Brazil

Workers Party suffers major defeat in Brazil’s local elections

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.

Brazil’s Temer government pushing labor, pension “reforms”

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.

Thousands of teachers strike in Brazil as government prepares attack on education

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.”

Brazilian teachers speak out on education cuts and social attacks

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).

Top Workers Party former minister arrested in Brazil

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.

Brazilian prosecutors charge ex-president Lula as “commander” of Petrobras bribery racket

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.

After the impeachment: Brazil’s pseudo lefts shift further rightward

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.

Brazilian military police attack mass protest against Temer

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.

The ouster of Brazil’s Workers Party government

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.

Brazilian Senate votes to remove President Rousseff of Workers Party

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.

Brazil’s impeachment crisis provokes split in Morenoite PSTU

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.

Brazilian students return to the streets over classroom censorship laws

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.

Cohen of the Times on Rio Olympics: “I’m tired of reading about anger in the slums”

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.

Brazilian Senate votes to proceed with trial of Workers Party president

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.

Rio Olympics: Reviving the methods of dictatorship

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.

Rio 2016: The “Olympic ideal” and the reality of capitalism

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.

Rio Olympics overshadowed by social crisis

By Rafael Azul, 5 August 2016

The Rio Olympic Games open in the midst of social crisis.

A week before Rio games, protesters extinguish Olympic flame

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.

Brazil’s interim president vows to carry through “unpopular” austerity measures

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.

Brazil’s interim president Temer named in Petrobras kickback scandal

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.

Brazil’s pseudo-left in crisis after ouster of PT government

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.

Brazil’s impeachment and the fall of the Workers Party

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.

With Rousseff ousted, vice president assembles right-wing government in Brazil

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.

Brazil Senate vote ousts Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff

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.

Brazil’s Senate set to vote on impeachment of Rousseff

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.

Brazil’s post-Rousseff cabinet to include advocate of police repression

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.

Leader of Brazil impeachment drive sacked over corruption

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.

Brazil’s impeachment crisis and the debacle of the Workers Party

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.

Brazilian congress votes to impeach PT President Rousseff

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.

Amid Brazil’s drive to impeachment, Rousseff’s foes engulfed in corruption scandal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 April 2016

As a vote in congress approaches, both the vice president who would succeed the PT president and the congressional leader of the drive to impeach her are facing charges.

The Brazilian “More Doctors” program’s dilemma

By Pablo Gomes, 4 April 2016

The Brazilian government’s solution to the lack of health care in the small towns and rural areas was to “import” doctors from overseas, mainly Cubans.

Brazil’s Supreme Court intervenes in Petrobras scandal probe

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2016

Taking the charges against Lula, the ex-president and Workers Party founder, out of the hands of the lower court judge appears to be a political decision.

The drive to impeachment and the dangers facing the Brazilian working class

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2016

The attempt to oust Rousseff and the PT over corruption is driven by the demand of Brazilian and foreign capital for an acceleration of ongoing attacks on workers’ living standards.

Impeachment looms in Brazil as PT’s largest coalition partner deserts government

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2016

The drive for impeachment has gained significant momentum, with both Brazilian and foreign capital demanding a radical change in government policy.

As Brazil’s impeachment crisis deepens, economists advocate “Asian model”

By Souza Gonzaga, 29 March 2016

Ostensibly “left” economists have joined with right-wing nationalists in advocating a nationalist policy based on wage cutting and authoritarian state control.

Impeachment drive accelerates amid expanding political crisis in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2016

The release of illegal wiretap recordings of a conversation between Brazil’s current and former Workers Party presidents has brought the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

Millions join protests in Brazil demanding ouster of Workers Party government

By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2016

The mass demonstrations came as new figures showed the country’s economy sliding deeper into depression.

Brazil’s president rejects resignation as prosecutors demand Lula’s arrest

By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2016

Leading sections of Brazilian big business are seeking to oust the government in order to resolve the political crisis and push through a drastic fiscal “reform.”

The arrest of former President Lula and the crisis of rule in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2016

The detention and questioning of the founder of the Workers Party and former president has dramatically intensified the crisis of Brazil’s ruling party.

Police arrest and interrogate Brazil’s ex-President Lula

By Rafael Azul, 5 March 2016

The detention and questioning of Lula heightens the crisis of Brazil’s ruling Workers Party.

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016

As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.

Health experts warn that Zika virus will infect millions worldwide

By Kevin Martinez, 19 February 2016

The mosquito-borne virus is spreading and affecting entire countries and their societies, impacting an already severe economic situation.

Brazilian government represses Sao Paulo fare hike protests

By Armando Cruz, 25 January 2016

The fare hikes are part of a year-long attack on the living standards of the population, designed to placate the international banks.

Brazil hit with new credit downgrade as impeachment crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2015

Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff appear set to go forward as Brazil’s economy sinks deeper into crisis.

Brazilian students occupy Sao Paulo schools against “restructuring” plan

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

The students struggle has become a regional flashpoint in Brazil, attracting broad popular support.

Brazil’s President Rousseff faces impeachment

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2015

The initiation of impeachment proceedings in Brazil’s Congress came one day after the release of startling figures on the contraction of the country’s economy.

