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Lula’s robust reassertion of democracy, social progress and the rule of law in Brazil

Lula’s robust reassertion of democracy, social progress and the rule of law in Brazil

On 8th January 2023, a week after Lula’s presidential inauguration, the world was shocked by a Trump-style mob attack on key state institutions in Brasilia, the country’s capital city. The world saw media images of thousands of Bolsonaro supporters invading Planalto (presidential palace), and the premises of both the Supreme Court and Parliament, who, when inside proceeded to vandalise just about[Read More…]

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The Role of the Brazilian Military in the Coup Attempt

The Role of the Brazilian Military in the Coup Attempt

The far-right mob that invaded the federal building, Congress, and the Supreme Court and vandalized government buildings at Three Powers Plaza in Brasília on January 8, demanded a “military intervention” in Brazil. They had set up camps that had assembled in front of army barracks throughout the country since November demanding the “military to overturn” the election of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da[Read More…]

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A Criminal Attack on Democracy: Why Brazil’s Fascists Should Not Get Amnesty

A Criminal Attack on Democracy: Why Brazil’s Fascists Should Not Get Amnesty

From all the excited cries echoing from the red tide that took over Brasília during Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s (known as Lula) inauguration as the Brazilian President on January 1, 2023, the most significant—and challenging, especially from the institutional stance of the new government—was the call for “no amnesty!” The crowds chanting those words were referring to the crimes perpetrated by the military[Read More…]

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Assault on democracy in Brazil

Assault on democracy in Brazil

Supporters of Brazil’s right-wing leader, former President Jair Bolsonaro, could not digest the change of power in the country. As a result, just one week after veteran leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as the forty-ninth president, violent protests erupted in the streets of the nation’s capital, Brasilia. Protesters barged into Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the[Read More…]

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‘Neofascist Coup’ in Brazil Should be an Eye-Opener to Countries under Neo-Fascism

‘Neofascist Coup’ in Brazil Should be an Eye-Opener to Countries under Neo-Fascism

Claiming the October 2022 National Election as ‘stolen’, thousands of street goons who are supporters of neofascist Bolsonaro, former president of Brazil, had on January 8 stormed the country’s Parliament, Presidential Palace and Supreme Court destroying artwork and attempting to set fire Parliament from inside, according to videos circulated by global media. Revealingly, and as alleged by President Lula da[Read More…]

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The Brazilian Hard Right Are Already a Political Cliché

The Brazilian Hard Right Are Already a Political Cliché

On January 8, 2023, large crowds of people—dressed in colors of the Brazilian flag—descended on the country’s capital, Brasília. They invaded the federal building and Supreme Court and vandalized public property. This attack by the rioters had been widely expected since the invaders had been planning “weekend demonstrations” for days on social media. On January 1, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as[Read More…]

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CODEPINK rejects attempted coup against Brazil’s democracy!

CODEPINK rejects attempted coup against Brazil’s democracy!

CODEPINK is appalled and outraged at the attempted coup in Brazil that took place on January 8 by supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro. Emulating the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack, fascist and extreme-right groups stormed Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court and presidential offices to subvert the constitutional order and call for a military intervention. The damage is much greater than[Read More…]

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Rightists Riot In Brazil: Lula Orders Federal Intervention Against Rioters

Rightists Riot In Brazil: Lula Orders Federal Intervention Against Rioters

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has declared a state of emergency in the Federal District of Brasilia after thousands of supporters of his right-wing predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, organized a riot and overran the Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential Planalto Palace. The leftist leader, inaugurated last week, gave the order on Sunday, has appointed justice minister Ricardo[Read More…]

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Lula Halts Privatization Of 8 State-Owned Giant Companies

Lula Halts Privatization Of 8 State-Owned Giant Companies

Brazil’s newly elected President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has scrapped plans to sell off eight state-run corporate giants, including the oil company Petroleo Brasileiro, known as Petrobras, Brazilian news website G1 reported on Monday. Lula was sworn in as Brazil’s president on January 1. He was president also from 2003 through 2010. Imprisoned for false charge of graft in[Read More…]

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Could China Help Brazil to Overcome Its Economic Crisis?

Could China Help Brazil to Overcome Its Economic Crisis?

The election victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as the president of Brazil for a third term on October 30 is expected to revise the relations between Brasília and Beijing. Brazil is going through a serious economic, political, social, and environmental crisis. Fighting poverty, resuming economic growth with income redistribution, reindustrializing the country, and reversing environmental abuses are urgent tasks, which will[Read More…]

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10 Suggestions for Lula, New President of Brazil

10 Suggestions for Lula, New President of Brazil

Dear President Lula, When I visited you (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) in prison on August 30, 2018, in the brief time that the visit lasted, I experienced a whirlwind of ideas and emotions that remain as vivid today as they were then. A short time before, we had been together at the World Social Forum in Salvador da Bahia.[Read More…]

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Lula Must Save Brazil From Savage Capitalism, Says Federal Deputy Juliana Cardoso

Lula Must Save Brazil From Savage Capitalism, Says Federal Deputy Juliana Cardoso

by Vijay Prashad and Zoe Alexandra Juliana Cardoso is sitting in her office in front of a lavender, orange, and yellow mandala that was made for her. She has been a member of São Paulo’s city council since 2008. On October 2, 2022, as a candidate for the Workers Party (PT), Cardoso won a seat in Brazil’s lower house, the[Read More…]

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After Victory, What Will Lula’s Foreign Policy Look Like?

