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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2016
The mass demonstrations came as new figures showed the country’s economy sliding deeper into depression.
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.”
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.
By Rafael Azul, 5 March 2016
The detention and questioning of Lula heightens the crisis of Brazil’s ruling Workers Party.
By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016
As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 10 December 2015
The students struggle has become a regional flashpoint in Brazil, attracting broad popular support.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2015
The general’s comment follows nationwide demonstrations by the Brazilian right calling for a military coup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2014
Across the state of São Paulo, some 15 million people face a severe water emergency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By César Uco, 15 January 2014
Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.
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.
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.
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.
By Rafael Azul, 23 October 2013
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called out the army against protests over the sale of offshore oil concessions.
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.
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.
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.
By Rafael Azul, 4 September 2013
Brazilian trade unions sponsored a day of protest on August 30 against new labor legislation.
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.
25 July 2013
After the mass protests that erupted last month, Brazil’s ruling establishment sees the papal visit as “providential relief.”
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.
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.