POLITICS

Sérgio Baierle: Crisis Capitalism & Brasil’s Economic Realities

Brasil will not end, of course, but Lula's style of reform will. And this will happen in a way that we don't yet comprehend. - Sérgio Baierle Sérgio Baierle, 61, was a legendary...

June 2013: A Retrospective

"Brazil: Social Change from Import-Substitution to Neoliberalism and the ‘Events of June’" By Alfredo Saad Filho originally published at nuvole.it Introduction Large demonstrations erupted unexpectedly in Brazil in June 2013. The wave...

48 hours that changed Brasil?

After the lowest turn out yet for a pro-impeachment protest last Sunday, hundreds of thousands of social movement and labour union members took to the streets wednesday 16/12 in at least 23...

Rousseff’s impeachment is a penalty searching for a crime

By Mauricio Savarese. Original article published here. I stopped writing about Brazilian politics for two months because of two different reasons. The first was the excess of work, which is likely to become...

Yes, it’s a coup…

Since “legality”, in Brasil, does not come necessarily from “peoples will" (but from some peculiar interpretation of legal acts) our democracy is almost becoming some type of “judicial dictatorship”. In Latin...

We Rule The School

Exclusive Brasil Wire video on the Student Protests. https://vimeo.com/150119326 TV Folha's video which was pulled from air. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uFXN_KNFIs In Brazil's richest state, Governor orders military police to attack teenagers for protesting school closures. I am in...

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...

A Temperamental Consensus

In 2001 when Brazilian democracy proved strong enough to bring ex-metalworker and union head Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Presidency the country became an international sensation receiving compliments from some of...

Time For Change To Leave The Crisis Behind

The latest article in our collaboration with Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil. There are hundreds of thousands of people like us in Brasil who are worried about the evolution of the economy and politics and are profoundly...

Against Austerity: World Habitat Day

We are not against Dilma, but we are against this methodology she is using to throw her government into the service of savage capitalism. - Luis Gonzaga “Gegê” da Silva.  Yesterday, on October...

The Future of Brazil’s Left Turn

President Dilma Rousseff appears to have weathered calls for her impeachment, but the ruling Workers’ Party is in tatters, and a resurgent right is threatening the social progress of the last...

As Dilma Rousseff stumbles, how will Brasil’s military react?

Brazil’s political climate is as polarised and fractious as ever, and it’s getting nastier. While some desperately attempt to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a minority of right-wing protesters are openly asking for a military intervention. This comes a year after...

Forever in the Future?

Brasil’s streets have been filled with protests in the last few weeks, evoking similar events taking place earlier in the year. Most of the demonstrators are supporters of the defeated presidential...

Report: National day of Democracy / Anti-Austerity Demonstration

Não vai ter golpe! (You won't have a Coup!). Brasil's 'Silent Left' did indeed show themselves, across 25 cities. Did the international media show them showing themselves? For the most part, no. U.S....

The Silent Left

Back in October 2014,  a thirty-something, upper-middle class couple carry a large red flag towards a demonstration a few kilometres away, having walked the length of São Paulo's leafy Rua Oscar Freire - an...

Anti-government protests fizzle: Could this be the end of a cycle?

During a year in which the Brazilian Military Police claimed that the São Paulo gay parade somehow shrunk from its regular crowd of 2.5 million people to 20,000 with no discernible...

Mani Pulite: Italy’s “Lava-Jato”

Shortly before his death in 2012, and seeking to make amends, Reginald Bartholomew, former US Ambassador to Italy in the early-mid 1990s, confessed to US State Department, intelligence and law enforcement's...

The Problem With Veja…

A toxic rag with an agenda that goes far beyond journalism. - Jon Lee Anderson, veteran reporter at the New Yorker. Last week football legend turned senator Romário Faria made a special announcement...

The Right’s New Clothes

A network of Conservative Think-tanks & Foundations from the United States, such as Koch, Cato & Templeton, are financing young Latin Americans to fight Left Governments and defend old positions with...

Brasil’s Shock Doctrine

"Only a crisis, real or perceived, produces real change." - Milton Friedman. Brasil is having a horrible 2015; a far less favourable global economic situation, a number of policy misjudgements made early in President Rousseff's...

MST: “There won’t be a Coup without resistance.”

The Brazilian organized or “popular” left is made up of labour unions, poor people's social  movements, women's and Afro-Brasilian movements, religious base organizations and the political parties that they feel best...

The Curious Case of the Brazilian Royal Family

When Napoleon Bonaparte and his troops invaded Portugal the royal family fled to Brazil. In 1822 they declared independence and Dom Pedro I became the head of the western hemisphere's only...

Brasil: a country made by men who don’t love women

Written exclusively for Brasil Wire by Marie Declercq.  The experience of being a woman in Brasil often seems to be limited to a part in the cliche that it is the country...

Frei Betto on Intolerance & Neoliberalism

Frei Betto, 70,  a Dominican Friar and author of 52 books, is one of the central figures in the Brazilian liberation theology movement. Tortured and imprisoned for four years during the...

Satisfaction and discomfort: Brasil’s new impasse

The partnership between Brasil Wire and LeMonde Diplomatique Brasil continues with our second shared article, by Dr. Marcio Pochmann, one of Brasil’s most important developmentalist economists. The filters that uphold Brazil's meritocracy...

The Abducted Political System

Brasil Wire proudly announces its new partnership with Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil. Starting today, we will periodically translate and share their articles to advance our goal of providing the best English...

A Brief Look at Brazilian Social Movements

Brazil currently has its most conservative Congress in decades. As violence against social movements increases and the criminalization of Brazilian social movements in the media and judiciary intensifies, it is a...

Sixty Years Later: What Have We Learned?

Successive demonstrations in its most important cities, brawls between militants of opposing ideological sides who see the other as an enemy rather than a political adversary, growing numbers of strikes, verbal...

Paraná: The Story Behind a “Massacre”

On April 29 2015, the Military Police of Paraná attacked thousands of striking teachers in Curitiba with tear gas, pepper spray, dogs, and rubber bullets. Hundreds were wounded, and the governor...

Bigger Than Ever? Not So Fast

Sunday, April 12, was supposed to be bigger than ever before. The same groups that organized Brazil’s March 15 demonstrations against Dilma Rousseff’s government via social media had planned a new...
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