By Bill Van Auken and Gabriel Lemos, 3 January 2019
To mark his installation as president, the ex-army captain delivered a fascistic rant claiming his rise signaled Brazil’s “liberation” from socialism and “political correctness.”
By our reporters, 19 December 2018
Brazil has attracted GM investments based on the recent sellouts of autoworkers, including the firing of senior workers, wage freezes and generalized outsourcing.
By WSWS reporting team, 11 December 2018
Workers at Brazil’s oldest functioning auto plant outside of São Paulo expressed concern over the global implications of GM’s restructuring plans.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2018
The Trump administration sees in the semi-fascist ex-army captain a potential strategic ally in reasserting US imperialist hegemony and countering China’s influence in Latin America.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 November 2018
While Bolsonaro prepares his extreme right-wing government, the defeated Workers Party is attempting to find common ground with his opponents within Brazil’s ruling circles.
By Miguel Andrade and Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2018
The ISO views the Brazilian events through the prism of its own support for the Democrats and its cover-up of the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2018
Bolton’s speech on the Trump administration’s policy toward Latin America amounted to a demand for regime change in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2018
The election of the fascistic former captain as president signals a sharp shift to the right by the Brazilian ruling establishment.
By Miguel Andrade, 29 October 2018
Bolsonaro’s election expresses the breakdown of Brazil’s democratic order and the opening of a new stage of class struggle in Latin America’s largest country.
By Miguel Andrade, 24 October 2018
Brazil’s presidential run-off is marked by a frenzied rush to the right by the so-called “anti-fascist” front.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2018
An array of pseudo-left groups, many of which were involved in founding the PT, are advancing a vote for this right-wing capitalist party against Bolsonaro.
By Miguel Andrade, 17 October 2018
The breakdown of the vote leaves no doubt that the elections amounted to a referendum on the 14 years of Workers Party (PT) rule.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2018
The stunning 46 percent vote for the fascistic former army captain Bolsonaro is the end product of decades of betrayals by the Workers Party and its pseudo-left accomplices and apologists.
By Miguel Andrade, 8 October 2018
With 46 percent of the vote, Jair Bolsonaro came in first, facing a run-off election with PT candidate Fernando Haddad, who came in a distant second.
By Miguel Andrade, 1 October 2018
The Workers Party is courting the Brazilian military, presenting itself as the force best suited to its interests.
By Miguel Andrade, 24 September 2018
With the military expressing its readiness to intervene, the PT is pitching its appeal to the Brazilian ruling class and international finance capital.
By Miguel Andrade, 12 September 2018
Faced with a legal deadline, the PT substituted ex-São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad for the jailed former president.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 September 2018
The devastating fire, entirely predictable and preventable, is emblematic of the criminal policies pursued by capitalism in Brazil, throughout Latin America and worldwide.
By Miguel Andrade, 28 August 2018
At least 1,200 Venezuelans were chased to the border, after dozens of Brazilians torched a camp where Army soldiers were screening migrants.
By Miguel Andrade, 18 August 2018
Whatever the result of the elections, the Brazilian political system will swing violently to the right, deepening the class war austerity measures initiated by the Workers Party’s (PT).
By Miguel Andrade, 3 August 2018
Facebook, acting in deep coordination with the state and US imperialism, aims to legitimize police-state measures against social unrest and political opposition.
By Miguel Andrade, 3 July 2018
With just a 3 percent approval rating for current president Michel Temer, there is widespread distrust in the entire political system, which is moving sharply to the right.
By Miguel Andrade, 4 June 2018
The truckers' blockades were supported by an overwhelming majority as an act of resistance against the economic suffering endured by hundreds of millions of Brazilians.
By Eric London, 1 June 2018
The PTS labeled the strike as right-wing, solidarizing itself with the government’s repressive measures.
By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018
The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.
