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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 the student movement Libelu, all outlawed by the authoritarian military junta at the time. In this article, Paulo Moreira Leite, founding editor of O […]

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ECONOMY NEOLIBERALISM POLITICS

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 day. On Saturday, January 29, he returned to his former union to congratulate its new President, Moisés Selerges. The following is an excerpt from […]

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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 PSOL (Socialism and Liberty Party) for the moderate PDT. Glenn had lashed out at Brian earlier that day on Twitter, about a tweet which […]

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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 to Rio de Janeiro in 1991 during the inflation crisis when Fernando Collor was president. There was plenty of poverty in my […]

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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 the episodes that drew the most attention during the congressional covid 19 inquiry hearing on Thursday, September 23, was the exchange of […]

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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 September 7 coup attempt, created an expectation among the optimists that he could somehow be controlled by the institutions. It created an […]

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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 Gabriel Deslandes A survey by Datafolha, the research institute linked to  Folha de São Paulo newspaper, shows that President Jair Bolsonaro’s disapproval rating […]

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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 about the 2018 Presidential campaign stabbing incident involving Jair Bolsonaro has led to a possible congressional investigation and attacks against the journalist […]

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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 – a play to keep the crumbling Bolsonaro-Guedes regime in power. An explosive report in newspaper Estado de S.Paulo has revealed that Brazil’s far right […]

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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 Court Second Working Group ruled that Sergio Moro, the judge who imprisoned former President Lula and opened the door for the presidential […]