DEMOCRACY

The Right’s New Clothes

A network of Conservative Think-tanks & Foundations from the United States, such as Koch, Cato & Templeton, are financing young Latin Americans to fight Left Governments and defend old positions with...

Brasil’s Shock Doctrine

"Only a crisis, real or perceived, produces real change." - Milton Friedman. Brasil is having a horrible 2015; a far less favourable global economic situation, a number of policy misjudgements made early in President Rousseff's...

MST: “There won’t be a Coup without resistance.”

The Brazilian organized or “popular” left is made up of labour unions, poor people's social  movements, women's and Afro-Brasilian movements, religious base organizations and the political parties that they feel best...

Bigger Than Ever? Not So Fast

Sunday, April 12, was supposed to be bigger than ever before. The same groups that organized Brazil’s March 15 demonstrations against Dilma Rousseff’s government via social media had planned a new...

Brasil’s Prescribed Revolt: A story of two protests in São Paulo

Brasil's right-wing march under a banner of anti-corruption but the protests of the past weekend illustrated what is actually a fresh manifestation of Brasil's ongoing class conflict, with an undercurrent of...

Echoes in the Echo Chamber: Brasil, Elections, Media & the Ghosts of ’64.

"There's an unwritten understanding amongst Foreign Correspondents that the U.S. wants PSDB in power." - Foreign Correspondent, São Paulo, 22/6/2013 Originally published March 2015. As we discussed in the article 'Brasil’s Citizen Kanes'...

Reality versus Red Scare

Losing elections isn't easy, and Brasil's anti-communist paranoia is almost as old as communism itself, but in 2014, the decades-old fantasy of a Marxist takeover of the country is being amplified by a small fringe of...

Brasil’s Citizen Kanes

Brasil has a healthy and noisy media landscape; from sophisticated daily papers and weekly magazines comparable to any in Europe, right through to trashy supermarket rags like you see across the...

SBT Presidential Debate

ORIGINAL DEBATE TRANSCRIPT TRANSLATED FROM CARTA CAPITAL This second debate, on SBT, and the first since Brasil Wire went live was slightly more nervous than the first on Band, which was in part...

PMDB: Brasil’s invisible government

Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro (PMDB formerly MDB) is Brasil's largest political party, who control Congress & Senate and are currently in coalition with Dilma Rousseff's PT. PMDB keep a curiously low profile, have not...
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