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“We will be together, marching forward.”

by Gaía Passarelli. I never thought I'd get here. And sometimes I want to believe that it will not get worse. But then I pinch myself: I did not think Dilma would fall,...

Elections 2018: Possible Scenarios

Brazilian Economist Marcos Arruda,  from the PACS Institute (Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone) in Rio de Janeiro, and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, makes a political economy analysis of possible...

Bolsonaro: The Violence Of Voting Against Democracy

Fascism isn’t funny, but I had to smile when I saw a photo from the ‘Ele não’ (not him) protest in São Paulo last Saturday in which a smiling woman is...

Bolsonaro says he won’t respect electoral defeat

On the eve of the #EleNão protests, as military police raid communist party headquarters across Minas Gerais, neo-fascist candidate Jair Bolsonaro tells reporter he will not respect the election results unless...

Brasil Needs The Biggest Anti-Fascist Mobilisation In Contemporary History

These are sombre times for Brasil. An election looms, its leading candidate is in jail on politically motivated charges, and has been withdrawn. His distant challenger now sits in first place. He is a fascist and...

Wall Street’s New Man In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro

"No room for feelings" say Wall Street insiders as they back another Neofascist to deliver Neoliberalism, at the point of a gun, in the most resource-rich nation on earth. New York Times,...

Savage Capitalism, Repackaged: Itau Bank’s “Partido Novo”

In late 2013  the formation of a new Brazilian Political Party was announced, called literally Partido Novo (New Party). Initially and opportunistically presented as if emerging from the protests that had swept...

Media Watch: The Strange Return Of Coup-Denial

Two competing narratives on Brazil: one says Dilma Rousseff was deposed in a procedural Coup d'état and Lula's imprisonment is to stop him becoming President again. The other says that all...

Military Operation in Maré: Harassment, Illegality and Murder

The action lasted over 14 hours, leaving one dead, dozens of injured and thousands of angry citizens. As Rio de Janeiro's military occupation reaches the 6 month mark, all analysis points...

Supreme Court Guards Push and Kick Journalists/Hunger Strikers

Brasília. On July 31, as a group of 6 hunger strikers held a press conference in front of the Brazilian Supreme Court, a group of security guards came up and started...

Free Lula Festival Draws 80,000 in Rio de Janeiro

On Saturday night, in front of a crowd of 80,000 and to chants of “Free Lula”, Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil sang the legendary protest song Cálice for the first time...

Brazilian Fake News Empire Falls, Questions Remain

by Brian Mier On July 25th, Facebook announced that it was shutting down 196 pages connected to the Koch Brothers/Atlas Foundation supported Movimento Brasil Livre (Free Brazil Movement/MBL) a fake news organization...

“What are you afraid I will say?” says Lula

"An illegitimate government in its final months of power hurries to liquidate as much of the nation’s assets and sovereignty as possible – the pre-salt petroleum reserves, gas pipelines, energy distribution companies...

Rio Judge Gives 7 Year Sentence to June 2013 Protesters

On July 17th, a Rio de Janeiro judge sentenced 23 activists who participated in the June 2013 protests to prison sentences ranging from 5-7 years. Among the convicted is lawyer Eloisa...

“Lots of Gunfire, Little Intelligence”: Rio’s Military Failure

Deaths in massacres have increased while arms apprehensions have dropped, according to data from the Candido Mendes University Center for Security and Citizenship Studies' (CESeC) Military Intervention Observatory. Five months after the...

May Day 2018: All roads lead to Curitiba

April 30, 2018. Hundreds of buses have already arrived in Curitiba and hundreds more are traveling in caravans on route to this Southern Brazilian city of 3 million, where ex-President Luiz...

Fascism: 20 Shots fired at Lula Solidarity Camp, two injured

In the early hours of Saturday Morning, April 28th, as hundreds of protesters were sleeping in their tents at the Lula Livre Democratic Vigil outside the Parana Federal Police headquarters where...

Jailed Lula is refused visitors – breaking Mandela Rules

By Cynara Menezes. The media repeat that Lula is not a political prisoner. Nevertheless, like all political prisoners, he is being barred from receiving visitors in jail. A judge from Curitiba is...

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...

Brazilian Government confuses Al Jazeera with Al Qaeda

On the morning of Wednesday, April 18, PT (Workers Party) President Gleisi Hoffman conducted a series of interviews with foreign television networks about the political imprisonment of ex-President Lula, the leading...

Globo: Evangelical ascension, a threat to its hegemony – Part 3

By Gabriel Deslandes. The successive institutional crises of Brazil, along with the social chaos provoked by the economic crisis, installed a climate of an apparently unforseen collective mistrust which all conventional politicians...

Globo: The fall of the Worker’s Party, live in color – Part 2

By Gabriel Deslandes. When the Worker’s Party PT saw itself being pressured like never before by the media coverage of the “mensalão” scandal, its’ leaders probably did not imagine that years later,...

Globo: from coup-plotting to far-right contestations – Part 1

By Gabriel Deslandes. There’s something unforeseen stirring up in the empire of the biggest telecommunications network in Latin America. For the first time in a while, Rede Globo is confronted with adversaries...

Inside The Lair Of Fu Manchu

To his political adversaries and their supporters, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacia Lula da Silva is the chief of the biggest crime organisation in human history. To them, da Silva is a...

Brasil’s Big 4 Leftist Parties Denounce Lula imprisonment

As protests grow in solidarity with Lula, Brasil's biggest Left parties - PT, along with PDT, PSoL and PCdoB have launched a joint statement, denouncing what they say and many others...

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....

The Protection Of Geraldo Alckmin

In the words of a prominent Brasil-based journalist in June 2013: "There is an unwritten understanding amongst foreign correspondents that the US wants PSDB in power" In his April 12 piece for...

Lula, Political Prisoner

By Fernando horta. There is no government in the World that admits that it has political prisoners. They all are – and were – arrested for “crimes” or “threats” and given sentences...

Protests Against Lula’s Political Imprisonment Spread Inside & Outside Brazil

Protests and vigils have been taking place across Brasil and in front of embassies worldwide demanding freedom for ex-President Lula.  On the morning of April 11th, groups of social movement and union...
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