By Gabriel Lemos, 28 May 2018
The Temer government has granted authority to the military to exercise police powers throughout the country, in a bid to break the strike.
By Miguel Andrade, 22 May 2018
The hope among the layers backing the PT is that imperialist pressure will convince the Brazilian bourgeoisie to place the party once again in power.
By Gabriel Lemos, 7 May 2018
The real cause of the spectacular fire and building collapse was the negligence of the state and the huge housing crisis in one of the most unequal cities in the world.
By Miguel Andrade, 10 April 2018
The Brazilian attorney general’s office demanded his immediate arrest out of fear he would “manipulate the masses” and destabalize the country.
By Gabriel Lemos, 26 March 2018
The claim that “there is no money” to meet teachers’ demands is rooted in the parasitic interests of the banks and corporations that dominate the Brazilian state.
By Miguel Andrade, 21 March 2018
While clearly serving to intimidate political opposition, Franco’s execution is being exploited by the security forces as a justification for even greater repression.
By Gabriel Lemos, 26 February 2018
Under the pretext of fighting gang violence, nothing less than a path to dictatorship is being opened up in Brazil.
By Gabriel Lemos, 22 February 2018
Under the pretext of fighting gang violence, nothing less than a path to dictatorship is being opened up in Brazil.
By Miguel Andrade, 6 February 2018
The unexpected unanimous decision by the appeals court on both the conviction of Lula and the lengthening of his jail sentence unleashed a frenzied run-up on the Sao Paulo stock exchange.
By Miguel Andrade, 24 January 2018
In joining the global crusade against “fake news,” the Brazilian authorities are preparing to rely on a dictatorship-era National Security Law to censor oppositional news and opinion.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro increases drive for “pensions’ reform,” more state powers in second week of government
By Miguel Andrade, 15 January 2018
As Bolsonaro prepares unprecedented attacks on the Brazilian working class, the Workers Party (PT) is seeking an accommodation with possible “dissidents” in his cabinet.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 January 2018
The last three years alone have seen 100,000 people thrown into the dungeons created by Brazil’s system of social apartheid.
By Gabriel Lemos, 6 December 2017
Under the pretext of “humanitarian actions” and prosecuting the “war on drugs,” the Amazonlog 2017 military exercise marks a new stage in US imperialism’s offensive in the region.
By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2017
The fascist congressman Jair Bolsonaro has been increasingly presented by the corporate media as “the businessmen’s choice.”
By Miguel Andrade, 8 November 2017
Brazil’s Science Ministry is facing a 44 percent funding cut by the end of 2017 and another reduction of 15 percent for 2018.
By Miguel Andrade, 5 September 2017
The ambiguous international strategy being pursued by Brasilia is symptomatic of the crisis of confidence gripping ruling circles.
Growing signs of constitutional breakdown follow repeal of corruption charges against Brazil’s President Temer
By Miguel Andrade, 22 August 2017
The Workers Party attacks Temer’s government not as an opponent of capitalism, but as a defender of the interests of a “national bourgeoisie.”
By Ludwig Weller, 10 August 2017
Volkswagen not only offered its services to collaborate with the Brazilian military regime which ruled from 1964 to 1985, but was an independent actor in the repression.
Lessons from the Pink Tide period
By Eric London, 27 July 2017
Jacobin magazine’s spring edition, titled By Taking Power, addresses “both the accomplishments and the shortcomings” of Latin America’s Pink Tide.
By Miguel Andrade, 25 July 2017
Michel Temer faces the threat of being placed on trial as the Brazilian ruling establishment is increasingly torn by bitter internecine warfare.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 July 2017
The sentencing of the former metalworkers union leader and ex-PT president came one day after the Brazilian Senate approved a labor “reform” entailing sweeping attacks on workers’ rights.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2017
Whatever the reason for the public exposure of the CIA’s top man in Brasilia, there was one quarter where his secret remained safe: the pages of the Times.
