UNDERSTANDING BRASIL

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...

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...

Bossa Nova, Modernity and Empire

By Daniel Hunt. João Gilberto, who along with Antônio Carlos Jobim is considered the father of Bossa Nova, died on Saturday 6th July 2019, sixty years on from the release of his...

João Gilberto, Bossa Nova pioneer, has died

João Gilberto, native of Bahia and pioneer of Bossa Nova, which put Brazilian popular music on record players in homes across the planet during the 1960s, has died aged 88 in...

Getúlio’s Long Shadow

The plot against Getúlio Vargas is often considered to be a purely internal Brazilian affair. This was contradicted by his own suicide note, in which he refers specifically to an alliance of...

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...

Workers Day 2013: Brasil’s Cancelled Future

Six years ago today, President of the Republic Dilma Rousseff made her customary televised Workers Day address to the Brazilian people. With towering public approval, up to 79%, exceeding that of her...

Meet Brazil’s new President: José de Abreu

Taking lead from right wing Venezuelan opposition leader Brazilian actor declares himself President - challenges Juan Guaidó to debate By Brian Mier On February 25, veteran Brazilian character actor José de Abreu announced...

Ricardo Boechat, Journalist. 1952-2019.

On the morning of 11th January, a 44 year old Bell B06 JetRanger helicopter carrying TV Bandeirantes News Anchor, Ricardo Boechat crashed in São Paulo, near Anhanguera, as it brought the...

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 /...

AI-5 and the forbidden future of Brasil

On the 50th anniversary of Institutional Act 5, the 1968 "coup within the coup" which ushered in an even more brutal and repressive phase of the Military dictatorship, historian Fernando Horta explains...

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...

Saad-Filho: Fascism In Brasil, A Tragedy In Four Acts

Brazil elected its new President on 28 October 2018 – the improbable, unspeakable fascist former army captain Jair Bolsonaro won against the affable unimpeachable democratic candidate of a left alliance led...

Paulo Freire And The War On Brasil’s Public Education

by Larissa Jacheta Riberti “When education is not liberatory, the dream of the oppressed is to be the oppressor” This quote is from Paulo Freire, one of the most renowned and frequently cited...

Seja feita a vossa vontade: a guerra santa do Brasil

Uma batalha de cinquenta anos que veio dos EUA, para combater a Teologia da Libertação Católica no Brasil, promete ricas recompensas a grandes custos humanos para os que investiram nela e...

Thy Will Be Done: Brasil’s Holy War

A fifty year foreign battle to combat Catholic Liberation Theology in Brazil promises rich rewards for the vested interests which initiated it, at great human cost. "Brazil is at the vanguard of...

“We will be together, marching forward.”

by Gaía Passarelli. I never thought I'd get here. And sometimes I want to believe that it will not get worse. But then I pinch myself: I did not think Dilma would fall,...

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...

“Fahrenheit 241”: A burning Museum became a ghastly symbol of post-coup Brasil

Brasil's Education crisis is not a crisis, it is a project. - Darcy Ribeiro. Across the political spectrum Brazilians will tell you that the principal problem in the country is education, yet...

Carlos Marighella’s call to the Brazilian People

In 1964, after President Jango Goulart announced he was going to implement agrarian reform, the US Government helped install a Military Coup in Brazil. In 1967, Carlos Marighella, grandson of a...

Candidate Positions On Privatization: Top 2018 Campaign Issue

Selling strategic state-owned enterprises to private capital is a sensitive issue in Brazil’s upcoming elections This article has been reprinted, with authorization, from Brasil de Fato . Twenty years ago, on July 29th, 1998, the...

The Hijacked Truckers’ Strike

By Larissa Jacheta Riberti* I have been writing for a truck driver's trade newspaper for the past six years but would not risk making a thorough analysis of the current strike. However since many...

The Revolt Against Foreign Capital’s Pillage Of Brasil

In his landmark work, “A Fantasia Organizada”, legendary developmentalist economist Celso Furtado described the modern history of Brazil as a conflict between internationally-backed monetarist economic strategies and efforts to implement a...

Why does Northern media ignore the Brazilian left? – This is Hell 16/12/17

The following article is an edited version of the transcripts of an interview Chuck Mertz conducted with Brasil Wire editor Brian Mier on This is Hell radio show, on Chicago's WNUR,...

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...

3 years of Brasil Wire

To mark 3 years since the registration of brasilwire.com on 12th August 2014, this is a selected chronology of some of our most read and/or most important stories. Our emphasis was on missing...

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...

5 Brazilian Public Policy Innovations The North Could Learn From

By Brian Mier. During my 22 years in Brazil I've gotten used to gringos moving down here who, before taking the time to understand how things work, begin immediately bad mouthing the...

I’m not your Negro, in Brazil

By Patricia Azevedo Boyd In Brazil, racial issues are complex and contentious but very important to talk about. The tendency has been to pretend that problems do not exist, and many Brazilians...

The Three Kings

On January 6, 2017, the traditional Folia dos Reis festival was declared historic cultural patrimony by the Minas Gerais state government. According to their research, the city with the most number...
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