Posts Tagged ‘Dilma Rousseff’

Brazil: Impeachment, coup d’état and the dictatorship of the market

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

impeachment ja[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of São Paulo for March 6, 2015. See original here and related articles here, here and here.]

By Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães

Impeachment is the effort to annul, by legislative means, by the votes of 513 congress members and 81 senators, the results of the November, 2014, election, which reflected the will of the majority of the Brazilian people when they elected President Dilma Rousseff by 53 million votes.

Since 2003, the television networks, especially TV Globo, the major newspapers, like O Estado de São Paulo, A Folha de São Paulo and O Globo, and the principal magazines, whether A Veja, Isto É or Época, have dedicated themselves to a systematic campaign to demoralize the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT ─ Workers’ Party) and the progressive parties and to attempt to prove the inefficiency, the disarray and the corruption of the PT administrations, including their social programs, which have brought 40 million Brazilians out of destitution and poverty.

Now the communications media, their candidate having lost the election, are attempting, with the providential aid of members of the judicial branch, the Public Ministry and the Federal Police, to create a political climate and public opinion that would bring down or immobilize the president and thus annul the will of the majority of the Brazilian people.


How the oligarchy of the world attacks Brazilian democracy

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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((El Clarín photo))

[Translation of an article from El Clarín of Santiago, Chile, for December 10, 2014. See original here.]

by Felipe Cabello

The availability of the internet facilitates access to information from diverse countries of the world and through it we can follow the paths of the news and identify its origin, its distortions and emphases, and often its deceptions or its incessant repetitions for clearly political and economic purposes. Identifying the origin of the news through the internet also allows us to recognize those centers and media that are the creators and originators, especially in international news, and others that are at most translators, repeaters and simple echo chambers.

What is deplorable and tragic about this is that in Chile, for example, a country with interests similar to those of other Latin American countries, the newspapers with the greatest circulation repeat, without the slightest hint of analysis, reasoning or criticism, news that attacks the relations between countries with common origins and with problems similar to those of the rest of continent. A recent clear demonstration of this was the major campaign against Brazil and the re-election of President Dilma Rousseff, concerning which there was no sparing of insults, lies and calumnies to sabotage her administration and to hinder her re-election. This negative propaganda campaign, which began about two years ago and was to continue without interruption until her re-election, began in Europe and the United States on the pages of media that answer to the interests of the one percent of the world’s population, like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times and The Guardian. (more…)

Brazil: Divisions left and right

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

[Translations of two articles, from Brasil de Fato for November 14, 2014, and Carta Maior for November 11, 2014. See originals here and here and related articles here, here and here.]

SakamotoDemonstration in São Paulo sends messages to the federal government and to the ultra-conservatives

By Leonardo Sakamoto

Called by the Homeless Workers’ Movement [MTST], a march in São Paulo on November 13 to demand popular reforms and to criticize ultra-conservative rhetoric began at the Museum of Art on Paulista Avenue, passed through the wealthy Jardins neighborhood and ended at the Praça Roosevelt.

With the participation of social organizations, labor unions and leftist political parties (both pro-administration and in the opposition), the action sent a message to Dilma: if there is a reduction in resources for social programs and if the demands of the financial market are prioritized to the detriment of programs that guarantee the dignity of workers, the social movements will close down the country. The action also attacked the demands for impeachment by groups unhappy with the results of the elections. (more…)

The consolidation of the Latin American Left

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of São Paulo, Brazil, for October 29, 2014. See original here and related articles here and here.]

by Emir Sader

There has been much talk recently of an eventual end to the cycle of progressive government in Latin America. Real difficulties in countries like Venezuela and Argentina, added to a slowing of the pace of expansion of the region’s economies, have fed these speculations.

This year’s electoral calendar could be a test of the vigor of these governments. The year began with the inauguration of Michele Bachelet in Chile, who defeated Sebastián Piñera. Soon afterward, the Frente Farabundo Martí elected the president of El Salvador. In October Evo Morales was re-elected in the first round of voting. Now Dilma is re-elected and Tabaré Vázquez’s performance in the first round has made him the favorite for continuation of Frente Amplio administrations in Uruguay. (more…)

Brazil: A platform to please the bankers

Monday, September 1st, 2014
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An ecologically correct Thatcherite in the court of candidate Marina Silva

[Translation of an article from Página12 of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for August 25, 2014. See original here and related articles here and here.]

