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Greenwald’s embarrassing public spat with Brazilian Union

In heated Twitter exchange, millionaire Fox News commentator Glenn Greenwald insinuates that a labor union representing petroleum platform workers who made an average of US$350/month in 2020 is "privileged". By Brian Mier It...

Social Movements March on Brazilian Finance Ministry

A coalition of 6 urban social movements demands the resignation of Paulo Guedes who was recently exposed in the Pandora Papers as profiting personally from his policy of devaluing the Brazilian...

Murder Wave of Brazilian Trans Causes International Alarm

The recent increase in murders of Brazilian trans and death threats to trans elected officials, encouraged by the Brazilian far right,  is cause for great concern among international activists. In response...

Lula’s brother Frei Chico: “Class struggle is the greatest of struggles”

Frei Chico, the brother of Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, shares a personal account of Lula's early political formation, his history in the trade union movement, achievements in...

Free Private Cities: Brazil’s New Libertarian Dystopia

An international Libertarian organisation is behind proposals to privatise Brazilian cities, creating vast luxury condominiums for the most wealthy, and removing democratic rights from their citizens. Brazil's federal government has been quietly exploring...

Missionaries spread disinfo and fear about vaccine to indigenous communities

By Nathalia Urban Indigenous communities are considered a priority group in vaccination against COVID-19 in Brazil, but due to the influence of missionaries some public health agents are facing hostility and even...

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...

Justice for João Alberto! Protesters attack Carrefour store in São Paulo

The murder of João Alberto Silveira Freitas by security guards at a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre triggered mass protests on Black Consciousness Day, as Vice President General Hamilton Mourão told journalists that...

The people of Brazil must know they do not stand alone

By Claudia Webbe MP At the time of writing (August 26), Brazil has the second most cases (3,622,861) and deaths (115,309) from Coronavirus in the world. Many health experts believe these already horrendous...

“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...

Frei Betto: A Genocide Is Taking Place In Brazil

Frei Betto is a Brazilian writer, philosopher, liberation theologian, and Dominican friar. Involved in Brazil's emancipatory struggles for decades, Betto was imprisoned for four years under the Military dicatatorship for helping its...

COVID-19 in Latin America: Growing Challenges in the World’s Most Unequal Region

By Rafael R. Ioris. This article originally appeared at COHA and is republished with permission. Confirming what scientists had been saying for the last several years, a new global pandemic has brought...

Pandemic, Racism and Indigenous / Black Genocide in Brazil: Coronavirus and Extermination Policy

By Felipe Milanez and Samuel Vida Tragedies are always socially unequal and expose in a striking way historically constructed inequalities, for example in the degree of exposure to risks and the way...

Maré shows its force – a Rio community fights against coronavirus

An Interview with Dr. Eliana Sousa Silva, Director of Redes da Maré. By Brian Mier One of tourists' first impressions of Rio de Janeiro is the sprawling cluster of favelas sandwiched between Avenida...

Bolsonaro and Coronavirus: A Tragedy Foretold

"No room for sentiment" said Wall Street insiders in 2018, as their man Jair Bolsonaro ascended to the Brazilian Presidency. In the face of Coronavirus, Brazil's people are now living with...

An interview with Lula. Part Two

I really want to polarize. I want to hold deep ideological debates. I want the people to know that there is no teaching anywhere that says a person has to...

An interview with Lula. Part One

In January, 2020, Brasil Wire in partnership with Michael Brooks, host of the Michael Brooks Show, interviewed former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the Workers Party (PT) headquarters in...

Latin America’s neoliberal governments are turning into police states

The adaptation of repressive measures reveals South America’s neoliberal governments' intentions to transform into police states as an offensive management tactic against violence and inequality. By Marcio Pochmann The 2008 global crisis triggered...

After Chile “Brazil will soon be next” – Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Portuguese Sociologist sees Brazil as the next Latin American country to confront Neoliberalism. In Brazil to participate in the opening of the annual meeting of the National Association of Graduate Studies and...

Police killing of 8 year old girl blamed on Rio Governor Witzel

Brazil is still in shock at the killing of an eight-year-old girl, Agatha Vitória Sales Félix, struck in the back by a bullet during a police operation in Complexo do Alemão...

Banana Republic: Bolsonaro defends child labour

A 2018 report commissioned by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Brazil’s Labour Prosecution Office showed that at least 8,000 Brazilian children and teenagers currently work in the chocolate production chain...

About last night: Brasil takes to the streets in defence of its future

On March 15 2019, a nationwide education strike became the platform for the biggest anti-government protests since Bolsonaro took power. With over 1 million demonstrators on the streets nationwide (some estimating up...

Interview: PSOL’s Andreia de Jesus

Born in Venda Nova district of Belo Horizonte, Andreia de Jesus, is a lawyer, educator, public employee and a State Representative for PSOL. Patrick Foley, Brazil Solidarity Initiative: Thank you for giving...

Bolsonaro and the death of social housing

The Bolsonaro government freezes funding for self-managed social housing construction, destroys the Ministry of Cities and tries to declare the housing movements as terrorists by Brian Mier* Approximately 7 million Brazilian families live...

The fight begins against Brazil’s draconian pension reforms

The Unions and Social movements successfully blocked Michel Temer's neoliberal pension reforms but new proposals by the Bolsonaro administration are even worse by Brian Mier In a period marked by destruction of most...

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...
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