Brazil: Oligarchy versus the Amazon rainforest

by MARCOS COSTA LIMA

Brazil: Oligarchy versus the Amazon rainforest

A deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil’s northern state of Para. Brazilian President Michel Temer vetoed legislation that would have reduced the size of the country’s protected environmental reserves, most of them in the Amazon. | Andre Penner / AP

In Brazil, we have a national parliament that seems to be working at a double-quick speed for the disintegration of all civilized norms in the country, whether in labor legislation, social security, or other relevant spheres.

In May 2017, the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of parliament) approved an amendment to the statutory limits of the Jamanxim National Forest in the southeastern state of Para. Shortly after this, the Senate voted on boundary changes to environmental preservation areas in both Para and Santa Catarina states.Read More »

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Lula Begins ‘Caravan of Hope’ Tour Through 25 Brazilian Cities

teleSUR | August 17, 2017

Supporters of Brazil

Supporters of Brazil’s Worker’s Party at a rally. | Photo: AFP
The caravan will look to identify needs and struggles, and stimulate resistance against the unelected Temer government.

The former President of Brazil and founder of the Workers Party, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva embarked on the “Caravan of Hope” tour which will take him through nine states and 25 cities in Northern Brazil.

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Second General Strike against President Temer’s Reforms

teleSUR | June 29, 2017

Members of Brazil

Members of Brazil’s Homeless Workers Movement (MTST) occupy the entrance of Congonhas Airport in the general strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 30, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of people have been blocking main thoroughfares leading to Brazil’s largest cities in the second general strike this year against President Michel Temer’s labor and social security reform bills.

Demonstrations have been reported around the country, as protesters brought public transportation to a halt.

In Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, bus companies decided to keep their vehicles off the roads, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

While in Belo Horizonte, metro workers have come out on strike, despite the threat of heavy fines.

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Brazil’s Temer Could Lose Power as Fraud Accusations Pile Up

teleSUR | June 07, 2017

Michel Temer

Michel Temer’s grip on power after being installed last year, through an impeachment process widely condemned as a group, is increasingly slipping. | Photo: Reuters

As multiple corruption scandals continue to swirl around Brazilian President Michel Temer and his government, the country’s top electoral court has relaunched a case that could remove the president from office over alleged illegal financing in his 2014 campaign as running mate to former President Dilma Rousseff.

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Over 100 Diplomats Call to Restore Democracy in Brazil

teleSUR June 02, 2017

Brazilian diplomats express concern that Temer

Brazilian diplomats express concern that Temer’s administration threatens democracy.

Further cementing the widespread opposition against the President from diverse sections of the Brazilian public, an open letter signed Thursday by over 100 Brazilian diplomats condemned the administration of Michel Temer and called for the restoration of democratic elections to the country.

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Venezuela Accuses OAS of Hypocrisy Over Brazil

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Police Crack Down on Protesters Demanding Temer’s Ouster

IN PICTURES: Protesters swarmed the streets of Brazil’s capital to demand the resignation of scandal-marred President Temer.

teleSUR | May 24, 2017

Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 24, 2017.
Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 24, 2017.Photo:Reuters

Protesters calling for the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer and new elections were met with brute police force Wednesday, with riot police firing rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray, and charging on horses at the over 150,000-strong crowd.

The latest protests come on the heels of the most severe scandal to hit the government after a wiretap recording revealed Temer had endorsed bribes to keep former president of the lower house Eduardo Cunha — who is not in jail — quiet.

The president has vowed that he will not step down over the scandal, saying in an interview with Brazil’s Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, “I won’t resign, oust me if you want.”

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MST Leader Joao Pedro Stedile: ‘We need direct elections now and an emergency plan for the people’

The Dawn | May 18, 2017

by Joana Tavares / Source: Brasil de Fato

Photo credit: Santiago Macambira / Mídia Ninja

Photo credit: Santiago Macambira / Mídia Ninja

Joao Pedro Stedile, leader of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) and of the People’s Brazil Front, analyzes the Brazilian political scenario, the role of the O Globo media network, the internal divisions among the putschists, and speaks about the need of building a transition government and the people’s project of Brazil.Read More »

‘Out Temer, Elections Now!’: New Round of Protests Hit Brazil

teleSUR | May 21, 2017

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil’s President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Just when Brazil’s political crisis can’t seem to get any worse, Michel Temer is caught red-handed on tape giving his blessings to bribes paid to judges, prosecutors, a police task force member and a powerful witness in government corruption investigations, Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of representatives.

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