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Censorship By Omission: Six Crucial Facts in Lula Case Missing From Northern Media

Six facts currently being censored through omission in the Northern media about Lula's Supreme Court Judgement. by Brian Mier 1) The issue at stake is not related to a "battle against corruption" but...

Workers Party: TV Globo Is Inciting Military Coup

Official statement from PT (Workers Party). Translated by Brasil Wire. TV Globo is scandalously and unethically pressuring the Supreme Court to deny ex-president Lula's constitutionally guaranteed right to defend himself in liberty...

Globo Anchorman uses Army General’s message to threaten Supreme Court

Tuesday, April 3. On the night before the habeas corpus judgment that could guarantee freedom for ex-president Lula, the anchorman and editor of Brazil's most popular news program, William Bonner, ended...

The Break from Democracy opened the door for Fascism

The Central Única dos Trabalhadores (Unified Workers Central/CUT) is the largest labor union federation in the Western Hemisphere. It is renowned worldwide as a historic example of social movement unionism, which...

Fascist Militia Fire On Lula’s Presidential Election Convoy

On the night of March 27, in the conservative state of Parana, a small group of militia men opened fire on a bus full of journalists that was traveling in ex-president...

Violence Against Brazilian Left: Militias Attack Lula Rallies

In Rio Grande do Sul, right wing militia beats up four women during speech by Lula, blocks road to prevent people from arriving at event. For the past four years, the US-government...

Marielle’s Assasination and Military Death Squad Tactics

by Carlos Tautz. Diversionary tactics used by multiple teams: similarities between 1981 and 2018 A week has passed since the assassinations of Marielle Franco and the driver Anderson Gomes, but neither the Civil...

Iconic Rio bar owner arrested following tribute to slain Marielle

On the night of March 18th, Alfredo Jacinto Mello was pulled out of his bar, the legendary Bip Bip in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, arrested by an armed, off duty highway...

We are all under threat, Marielle’s death must unify the left

By Pablo Villaça. Text translated with omission of author. From today - and until the situation changes in the country - I will cease my criticisms of our left comrades, no matter how...

The Coup, the Army, and How ‘Quasi’ our Dictatorship Is

By Joao Coimbra Sousa. Originally published at Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Brazil is currently living under a coup government. There is no disinterested discussion over this issue; there is no middle ground. The country...

Not only Marielle: 10 human rights activists assassinated in last 5 months

The cowardly murder of socialist councilwoman Marielle Franco, on March 14, has all the hallmarks of political assassination. The protests that swept across Brazil on the night of March 15 were mobilised...

The Assassination Of Socialist Marielle Franco

On March 14th in the Estácio area of Rio de Janeiro, Councilwoman Marielle Franco of the Socialism & Freedom Party (PSOL) was executed with 5 shots to the head. Her driver, Anderson...

Veering towards totalitarianism, Temer Government silences critics

The Brazilian military took over the state of Rio de Janeiro in 1964 and quickly consolidated its power in a national military coup that ended democratic rule for 25 years. At...

As Rio military takeover intensifies, Lava Jato investigators harass prominent critic

On Friday, February 23, Federal Police raided the offices of Dr. Rafael Valim, a  prominent academic and author of 20 books on legal theory. Although he was not charged with any...

Minister of Education tries to censor University course on 2016 Coup

In a move adding to growing concerns about the state of Brazilian democracy and freedom of expression, Michel Temer's Minister of Education, Mendonça Filho (DEM), has instructed the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF), the...

A boycott of Americas Quarterly and AS/COA, and why it is needed

On March 2 in New York, Wall Street Lobby & Think Tank, AS/COA will hold a special event in New York heralding a supposed “Anti-Corruption movement" in Latin America. Key speaker...

Rio isn’t Brasil’s most dangerous city, so why the military occupation?

When I first moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1991 tens of thousands of homeless families lived in cardboard boxes in Copacabana and locals would take a taxi to travel as...

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...

Intervention in Rio is one more outrage by Temer

The Central Unica de Trabalhadores (Unified Workers Central/CUT) is the largest union federation in Latin America, with around 8 million members. In January, working together with its social movement and union...

URGENT: A call for solidarity against forced evictions of MST camps in northern Brazil

Dear Comrades An aggressive attack is being waged against MST landless peasants in the northern state of Pará, Brazil. Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstrain media and the Brazilian military police...

Honduras Today Is Brasil Tomorrow

By Laura Gontijo. Original version in Jornal O Homem Livre. In Honduras, the crisis which began with the coup d'état in 2009 continues and shows us what awaits Brazil following the coup of...

UFMG: In Defence Of The Rule Of Law And Public University In Brazil

Two manifestos circulated by North American and European Professors, Intellectuals and Students in support of their Brazilian counterparts, who face a wave of intimidation unseen since the Military Dictatorship of 1964-1985. Those working...

Bolsonaro: Terrorist by definition

Jair Messias Bolsonaro, infamous Brazilian congressman, already received dozens of not-so-flattering nouns and adjectives: homophobic, misogynist, racist, virulent, hateful – the most recent adjective was printed in the latest issue of...

Campaign urges US University to cancel Bolsonaro appearance

Update 7/10/17: The Campaign has issued a response to the person responsible for Bolsonaro's invitation Dr. Mark Langevin, a specialist on US-Brazil energy relations and security, who had defended the move....

Brasil’s US-Funded “Libertarians” & the Far-Right

On August 18, Vice Brasil journalist and occasional Brasil Wire contributor Marie Declerq, broke the news that the Instituto Mises Brasil think tank, which receives funding from US libertarians, has published...

Dilma: Globo incites arrest and imprisonment without due process

13 MAY 2017. The journalistic war promoted against me and president Lula is proof that the rise of authoritarianism has radically contaminated public opinion makers, such as Merval Pereira, who suggested I...

Fascist Bolsonaro: “Where there is indigenous land, there is wealth beneath it.”

UPDATE 3/10/17: Jair Bolsonaro has been prosecuted and fined R$50,000 for his racial slur against Quilombola communities. A campaign has been launched to urge George Washington University to cancel Bolsonaro's scheduled appearance.  On...

Escalating repression and managing disorder

FASE - one of Brazil's oldest and most respective Non-Governmental Organisations, have published this bulletin on the current situation in the country. Although Michel Temer’s government has brandished the old, worn out...

The Golpista Everyman & the “Clean” City

In October São Paulo voters went to the polls and threw out one of the World's most progressive big city governments in favor of João Doria, from the conservative PSDB party....

In Post-Coup Brazil, Struggle is a Crime

By Tiago Rodrigues Santos Since 1984, the MST (Movimento Sem Terra or Landless Rural Workers’ Movement) has voluntarily built 1500 public schools in its agrarian reform settlement villages in the Brasilian countryside....
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