By Dario Pignotti

Ever since the environmentalist leader announced she will run in the presidential election, the only person in her entourage to offer details on her platform has been María Alice Setúbal, of the dynasty that founded and still runs the most important private bank in Brazil.

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((María Alice Setúbal))

María Alice Setúbal has promised that if Marina is chosen in the October 5 election, the future administration, beginning on January 1, 2015, will do away with President Dilma Rousseff’s heterodoxies, detested in the financial community, where she is described as a “statist and interventionist.”

Marina Silva (of the Brazilian Socialist Party) is diametrically opposite Dilma (of the Workers’ Party), Setúbal explained, since the ecologist’s economic plan “focuses on clear points, stressing tax reform and fiscal responsibility,” to be achieved by cutting expenses and shrinking the state. Marina, in second place in the polls, with 21 percent of the intended vote, 15 points below Dilma, was named candidate last Wednesday shortly after the death of former Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in an airplane crash in São Paulo. (more…)

Brazil: What workers can expect from the three leading presidential candidates

Monday, August 25th, 2014

candidates [Translation of an article from Carta Maior of São Paulo for August 23, 2014. See original here.]

By Najla Passos

Brasilia – The Departamento Intersindical de Assessoria Parlamentar (DIAP – Inter-Union Department for Parliamentary Consultation) has no doubt that of the three leading candidates President Dilma Rousseff is the one who can best assure moving forward on the workers’ agenda. According to the organization’s director of research, Antônio Augusto Queiroz, their conclusion is based on a combination of data taken from the candidates’ platforms, a close examination of each candidate’s political profile, an analysis of the correlation of forces they will have to face in parliament and, mainly, an evaluation of the advisers who surround them.

“Campaign platforms conceal more than they reveal. They are all made for winning elections. So citizens should pay attention to platforms because they give clues, to the candidates’ speeches, which also help, but mainly to the people who surround the candidates, who will form their team if they are elected. No president does anything in isolation. What they do begins with what their team thinks, with what their team puts together,” he states. (more…)

Brazil: Hostility against Dilma has a color and a class

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The Brazil that cheers for the team at home and in public places reacts to the elite who paid high prices to curse President Dilma Rousseff

[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of São Paulo for June 15, 2014. See original here and related articles here,  here and here.]

By Najla Passos

Brasilia – President Dilma Rousseff reacted on Friday to the curses she heard from the privileged fans who could afford the admission prices set by FIFA for the opening match of the World Cup in Itaquerão, in São Paulo.

During the inauguration of the first stage of the southern line of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) in the Federal District, one more of the “World Cup projects,” which they kept telling us would never be ready, she recalled that not even the physical assaults she suffered during the dictatorship intimidated her to the point of diverting her from her path and that of her companions. (more…)

Brazil: Truth and impunity

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of São Paulo for March 27, 2014. See original here. On March 31, 1964, Brazilian military forces, with the full support of the United States under President Lyndon Johnson, overthrew center-left President João Goulart. The coup in Brazil came six months after the US-backed coup against Dominican President Juan Bosch during the Kennedy presidency. The military ruled Brazil until they were replaced by an elected government in 1985.]

coupFifty years after the coup that toppled the government of João Goulart, the truth about what happened is beginning gradually to surface

By Eric Nepomuceno

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the civilian-military coup that toppled the government of João “Jango” Goulart and initiated a 21-year dictatorship, there is a little of everything in Brazil. Some are nostalgic, some have forgotten those evil times and some are indifferent, believing that turning to the past is unnecessary. And the latter are the majority, the keepers of a very revealing silence about Brazilians’ chronic terror during a dreadful past.

And there are a few – very few – agents of state terrorism who, for some reason, have chosen to tell part of what they know. In this way, the truth is beginning gradually to be uncovered. This occurs with the support of a contorted and despicable amnesty law decreed by the military as the dictatorship was beginning to decline and ratified four years ago by the Supreme Court in a manner as surprising as it was cowardly. (more…)

Brazil: Meaning and perspectives of the demonstrations

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

robert lobato xAn interviw with João Pedro Stedile of the Landless Workers’ Movement

[Translation of an interview from Brasil de Fato of São Paulo for June 25, 2013. See original here.]

by Nilton Viana

It’s time for the government to join the people or it will pay the price in the future. That is one of the assessments of João Pedro Stedile of the national leadership of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST – Landless Workers’ Movement) concerning the recent demonstrations throughout the country. He believes there is an urban crisis in Brazilian cities brought on by the present stage of finance capitalism. “People are living in hell in the large cities, spending three, four hours a day traveling, when they could be with their families, studying or taking part in cultural activities,” he declares. The MST leader believes the reduction of fares mattered greatly to all the people and that this was a correct position on the part of the Movimento Passe Livre (Free Fare Movement), which was able to call demonstrations in the name of the people’s interests.

