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Bolsonaro loses his war

Covid 19 could have been used to consolidate fascism in Brazil, but Bolsonaro's own incompetence prevented this from happening. by Fernando Horta One of the characteristics that differentiates a fascist government from a...

Blood On Their Hands: The Human Cost Of Foreign Support For Bolsonaro

Update, June 21 2021: A year since this article was published, Brazil's toll from Covid-19 has passed 502 thousand deaths. Experts including former health ministry officials estimate hundreds of thousands of...

As it hits one million Covid-19 cases, Brazil needs our solidarity – Claudia Webbe MP

By Claudia Webbe MP As of June 20 it was reported that Brazil had seen 49,090 deaths from Covid-19, with 1,038,568 cases. This horrific number means Brazil now has the second highest...

Deutsche Welle censors Brazilian writer on behalf of Bolsonaristas

By Nathália Urban João Paulo Cuenca is an award-winning Brazilian author, whose work is recognized in various mainstream media outlets. Among his various works, Cuenca wrote a biweekly column for Deutsche Welle....

Alcântara: Bolsonaro’s Illegal Plan to Expropriate Afro-Brazilian land for Trump deal

Amid a pandemic, quilombo communities around the Alcântara spaceport face an illegal and unnecessary land-grab for a space technology deal between the Trump and Bolsonaro administrations By Sean T. Mitchell These are perilous...

The Ghosts of June 2013

Brazil is still haunted by the ghosts of June 2013. Seven years on, as anti-government protests grow and police violence intensifies, its lesser known stories need to be re-examined in light of...

NYT and Latin American Coups: In Hybrid War “Nuance” Is A Rhetorical Weapon

On June 10, 2020, the New York Times ran a front page article headlined "Coup Threats Rattle Brazil as Virus Deaths Surge". To seasoned Brazil watchers this was not in itself shocking....

Brazilian General steps in to “hide the bodies”

The Brazilian military dictatorship might not have been very good at building dams or highways, but it was excellent at hiding bodies. Is this why Bolsonaro appointed an army general with...

Bolsonaro’s Private Parallel Spy Agency

A recently deceased ally of Jair Bolsonaro had exposed his plan to operate a "parallel intelligence agency" in a live television interview. Details of how the network operates, and its targets,...

Pro-Democracy Protest Hit By Police Incitement And Far-Right Infiltration

On Sunday May 31, mask wearing protesters broke quarantine to demonstrate for the removal of President Jair Bolsonaro, and against his efforts to decapitate Brazilian democracy by closing Congress and the...

Lula refuses to join repentant conservatives’ anti-Bolsonaro movement

As Brazil’s richest man, Jorge Paulo Lemann, joins forces with fellow supporters of the 2016 coup in a drive to depose the neofascist president who they helped bring to office, former...

The FBI, the Fusion Center, and the Far Right: US creep in Brazil

In an important new investigation, journalist Natalia Viana of Agência Pública has revealed how, during Sergio Moro's 15 month tenure as Justice and Security Minister under Jair Bolsonaro, he quickly enabled...

General Heleno warns of “Unpredictable Consequences”, his supporters threaten “Civil War”

On Friday 22nd May 2020, Brazil eagerly anticipated the broadcast of a Bolsonaro cabinet meeting which took place exactly one month earlier on April 22. The video, whose release was mandated by...

Fora Bolsonaro! Maria do Rosário on the Impeachment drive

"It is amazing how the coronavirus ended up associating itself with the Bolsonaro government's ideals of liquidating people through hitting the poorest, Afro-Brazilians, the peripheries, the sick, people with disabilities, and...

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...

Impeachment battle: Enio Verri on PT’s campaign against Bolsonaro

On May 15, a coalition of left political parties, unions and civil society organizations finalized impeachment request 31 against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. In this interview PT Congressman Enio Verri explains...

Silvercorp: Foiled Venezuela Mercenary Group In Brazil During 2018 Election

It has come to light that agents of the private security contractor behind a mercenary invasion group that was captured by Venezuelan forces on May 3-4, were based in Brazil during...

Bob Fernandes on the Media, Coronavirus and Brazil’s Far Right

Bob Fernandes, 65, is a veteran print and television journalist from Bahia who’s personal youtube channel has nearly 200,000 followers. Since starting his career in the 1970s, he has worked as...

Bolsonaro’s TV Meltdown In Full

Last Friday, Jair Bolsonaro decided to make a confusing and incriminating statement in reaction to the departure of his Minister of Justice, Sergio Moro. For forty minutes, TV viewers watched the largely...

Covid-19: Bolsonaro’s lack of control is Brazil’s best chance

Bolsonaro's attempt to copy Trump's coronavirus response is failing - this is good for Brazil. by Brian Mier Pepe Escobar has written a lot about this but, geopolitically speaking, Brazil has become a...

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...

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...

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...

Attempt to outlaw the Workers Party is latest attack on Brazil’s democracy

An attempt to ban the Workers Party/PT, the most successful political party of Brazil's modern era, is the latest in a sequence of attacks on a democracy under siege. By Nathalia Urban On...

Bolsonaro in the Hague: President faces third denunciation for “genocide and crimes against humanity”

Brazil's far-right President is facing his second set of charges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The new second set of charges deals  directly with Coronavirus and the Bolsonaro's Government's...

“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...

“Elderly, Evangelicals, and Rich” falling for Bolsonaro lies about Coronavirus

A  survey by Instituto Quaest reveals that the elderly, evangelicals and the rich are most susceptible to Bolsonaro's lies about Coronavirus. Valor Magazine's Bruno Carazza says that according to the survey data,...

“Brazil Cannot Be Destroyed By Bolsonaro”: Progressive Leaders Demand President’s Resignation

Former presidential candidates Ciro Gomes (PDT), Fernando Haddad (PT), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), the governor of Maranhão, Flávio Dino (PCdoB), and other progessive leaders have demanded the resignation of Jair Bolsonaro for...
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