by Brian Mier Brazilians woke up yesterday to visions of a nightmare they thought would never...

The Desperation Of The Weak

With a cowardly and pathetic parade, Bolsonaro tried to threaten Brazil's National Congress By Maria do Rosário* The greatest fear of those who try to impose themselves by force, brutality and threats is...

Biden Admin Offers Hand Of Friendship To Bolsonaro

Latest U.S. government visit is further evidence that the Biden administration has no qualms about supporting Brazil's far-right military-dominated regime. By Nathália Urban  US President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan visited...

Brazil’s US-Backed Military Regime Casts Shadow Over Hopes For 2022 Election

Without acknowledgement of Brazil's government for what it is - effectively a US-backed military regime - no sense can be made of its recent past nor useful analysis of its coming...

Arrests Follow Burning Of São Paulo’s Borba Gato Monument

The burning of the Borba Gato statue in São Paulo's Santo Amaro district became an iconic image of Anti-Bolsonaro protests which swept Brazil on July 24. Days later, the spontaneous arrests...
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