Jump to navigation
Like Trump, no problem "walking with Israel" (stomping over the Palestinians) while at the same time supporting anti-semitic white supremacists. This was bad during the last Brazilian dictatorship, and got a hell of a lot worse in Argentina (both countries with significant Jewish populations).
Brazil's Fascist Threat And US-Backed War on Latin American Leftist Pink Tide
Moderate Rebels episode 29: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by Brazilian political analyst Aline Pivato to discuss the election of fascist Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil's new president, and the regional impact. We talk about his far-right extremism, support for military dictatorship, threats against leftists and Evangelical, pro-Israel politics.
'Another factor we did not fully understand is Israel's role in all this. There were rumors that the Israel Lobby in the US were lobbying for Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro was baptized in Israel two years ago. Throughout the campaign he said that the relationship with Israel would be an important part of it. And somehow this turned into 'a sign' for the Evangelicals here. On Sunday when people were celebrating Bolsonaro's win, you saw Israel's flag everywhere...'
We also address the US-sponsored war on the left-wing Pink Tide in Latin America, which has also been beaten back in several countries Aline, who is a professor in Venezuela, explains how Trump and Bolsonaro will ramp up aggression against Caracas..."
..from post #51
The lesson of Brazil
At this point, everyone is in shock. The natural reflex is to point to the dreadful manipulation of the right, through the use of the media, elite corruption and repression. That’s completely true. The election campaign that just ended illustrates the tremendous slippage of the current liberal democracies, and not only in Brazil (think of the United States). There is a strong tendency to turn politics into a huge show where anything can be said. One might have thought, however, that the left, the PT and the popular movements should have seen it coming.
The victory of a fascist comes two years after President Dilma Roussef was overthrown in a “constitutional” coup, the logical and natural consequence of which was Lula’s imprisonment. Even before that, in 2013, the right had taken the initiative by organizing real mass movements in the street to confront the inanities of the PT government, unable to tame the repression and reorient the country to the needs of the people instead of mounting megalomaniac projects (the Olympics, among others). With various media, police and judicial operations, the PT apparatus found itself in hot water. These episodes, events, scandals and other phenomena have of course been reflected in and mobilized by a highly-organized Right in Brazil, deeply embedded in the state apparatus, “armed” by a vast coterie of “service” intellectuals and firmly seated in a racist and reactionary culture that is the legacy of 500 years of social apartheid and slavery.
Dark spots of the left
That being said, it is necessary to look elsewhere. A product of the great workers and democratic struggles of the 1980s, the PT emerged from oblivion with a project of emancipation that boasted some new features. The need to “democratize the democracy” and redistribute wealth to the popular sectors resulted in a broadly attractive and arguably hegemonic project. This kind of “not so quiet revolution” seemed an ideal way to change this country without too many clashes and grinding of teeth. Once elected in 2002 after a decade of slow and partial victories, the PT enjoyed a state of grace, spurred by an economic boom propelled by rising resource prices. This giant country of agrobusiness and mining and petroleum industries amassed a lot of money, and this allowed Lula and his government to redistribute part of the wealth without harming the interests of the better-off sectors. They were never supporters of the PT but they could tolerate it with the thought that the new governance had the effect of pacifying popular demands and moderating more radical sectors. For example, PT governments continued to refuse the major demand of the MST to implement an extensive agrarian reform, thereby reinforcing the power of agrobusiness, the most dynamic sector of Brazilian capitalism. The same thing can be said for the political system.
Shortly after Lula’s election, some dissident sectors had dared to take their distance by insisting that no real change could occur in Brazil without a ruthless fight against a thoroughly rotten political system. Elected officials at all levels, civil servants, members of the judiciary and the repressive apparatus were gangrened by perverted manipulative practices and a corresponding ideology in which the supreme principle is personal profit, anchored in a deep hatred of the people. Lula and the PT leadership simply chose to live with this system.
Students in São Paulo debating resistance to Bolsonaro after the election. (Pic: Margarida Salomão on Twitter)
'Where there is Indigenous land, there is wealth underneath it.'
"Bolsonaro is literally calling for Indigenous genocide and people still refuse to connect the dots between settler colonialism and fascism."
No surprise either to find CBC shilling for the 'business opportunities' it offers Canadian capital.
Heard of these people’s before and if no one objects I’ll post the link here
Brazil's 'Slow Motion Coup' - General Admits Intimidating Court Into Imprisoning Lula da Silva
"Last weekend, a high-ranking general of Brazil's military, General Villas Boas, admitted in an interview to the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo that he threatened Brazil's Supreme Court so that it would rule in favor of Lula's imprisonment..."
TRNN: Bolton Meets Far-Right President-Elect Bolsonaro to Nail Down Cooperation With Brazil (and vid)
"National Security advisor John Bolton visited Brazil on Thursday to find areas of agreement with Brazil's recently elected far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro. Key targets include Venezuela and Cuba...."
Lessons From Bolsonaro's Victory - Glenn Greenwald
"Brazil - a long-time center-left country - just elected an extremist authoritarian. Why? Can't blame Putin. Migration is a non-issue. It's because the ruling class failed, lost all credibility & people opted for anyone who was its enemy. Learn this lesson."
TRNN: Neoliberalism is Fueling the Flames of Fascism (and vid)
"After performing in Brazil, Roger Waters discusses the rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the murder of Marielle Franco."
Israeli Troops Are Arriving in Brazil...(and vid)
"...And an attempt for the country to interfere in Venezuelan politics."
Huge find NDPP!
Big speculation now, where to start?
Ok, Venezuela. