ECONOMY

How Manufactured Economic Crisis in Brazil Paved Way for a Soft Coup

It is increasingly apparent that the Brazilian economy was deliberately destabilized to lay the groundwork for the 2016 soft coup that removed former President Dilma Rousseff from office. This does not...

Vagner Freitas: Temer’s “Austericide”

In a recent article in NACLA, Sujatha Fernandes argues that there is a problem in the Northern left's writing and analysis on Latin America, based on little or no dialogue with...

How many jobs has Lava Jato cost?

Translated from Carta Capital. The Brazilian economy had a sharp rise in unemployment in 2015 and 2016. The main reasons were misguided economic policies and malign effects of the Lava Jato operation....

Urban Reformer: An interview with Erminia Maricato

Original version of article at COHA. Reproduced with permission. This interview was originally conducted in Portuguese, and translated by the author. Erminia Maricato is one of Brazil’s most renowned urban planners. In addition...

Bernardet: “We are watching the systematic dismantling of an emerging power”

By Jean-Claude Bernardet A programmed decay. The BRICS are unacceptable. The BRICS Bank, which operates with various currencies, including the dollar, is unacceptable. A support fund (like an IMF for emergent nations) is...

#31M: Brasil Prepares For General Strike

For the second time in two weeks, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest Post-Coup President Michel Temer's neoliberal retirement reforms. Yesterday's event (March 31) was billed by...

David Rockefeller & a dark legacy in Brasil – A critical obituary

On March 20, David Rockefeller died at the age of 101. As the obituaries for one of the world's richest men gush over his philanthropy, it needs to be pointed out...

6 things Trump can learn from a Latin American “Populist”

Now that the disastrous election of Donald Trump has turned the United States into a land of chaos, anglophone journalists are comparing him to leftist Latin American leaders. In most cases,...

The Balkanisation of Brasil?

The effect of Temer's Government and its regional allies austerity and public security policies on the everyday life of Brazilians is being felt, in some parts of the country more than others....

When Janot went to Davos

In January 2017 Brazil's Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot made an unprecedented trip to Davos for the World Economic Forum, during which he addressed assembled billionaires about the strides his country was making...

The Failed Experiment Of European Austerity Comes To Brazil

Brazil has been submitted to the arbitrary rhetoric that imposes austerity as the only way to revive the economy. In order to improve public accounts and restore the competitiveness of the...

PEC 55/241: The End of the World Amendment

On October 10, non-elected Brazilian president and former military dictatorship official Michel Temer held a $30,000, publicly funded banquet for his allies in the lower house. The event commemorated the launching...

Sérgio Baierle: Crisis Capitalism & Brasil’s Economic Realities

Brasil will not end, of course, but Lula's style of reform will. And this will happen in a way that we don't yet comprehend. - Sérgio Baierle Sérgio Baierle, 61, was a legendary...

A Doutrina do Choque no Brasil

"Só uma crise, real ou percebida, produz uma mudança real." - Milton Friedman. (Originalmente publicado em Inglês 22/6/15) O ano de 2015 está sendo terrível para o Brasil: uma conjuntura econômica mundial desfavorável,...

The 1980s Trade War between Brasil… and Apple.

The first Macintosh clone was an unauthorized copy produced by a Brazilian company in 1986. The fallout from that effort nearly helped start a trade war... By Adam Rosen. Original version at Cult of Mac. The...

A Temperamental Consensus

In 2001 when Brazilian democracy proved strong enough to bring ex-metalworker and union head Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Presidency the country became an international sensation receiving compliments from some of...

Time For Change To Leave The Crisis Behind

The latest article in our collaboration with Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil. There are hundreds of thousands of people like us in Brasil who are worried about the evolution of the economy and politics and are profoundly...

Against Austerity: World Habitat Day

We are not against Dilma, but we are against this methodology she is using to throw her government into the service of savage capitalism. - Luis Gonzaga “Gegê” da Silva.  Yesterday, on October...

Report: National day of Democracy / Anti-Austerity Demonstration

Não vai ter golpe! (You won't have a Coup!). Brasil's 'Silent Left' did indeed show themselves, across 25 cities. Did the international media show them showing themselves? For the most part, no. U.S....

Leaks: The United States and Brasil’s Oil

In mid-2013, just before large street demonstrations rattled São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities, news broke of Edward Snowden's leak of secret internal documents from the NSA, GCHQ and allied FVEY...

What caused Brasil’s Economic Slowdown?

Last week, members of the Landless Workers Movement or MST, occupied 13 regional offices of the Brazilian federal finance ministry to protest the federal government's new austerity measures. It was one...

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...

Brasil’s Interest Rate Anomaly

One of the most negative results of Brasil's much heralded Real Plan, implemented during the Itamar Franco presidency, was the establishment of some of the world's highest interest rates. Although they...

Satisfaction and discomfort: Brasil’s new impasse

The partnership between Brasil Wire and LeMonde Diplomatique Brasil continues with our second shared article, by Dr. Marcio Pochmann, one of Brasil’s most important developmentalist economists. The filters that uphold Brazil's meritocracy...

Why Is The US Government Still Hiding What They Did To Brazil In 1998?

Written by Jake Johnston. Original version published at The Americas Blog by CEPR. Republished with permission. On Sunday, October 4, 1998, as international bankers, investors, finance ministers and officials from the leading...

The Economist & Brasil: A Love Story

The Economist holds an unusual position in the Brazilian media landscape, it is frequently featured on front pages of major conservative dailies and has a formal partnership with lone-voice centre-left weekly Carta...

Who wants “O Fim do Brasil”?

This article was originally published in Portuguese on the blog of veteran Brazilian journalist Mauro Santayana 01.31.2015. Brasil Wire have chosen to translate and republish the article to add some factual and historical context...

Bom Senso F.C. & a battle for the soul of Brazilian Football

In 1992, England’s biggest clubs broke away from the Football League to create their own top-flight division. These clubs realised that with their huge popularity and importance to their respective communities,...

A Phantom Crisis

With election campaigning entering its critical phase you could be forgiven for thinking that Brasil was in the throes of economic meltdown, with foreign reports adding a thin sprinkling of credence...

Blaming the Victim: Brazil’s Adolescent Mass Consumer Market

by Louis Smith Brazil’s internal consumer market is the frequent topic of a lot of hand-wringing and disdain from both the financial media and people living in the country. High costs, poor quality...
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