Brazil

Brazil’s Corruption Scandals: No Winners, No End in Sight

September 13, 2017

The political elite has completely lost control of the situation, but the left is unable to take the reins, says blogger Alex Hochuli, who produces the Aufhebunga podcast

‘Donald Trump of Brazil’ Runs for President

August 25, 2017

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s bombastic, homophobic, sexist, and dictatorship-defending presidential candidate is rising in the polls. Mike Fox reports from Brazil

Could Maia Be the Next Brazilian President?

August 1, 2017

Rodrigo Maia, head of Brazil’s lower house, could be next in line for the presidency if Congress decides to impeach President Michel Temer

Brazil’s Labor Unions Stage Second Strike Against Neoliberal Labor Law Reform

July 1, 2017

The new labor law would disempower unions and lower standards of living more generally. Meanwhile, President Temer faces unprecedented charges for corruption, explains Michael Fox from Brazil

Brazil Gets Ready to Roll Back Labor Rights

June 7, 2017

Brazil’s labor reform is set to pass the legislature and workers fear a dramatic worsening of their living conditions as a result. A special report from Brazil by Mike Fox

Brazil’s Most Important News Outlet Plays Kingmaker

May 27, 2017

Globo TV withdraws support from President Michel Temer by leaking incriminating recording and issues retraction that implicated former president Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff: report from Mike Fox in Brazil

Brazil’s Spiraling Corruption Scandal Deepens with Temer at the Centre

May 19, 2017

A political earthquake hits Brazil again as the highly unpopular president Michel Temer is implicated in new corruption allegations and the calls for immediate elections grow stronger, reports Mike Fox from Brazil

Supporters Rally for Brazil’s Former President Lula as he Testifies in Corruption Case

May 11, 2017

Mike Fox reports from Curitiba, Brazil, where former president Lula da Silva defended himself in court against corruption allegations for the first time

Most of Brazil Paralyzed as Unions Implement One-Day General Strike

April 29, 2017

The strike is in response to draconian labor and pension reforms that the government of President Temer is trying to push through as rapidly as possible explains Mike Fox from Brazil

Brazil’s Corruption Investigation Expands to Almost Entire Political Class

April 19, 2017

The corruption investigation of Brazilian politicians expanded dramatically and is less biased against the center-left. However, the danger is that it will lead to de-politicization and opportunistic anti-politics explains Brazil analyst Alex Hochuli

Brazil’s Tainted Meat Scandal Exposes Another Corruption Scheme

March 31, 2017

While corruption scandals proliferate, Brazilians take to the streets to oppose new austerity measures imposed by President Temer, says Mike Fox from Brazil

Brazilian Judge Presiding Over Car Wash Investigations Dies in Plane Crash

February 2, 2017

Plane crash occurred just as the judge was about to accept the testimonies of Odebrecht employees, says Joao Feres Jr.

Brazil’s Corrupt Politicians, Media and the Courts in Cahoots

February 2, 2017

Officials close to President Temer could face indictment in the Car Wash Scandal, says Joao Feres Jr.

An Interview with a Leader from Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement

December 27, 2016

MST’s Gilmar Mauro on the struggle to build a mass organization as an alternative to fascism amidst Brazil’s ongoing political crisis

‘A Marriage Made in Hell’: Construction Companies and the Brazilian State

December 23, 2016

Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht was recently fined $4.5 billion by the U.S. Department of Justice. The case shows the role played by nefarious infrastructure deals in Brazil’s economic growth over the last 40 years, says Professor Rafael Ioris.

President of Brazil’s Senate Renan Calheiros Joins the Ranks of Corruption Riddled Political Leaders

December 11, 2016

Leaders that carried out the legislative coup against Dilma Rousseff, embroiled in corruption scandals are systematically destroying political institutions and social progress in Brazil says Journalist Shobhan Saxena

Brazil Poised to Return to Authoritarian Rule Under Temer

November 9, 2016

Cassia Bechara of MST says that the Temer government is repressing and criminalizing those who oppose its agenda – including social movements and former Presidents Lula Da Silva and Dilma Rousseff – in order to legitimize itself

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement: MST Under Attack By State Police

November 4, 2016

Joaquin Pinero, a member of the MST directorate in Rio de Janeiro says this type of repression and false allegations of social movement leaders has become rampant in Brazil since the Temer Government took office. MST has been organizing a national general strike that will take place on November 11th.

Eddie Conway Interviews Brazilian Youth Militants

October 17, 2016

While visiting Brazil, TRNN’s executive producer spoke to members of several socialist organizations as they congregated for their annual movement building retreat in Brazil.

Brazil’s Social Movements Planning General Strike for November

October 16, 2016

The Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) and others are ramping up opposition to the coup government, says the MST’s Ana Moraes