By Gabriel Lemos, 3 June 2017
The growing reliance on the military coincides with the government’s attempt to push through the deeply unpopular labor and pension “reforms.”
By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2017
Temer’s about-face on a decree giving the army policing powers came amid a wave of criticism of the measure as illegitimate and renewed calls for the president’s ouster.
By Pablo Gomes, 25 May 2017
Though attacks have intensified under the current government of President Michel Temer, the roots of the violence go back to the rule of the Workers Party.
By Miguel Andrade, 24 May 2017
The acceptance by the Attorney General’s office and the Supreme Court of what amounts to a sting operation against the president, exposes a growing breakdown of constitutional forms of rule.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2017
The worst fall in share prices since the 2008 global financial meltdown was prompted by fears that the government will be unable to push through attacks on pensions and labor laws.
May Day 2017
By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017
The overall impact of Castroism, and, even more decisively, that of the revisionist tendencies which promoted it, was to hold back the socialist revolution.
By Miguel Andrade, 3 May 2017
Military interests have cast a shadow for almost a century over the scientific community in Brazil.
By Miguel Andrade, 2 May 2017
On Friday, April 28, Brazilian workers walked off their jobs in every major city against proposed historic attacks on the country’s pension system and labor laws.
By our reporters, 2 May 2017
Amid the worst economic crisis in a century, with a record 14.2 million unemployed, demonstrators welcomed the general strike.
By Gabriel Lemos, 24 March 2017
The financial markets are welcoming not only the Temer administration’s pension reform, but its entire neoliberal agenda.
By our reporters, 24 March 2017
Brazil’s unions and pseudo-left are attempting to channel growing social discontent with the Temer government’s anti-working class measures towards the 2018 elections.
By Miguel Andrade, 18 March 2017
The number of unemployed, including those who have abandoned the search for a job after prolonged inability to find work, has risen to 23 million.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2017
The government ordered 9,000 troops to Rio Tuesday as the state teeters on the brink of insolvency and faces growing opposition to austerity and privatization.
By Armando Cruz, 8 February 2017
Among the major figures that may be targeted by prosecutors is the current Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017
While convicting the ex-military rulers of Peru and Bolivia, the court absolved a confessed Uruguayan torturer residing in Italy, the one defendant it had the power to punish for his crimes.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2017
With 134 inmates having been killed in upheavals so far this year, President Michel Temer has opted to send troops into Brazil’s prisons.
By Miguel Andrade, 10 January 2017
Overcrowding and systematic abusive detentions expose inmates to harassment by organized crime and many forms of oppression by authorities.
By Miguel Andrade, 24 December 2016
The combination of government crisis, corruption revelations and social unrest has led to warnings of a possible military intervention.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 December 2016
Filmed prior to Brazil’s impeachment crisis, Aquarius has since become an artistic point of reference (and a target) in the continuing political turmoil wracking the country.
By Rafael Azul, 2 December 2016
The crash of the LAMIA Flight 993 that killed 71 soccer players, officials and reporters was an accident waiting to happen.
By Gabriel Lemos, 30 November 2016
The clashes in Rio are an indication of the struggles that will confront the Brazilian working class as a whole in the coming period.
By Armando Cruz, 16 November 2016
Workers were seized on picket lines and brought into VW plants to be interrogated, beaten and tortured.
By Gabriel Lemos and Miguel Andrade, 9 November 2016
The most immediate issue underlying the occupations is a government proposal to freeze education spending for 20 years.
By Miguel Andrade, 2 November 2016
The crushing defeat for the Workers Party, amid record abstention rates, has exposed the crisis of the entire political establishment, particularly Brazil’s pseudo-left.
By Miguel Andrade, 18 October 2016
The vote, coming barely one month after the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, saw record levels of abstention and spoiled ballots.
By Miguel Andrade, 12 October 2016
In pushing for a sweeping restructuring of class relations, the government and business are promoting the role of the unions in negotiating away the conditions of Brazilian workers.
