Questions following coup in Brazil [Part IV: Agenda of the “soft” coup]

by Farooque Chowdhury

Frontier | 28 July, 2016

The soft coup bears agenda within Brazil and in the international arena. But, the order of business of the soft coup-makers registers an incapacity, which bears crucial message for societies dreaming or striving for creating or widening democratic sphere – democratizing socio-economic-political area – or, facilitating commoners’ access to a few essentials of life, from which they were permanently excluded. Within Brazil, it is trying, Dilma said, “to replace the entire political program that includes both the social and economic development aspects and is aimed at tackling the crisis that Brazil has been going through in recent years […]”

The two issues mentioned in Dilma’s statement above are significant:
(1) “the entire political program that includes both the social and economic development aspects”; and

(2) “tackling the crisis that Brazil has been going through”.
Both of these, numbers “1” and “2” mentioned above, carry seeds of change favoring the commoners, if handled properly by the commoners’ political organization. Both of these carry seeds of conflict, and the conflict, if handled properly by the commoners’ politics, can move forward to radical changes in society, in production and distribution system, and in politics as crisis itself is a positive indicator; because crisis enters into the phase of a qualitative change after crossing quantitative threshold.

In the international arena, the coup is trying to shift the political balance in Latin America, and hurt the BRICS, which is considered by Dilma as “one of the most important multilateral groups created in the last decade.”  Lula da Silva, Dilma’s predecessor, and Dilma have emphasized relations with the Africa and developing countries. The corrupt conspirators now want to change the strategic relation. Temer has announced plan to change foreign policy. Brazil’s new foreign minister Jose Serra called for new strategies to guide the country’s foreign policy, moving away from what he called ideological preferences. Serra is distancing the country from some of Dilma’s allies including the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. “It could be an attempt”, as Dilma said in the interview, “to change the political landscape in Latin America, taking into consideration the important role that Brazil plays in the region.” According to political analyst and international consultant Adrian Salbuchi, “the push to impeach Brazil’s president is part of a regional plan by global elites aimed at weakening the Latin American powerhouse and potentially undermining the BRICS alliance.” (RT, “‘Rousseff impeachment is part of global elite’s Latin American experiment’”, May 13, 2016) “Brazil”, the analyst said, “is the powerhouse, the industrial powerhouse of Latin America, and weakening Brazil has dire consequences not just for Latin America as a whole, but for the BRICS alliance which is just growing to counter-balance the Western power elite and traditional financial and industrial structures.” On the new plan of the world masters, Correa said: It not only aims at intimidating, but also putting an end to progressive governments in the region. “The right-wing is seeking revenge because it has been more than 10 years since the last time they were able to just pick up a phone and tell a sitting President what to do”, he said. It’s a right-wing assault in the region, which was slipping away from the world masters’ grip. Venezuela president Maduro described the events in Brazil as “a grave threat for the future stability and peace” in the continent.

Not only in the continent, world warlords’ onslaught at global level will turn easy with loss of people’s sphere in Brazil, and hurting a part of BRICS – Brazil. The world warlords are getting prepared for the onslaught. They are dreaming for a long, dark winter. The coming onslaught will hurt not only Brazil, but many other countries in the periphery also.

Oil is still not negligible to the oil-thirsty companies although it now faces a difficult market. Competition with oil is alive. Brazil is now pumping out oil, a recent discovery, from subsalt reserves, which lies 7,000 m below the surface. Initially, it was told that exploring these reserves was impossible. However, a million barrels are now being pumped out daily from the reserves. So, there’s the old formula surfacing from interested quarters: hand over the reserves to IOCs – international oil companies. It smells the old style of plunder.

Farooque Chowdhury, a Dhaka-based freelancer, has authored/edited only three books in English: Micro Credit, Myth Manufactured(ed.), The Age of Crisis, and What Next? The Great Financial Crisis (ed.), and doesn’t operate any blog like “Farooque Chowdhury’s Blog”.





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