The ‘Soft Coup’ and the Attack on the Brazilian People

 

The Dawn News | June 23, 2018

In 2016, when former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff was removed from office, I asked my dad- a New Yorker who religiously reads the morning paper- what he thought about the political situation in Brazil. He had read a New York Times article about the alleged corruption scandal, about the mismanagement of money and how the greedy Workers’ Party had been stealing money from the Brazilian people. Sitting here in the US, this is the image of current Brazilian politics: greed, corruption, mismanagement, and embezzlement of funds. You hear of a leftist administration incapable of governing its people, of the poverty-stricken masses in need of salvation. That is, if you hear anything at all. According to this narrative, the new administration (the Brazilian Democratic Movement or MDB) took over to save the day and save the Brazilian people from government corruption. When Dilma was impeached on August 31, 2016, Temer- then Vice President- took over the Presidency.Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LULA: The injustice committed against me is an injustice against the Brazilian people

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Granma | June 18, 2018

Many leaders have been imprisoned simply for fighting for the people. Photo: Voz de América

The workers’ leader, the man who during his term as President of Brazil pushed for laws and social plans that allowed some 30 million Brazilians to be lifted out of poverty, whom all the polls indicate is the favorite, by a large majority, to win the presidential elections of 2018, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, responded to questions from Granma, with the kind help of a Brazilian friend.Read More »

Lula’s manifesto to the people of Brazil

Lula is carried on the shoulders of supporters in São Bernardo do Campo before turning himself in to the Federal Police / Photo Credit: Francisco Proner

On Wednesday, April 4, the Supreme Court of Brazil (STF), rejected the habeas corpus presented by the defense of ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. A few days later on April 7th, Lula turned himself in to the Federal Police of Curitiba and has remained behind bars in the headquarters of said police force. Last week Lula’s presidential campaign for the elections in October was launched and the Workers’ Party has reported that despite attempts by the judiciary and the mass media to criminalize and demonize Lula and eliminate him as a candidate, his popularity as presidential candidate has grown since he was arrested. Below is a manifesto from Lula to the people of Brazil about his two months behind bars and his hopes for the future:Read More »

Lula’s presidential campaign launched

by Rafaella Dotta

Brasil de Fato  | June 8, 2018

Lula’s fellow party members and supporters will hold campaign launch event while Brazil’s ex-president is in prison - Créditos: Ricardo Stuckert
Lula’s fellow party members and supporters will hold campaign launch event while Brazil’s ex-president is in prison / Ricardo Stuckert

Contagem, in the Great Belo Horizonte Area, southeastern Brazil, will be the first city where fellow party members and supporters will host an event to officially launch ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s presidential campaign for the upcoming elections in October. Lula has said he will run, despite being held at the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba. The former president has been in prison for two months.Read More »

Brazil on Strike: Truckers and Oil Workers Refuse to Cooperate

by Vijay Prashad

The Dawn News | June 01, 2018

The consecutive increases in gas prices caused 1.2 million Brazilians to return to cooking with wood and coal in 2017, according to the IBGE. Rute Pina/Brasil de Fato

Latin America’s largest economy – Brazil – is on the verge of a breakdown. Truck drivers and oil workers are not on the job. The former have been on a ten-day strike, while the latter are on a 72-hour strike. Both are angry with the government of Michel Temer. This government, they say, has mismanaged the economy and begun to privatise the crucial energy sector. High level of political awareness amongst these workers leads them to point their fingers at the Temer government and its cosy attitude towards international finance capital.Read More »

Over 17 Million Children in Brazil Live in Poverty: Report

teleSUR | April 24, 2018

Research reveals that 17.3 million infants and youth in Brazil up to 14 years of age live in poverty.

Research reveals that 17.3 million infants and youth in Brazil up to 14 years of age live in poverty. | Photo: Reuters
The study also revealed that 5.8 million children live in extreme poverty.

More than 40 percent of infants and youth in Brazil up to 14 years of age live in poverty, according to a new study titled “The Scene of Infants and Adolescents in Brazil.” The percentage represents a total of 17.3 million people nationwide.

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Lula’s imprisonment is an offence against democracy

Morning Star Editorial | April 06, 2018

BRAZIL’S Supreme Court decision to send former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to jail is a nakedly political act.

The most popular president in Brazil’s history is also the front-runner in polls for elections due in October. His Workers’ Party government oversaw massive poverty reduction and redistribution of wealth that saw per capita household income rise 27 per cent in eight years.Read More »