Category Archives: Brazil

Brazil | Resisting Bolsonaro in Brazil: one million people strike to defend education

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More than one million people took to the streets of Brazil on 15 May 2019 in nationwide strikes opposing the government’s massive attacks on education. Brazil’s far right President Jair Bolsonaro has been in office for less than five months and is already facing large resistance to his ultra neo-liberal agenda – and it is teachers and students that are leading the way.

Brazil: far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has announced a celebration of the 1964 military coup

by Eric Toussaint

55 years after the army staged a coup on 31 March 1964 and overthrew President Joao Goulart, the new far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro has announced a celebration of this sad event. There can be no doubt about the active support provided by the US government, the World Bank and the IMF. On 2 April 2014, a US NGO, the National Security Archive (NSA!) publicized an impressive amount of declassified official documents that testify to Washington aiding and abetting the Brazilian army officers who had overthrown Joao Goulart’s democratic governement 50 years earlier. See: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB465/

Brazil | Bolsonaro, Trump and the growing axis of climate change denial

by Fiona Edwards

The rise of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil represents a terrible blow in the international struggle to prevent runaway climate change.

According to the international scientific community, the window of opportunity is rapidly closing to make the transformative and radical steps required to prevent global warming exceeding the critical point of a 1.5 °C rise. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says we have just over a decade left to take decisive action to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Internationally carbon pollution must be cut by 45% by 2030 and come down to zero by 2050.

Brazil | Brazilian doctors fail to report for duty to replace Cubans

Brazil has failed to replace nearly one third of the thousands of Cuban doctors who exited the country after a diplomatic spat, as many new recruits failed to turn up for work, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro had criticized Cuba’s involvement in a government healthcare program, saying that Cuban doctors were being used as “slave labor” because Havana took 75 percent of their salaries.

Brazil | Brazil: How US intervention paved the way for Bolsonaro’s rise

On Tuesday 20 November 2018 over 300 people gathered in the British Parliament for the launch of the Brazil Solidarity Initiative. Britain’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry opened the meeting by describing the election of Jair Bolsonaro as a “terrible tragedy” and extended her solidarity to the socialist movement in Brazil. Other politicians from the Labour Party and trade union movement addressed the meeting including Baroness Jean Corston, Richard Burgon MP, Chris Williamson MP, Dan Carden MP and Christine Blower alongside a representative of the London branch of Brazil’s Workers Party.