ELECTION 2022

Brazil’s Election And Coup Threat: State Of Play

The groupings of business, banking, military, fascists, and local comprador class that usually coalesce around Latin American coups appear to be aligning once again in Brazil. Aside from an ambiguity surrounding...

Tucker/Fox Rally Behind Bolsonaro

From Rio de Janeiro, son of former Voice of America chief invents new cold war narrative. by Brian Mier Multi-millionaire Fox News host Tucker Carlson, son of former Voice of America and USIA...

“…Chile…Colombia…Brazil???”: Bolsonaro Despair At Left Resurgence

Folha's Monica Bergamo reports that, following the victory of Gustavo Petro, President Jair Bolsonaro sent a message on a private WhatsApp group in which he despaired at the result. Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro...

Lula Mocks “Humiliating” Bolsonaro Request For Biden’s Electoral Help

Presidential pre-candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has mocked the request made by Jair Bolsonaro to the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to help him defeat the Workers Party...

With 33 Million Brazilians Hungry, Lula Condemns Energy Privatisation

Bolsonaro's 11th hour privatisation of state energy giant Eletrobrás has provoked dismay, despite neoliberal efforts to spin it positively. Former president Lula connects the cut-price sell off directly with Brazil's hunger...

Bolsonaro Asked Biden For Help Against Lula Who “Threatens US Interests”

Bloomberg reported late on Saturday 11th June, two days after their meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, that far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro asked Joe Biden for...

Brazilian Army Resumes Election Threats

One day after Brazil's President Bolsonaro assures US President Biden he won't tamper with electoral system, Defense Minister Gen. Paulo Oliveira attacks electoral courts for refusing to let military tamper with...

One Day After Biden Meeting, Military’s Explicit Threat To Election

Brazil's progressive media has repeatedly warned of the Military threat hanging over the 2022 election for several years. Such fears were, until recently, met with complacency in mainstream circles. There is...

A Grand National Agreement 2.0?

To prevent Lula's inevitable-looking return to the presidency, the idea to take not him, but his opponent out of the race, may now be the contingency plan of Brazils oligarchy: "Bolsonaro's...

Bradesco Bank CEO Praises Military And Dismisses Coup Threat

Bradesco Bank, and its Bolsonaro-supporting CEO, face backlash over his video praising the military on the eve of a coup-threatened election. It is the latest signal that international capital will back...

Biden Recruits Bolsonaro To Save Summit Of The Americas

Biden's one-on-one meeting with Brazil's beleaguered far-right president Bolsonaro is now the awkward centrepiece of a collapsing Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. Little more than a month after United States'...

Sertanejo Universitário: A Product From The Dark Side Of Agribusiness

Since the mid 2000s, Sertanejo Universitário (College Country), has come to be dominant in Brazilian popular music, as the industry shifted focus away from other established traditional and contemporary genres. This...

Lula Hits 53% In Polls, On Course For Presidency

With four months until Brazil's 2022 presidential election, the latest study by Marcos Coimbra of Vox Populi, taking the average of major election polls, shows Lula on 53% of valid votes...

Fearing Violence, International Bodies “Already Monitoring” Brazil Election

"October may be too late", international monitors told. UOL report that "International bodies will not wait until October to monitor Brazil's electoral process, considered by foreign observers to be one of the...

The Bolsonaro Campaign’s New Weapon: Ciro

Estadão newspaper reports that Bolsonaro's campaign has decided to use PDT candidate Ciro Gomes' relentless attacks on former president Lula as a means to prevent his victory in October's presidential election. Members...

Brazilian Journalist Urges Biden: “Don’t Support Bolsonaro Coup Attempt”

As the first meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro is announced, Journalist Jamil Chade urges Biden to sieze a "historic opportunity to support democracy", and not...

Military Plans Control Of Brazil’s “Manifest” Political Destiny Until 2035

Since the return of Brazil's military to government in 2016, it's objectives, and desire for permanence of its political project far beyond current frontman Bolsonaro, have become increasingly clear. The latest...

“Free And Fair”: US Government’s Unsettling New Calm On Brazil Election

Until recently US lawmakers and officials had warned of "democratic decline" in Brazil. Now emerges a new official insistence that the coming election will be "free and fair". There are few...

UN Alerted Over “Unprecedented Authoritarian Risk” To Brazil Election

Monica Bergamo reports in Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that UN Special Rapporteur for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego Garcia, received a document on the 17th May in which 85 Brazilian...

Elon Musk Meets Brazilian Air Force Over Launch Base And Monitoring Satellites

US-based South African billionaire Elon Musk's visit to Brazil has generated enormous controversy and suspicion, as reported by BRASILWIRE. It is now revealed that as well as Jair Bolsonaro, his government,...

The Neocolonial Game Behind Musk-Bolsonaro Rendezvous

There was more to South African billionaire Elon Musk's already bizarre meeting with Brazilian neofascist president Jair Bolsonaro than met the eye. “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.” Elon Musk...

SUR: Lula Proposes Lat Am Currency To “End US Dollar Dependency”

Lula's announcement of plans for SUR, a new Latin American currency for bilateral trade, has excited proponents of regional integration, and will alarm Washington. The project, if successful, would mean twilight...

Greenwald Book’s Curious Blindspot for US Involvement In Brazil

Brazil-based lawyer turned journalist Glenn Greenwald made his name in 2013 with exposures of US spying on the world, including the then government of Dilma Rousseff. Despite regular critiques of US...

Vargas Llosa And The Autocratic Involution Of Liberalism

By Atilio Borón I must admit, Vargas Llosa is, as Jorge Luis Borges would say, "incorrigible." The passage of time is implacable and in his case, unlike others, it has accelerated his...

Guilherme Boulos: Is A Coup In Brazil A Risk Or A Smokescreen?

By Guilherme Boulos Bolsonaro, after a "sabbatical period" in which he stopped talking about electronic voting machines, returned to threaten the integrity of the electoral process. In the last few weeks, he...

With Re-Election Hopes Bleak, Bolsonaro Bets On Privatising Petrobras

With his re-election looking unlikely, Jair Bolsonaro now tries to unify international capital and supporters of the 2016 coup around his candidacy with a final throw of the dice: a fast-track...

“There Will Be A Coup”: Newspaper Editor Urges Journalists To Report Imminent Attempt To Sabotage Election

A veteran editor at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil's biggest newspaper, criticises colleagues for failing to adequately report and prepare the public for an imminent coup attempt by Bolsonaro and the Armed...

Brazilian Armed Forces Sign Deal With Israeli Cybersecurity Firm To Help “Supervise Election”

By Paulo Motoryn. Originally published by Brasil de Fato. General Héber Garcia Portella, Commander of Cyber ​​Defense of the Brazilian Army (ComDCiber), was responsible for signing a cooperation agreement with the Israeli...

Folha de S.Paulo: Bolsonaro Has Coup Planned With Support From Military And Centrão

In August 2021 we reported how Brazil's US-backed military regime (yes, regime) cast a shadow over hopes for the next presidential election. There was clearly a doubt whether it would go ahead...

5 Decades with Lula

On May 1, 1978, the first issue of the Brazilian underground newspaper O Trabalho hit the streets. The paper was the result of the fusion of 4 clandestine Trotskyist organizations with...
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