Brazil

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro Fiddles While Brazil Burns

April 9, 2020

Brazil’s COVID-19 cases and deaths are higher than neighboring countries, yet the president takes no action. Indigenous people and the poorest Brazilians are in grave danger.

Afro-Feminist Resistance in Brazil’s Carnival

February 25, 2020

In Southern Brazil, the all women’s carnival block Cores de Aide is marching for political resistance and in defense of women, who have been particularly under attack during the far-right presidency of Jair Bolsonaro.

Black Communities in Brazil Under Threat from US Satellite Deal

January 31, 2020

Dozens of traditional black communities, or Quilombos, in Northern Brazil are at risk of being removed from their ancestral land, due to an agreement that will give the United States access to Brazil’s Alcantara Satellite Launch Center. Families have vowed to resist.

Brazil’s Right-Wing Bolsonaro Regime Attacks Leading Critic Glenn Greenwald

January 23, 2020

Brazil’s government faces near unanimous condemnation over its attempt to punish journalist Glenn Greenwald for revealing its corrupt investigation practices.

The Year in Latin America: The Right Continues to Advance, but so do Popular Movements

December 30, 2019

2019 presented a complicated and mixed legacy for Latin America. Right-wing governments continued to make electoral in-roads, but popular uprisings against neoliberalism also left their mark on the region, says TRNN’s Greg Wilpert.

Defending Brazil’s Coast From the Latest Oil Spill

November 29, 2019

The oil spill spans 10 states and contaminated 1500 miles of coastline. The Real News rides with a group of coastal defenders battling the spill.   Photo and drone images of the beach clean-up courtesy of Mateus Morbeck.

Brazil’s Ex-President Lula Freed, Promises to Continue Fight for Justice

November 10, 2019

After spending 19 months in jail on a 12-year prison sentence, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that Lula had to be freed until his appeals are exhausted. Supporters greeted him enthusiastically and Lula promised to fight the unjust case against him and for social justice in Brazil.

Brazilians March Against Bolsonaro and his Ties to Murder of Activist

November 7, 2019

The anti-Bolsonaro marches come amid extremely concerning revelations, which allegedly tie the president to the murder of the councilwoman and LGBT activist Marielle Franco last year.

Brazilian student protesters

Brazilian Students Take Protest to Next Level, Launch Strike Against Bolsonaro Education Cuts

September 27, 2019

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has proposed privatization and immediate slashing of the public education budget. Students worried about the future of education in Brazil are beginning to mobilize with a strike at one of the county’s main universities. Mike Fox reports from Brazil

Firefighters in Brazil put out a forest fire

Powerful Forces Cause Fires in Brazil, Beyond the Amazon

September 25, 2019

The policies of Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are provoking more forest fires and deforestation, not only in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental activists are now trying to counter the trend by engaging in reforestation.