POLITICS

May 30 Brazilian Education Strike: Meet the Organizers

Hardly spontaneous, the May 30 National Education strike was planned through democratic people's assemblies which have been taking place in towns and cities across Brazil. Meet some of the groups involved...

After the protests – It’s time to isolate fascism

Some media voices played off the calls for shutting down Congress and the Supreme Court as protests against old fashioned politics but the core of the demonstrations was antidemocratic. Under the...

Brasil lost in the mists of the Ivory Towers

by Mariana T Noviello. For the past three years, Brazilian post-graduate students at UK universities have organised an event inviting the ‘powerful’ of Brazil, politicians, academics, public administrators, members of the judiciary...

Dead man walking: Congress isolates Bolsonaro

The clear displacement of power from the executive may be an attempt to remove the royal power from the President, transforming him into another Queen of England. This would be a...

RenovaBR: Wall Street Gets ‘Em While They’re Young

RenovaBR is the latest in Washington and Wall Street’s ongoing efforts to manipulate Brazilian politics by grooming its “future leaders”. On May 13, a joint AS/COA RenovaBR event was held in New...

Institutional War: Brasil’s Supreme Court vs Brasil’s Media

By João Feres The latest event in the protracted institutional crisis of Brazil’s democracy is a conflict between Supreme Court Justices and the media. It is not a fortuitous conflict as one...

Bolsonaro shells out $millions for pension reform votes

R$40 million in pork for every congressman who votes for deep austerity cuts to the pension system. The right wing extremist government of Jair Bolsonaro has opened the pork barrel and ...

Year of Lead: Michael Brooks on New Brasil Wire Book

Brasil Wire is proud to announce the launching of its new book, Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil, an anthology of articles about the threats...

Early Doubts Emerge About Temer Arrest

"In whose interests is Temer's arrest at this moment?" - Lawyer Patrick Mariano questions the methods of the operation and raises doubts about the legality of the arrest of the former president. By Leonardo Fernandes...

Rio Judge orders arrest of Michel Temer

With two former governors in jail, the Rio de Janeiro justice system continues its efforts to dismantle the PMDB party. On March 21, Rio de Janeiro Judge Marcelo Bretas, a friend of...

AFL-CIO gives Lula it’s 2019 Human Rights Award

The privileged elites have undermined Brazil’s fragile democratic institutions, especially its judiciary, and took extraordinary and illegal measures to prevent Lula from running for president in October 2018 when all polls...

Bolsonaro, Militias and Marielle Franco: What We Know

As the net around Marielle Franco's killers tightens, more and more evidence is pointing to an extermination group that has a relationship with the Bolsonaro family. Who ordered the killing of...

Triggered, Bolsonaro commits impeachable offense – tweets porn video

After 5 days of ridicule at the hands of Carnaval goers, right wing extremist President makes homophobic rant and tweets porn video to 3 million followers, including thousands of children. Brazil's 2019 Carnaval...

Meltdown: Bolsonaro breaks public disapproval record

As approval rating falls to 38.9%, Bolsonaro sets record for least popular presidential start of the 21st Century. The poll, by CNT/MDA, began measuring presidential popularity at the two-month mark in...

6 holes in the new lawfare conviction against Lula

Charges so flimsy that they could only be upheld in a State of Exception. by Brian Mier On February 6, interim judge Gabriela Hardt, who recently replaced Sergio Moro in the Operation Car...

Bolsonaro will not step down from his soapbox

Do not expect rationality and political pragmatism from a government based on Christian fundamentalism and neofascism. Do not expect democratic governability and republicanism from those who promise to exterminate their opponents. by...

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...

Return to Monarchy? Pining for Brazil’s backwards Imperial past

by Gabriel Deslandes In the middle of the worst political and economic crisis in Brazil's republican history, certain themes and ideological rallying cries that were dormant have re-emerged. Some of them involve...

Xenophobic tweets end healthcare access for 60 million Brazilians

Jair Bolsonaro's ideological prejudice, ignorance about public policy and the lack of social sensibility leave 60 million Brazilians without medical treatment, as Cuba calls back 11,000 doctors - the only ones...

7 possible outcomes of Brazil’s shameful election

If they wanted to stop the return to fascism, the hegemonic political forces that seized power in 2016 would have already done so because the danger was clear. I wrote an article...

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...

MST: Brazilian election is a class struggle

“Our weapon is our vote….We need to elect people who are committed to the working class, instead of their own individual interests or mediocre vanity,” says MST leader João Pedro Stedile by...

Lawfare, Lula and capital’s hand dismantling Brazil’s democracy

The real battle going on in Brazil is over the issues of petroleum, privatization and labor reforms. The left candidates are promising to undo all of these changes that have happened since the...

Bernie Sanders and Progressive Democrats Demand Lula’s Release

In a letter addressed to Brazilian Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral dated July 26th, a group of 29 US lawmakers, including Bernie Sanders and Congressional Black Caucus members Bobby Rush, Keith...

Brazilian Fake News Empire Falls, Questions Remain

by Brian Mier On July 25th, Facebook announced that it was shutting down 196 pages connected to the Koch Brothers/Atlas Foundation supported Movimento Brasil Livre (Free Brazil Movement/MBL) a fake news organization...

PT: Trump Should Be Tried in International Criminal Court

"The images of children locked in cages remind us of Nazi concentration camps." In April, 2018, The Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers' Party/PT) became the largest Bloc in Brazilian Congress, with 60 representatives....

Brasil Wire Addresses Brazilian Congress

Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier addresses Brazilian Congress on fake news, censorship and the independent media.  On Monday morning, June 19th, I was invited to fly to Brasilia to address Congress on...

Behind bars, Lula announces candidacy

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been behind bars for 2 months on charges of committing undetermined acts with no material evidence, announced that he is the PT party's pre-candidate...

Oil Industry, not Brazilians, Spooked by Strike

Brazilians do not scare easily, but a media narrative saying so paves the way for northern acceptance of a return to fascism. by Brian Mier In the seminal book, Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky...
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