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Brazilian Movements Intensify “Out Bolsonaro” Campaign

Peoples Dispatch | August 07, 2020

 

 

The authoritarian nature of the Bolsonaro government has rapidly intensified. Bolsonaro, acting against all public health specialists, as well as international entities and protocols, has denied the pandemic and adopted incorrect and disastrous measures. His grave mismanagement of the virus has made Brazil the global epicenter of COVID-19.Read More »

How Is The Pandemic Going For You? Trump, Johnson And Bolsonaro In The Swamp

by Alfredo Saad-Filho

Progress in Political Economy | July 23, 2020

The spectacular failures of Brazil, the UK and the USA during the COVID-19 pandemic offer valuable lessons on what must never happen again: wish away the virus, minimise the potential impact of a pandemic on public health and the economy, delay inevitable lockdowns, the list goes on. They also shed a powerful light on the root causes of the devastation.

The first step is to recognise the immensity of the catastrophe (see Table 1).

Table 1: The impact of the pandemic

  Brazil UK USA China Cuba Germany New Zealand South Korea Taiwan Vietnam
Total cases 1,921,824 292,931 3,431,744 85,226 2,432 200,734 1,547 13,551 451 381
Cases per million 8,772.5 4,266.0 9,984.6 59.1 214.2 2,374.7 247.6 262.9 18.9 3.8
Total deaths 74,133 45,138 136,699 4,642 87 9,079 22 289 7 0
Deaths per million 353.9 677.6 408.5 3.3 7.7 109.5 4.7 5.6 0.3 0.0
Excess deaths 54,700 65,700 149,200 n.a. n.a. 9,800 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
GDP growth in 2020 (estimate) -9.1 -10.2 -8.0 1.0 n.a. -7.8 -7.2 -2.1 -4.0 2.7

 

In summary, the human disaster in our selected countries is unlikely to be compensated by a shallower economic downturn – quite the contrary, they are likely to do worse than average – dismantling the argument that protecting the economy should be a priority and ‘if some pensioners die [as a consequence], too bad’.[1]Read More »

‘Bolsonaro Is at War With Science’ Brazilian Doctor Warns

teleSUR | May 19, 2020

Burial of a Covid-19 victim in Vila Formosa cemetery, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2020.

Burial of a Covid-19 victim in Vila Formosa cemetery, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Brazil became the third country with the highest number of infections in the world.

With 257,396 COVID-19 cases and 16,941 deaths, Brazil Tuesday became the third country with the highest number of infections and ranked sixth in the number of deaths in the world.

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Brazil: Opposition Unites Against President, Demands His Removal

teleSUR | March 30, 2020

As of Monday, 165 people died from the Covid-19 and confirmed cases topped 4,661 in Brazil.

As of Monday, 165 people died from the Covid-19 and confirmed cases topped 4,661 in Brazil. | Photo: EFE

Jair Bolsonaro is not in a position to govern the country and face such a pandemic, the opposition said.

Brazilian leaders of opposition parties came together in an unprecedented effort and launched a petition urging for the removal of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro from office, due to his poor and dangerous management of the new coronavirus crisis.

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Brazilians reject Bolsonaro’s response to COVID-19

Peoples DispatchMarch 27, 2020

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been rejected by the people. Bolsonaro addressed the people of Brazil on March 24 and criticized the measures of social isolation decreed by governors of several states. In response to Bolsonaro’s callousness towards dealing with the crisis, fresh cacerolazos took place in many cities. Talks of his impeachment have also begun to gain strength.Read More »

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

by Ben Norton

People’s World | March 23, 2020

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

Cuban doctors observe a procedure at a health clinic in Brasilia, Brazil. Cuba was forced by the Bolsonaro regime to end a program that sent doctors to remote regions of Brazil. Now Brazil has fallen back on the small nation for much-needed medical support — requesting help from the very same Cuban doctors it expelled months ago. Eraldo Peres | AP

The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the health infrastructure of countries around the world. Desperate to contain the deadly virus, hard-hit countries, including even rich European nations like Italy and Britain, have reached out for expert medical help from Cuba, China, and Venezuela.

Even Brazil, currently under the control of a far-right administration that has joined the U.S. in demonizing Cuba’s socialist government, has fallen back on the small nation for much-needed medical support — requesting help from the very same Cuban doctors it expelled months ago.

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The Amazon Rainforest is Burning as Bolsonaro Fans the Flames

by Resumen Latinoamericano

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), confirmed with satellites what environmentalist organizations around the world had been announcingsince President Jair Bolsonaro took office; the Amazon, often called the “Lungs of the World,” is in danger.

Between January and August, 72,843 intermittent wildfires have been registered in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest due to the “development policy” undertaken by President Jair Bolsonaro in matters of agriculture and mining. Non-governmental organizations used the hashtag #PrayForAmazonia in the different social media throughout the week to try and get Bolsonaro’s attention given the massive hectares of forests that are being scorched by fire.Read More »

Brazil: Millions Protest Bolsonaro’s Neoliberal Pension Reform

teleSUR | June 14, 2019

Man holds up sign for the
Man holds up sign for the “June 14 General Strike” happening all over Brazil Friday against President Jair Bolsonaro’s neoliberal pension reform proposal | Photo: teleSUR

Major national unions and social organizations strike (again) against President Jair Bolsonaro pension reforms, shutting down capitals and cities across country.

In Brazi the Popular Brazil Front, People Without Fear Front along with hundreds of other social movements and student organizations, as well as twelve of the country’s largest trade unions are staging a massive general strike against President Jair Bolsonaro’s plan to privatize the nation’s pension system.

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Brazil and US Work to Destabilize Venezuela, Bolsonaro Says

teleSUR | April 08, 2019

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday he is working with the U.S. government to sow dissent within the Venezuelan Army.

Bolsonaro said on Monday he was working with the U.S. in order to destabilize the Venezuelan Army.

During an interview with Jovem Pan radio, Bolsonaro said that if there is a military invasion in Venezuela, he would seek the counsel of Brazil’s National Defense Council and Congress on what action his country should take.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets minorities on first day in power

by Mauricio Savarese

People’s’ World | January 03, 2019

SAO PAULO (AP)—Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves, and the LGBTQ community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America’s largest nation.

Sao Paulo’s stock market, meanwhile, jumped 3.56 percent to a record closing of 91,012 points as new Cabinet ministers reinforced the intent to privatize state-owned companies and a Brazilian arms maker benefited from Bolsonaro’s plans to loosen gun controls. Similar spikes in stock prices also occurred during the presidential campaign.

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