In this exclusive interview with Brasil de Fato, Stedile talks about the character of these mobilizations and makes an appeal: we should be conscious of the nature of the demonstrations and all take to the streets to contend for hearts and minds in order to politicize these youth, who have no experience with the class struggle. “The young are fed up with this kind of bourgeois, mercantile politics,” he holds. And he warns: the most serious part is that the parties of the institutional Left, all of them, have adopted these methods. They have grown old and bureaucratic. The popular forces and the parties of the Left need to direct all their energy toward taking to the streets, since what is happening in every city, in every demonstration, is an ideological dispute in the struggle over class interests. “We need to explain to the people who their principal enemies are.”


Relations between Brazil and Venezuela after Chávez

Monday, May 6th, 2013

[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of Brazil for May 3, 2013.  See original here.]

By Marcel Gomes

Rio de Janeiro – The strengthening of relations between Brazil and Venezuela during the administrations of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Hugo Chávez will allow Brasilia and Caracas to maintain close political and economic ties, even after the death of the Venezuelan.

Those who hold this view are supported by the high degree of institutionalization of the bilateral relations. The new president, Nicolás Maduro, has at his disposal UNASUR (Unión de Naciones Suramericanas – Union of South American Nations) and MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur – Southern Common Market), energy projects, local branches of IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada – Institute of Applied Economic Research), EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária – Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and Caixa (Caixa Econômica Federal – Brazilian publicly owned bank), as well as a commercial exchange that has jumped from 800 million US dollars to six billion reais [about three billion dollars] in a decade – 80 percent of it, keep in mind, to Brazil’s benefit. (more…)

Brazil: Ten years with the Workers’ Party in office

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

[Translation of an article from Página/12 of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for January 7, 2013. See original here.]

By Eric Nepomuceno

Last Tuesday, the first day of 2013, besides marking the first two anniversaries of the Dilma Rousseff administration, marked as well ten years in power for the Workers’ Party (PT — Partido dos Trabalhadores). The first party declaring itself leftist to elect a president of Brazil, the PT elected, then re-elected, the first unionist, Lula da Silva, and the first woman, Dilma Rousseff, in the most populous country in Latin America and the country with the strongest economy.

It is certainly a very different party from what it was ten years ago. And much more different from twenty-some years ago, when radical discourse kept a wilfull Lula from attaining the right to occupy the presidency. It has been its more moderate phase and, principally, the strategy put in place by the then president of the party, José Dirceu, that allowed the PT to win the 2002 elections and to begin a stage that may in the end add up to a total of 16 years in power. According to the most recent polls, the party is the clear favorite for the 2014 elections, whether Dilma runs for re-election or Lula chooses to return. (more…)

Brazil: Feminists support new minister and expect debate on abortion

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Rousseff selects Eleonora Menicucci to head women’s ministry

[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of São Paulo for Feburary 8, 2012. See original here and related articles here and here. Newly appointed head of the Women’s Policy Secretariat, sociologist Eleonora Menicucci, is a former guerrilla fighter who spent time in prison together with President Dilma Rousseff during the military dictatorship. An outspoken feminist, she says she is bisexual and has had two abortions. Brazilian law makes abortion illegal unless the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy results from rape. A woman who terminates her pregnancy illegally can be imprisoned for one to three years.]  

By Najla Passos

Brasilia – The feminist movement has celebrated the choice of activist Eleonora Menicucci de Oliveira to head the Secretaria de Políticas para as Mulheres (SPM –Women’s Policy Secretariat). Aware of the limits inherent in leadership by any individual, activists for the cause believe that the new minister, who will assume office on Friday, January 10, will succeed in advancing the controversial debate on the legalization of abortion in Brazil. And they point out many other challenges Eleonora will face as head of the ministry. (more…)