Top Workers Party senator arrested in Brazil’s corruption scandal

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2015

The arrests of Senator Delcídio Amaral and top investment banker André Esteves have seriously deepened the crisis of the PT government.

Six dead, at least 21 missing in Brazilian mine disaster

By Owen Alexander and Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2015

Government authorities issued warnings of a possible dam failure in 2013, before renewing the mine’s license.

Army chief warns that Brazil’s crisis is threat to “stability”

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2015

The general’s comment follows nationwide demonstrations by the Brazilian right calling for a military coup.

Brazil’s PT government reshuffles cabinet to push through austerity program

By Souza Gonzaga, 3 October 2015

Rousseff’s political strategy is to win support for her government’s austerity program and forestall her own impeachment by turning even further to the right.

São Paulo rally for Ayotzinapa: “The resistance has got to be shared... it has to be international.”

By our reporters, 2 October 2015

Demonstrators said that the same kind of repression seen in Mexico is being carried out in Brazil.

Mass layoffs provoke strikes by Brazilian autoworkers

By Armando Cruz, 8 September 2015

So far this year, 38,700 jobs have been slashed in the Brazilian auto industry, which is dominated by multinational giants like GM, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

Brazil’s economy falls sharply amid deepening political crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2015

The slide into recession has been steeper than predicted, with the Workers Party government presiding over a sharp rise in unemployment and social misery.

Petrobras scandal deepens with arrest of top Brazilian businessmen

By Armando Cruz, 28 July 2015

A federal prosecutor has also announced an investigation of former president Lula da Silva for supposed “influence peddling” on behalf of the Odebrecht conglomerate.

Chinese premier concludes four-country tour of South America

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015

The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.

Military police attack Brazilian teachers, leaving over 200 injured

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2015

Striking teachers faced continuous police attacks since setting up a tent camp outside the state legislative building in the southern city of Curitiba on Monday.

Petrobras crisis intensifies as treasurer of Brazil’s Workers Party arrested

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2015

The response of the Rousseff government to the crisis has been to move even further to the right, while handing over key functions of her presidency to right-wing figures.

Police killing of 10-year-old sparks protests in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2015

The brutal police violence is unfolding as the government prepares to implement a punishing austerity package to meet the demands of global finance capital.

Brazil’s government vows “huge cuts” as economic crisis intensifies

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2015

Faced with a massive corruption scandal and rising pressure from the right, President Rousseff is embarking on another round of austerity measures.

Brazil’s right-wing protests: A warning to the working class

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2015

If right-wing forces can once again openly agitate for a military coup, it is thanks to the reactionary role of the PT and the various pseudo-left groups that have sought to promote illusions in this capitalist party.

Hundreds of thousands join right-wing protests for ouster of Brazil’s president

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2015

The protracted corruption and betrayals of the Workers Party have provided the Brazilian right with its greatest opening since the end of the military dictatorship.

Brazilian auto workers strike over job cuts

By Jerry White, 9 January 2015

Workers at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz factories in São Paulo’s industrial belt walked out to protest downsizing in the Brazilian auto industry.

Brazilian commission details murder and torture by US-backed dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2014

Even as she broke into tears at a ceremony accepting the report, President Rousseff reiterated her government’s support for an amnesty for military killers and torturers.

After Brazilian election, Dilma taps “Chicago Boy” as finance minister

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2014

The new cabinet named by the Brazilian president also includes the chief lobbyist for agribusiness as minister of agriculture.

Police in Brazil kill six people a day

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2014

The latest report on crime statistics shows Brazil’s militarized police force killing at five times the rate of their counterparts in the US.

Workers Party’s Rousseff re-elected in closest vote since end of Brazil’s dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2014

Behind Rousseff’s call for unity, the government is preparing to implement economic adjustment measures along the lines advocated by its right-wing opponents.

Brazil: São Paulo drought poses public health and economic catastrophe

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2014

Across the state of São Paulo, some 15 million people face a severe water emergency.

Brazil’s Workers Party faces its tightest election after 12 years in power

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2014

Whether the PT or the right-wing opposition party, the PSDB, wins Sunday’s vote, the Brazilian working class will face deepening attacks on its living standards.

Marina Silva backs candidate of Brazilian right against Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2014

With two weeks till the second-round vote, the candidate of the PSDB, Aecio Neves, has gained a clear lead in the polls against Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil’s Workers Party faces tightest election in over a decade

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2014

Less than three weeks before the first-round vote, a projected runoff between incumbent President Rousseff and challenger Marina Silva is too close to call.

Candidate’s death in plane crash reconfigures Brazil’s presidential race

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2014

Eduardo Campos, the former governor of Pernambuco, posed his candidacy as a “third way” between the ruling Workers Party and the Brazilian right.

Brazil suffers World Cup rout amid mounting social tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2014

Brazil’s unprecedented debacle in its semifinal match with Germany has brought to the forefront the deep-going social conflicts that have surrounded this year’s World Cup.

On opening day of the World Cup, protests continue in Brazil

By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2014

Protests and strikes continued in Sao Paulo, Río de Janeiro and other cities on the opening day of the World Cup.