After Victory, What Will Lula’s Foreign Policy Look Like?

The tenure of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is defined by the deforestation of the Amazon, the return of 33 million Brazilians to hunger, and the terrible governance of the country during the pandemic. But it also marked a radical turning point on a subject that receives little public attention in general: foreign policy. It’s not just that the Bolsonaro[Read More…]

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Significance of Lula’s victory for the world

Significance of Lula’s victory for the world

by Pritam Singh and Niemeyer Almeida Filho In contrast to the isolationist foreign policy of the Bolsonaro regime, Lula stands out as one of the few global politicians to command respect from nations as diverse as the US, Russia, China and Germany. He may even play a crucial mediating role in resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict. His respect both in the[Read More…]

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Lula Wins

Lula Wins

After enduring lawfare , jail, and persecution, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was once again elected president in Brazil. Former president Lula da Silva has clinched victory over his right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro in a tightly contested second round of Brazilian election on Sunday. The country’s election authority announced Lula’s victory with 50.90% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.10%. At 00:18 (local time) this[Read More…]

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Today Is Brazil’s Chance to Bury Bolsonarismo

Today Is Brazil’s Chance to Bury Bolsonarismo

Today’s presidential run-off in Brazil leaves voters a stark choice: continue the destructive nightmare of Bolsonaro’s presidency – or choose Lula to fight poverty and rebuild. Moisés Mendes, a Brazilian journalist, recently wrote that the dissemination of fake news by the Bolsonaro camp had reached a level such that voters will miss the ‘mamadeira de piroca’. The reference is to[Read More…]

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Brazil’s Lula Remerges—in a Very Different Political World

Brazil’s Lula Remerges—in a Very Different Political World

If Lula wins reelection, he must not only rebuild the social investments that Bolsonaro destroyed, but also restore trust in a nation damaged by fascism’s sophisticated propaganda machine. Brazil’s first round of elections, held on October 2, yielded a major victory for the man who held the presidency from 2003 to 2010, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Winning 48 percent of[Read More…]

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The Amazon’s Last Chance

The Amazon’s Last Chance

In the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, Lula triumphed. But the threat of a Bolsonaro victory to the world is clear – and must be passionately fought in the upcoming run-off. Brazil went to the polls yesterday under unusual political circumstances: Lula, the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate and champion of the poor, confronted an extreme right-winger, racist, misogynist, homophobic,[Read More…]

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The Most Important Election in the Americas Is in Brazil

The Most Important Election in the Americas Is in Brazil

Former Brazilian President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as Lula) runs about on stage at the Latin America Memorial in São Paulo. He was there on August 22, 2022, speaking at a book launch featuring photographs by Ricardo Stuckert about Lula’s trips around the world when he was the president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. Lula is a[Read More…]

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The Stakes in Brazil’s Election Couldn’t Be Higher

The Stakes in Brazil’s Election Couldn’t Be Higher

Ahead of October’s election, with leftist Lula leading the polls, fears are rising of a Bolsonaro coup – meaning it’s the entirety of Brazil’s democracy at stake. After four years of a right-wing Bolsonaro government, Brazilians will vote for a new president on 2 October 2022. Former president Lula—currently high in the polls—is confronting an increasingly delirious incumbent, who appears[Read More…]

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Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition Have Increased In Brazil: Lula

Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition Have Increased In Brazil: Lula

During a meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron held in Paris on Wednesday, Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva denounced that malnutrition, hunger, and poverty have increased in Brazil since rightist Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019. “A few weeks ago, Bolsonaro was ignored because the French president refused to receive him at the government headquarters. Today, Lula[Read More…]

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Indigenous protesters from Vale do Javari. Photograph Source: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr – CC BY 3.0 br

Indigenous People of Brazil Fight for Their Future

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has given new license to the killing of Indigenous people in Brazil. Before he came to power in 2019, it wasn’t clear what he wanted to build, but he knew exactly who and what he wanted to destroy: the Indigenous people and the Amazon rainforest, respectively. “Bolsonaro attacked a woman first, the land, our mother,” the Indigenous leader Célia[Read More…]

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People above Profit: Thousands Demonstrate in Brazil in New Wave of Protests in 350 Cities

People above Profit: Thousands Demonstrate in Brazil in New Wave of Protests in 350 Cities

