INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Aiding and Abetting: Anglo Media and Lava Jato

Journalism, according to the American Press Institute,  is "the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information". In the case of Anglo media coverage of the corrupt and politically...

How to navigate Anglo media’s Amazon doublespeak

By Brian Mier I spent last week in the Brazilian Amazon in Porto Velho, Rondonia, on the edge of what is called the arco do incendios. The “arc of fires” is a region stretching...

The Amazon’s Neocolonial Problem

There is a left argument for Brazilian sovereignty that should never need to be made. The 2019 G7 summit in Biarritz unnecessarily handed Brazil’s Neofascist Bolsonaro a propaganda coup with which to...

#VazaJato: Government allies try to frame Glenn Greenwald

The far right Bolsonaro administration may be gearing up to frame journalist Glenn Greenwald, from the Intercept , who recently revealed social media conversations showing collusion between Lava Jato judge Sérgio...

A Coup at close range: Petra Costa’s ‘The Edge of Democracy’

Three years in the making, Petra Costa’s masterful new documentary ‘The Edge of Democracy’ is an essential telling of Brazil’s recent history, and a rude awakening for those who kept the...

“Podemos tirar…”: Lava Jato’s protection of Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Proof that, as suspected, Sergio Moro and Operation Lava Jato was protecting high profile centre-right politicians such as US-backed former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, is yet another smoking gun, and more...

Lava Jato: “The Narrative Must Be Protected At All Costs”

It is simply the most important geopolitical story of recent times. Documents leaked to the Intercept have led to the exposure of ostensible anti-corruption Operation Lava Jato (Carwash) as a means...

The Smoking Gun of U.S. Involvement in Lava Jato

By Bryan Pitts. Ever since the Obama administration’s silence in 2016 when Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was removed in a legally-spurious impeachment that constituted a congressional coup, the question of the role...

Fracasso: Bolsonaro fails to take the streets

Sunday 26th May saw demonstrations in 52 cities around Brazil, in support of the beleaguered Presidency of Jair Bolsonaro. After five months his is now considered the worst start for any...

Guardian Accused Of Whitewashing U.S. Role In Brasil’s Dictatorship

Kathy Swart is a U.S. Professor, Librarian and expert on the information landscape of Latin America. Following the Guardian's publication of this article regarding planned commemorations of Brazil's US-backed 1964 Military...

Media Censors Bolsonaro CIA Visit With Justice Minister

On March 18, on his first official visit to the United States far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited the Headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. It was outside the President's official...

In Plain Sight: Bolsonaro, Moro and the CIA

On March 18, Brazil’s extreme-right President Jair Bolsonaro made history. Outside the official agenda of his first official trip to the United States he paid a visit to CIA Headquarters, becoming the...

Why I went to Venezuela: PT President Gleisi Hoffmann speaks

“All of this talk about democracy in Venezuela, about Maduro being a dictator, in reality, masks very strong commercial interests in accessing the petroleum. It's the same thing that happened in...

Brazil and the US left’s imperial blindspot

In an interview on the WNUR Chicago radio show This is Hell, which aired on Saturday, December 22, 2018, Brasil Wire co-editor Brian Mier explained what Jacobin and the Western /...

How The US Left Failed Brasil

Why did the US left media bash a successful democratic socialist party during a right wing coup? by Brian Mier, Sean T. Mitchell, and Bryan Pitts On November 29, 2018, the socialist magazine and news site Jacobin...

The Strange Case Of The Guardian & Brasil

"If The Guardian was what it purports to be, Brasil Wire wouldn’t need to exist". The British Newspaper's coverage serves as a case study of how perception of what happened in Brasil became so distorted internationally.  The...

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....

Media Watch: The Strange Return Of Coup-Denial

Two competing narratives on Brazil: one says Dilma Rousseff was deposed in a procedural Coup d'état and Lula's imprisonment is to stop him becoming President again. The other says that all...

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...

Marielle’s Murder And The Newspapers

When  Rio City Councilwoman Marielle Franco was assassinated on March 14, much of the international coverage omitted the fact that she was a socialist and the most prominent critic of Rio...

The Mechanism: Character Assassination, Election Propaganda & Entertainment

Netflix series, the Mechanism, premiered on Friday, March 23. The new feature by Narcos and Elite Squad director José Padilha was immediately received with criticism for, in the guise of being...

Dilma Rousseff Attacks Netflix’s ‘The Mechanism’ & Director

On March 23, Netflix launched a new series called “The Mechanism” about a court case which is still underway, featuring a character based on the Brazil's leading presidential candidate, Luiz Inacio...

Beyond dishonest: ‘The Mechanism’ Reviewed

This review of 'The Mechanism' originally appeared at AdoroCinema, a mainstream Brazilian TV & Movie review portal. Translated by Brasil Wire. By Lucas Salgado. "In Brazil, the definition of justice in the dictionary does not contain...

AS/COA and Fake News: How a corporate think tank molds mainstream media narratives on Latin America

When Luis Inacio Lula da Silva took office in 2003, one of his first moves was to prioritize open source software for the federal government computer systems in order to reduce costs,...

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,...

Guardian Criminalizes the Urban Poor in Rockefeller-Sponsored Series on São Paulo

The Guardian kicked off a week of coverage about São Paulo today, as part of its Rockefeller Foundation sponsored “Cities” Series.  Although part of this content appears to be generated with...

If UK Media wrote about the UK like it does Latin America

As the May regime collapses into economic chaos and repression, what hope now for the British people?   Following a disastrous and disputed General election in which she could not secure a democratic mandate,...

The Coup, one year on & how Anglo media failed Brasil

At this time of crisis in the media industry, it is with regret that an article like this even needs to be published, but analysis of the failure of Anglo media on...

This is Hell Radio: Chuck Mertz Interviews Brian Mier 8/4/17

Chuck Mertz: I am going to start by getting you angry about the New York Times. There have been protests of late in Brazil, but according to the New York Times...

#15M: The Big Hush

When an estimated one million people took to the streets across Brazil on #15M - March 15 2017, to protest Michel Temer's unelected Government and their radical reforms to pensions and...
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