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‘Go back to the plantation’ – Curitiba moves to impeach 1st City Councilor

The first impeachment process against a city councilor in the 329-year history of Curitiba - the Brazilian city that most cherishes its "European heritage" - is underway, and it has nothing...

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...

Lula on the Gig Economy and Capitalist Alienation

From 1975 - 1981, Lula was President of the ABC Metalworkers Union in São Bernardo do Campo, the polluted, industrial satellite city of São Paulo where he still lives to this...

Brazil Elections 2022: Greenwald debates Mier

On January 24, Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier appeared on Eoin Higgins podcast, Flashpoint, to present his analysis of Brazilian Congressman David Miranda and his husband Glenn Greenwald's abandonment of the...

Elections 2022: And They’re Off…

The candidates have not been officially declared for this year's Brazilian presidential elections but we all know who they are, and they can be divided into two categories... By Brian Mier I moved...

Bolsonaro’s Discreet Charm for the Bourgeoisie

Segments of Brazil's economic-financial elite don't care about the country's institutional corrosion. As long as their interests are met, formal democracy can be raffled off without any problems. by Glauco Faria One of...

UN General Assembly Meets Bolsonaro’s Ideological Chloroquine

You cannot teach a delusional person to use reason. Democracy cannot be taught to a tyrant. by Marcelo Zero President Bolsonaro's so-called "letter of surrender", delivered to the Supreme Court after the failed...

After Sept. 7: Bolsonaro’s Record Disapproval

Beleaguered far right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's attempt to boost popularity through public rallies and fascist threats against government institutions has backfired, as his approval rating falls to a new low. by...

Bombastic Documentary Raises Questions on Bolsonaro Stabbing

New film generates controversy by suggesting it's time to take a deeper look into the September 6th, 2018 stabbing incident of Jair Bolsonaro. by Brian Mier A new documentary by Joaquim de Carvalho...

Bolsonaro’s R$3 Billion Bribery Scheme To Keep Himself In Power

A fascist president, brought to power through a spurious anti-corruption campaign faces his most serious corruption scandal yet, with the revelation of what could be the world's biggest bribery scheme -...

Brazilian Supreme Court Authorizes Investigation of Sergio Moro

For years, the media treated far-right Lava Jato Judge Sergio Moro as a superhero. Now he's facing felony charges by Brian Mier In a landmark ruling on March 23, 2021, the Brazilian Supreme...

Bolsonaro’s Neoliberal Disaster: An Interview With Esther Dweck

"The Bolsonaro government's social and economic policies will have a huge negative impact on Brazil's future. We are actually already seeing this, based on what's happening right now." With Brazil's far right...

Covid 19 and the right to the Brazilian city

The following speech was given by Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier on a World Social Forum webinar entitled: The Right to the City: Towards Social and Ecological Justice, which was hosted...

Curitiba: beyond the myth of the perfect city

Curitiba is known around the world for innovative urban planning and European heritage. During a speech at the World Social Forum, however, Carol Dartora accused the city government of hiding its...

Benedita da Silva’s 50 year fight for racial justice

The veteran congresswoman and civil rights leader speaks about her role in the 2020 municipal elections and  the record number of newly elected Afro-Brazilian city councilors and mayors. By Brian Mier Brazil’s 2020...

Interview: Curitiba City Councilor Carol Dartora

"We view the state of Parana as a laboratory for all of Bolsonaro’s worst ideas," says Dartora, who is the first Afro-Brazilian woman elected in the 327 year history of the...

Lesser Evil: Olympics bogeyman back as Rio mayor

Rio de Janeiro hasn’t elected a progressive mayor since the 1980s but this year progressives are celebrating anyway, as center right candidate and former Mayor Eduardo Paes beat a man widely...

Interview: Bruna Rodrigues and the fight against necropolitics

When we say that black lives matter we are saying that we can no longer accept the fact that 83 young black men die every day in Brazil Interview by Brian Mier On...

Sérgio Moro’s strange new job

The Lava Jato judge and former Bolsonaro administration Justice Minister will now work with former NSA, DOJ and FBI officials in a consulting firm that has already collected R$17 million for...

On Obama, Lula and Tammany Hall

In his new book, Barack Obama, who is the husband of Chicago machine Mayor Richard M. Daley's former Assistant Planning Commissioner,  compares Lula to a Tammany Hall style machine boss by Brian...

US Election: What’s at stake for Brazil

If the US has been the number one enemy of democracy and freedom in Latin America for the past century, why would a new President make any difference? By Brian Mier In a...

Foreign meddling: Bolsonaro moves to help Trump reelection

Brazilian lawmaker opens inquiry into controversial import tax break extension By Nathália Urban Last week, Brazilian Congressman Ivan Valente (PSOL-SP) revealed a telegram between US Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and...

RenovaBR: The Privatisation of Brazilian Politics

Launched in October 2017, "leadership training and civic engagement initiative" RenovaBR claims to be a response to endemic corruption in politics. Through the "selection and preparation of future leaders", the neoliberal organisation,...

No Comparison: Walesa and Lula are different as night and day

Unlike Walesa, Lula never lost his class consciousness or political commitment August 31st marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Gdansk shipyard wildcat strike, led by Lech Walesa, who went...

“Let’s End Hunger”: Michael Brooks’ Final Plea

"There is no democracy, there is no functioning citizenship, there is no basic humanity while there is hunger." On one of his final podcasts on July 14th, Michael Brooks made a plea...

Bolsonaro loses his war

Covid 19 could have been used to consolidate fascism in Brazil, but Bolsonaro's own incompetence prevented this from happening. by Fernando Horta One of the characteristics that differentiates a fascist government from a...

Sergio Moro’s Catch 22: Miami or the Presidency

Will backstabbing opportunists turn the spell against the witch who cast it? By Brian Mier On June 20th, Brazil’s right-wing extremist Education Minister Abraham Weintraub abruptly resigned and fled the country fleeing probable...

Lula refuses to join repentant conservatives’ anti-Bolsonaro movement

As Brazil’s richest man, Jorge Paulo Lemann, joins forces with fellow supporters of the 2016 coup in a drive to depose the neofascist president who they helped bring to office, former...

Former Defence Ministers Ask Military To Protect Democracy

On Sunday May 17, Jair Bolsonaro again joined demonstrations by supporters of his government calling for military intervention and the closure of the Supreme Court and National Congress. Without mentioning the current...

Fraud: Scandal casts fresh doubt on 2018 election of Bolsonaro

A former ally of Jair Bolsonaro has revealed new evidence of Federal Police collusion during the 2018 presidential election, prompting calls for the result to be annulled and new elections held. The...
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