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Brazilian Coup Threatens Democracy and National Sovereignty

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.14.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

The impeachment campaign -- which the government has correctly labelled a coup -- is an effort by Brazil's traditional elite to obtain by other means what they have not been able to win at the ballot box for the past 12 years.

The Other Corruption: On Missed Opportunities In Brazil

Cristovam Buarque | Posted 04.13.2016 | Home
Cristovam Buarque

The danger is that the post-Lula/Dilma government won't implement the reforms that are necessary. Judges may be able send politicians to jail and clean the political scene for a while, but they don't bring down the "golden curtain" that divides Brazil.

Brazil Has Had A Crazy Month In Politics. Here's What's Going On.

HuffPost Brazil | Sara Elkamel | Posted 03.31.2016 | Home

On Sunday, March 13, approximately 3 million Brazilians hit the streets to protest against President Dilma Rousseff as accusations of corruption built...

The Beginning of Lula's Third Term and Dilma's Fall

Diego Iraheta | Posted 03.18.2017 | Home
Diego Iraheta

Considered the "silver bullet," Lula is identified as the only one that can pacify the allied base. After all, Dilma and the PMDB (the main allied party) have been at a sort of cold war since before the 2014 electoral campaign.

The Streets Said Their Piece: The Brazilian People Want Rousseff To Resign

Diego Iraheta | Posted 03.15.2017 | Home
Diego Iraheta

This huge turnout, not only in the big cities but also in the countryside, in the North and Northeast, denotes the general climate of popular discontent.

What Happened To Lula, The Most Honest Soul In Brazil?

Diego Iraheta | Posted 03.08.2017 | Home
Diego Iraheta

If Lula fails to answer the questions circling him now, it will be extremely difficult for Brazil to believe that, as the former president had previously claimed, there is "not a more honest living soul in the country."

Brazil's Ex-President Detained In Graft Probe

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, March 4 (Reuters) - Brazil's federal police detained former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for questioning on Friday in an in...

What Happened to Brazil?

John Feffer | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
John Feffer

Brazil was heading into the semifinals of world development as an odds-on favorite. How did the country go from world-class performer to global embarrassment in what seems like the blink of an eye?

The Mystery Of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Popularity

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.27.2015 | Home

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras may have lost at the negotiating table with Greece’s eurozone creditors, but in a development that has pundits s...

What Is Brazil Really Doing in Africa?

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.06.2015 | Home
Robert Muggah

If Brazil is to make a dent in Africa, it needs to get ahead of the curve. Future economic and demographic projections indicate that African investment opportunities are changing. Foreign policy experts and investors should take note, and plan accordingly.

Five Reasons Why Brazil's One-time Frontrunner Marina Silva Tanked

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 12.06.2014 | Home
Kevin A. Lees

Despite leading in the polls, despite having the support of a much stronger party organization in 2014, despite running a much more disciplined and politically moderate campaign and despite the sympathy of Brazilians mourning Campos, Silva failed.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 09.15.2014 | Home
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

Philippines' Post-Haiyan Revolution: What Lessons Can Aquino Learn From Lula?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

Benigno Aquino, who is suffering from declining popularity due to his perceived ineptitude during the Haiyan crisis, is already facing impeachment charges -- and opposition forces are exploiting this opening to extinguish his political capital.

Aquino's Moment of Truth: The Philippines at the Crossroads

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

The question now is whether Aquino -- although hailing from a privileged background, with little ideological bent, but similarly enjoying a great measure of popular support -- will go down in history as Philippines' version of Lula or Erdogan.

Chilean Chronicles, Part 7: Leandro Drives Us Around Rio

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Leandro Weissmann pulled into the driveway of the Royal Tulip hotel one minute after 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, and instantly apologized in a deep, gravelly voice for arriving late.

A Game Changer in Brazil's 2014 Presidential Elections

Paulo Sotero | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Paulo Sotero

Former senator Marina Silva's unexpected decision to join the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and position herself as running mate of governor Eduardo Campos of Pernambuco, president of the PSB, in next year's presidential race, has forced campaign strategists back to the drawing board.

Hugo Chávez and the Middle East: Which Side Was He On?

Danny Postel | Posted 05.13.2013 | Home
Danny Postel

I admire a great deal of what Chávez and his Bolivarian Revolution accomplished in Venezuela. It's precisely because of these positive accomplishments that Chávez's record on the Middle East and North Africa is so disconcerting.

Brazil Amps Up Human Rights as Spike Joints in to Chill Favela Fever

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

Brazil's human rights conundrum is likely to continue with Dilma's recent approval of closer military, intelligence and security cooperation with Washington, ostensibly linked to the World Cup and the Rio Olympics.

Corruption Could Boot Brazil Football Czar Off Golden Throne

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

The futebol drama unfolds as president Dilma and her close advisers seek to balance the nation's civic religion and number one source of nationalistic pride with more serious matters of state

Carnival Confidential... Rio Governor Emerges From Strikes as Presidential Contender

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

Although patchwork agreements with police unions have bought a temporary and and uneasy peace in Bahia and Rio, law and order is now the key issue Brazil's 2014 presidential race.

Brazil Springs A WikiLeak... Assange Tags Newsman As Media Mole

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 01.03.2012 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

With a London court ruling that media activist Julian Assange must now return to Sweden to face charges of sex crimes, the WikiLeaks founder has made ...

Brazil's Garbage Becomes an Olympic Challenge

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 10.09.2011 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

With the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics putting the world's 5th largest economy in the global spotlight waste collection and disposal is a problem the land of the samba can't dance around.

Soccer Smackdown: Russia and FIFA sandbag Brazil

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 09.03.2011 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

Brazil has been getting bashed in the global sports press for not making enough progress in constructing stadiums with the amenities FIFA likes to offer its fat cat supporters. But these critics miss half the point.

Brazil Doubles Down on China Trade

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

While American consumer culture drives Brazil's young, wired and affluent, the China deals are reminders of why Beijing has pulled ahead of Washington as Brazil's top trade partner.

Brazil Unions Flex Muscles as Obama Afterglow Fades

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

Neither foreign investment nor its own political class have narrowed the gap between haves and have nots that remains deeply embedded in the structure of Brazil´s society.