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Will Lula Make a Comeback? Global Imperialists and Resource Extractors Shudder at the Prospect

    Will Lula Make a Comeback? Global Imperialists and Resource Extractors Shudder at the Prospect

BRASILIA, BRAZIL — Will the world’s sixth most populous country move away from fascism and towards a social democracy putting economic justice and anti-imperialism first once more? That is the question on Brazilian minds right now, as earlier this month the Supreme Court dismissed all charges against former President Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva. A…

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Times Editorial Lets Slip Joe Biden’s Latin America Policy: More Obama-Style Coups

    Times Editorial Lets Slip Joe Biden’s Latin America Policy: More Obama-Style Coups

With less than a week to go, polling shows Democratic candidate Joe Biden to hold a 7.1 point average lead on incumbent president Donald Trump. Thus, thoughts of what his foreign policy would look like have come to the fore. Yesterday, The New York Times published a long piece discussing the 77-year-old’s plans for Latin America.…

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Snowflakes Hither, Yonder and In the Tropics: Ungentrifying Journalism from Brazil to Ecuador

    Snowflakes Hither, Yonder and In the Tropics: Ungentrifying Journalism from Brazil to Ecuador

In October 2019, Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno announced a new round of austerity measures. As the cost of gasoline, diesel, transport and food skyrocketed in the wake of his announcement, the national strike quickly transformed into mass protests. I was in the heart of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, as riot police, tanks, untold amounts of tear…

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Flights Logs Suggest Bolivia Coup May Have Been Planned in Brazil

    Flights Logs Suggest Bolivia Coup May Have Been Planned in Brazil

Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup in November. But new details have emerged that suggest Brazil had a larger hand in his ouster than previously confirmed. Argentinian outlet Pagina 12 reports that flight logs of the presidential jet show that on November 11, the day of the coup, the vehicle was not in La Paz,…

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“At the Mercy of a Deranged Lunatic” – How Jair Bolsonaro Is Endangering Brazil During COVID–19

  “At the Mercy of a Deranged Lunatic” – How Jair Bolsonaro Is Endangering Brazil During COVID–19

In what may be its darkest hour, Brazil is at the mercy of a deranged lunatic. This is no exaggeration, wrote independent outlet Brasil Wire yesterday. The country’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID–19 on March 13, his son Eduardo confirming it to Fox News. The news came as no great surprise as…

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Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon

  Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon

As deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reaches the highest level in a decade, the rainforest’s indigenous peoples and their supporters have called for action against the political and business interests they blame for a spike in illegal logging and other resource extraction. A report released by Amazon Watch as part of its ongoing “Complicity in…

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Watch | Brazil, Colombia, Now Venezuela: US Pursues Right-Wing Hegemony in South America

  Watch | Brazil, Colombia, Now Venezuela: US Pursues Right-Wing Hegemony in South America

 (Transcript) —This video was produced as part of a MintPress News and Grayzone collaboration —  World domination: it’s a funny concept. We can imagine old dudes with messy hair and thick glasses taking over the world or the caricature of a humanoid villain that wears a skull and crossbones, but what about applying it to the real world?…

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Bolsonaro at Langley: New US Lapdog Pays Homage to the Empire

  Bolsonaro at Langley: New US Lapdog Pays Homage to the Empire

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA — Brazil’s new fascist president, Jair Bolsonaro, touched down in Washington to pay homage at the CIA headquarters and to visit President Donald Trump, with whom he met on Tuesday. All reports are that the meeting between the two heads of state went very well — not surprisingly, given how similar their…

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Political Powerhouse Celso Amorim on the Iran Deal, Venezuela and a MutliPolar World

  Political Powerhouse Celso Amorim on the Iran Deal, Venezuela and a MutliPolar World

Brazil is once again in the eye of a political hurricane, after President Jair Bolsonaro’s appearance at Davos and explosive revelations directly linking his clan to a criminal organization in Rio de Janeiro. With his administration barely a month old, Bolsonaro is already being seen as expendable to the elites that propelled him to power…

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Pompeo Tours Latin America with an Eye on Venezuela Regime Change

  Pompeo Tours Latin America with an Eye on Venezuela Regime Change

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with allies in a tour of Latin America this week, in which he talked about stepping up US-led efforts against Venezuela. The Trump administration has been increasingly hostile towards the Caribbean nation, escalating sanctions and even threatening a military “option.” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is due to start his second…

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