In Brazil, social movements, trade unions, and human rights activists on Saturday demonstrated in at least 350 cities to condemn the recent corruption scandal linking President Jair Bolsonaro with the purchase at inflated prices of Indian-produced Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines. The protests supported the impeachment petition submitted by unions, left political parties and social organizations to the Lower House on Wednesday. The nationwide mobilizations come after the Senate Commission[Read More…]

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Brazilian Court Clears ex-President Lula of Corruption Charges in another Legal Win

Brazilian Court Clears ex-President Lula of Corruption Charges in another Legal Win

Brazil’s former leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, scored a fresh legal victory on Monday after a federal court acquitted him of passive corruption charges relating to alleged political favors, citing lack of evidence. In 2017, Lula was accused of having granted political favors to automobile companies in exchange for donations of 6 million reals (around $1.2 million) to[Read More…]

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Brazil’s Political Crisis

Brazil’s Political Crisis

Brazil’s political atmosphere is unstable. On 30 March, 2021, the commanders of the Brazilian army, navy and air force – Gen Edson Leal Pujol, Adm Ilques Barbosa and Lt-Brig Antônio Carlos Bermudez – resigned from their posts in a historic move not seen since 1977 during the country’s military dictatorship. According to an official notice by Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, “The[Read More…]

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Lula Is Back

Lula Is Back

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva showed on Wednesday that his political career is far from over. Lula, as he is more commonly known, returned to address the nation after the annulment of his corruption convictions. Lula was previously known for his casual attire, including many red shirts, in honor of the Workers’ Party, which he founded in 1980. This[Read More…]

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The Attack on Indigenous Rights in Brazil

The Attack on Indigenous Rights in Brazil

On 5 August, 2020, the Brazilian Supreme Court ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to institute measures aimed at protecting indigenous people from the Covid-19 pandemic. This ruling is the legal recognition of the totally disastrous anti-indigenous policies of the Bolsonaro government. Like other indigenous people living in the Peruvian jungles, eastern Bolivia, the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Colombian Amazon, Brazilian collectivities[Read More…]

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Brazil: The Eternal Country of the Future Trapped in Its Colonial Past

Brazil: The Eternal Country of the Future Trapped in Its Colonial Past

Former military officer Jair Bolsonaro has advanced to a run-off presidential election in Brazil. (Photo: O Imparcial) Days before the elections in Brazil, a young Brazilian approached me and said, “God willing, Bolsonaro to win. He is a military man and will end corruption.” I did not want to answer. I esteem this boy as a good person, maybe too young to be[Read More…]

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Fascistic candidate Jair Bolsonaro places first in Brazilian presidential election

Fascistic candidate Jair Bolsonaro places first in Brazilian presidential election

The Brazilian general elections held on Sunday resulted in the most right-wing Congress since the end of the 1964-1985 US-backed military dictatorship and gave the fascistic former Army reserve captain Jair Bolsonaro a wide lead in the presidential contest. Failing to win an outright majority of the ballots, Bolsonaro faces a run-off on October 28 against Workers Party (PT) candidate[Read More…]

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Brazil: The Days In Waiting

Brazil: The Days In Waiting

  Decades ago, Andre Gunder Frank wrote: “[T]he solutions to the problems of underdevelopment become even more impossible within the capitalist system which creates them, and as the bourgeoisie is less and less able even to face these problems with bourgeois programs, the long exploited people themselves are being taught and prepared to lead the way out of capitalism and[Read More…]

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Why Brazil Under President Michel Temer Risks Becoming ‘Lebanized’

Why Brazil Under President Michel Temer Risks Becoming ‘Lebanized’

Btaaboura is a tiny village in the mountains of northern Lebanon. It is connected to the main motorway by a narrow winding road. It could be just anywhere in the Christian part of this country: white stone houses, olive groves, wine grapes, bare hills. Like elsewhere, the wealth is hardly backed by hard work. It is mainly sustained by remittances[Read More…]

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An Open Letter To The People Of Brazil

An Open Letter To The People Of Brazil

As I read of the latest coup in Brazil, once again removing a democratically elected leader from power, my anger surged. Not again! However, as I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize in defense of your country’s democracy, I feel great hope for Brazil. Having been a nonviolent[Read More…]

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The real Reasons Behind Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

The real Reasons Behind Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

  Brazil’s Senate voted on August 10, 2016 to hold an impeachment trial for the nation’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff, a process that could see her permanently removed from office. The vote in favor of trying Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency in May, was 59 in favor, 21 against. The Senate suspended Rousseff, the South American nation’s first[Read More…]

by 18/08/2016 1 comment Imperialism
A Week Before Rio Games, Protesters Extinguish Olympic Flame

A Week Before Rio Games, Protesters Extinguish Olympic Flame

  Protesting workers and youth in Angra dos Reis, a coastal town about 100 miles south of Rio de Janeiro, blocked an Olympic procession Wednesday night, seizing and extinguishing the Olympic torch before being driven back by police firing teargas and rubber bullets. The protest, coming barely a week before the August 5 opening of Rio Olympics, is emblematic of[Read More…]

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