Brazilian workers clash with police on eve of World Cup

By Rafael Azul, 10 June 2014

Thursday’s opening of the World Cup competition takes place in the midst of daily strikes and mass protests.

Brazilian government sends troops to Bahia state

By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2014

The Workers Party government has deployed 6,000 troops to the state after a police strike gave rise to looting.

Brazil marks 50 years since US-backed coup

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2014

April 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Brazilian military’s seizure of power in a US-backed coup that ushered in 21 years of brutal military dictatorship.

Over one million petition for Brazil to grant asylum to Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2014

The petition has gathered support from throughout Brazil and around the world, providing a powerful expression of popular support for Snowden and hostility to the global spying operations of the NSA.

Brazil’s Petrobrás sells off Peruvian stake to China

By César Uco, 15 January 2014

Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.

Edward Snowden’s open letter sparks asylum debate in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2013

In an “Open letter to the Brazilian people,” the former NSA contractor expressed his desire to help expose the agency’s crimes and cited Washington’s efforts to silence him.

Probe finds ex-president of Brazil was assassinated by US-backed regime

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2013

The investigation concluded that Juscelino Kubitschek’s 1976 death was the result of a plot by the US-backed military dictatorship.

Brazil’s pseudo-lefts maneuver toward electoral front

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2013

In the wake of last June’s massive popular demonstrations, a group of pseudo-left parties in Brazil are engaged in political maneuvers aimed at cobbling together a “left front” coalition for the 2014 elections.

Brazil’s Workers Party government mobilizes troops against striking oil workers

By Rafael Azul, 23 October 2013

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called out the army against protests over the sale of offshore oil concessions.

Canada spied on Brazil’s government as part of global commercial espionage campaign

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

The government is seeking to contain the fallout from the revelation, arising from documents leaked by whistleblower Ed Snowden.

Brazilian president cancels White House visit over NSA spying

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2013

President Dilma Rousseff canceled a state visit to the Obama White House in protest over a series of revelations concerning massive NSA spying on Brazil.

Spying on Brazilian oil company Petrobras exposed

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2013

Top secret documents released by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden have exposed the agency’s spying on Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras, the fourth largest oil company in the world.

One-day protest strike in Brazil

By Rafael Azul, 4 September 2013

Brazilian trade unions sponsored a day of protest on August 30 against new labor legislation.

US spied on presidents of Brazil, Mexico, documents from Snowden reveal

By Tom Eley, 3 September 2013

Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA specifically targeted for surveillance leaders of the two largest Latin American countries.

Letter from Rio: The Pope’s visit and Brazil’s mass upheavals

25 July 2013

After the mass protests that erupted last month, Brazil’s ruling establishment sees the papal visit as “providential relief.”

Brazil’s unions, “left” parties and the July 11 “general strike”

By Rafael Azul, 24 July 2013

The low turnout at protests held on July 11 reflected the inability of Workers Party and trade unions to marshal support.

Brazil target of massive NSA spying operation

By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2013

New revelations provided by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have exposed a US spying operation targeting millions of Brazilians.

Workers Party and pseudo-left work to dissipate protest movement in Brazil

By Dorian Griscom, 8 July 2013

The mass protests have thrown the Workers Party government and all those in its orbit into crisis.

The mass protests in Brazil and the crisis of revolutionary leadership

By Bill Van Auken, 22 June 2013

Over the past week, Brazil has witnessed its largest protests since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985. This eruption of mass struggles has exposed the crisis of revolutionary leadership in the working class.

Massive protests sweep Brazil after transit fare rollback

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2013

Despite a rollback in transit fares, hundreds of thousands took to the streets Thursday in cities across Brazil, demanding greater spending on health, education and social services.

Hundreds of thousands protest throughout Brazil

By Dorian Griscom, 19 June 2013

Monday’s mass protests broadened a wave of smaller protests that were initially launched in response to transit fare hikes.

Sao Paulo teachers’ strikes confront union betrayal

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2013

Teachers remain on strike in the municipal school system of the city of Sao Paulo after the strike by their counterparts in the Sao Paulo state system was betrayed by their union.

Brazil’s economy beset by inflation, lagging production

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2013

The inflation spike has been driven by a sharp rise in the price of food and other consumer items, with the impact felt acutely by Brazil’s working class and poor.

Fire in Brazil night club kills 245

By Rafael Azul, 28 January 2013

A lack of fire equipment and fire exits, the use of cheap building materials, and inadequate inspections combined to push up the number of casualties.

Brazil’s public workers end strike

By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2012

The majority of Brazil’s federal unions have called off a nearly four-month strike that pitted some 350,000 workers against the Workers Party government of President Dilma Rousseff.

Tensions deepen as Brazil federal strike grows

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2012

Tensions between the government of Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff and hundreds of thousands of striking federal workers deepened as federal police and other sectors of the public workforce joined the walkout.

Brazilian public sector strike challenges PT government’s economic policy

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2012

A prolonged strike by 350,000 university professors, electrical workers and other federal employees poses a direct challenge to the economic policies initiated by the Workers Party government in response to the global crisis.