ECONOMY

Collusion: Brasil’s Executive, Legislative & Judiciary Lunch With Investors At Bank Of America

A lunch meeting between Brazil’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Head of the Senate, Minister of the Supreme Court Dias Toffoli, Governor of São Paulo João Dória with foreign investors...

It’s time to stop Bolsonaro

Liberals can argue that the national interests are in the Market and developmentalists can say they are in the State. The Bolsonaros, in contrast, don't have the slightest idea about what...

Paulo Guedes Promises Fire Sale Of Brasil’s Assets To U.S. Investors

By Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee - New York The declaration of the Economy Minister, Paulo Guedes, during lunch with investors in New York, caused astonishment. "We've known each other for 30 years...

America’s Two Giants to Gather: Expectations and Realities

President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will meet in Washington, D.C. later this week in a highly-anticipated gathering. The two men are not only the presidents of the two...

Send In The Clowns.

"Welcome to the Brazilian Necropolitical Circus." On December 10 2018, the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights, Brazilian President elect Jair Bolsonaro and his Vice, General Mourão, received their...

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...

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...

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...

Ciro Gomes: Brasil’s best chance for a developmentalist left turn?

by Karina Patrício and Thomas Cooper Patriota. The first round of the forthcoming Brazilian presidential election is set to take place on 7 October 2018. This is probably the most unpredictable election since redemocratisation,...

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...

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,...

“Fahrenheit 241”: A burning Museum became a ghastly symbol of post-coup Brasil

Brasil's Education crisis is not a crisis, it is a project. - Darcy Ribeiro. Across the political spectrum Brazilians will tell you that the principal problem in the country is education, yet...

The Argentine Example: First as Tragedy, then as Farce

By Louis Smith and Brasil Wire editors When Mauricio Macri won the Argentinian general election in 2015 international markets and investors cheered. Rating agency Moodys immediately raised Argentina's outlook from "stable" to...

CUT Union Federation turns 35 facing biggest fight ever

The CUT has always been on the streets. We fought against the dictatorship, against the famine and are fighting against the Coup, which the media erroneously calls an impeachment. - Vagner...

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...

LulaMeter 2.0: A Nightmare On Wall Street

Update March 2022: With Lula's freedom to run for president, the "LulaMeter" is back. By Louis Smith "A metalworker with a Socialist background had to become President of Brasil to make Capitalism work....

US DOJ and Operation Car Wash: Facts and Questions

In 2008, US Department of Justice officials falsely prosecuted US Senator Ted Stevens for receiving illegal reforms on a vacation property. Could this have been the blueprint for Lula's arrest? by Brian Mier It...

Oil Industry, not Brazilians, Spooked by Strike

Brazilians do not scare easily, but a media narrative saying so paves the way for northern acceptance of a return to fascism. by Brian Mier In the seminal book, Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky...

Inside the Gringo Oil Grab: Parente leaves, Petrobras hikes prices

Unions claim partial victory as top PSDB insider and Shell executive resign from Petrobras leadership by Brian Mier On May 30th, as a trucker’s strike that paralyzed the country for 9 days began...

Public Note: Petroleum Workers Unions Explain Abusive Prices

The increases in gasoline, cooking gas and diesel prices can not be treated merely as a tax issue. They are the result of a management problem in Petrobras, which has been...

Petroleum Workers Strike Against Neoliberal Price Policy

72-hour national warning strike started at 12:01 AM. Petroleum workers have been holding assemblies and protests for two months to halt Petrobras privatization and change its pricing policies.  By Rosely Rocha “Everyone on...

Petroleum Workers Gear Up for National Strike

“The Brazilian people are anxious for reductions in gasoline, cooking gas and diesel prices,” says Petroleum workers union leader José Maria Rangel By Andre Accarini The warm up for the petroleum workers'...

Trucker Strike: Petrobras’ Dismantlement Leads Brazil to Chaos

by Paulo Kliass* Truck drivers tend to be conservative, but their demands are fair. About the coup, Petrobras' price policies meet investors wishes but don't serve the needs of the nation. Note: Petrobras...

Media Silent On Brasil’s Growing Public Debt Under Temer

During the lead up to the 2016 Coup, a series of alarmist articles in the Brazilian and international media warned of Brazil's spiraling public debt. In January, 2016, for example, the...

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...

The Revolt Against Foreign Capital’s Pillage Of Brasil

In his landmark work, “A Fantasia Organizada”, legendary developmentalist economist Celso Furtado described the modern history of Brazil as a conflict between internationally-backed monetarist economic strategies and efforts to implement a...

US admits role in Operation Lava Jato, brags about Lula conviction

December 22, 2017. After US-backed neoliberal Sebastian Piñera wins the Chilean presidential elections following corruption charges against center-left former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet involving Brazilian construction company Odebrecht as part of the Lava Jato investigation, El Clarin reveals...

Why does Northern media ignore the Brazilian left? – This is Hell 16/12/17

The following article is an edited version of the transcripts of an interview Chuck Mertz conducted with Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier on This is Hell radio show, on Chicago's WNUR,...

Temer’s Trillion Real Decree: Brasil’s Discreet Recolonisation

In an original contribution to Brasil Wire, David Deccache, Economist and technical adviser to the Brasilian Congress for the PSOL party, details how a deal struck between British Government Minister Greg...

Capital’s class war in Brazil: An interview with Brian Mier

An interview with Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier. In the following interview, which first appeared on the Chicago radio program This is Hell on Radio WNUR, Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier talks...
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