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Celso Amorim on Brazil/Minustah occupation of Haiti

During a guest appearance on Brasil 247's Globalistas, a web TV program which I co-host with Nathalia Urban,  former Brazilian Foreign Affairs Chancellor Celso Amorim spoke about Brazil's role in Minustah,...

Love it or leave it: Brazil’s reactionary parallel reality

In October 1969 General Emílio Garrastazu Médici assumed the Brazilian Presidency. Whilst measured at that time by a specious economic “miracle” which failed to touch the majority of the population, his tenure...

Myths about Pinochet’s Chile persist in Brazil today

It is customary among neoliberal economists to praise Pinochet's Chile and consider it an economic model to aspire to, however they have it all wrong. Português By José Luís Fiori. It is customary...

Bossa Nova, Modernity and Empire

By Daniel Hunt. João Gilberto, who along with Antônio Carlos Jobim is considered the father of Bossa Nova, died on Saturday 6th July 2019, sixty years on from the release of his...

Getúlio’s Long Shadow

The plot against Getúlio Vargas is often considered to be a purely internal Brazilian affair. This was contradicted by his own suicide note, in which he refers specifically to an alliance of...

Workers Day 2013: Brasil’s Cancelled Future

Six years ago today, President of the Republic Dilma Rousseff made her customary televised Workers Day address to the Brazilian people. With towering public approval, up to 79%, exceeding that of her...

31/3/1964: Brasil’s Zombie History

On March 31, extreme-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called for the Military to commemorate the Coup of 1964, a Coup which he insists was nothing of the sort. Such commemorations were outlawed...

AI-5 and the forbidden future of Brasil

On the 50th anniversary of Institutional Act 5, the 1968 "coup within the coup" which ushered in an even more brutal and repressive phase of the Military dictatorship, historian Fernando Horta explains...

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...

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...

“We will be together, marching forward.”

by Gaía Passarelli. I never thought I'd get here. And sometimes I want to believe that it will not get worse. But then I pinch myself: I did not think Dilma would fall,...

Liberalism without the people: PSDB’s electoral funeral

Faced with the threat that Bolsonaro poses to the nation's democratic values – values that the founding leaders of the PSDB fought against during the military dictatorship – history will require...

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,...

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....

Carlos Marighella’s call to the Brazilian People

In 1964, after President Jango Goulart announced he was going to implement agrarian reform, the US Government helped install a Military Coup in Brazil. In 1967, Carlos Marighella, grandson of a...

Musica Caipira: From The Backwoods To The Rodeo

By Andrew Cumming. Rio has Baile funk, Salvador has Axé, Belem and the Amazon have Brega, but what does the vast interior of Brazil have? That huge expanse of outback that takes...

Etchegoyen: Brasil’s Strongest Man?

In February 2017, ousted President Dilma Rousseff warned of a second, more radical and more repressive phase of the Coup d'état which removed her from office - akin to the "Institutional...

Rio Carnaval, 1964

Wonderful colour photographs of Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval in 1964. Originally posted at vintage.es.  

Wagner Moura’s directorial debut ‘Marighella’ begins filming

In January 2018, shooting began on film 'Marighella', the much anticipated biopic based on book by journalist Mário Magalhães, which follows the trajectory of Brazilian Marxist Writer & Communist Party politician turned...

Hidden History: The US “War On Corruption” In Brasil

The story of how an overlooked Bush-era Foreign Policy edict led to Brazil's Coup of 2016 and its consolidation in the conviction of Former President Lula. Despite public ignorance, and its root...

Brazilian McCarthyism:  Why don’t we learn from history?

By Fernando Horta. There are astonishing similarities between post-World War 2 US and present day Brazil. Both countries had same-party rule for extended periods. In the US Roosevelt and Truman were in office...

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...

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...

Brizola ’89: The Coup That Never Was…

On 22nd November 1988, United States Secretary of State, George Shultz met with his Deputy John Cunningham Whitehead, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Morton I. Abramowitz, and Under Secretary of State...

1964: Brasil & CIA

This article "Brasil & CIA" originally appeared in CounterSpy, April - May 1979, pp. 4-23 and has since passed into the public domain. We believe it to be a rare & valuable document...

When the RAF went to Rio

In the early 1980s, as the Cold War entered its last decade, the focus of Britain’s defence posture was clear. The threat lay to the East against the massed ranks of...

Brasil’s Senate and the Legacy of Dictatorship

On May 25 leaders of the Koch brothers-associated organization Movimento Brasil Livre met with Senator Alvaro Dias from the PSDB party to talk about their goal of impeaching president Dilma Rouseff. Some...

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...
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