Category Archives: Brazil

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.  

Brazil | Trumpism Comes to Brazil

by Roberto Simon and Brian Winter

It was early fall in southern Florida, and a standing-room-only crowd of about 300 gathered at a steakhouse to see a right-wing presidential candidate whom most experts were dismissing as too radical, divisive, and inexperienced to win office.

Bolton praises Bolsonaro while declaring ‘troika of tyranny’ in Latin America

Bolton hailed Brazilian president-elect a ‘positive sign’ as he announced new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba

by Julian Borger

John Bolton has welcomed Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro as a “positive sign” for Latin America as he hailed a new ally against what Bolton called a “troika of tyranny”: Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Brazil | Welcome to the Jungle: Brazil after Presidential Elections

A troubling new era has begun in Brazil with the election on Sunday of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as president, writes Pepe Escobar.

By Pepe Escobar

It’s darkness at the break of (tropical) high noon.

Jean Baudrillard once defined Brazil as “the chlorophyll of our planet”. And yet a land vastly associated worldwide with the soft power of creative joie de vivre has elected a fascist for president.

Brazil | Brazil election: defeat for humanity – victory for Bolsonaro, Trump and US imperialism

Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s Presidential election in the final round. Bolsonaro has secured 55% of the vote, defeating the Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad.

Bolsonaro has been propelled to victory by a sophisticated imperialist intervention coordinated by the US, in alliance with the right wing in Brazil. This imperialist intervention took the form of decapitating the left – starting with the Parliamentary coup against Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and then the imprisonment of Lula da Silva earlier this year. It also took the form of building up the far right candidate, Bolsonaro, in light of the collapse of Brazil’s traditional centre-right bourgeois political party, the Social Democracy Party (PSDB). Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon was an advisor on Bolsonaro’s campaign and millions of dollars were given by international capital to spread inflammatory, reactionary fake news and slander against the Workers Party on the scale of a tsunami.