Brazil

Leaked Messages Confirm: Imprisonment of Brazil's Lula da Silva was Politically Motivated

Leaked Messages Confirm: Imprisonment of Brazil’s Lula da Silva was Politically Motivated

June 12, 2019

The website The Intercept received a massive archive of communications between prosecutors and judges, involving Brazil’s corruption cases. Initial analysis reveals that former president Lula da Silva’s prosecution and conviction were politically motivated. Mike Fox discusses the ramifications    

Brazilian Students Stage New Mass Protests Against Bolsonaro's Education Reform

Brazilian Students Stage New Mass Protests Against Bolsonaro’s Education Reform

May 31, 2019

As President Jair Bolsonaro’s approval ratings plummet, students make a massive show of force, opposing his plans to drastically cut education budgets. Mike Fox reports from Brazil

Bolsonaro’s Education Austerity Mobilizes Hundreds of Thousands Across Brazil

Bolsonaro’s Education Austerity Mobilizes Hundreds of Thousands Across Brazil

May 16, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of students and educators took to the streets across Brazil in protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s draconian neoliberal attack on education. Mike Fox reports

Protests Across Brazil and the World for the Release of Lula, "Political Prisoner"

Protests Across Brazil and the World for the Release of Lula, “Political Prisoner”

April 8, 2019

On the anniversary of the imprisonment of former Workers Party president Lula da Silva, tens of thousands protested in Brazil and around the world demanded his release. Mike Fox reports from Curitiba, Brazil

Brazilian Left's Free Lula Campaign Highlights Miscarriage of Justice

Brazilian Left’s Free Lula Campaign Highlights Miscarriage of Justice

March 19, 2019

Left forces met in Sao Paulo to relaunch the Free Lula campaign. Members of grassroots movements and political parties were there, saying that Workers Party leader Lula da Silva was unjustly imprisoned

Venezuela Tops CIA’s Agenda for Brazil’s President

Venezuela Tops CIA’s Agenda for Brazil’s President

March 18, 2019

On his first visit to the U.S., President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro eagerly receives his instructions from the CIA and Trump’s foreign policy team.  Alex Main of CEPR analyzes the visit

Brazilians Remember Marielle Franco on Anniversary of her Assassination

March 15, 2019

In major cities of Brazil, activists honored the life and legacy of LGBT and police violence activist Marielle Franco, who was assassinated a year ago in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Mike Fox reports

Trump's "Coalition of the Willing" Against Venezuela Has Legitimacy Issues of Their Own

Trump’s “Coalition of the Willing” Against Venezuela Has Legitimacy Issues of Their Own

March 10, 2019

Many right-wing South American governments that are supporting Trump’s effort to oust Venezuela’s President Maduro have their own legitimacy issues, such as Brazil and Honduras. Others are deeply dependent on the US, such as Argentina and Colombia. CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot analyzes the coalition

The Politics of Brazil's Carnival

Free Lula Samba at Brazil’s Carnival

March 4, 2019

It is generally assumed that Carnival in Brazil is mostly just a big party. However, as Mike Fox reports from Brazil, it actually has its origins in politically motivated concerns and this is true now more than ever

Lula da Silva's Second Conviction Another Travesty of Justice

Lula da Silva’s Second Conviction Another Travesty of Justice

February 12, 2019

Former Workers Party President Lula da Silva was convicted to another 12 years and 11 months in a case that is almost identical to his first conviction, neither of which had any solid evidence, says Brasilwire’s Brian Mier