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2 MST Leaders Gunned Down in Paraiba

Violence against social movements expected to increase across Brazil before Bolsonaro takes office On the night of Saturday (12/8), two activists from the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) were assassinated inside the...

The Strange Case Of The Guardian & Brasil

"If The Guardian was what it purports to be, Brasil Wire wouldn’t need to exist". The British Newspaper's coverage serves as a case study of how perception of what happened in Brasil became so distorted internationally.  The...

Return to Monarchy? Pining for Brazil’s backwards Imperial past

by Gabriel Deslandes In the middle of the worst political and economic crisis in Brazil's republican history, certain themes and ideological rallying cries that were dormant have re-emerged. Some of them involve...

Chile-Brazil: A New Laboratory For The Far-Right

The Neoliberal model implemented in Chile after the 1973 Military Coup gives us hints as to what will happen in Brazil under a future Jair Bolsonaro Government. The resemblance is no...

A Call To Boycott Rock In Rio

Rock in Rio is a huge cultural event in Rio de Janeiro; for many people, it’s their one and only chance to see an artist or a band they love. The...

222 days after political imprisonment, Lula speaks

With Bolsonaro's new Justice Minister Sergio Moro claiming he was on vacation, Lula testified to a substitute judge in Curitiba on charges involving an allegedly illegal kitchen remodeling which took place after...

Xenophobic tweets end healthcare access for 60 million Brazilians

Jair Bolsonaro's ideological prejudice, ignorance about public policy and the lack of social sensibility leave 60 million Brazilians without medical treatment, as Cuba calls back 11,000 doctors - the only ones...

How conservative corruption opened a fascist door in Rio

Massive corruption in Rio de Janeiro's disastrous Public/Private transportation partnerships brought an end to decades of MDB party hegemony, but the power vacuum that it opened was filled by neofascists. by...

Army Chief admits threatening Supreme Court to Jail Lula

by Brian Mier. Originally published November 12 2018. On April 3, on the eve of the judgment which resulted in the arrest of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his...

Saad-Filho: Fascism In Brasil, A Tragedy In Four Acts

Brazil elected its new President on 28 October 2018 – the improbable, unspeakable fascist former army captain Jair Bolsonaro won against the affable unimpeachable democratic candidate of a left alliance led...

Paulo Freire And The War On Brasil’s Public Education

by Larissa Jacheta Riberti “When education is not liberatory, the dream of the oppressed is to be the oppressor” This quote is from Paulo Freire, one of the most renowned and frequently cited...

New Rio governor wants snipers

Rio police killed over 1000 people last year. Now Jair Bolsonaro's neofascist gubernatorial ally says he wants police snipers to assassinate low level drug traffickers in favelas. By Gabriel Deslandes The new...

The Not-so Invisible Hand of Uncle Sam

The United States has spent over a century meddling in Latin America. Recent crusades against corruption in Latin America are only the latest chapter. Today Brazil is on the front lines...

Why Bolsonaro won: beyond the cliches

If  mind-stopping cliches of violence and corruption do not correspond with voting patterns or Bolsonaro's governmental plan why did he win the election? It was not a free or fair process. by...

7 possible outcomes of Brazil’s shameful election

If they wanted to stop the return to fascism, the hegemonic political forces that seized power in 2016 would have already done so because the danger was clear. I wrote an article...

The Threat Of War With Venezuela

Once in office, Jair Bolsonaro – aligned with other right-wing governments in Latin America and backed by the US – could launch a military invasion of Venezuela. by Victor Figueroa Clark. The presidential...

Police raid Brazilian universities, pull down anti-fascist banners

Police officers interrogated professors, banned activities, took down banners and seized hard drives By Pedro Ribeiro Nogueira As Brazil’s runoff elections approach, electoral court authorities and federal and military police officers raided public...

A Vote Against Democracy?

The normalization of Bolsonaro's candidacy is, in itself, a dangerous development for a country that until recently seemed to be on a path of consolidating its still young democracy. The victory...

Bolsonaro and the Institutionalization of Necropolitics

One part of Bolsonaro's supporters believe in a democracy on paper and a dictatorship on the streets. Another part of his supporters openly defends the return of the military to power. By...

Bolsonaro, foreign meddling and the destruction of Brazilian democracy

After the coup, Brazil took a favorable position towards North American geopolitical interests  and transformed itself, once again, into a geopolitical satellite of the USA. by Marcelo Zero The fall of egalitarian and...

Trump’s Brazilian Lapdog

By Nate Allen. Bolsonaro’s team appears to have already sold out Brazil’s foreign policy to Trump, without the White House lifting a finger. If you’re a US imperialist, Americas Quarterly is your...

Psyops: Images from Bolsonaro’s illegal WhatsApp campaign

Bolsonaro's illegal slush-fund financed social media campaign appears too sophisticated for his tiny political party to be doing on its own.   By Brian Mier On the Friday before the October 7 Brazilian presidential...

Accused Of Electoral Fraud, Bolsonaro Could Face Disqualification

By Lu Sudré. An investigative story published by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo today proves that companies are paying for WhatsApp bulk messaging services to spread fake news and attack ads...

Seja feita a vossa vontade: a guerra santa do Brasil

Uma batalha de cinquenta anos que veio dos EUA, para combater a Teologia da Libertação Católica no Brasil, promete ricas recompensas a grandes custos humanos para os que investiram nela e...

Thy Will Be Done: Brasil’s Holy War

A fifty year foreign battle to combat Catholic Liberation Theology in Brazil promises rich rewards for the vested interests which initiated it, at great human cost. "Brazil is at the vanguard of...

Meet the 3 Generals Shaping Bolsonaro’s Platform

As fascist mob violence against gays and leftists increases, 3 generals whose careers were forged during the Military Dictatorship are helping the Brazilian far-right candidate design an ultra-neoliberal governmental platform by Rafael...

In Brasil’s Semiotic War, Truth Was The First Casualty

by Bruno De Oliveira. Fake news and its propagation via social media has created a suspension of critical thinking. We have people simply believing everything and nothing; accepting the absurd whilst disregarding...

Round Two: How To Beat Bolsonaro

History will not not forgive the cowards and the fence sitters. by Marcelo Zero The results of the first round, although shocking to some due to the last minute surge of the fascist candidates, is...

Thanks to the Northeast, Haddad faces Bolsonaro in second round

The most fraught election since re-democratisation ended with extreme-right Jair Bolsonaro on 46,03%, short of a first round victory, to the relief of progressive democratic forces in Brasil and the region...

Brasil at the Crossroads

By Aline Piva. 1968 was a decisive year. It was a year in which the civil rights movements rose with a force never seen before. The world watched as the streets of...
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