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Union Victory: during General Strike, Congress suspends pension reform vote

On Monday, February 19th, as millions of Brazilians participated in a General Strike against the coup government’s proposed retirement reform amendment, Congress announced that it will delay voting on the measure...

Video: MTST and MST unite behind Lula

On the day of former President Lula's appeal hearing, which upheld a sentence that is widely considered to be politically motivated, leaders Gilmar Mouro of the MST landless rural workers movement, and Guilherme Boulos, of the...

Lula’s speech following appeal verdict 24/1/18

Translated and edited for readability by Brian Mier On January 24, 2018, after three conservative judges rejected ex-president Lula’s appeal against charges that he received illegal reforms in an apartment that prosecutors...

URGENT: A call for solidarity against forced evictions of MST camps in northern Brazil

Dear Comrades An aggressive attack is being waged against MST landless peasants in the northern state of Pará, Brazil. Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstrain media and the Brazilian military police...

Inside the MNLM Squatters Movement

By Brian Mier. When the Brazilian Military Dictatorship ended in 1985, citizens began a nation wide campaign to petition for people's amendments to the new constitution, which was ratified in 1988. One...

The State of the Left: Analysis from an American in Brasil

During the lead-up and in the aftermath of last year’s overthrow of democratically elected Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, several writings appeared in progressive English language publications analyzing the state of the...

Radical Reform and the Right to the Brazilian City

The Rise, Success and Decline of the PT Party's Virtuous Cycle Model of Urban Governance. By Brian Mier. In 1964, the US helped overthrow democratically elected, center-left president Jango Goulart and install a...

MST and the Fight to Change the Brazilian Power Structure: An interview with Gilmar Mauro

By Brasil Wire Contributing Editor Brian Mier.              During the 1960s, legend has it that governor José Sarney sat down at a table with a group of...

Vagner Freitas: Temer’s “Austericide”

In a recent article in NACLA, Sujatha Fernandes argues that there is a problem in the Northern left's writing and analysis on Latin America, based on little or no dialogue with...

São Paulo: Rebel City

During illegitimate, corrupt president Michel Temer's attempt to implement an unnecessary extreme austerity regime that plunged millions of people below the poverty line and caused the UN to warn that Brazil...

Joao Pedro Stedile: After Temer falls, we need to stay on the streets

By Joana Tavares / Brasil de Fato. May 18, 2017. Joao Pedro Stedile, leader of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) and of the People’s Brazil Front, analyzes the Brazilian political scenario,...

Diretas Já: Brasil’s political rupture and the left’s opportunity

Alfredo Saad-Filho 23 May 2017. Originally published at OpenDemocracy. "Out with Temer – direct elections now!". Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the...

This is Hell Radio: Working class united in Brasilia

Chuck Mertz: Remember all the reporting and media coverage being given to the protests against the alleged corruption of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff that led to her ouster in what at...

Brasilia 24/5: A View from the Ground

by Brian Mier. On the night of May 23, I joined a group of activists from the Central de Movimentos Populares (CMP) social movement for the 16 hour bus ride from São...

The General Strike and the Survival of the Latin American Left: An Interview with Luiz Gonzaga Gegê da Silva

Luiz Gonzaga Gegê da Silva is a historic figure on the Brazilian left. A member of the MR-8 resistance movement during the military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985, he spent time...

General Strike 28/4: Brazilians Fight For Their Future

Video by Freelance Journalist Michael Fox. April 28 2017: as a massive general strike against illegitimate President Michel Temer's Neoliberal reforms rock Brasil, the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere, São Paulo,...

This is Hell Radio: Chuck Mertz Interviews Brian Mier 8/4/17

Chuck Mertz: I am going to start by getting you angry about the New York Times. There have been protests of late in Brazil, but according to the New York Times...

Urban Reformer: An interview with Erminia Maricato

Original version of article at COHA. Reproduced with permission. This interview was originally conducted in Portuguese, and translated by the author. Erminia Maricato is one of Brazil’s most renowned urban planners. In addition...

Fascist Bolsonaro: “Where there is indigenous land, there is wealth beneath it.”

UPDATE 3/10/17: Jair Bolsonaro has been prosecuted and fined R$50,000 for his racial slur against Quilombola communities. A campaign has been launched to urge George Washington University to cancel Bolsonaro's scheduled appearance.  On...

#31M: Brasil Prepares For General Strike

For the second time in two weeks, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest Post-Coup President Michel Temer's neoliberal retirement reforms. Yesterday's event (March 31) was billed by...

“There is no negotiation whatsoever”: Union leader Douglas Izzo talks about labor rights in Post-Coup Brasil

Originally written for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs’ Brazil Unit This interview was originally made in Portuguese, and translated by the author. To download a PDF version of this article, click here. On March 15,...

#15M: The Big Hush

When an estimated one million people took to the streets across Brazil on #15M - March 15 2017, to protest Michel Temer's unelected Government and their radical reforms to pensions and...

“No return to slavery!”: A million take to the streets against Temer’s Neoliberal Reforms

March 15th 2017 saw the biggest demonstrations yet against the Post-Coup Government of Michel Temer. Called a "Day of Paralysation & Mobilisation", a rare general strike, with public transport frozen in...

Escalating repression and managing disorder

FASE - one of Brazil's oldest and most respective Non-Governmental Organisations, have published this bulletin on the current situation in the country. Although Michel Temer’s government has brandished the old, worn out...

Urban Policy & Public Participation in Brasil

Brasil has had some of the world's most progressive city governments over the past 3 decades. For all the news on corruption spread by the international media leading up to last...

The Golpista Everyman & the “Clean” City

In October São Paulo voters went to the polls and threw out one of the World's most progressive big city governments in favor of João Doria, from the conservative PSDB party....

In Post-Coup Brazil, Struggle is a Crime

By Tiago Rodrigues Santos Since 1984, the MST (Movimento Sem Terra or Landless Rural Workers’ Movement) has voluntarily built 1500 public schools in its agrarian reform settlement villages in the Brasilian countryside....

The Failed Experiment Of European Austerity Comes To Brazil

Brazil has been submitted to the arbitrary rhetoric that imposes austerity as the only way to revive the economy. In order to improve public accounts and restore the competitiveness of the...

PEC 55/241: The End of the World Amendment

On October 10, non-elected Brazilian president and former military dictatorship official Michel Temer held a $30,000, publicly funded banquet for his allies in the lower house. The event commemorated the launching...

[VIDEO] Repression of Anti-Coup Protests 31/8/2016

[vimeo 181093866 w=720 h=480] Military Police repression of Anti-Coup protest in São Paulo, 31/8/2016
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