By Gabriel Lemos, 3 October 2016
In addition to cuts in the education budget, teachers protested against President Michel Temer’s proposals for pension and labor “reforms.”
By our reporters, 3 October 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to teachers during a September 22 rally called by the APEOESP (Sao Paulo’s State School Teachers Union) and the CUT (the Confederation of Workers).
By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2016
The fate of ex-finance minister Antonio Palocci sums up the historical trajectory of the Workers Party itself.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2016
Coming on the heels of Rousseff’s ouster as president, the charging of Lula further deepens the crisis of Brazil’s Workers Party.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 September 2016
Uniting around the slogan “fora Temer” (down with Temer), the pseudo left groups are attempting to prevent the drawing up of a balance sheet of Workers Party rule.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2016
Sunday saw up to 100,000 people demonstrate in Sao Paulo in opposition to the right-wing government of Michel Temer.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2016
The downfall of the PT marks the end of a political era, posing sharply the need for a new revolutionary leadership in the Brazilian working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2016
The impeachment ends 13 years of rule by the Workers Party, whose capitalist policies paved the way for the Rousseff government’s debacle.
By Miguel Andrade, 31 August 2016
The split reflects the deep crisis and broad realignments taking place throughout the Brazilian pseudo-left due to the debacle of the Workers Party (PT) government of President Dilma Rousseff.
By Gabriel Lemos, 26 August 2016
New “schools without parties” laws would allow the firing of teachers for teaching anything from history to evolution to sex education.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2016
Cohen’s column sums up the social attitudes of a whole privileged layer, who are indifferent to inequality, despise the working class and have embraced imperialism as a necessary foundation of their wealth.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2016
The Brazilian Senate’s vote to move ahead with a trial of ousted President Dilma Rousseff came amid a drive to introduce sweeping austerity measures.
By Rafael Azul, 9 August 2016
The opening days of the Summer Olympic Games have proven that the Brazilian authorities have zero tolerance for even minimal forms of protest.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 August 2016
The Olympics are being held under conditions of military occupation in Brazil, one of the world’s must unequal countries, wracked by economic, social and political crises.
By Rafael Azul, 5 August 2016
The Rio Olympic Games open in the midst of social crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2016
The Olympics are being held in a Brazil wracked by political and economic crisis as well as mounting social unrest.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2016
The agenda of the interim government is to place the full weight of the country’s economic crisis onto the backs of the working class and poor.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2016
The charge that Temer solicited bribe money has further undermined the right-wing regime that assumed power through the impeachment drive against Rousseff.
By Miguel Andrade, 10 June 2016
The emergence of Guilherme Boulos as the foremost spokesman of the post-“coup” protest movement is an indictment of Brazil’s entire pseudo-left milieu.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2016
The sharp turn to the right in Brazil and the immense dangers confronting the working class were prepared for over a decade by the politics of the Workers Party.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 May 2016
While the ousted Workers Party president condemned her removal as a “coup,” she made no warnings about the attacks to come from her former political allies.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2016
The government being formed by Michel Temer has been brought to power to carry out a frontal assault on the Brazilian working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2016
Michel Temer, Rousseff’s vice president, has begun putting together a new government that would be the one of the most reactionary since the end of the military dictatorship.
By Miguel Andrade, 10 May 2016
Each year, the Military Police headed by Moraes kills more people than all the fatalities inflicted by all of the police departments in the United States combined.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2016
The removal of Eduardo Cunha, second in line of succession to the presidency, raises the specter of a constitutional breakdown.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2016
The vote to proceed with the impeachment of Rousseff marks the end of a political era and the opening up of a new period of intense class struggle in Latin America’s largest country.
By Miguel Andrade, 18 April 2016
The PT’s inability to counter the reactionary alliance of forces with a “there will be no coup” campaign leading up to the vote is an indictment of the party and its politics.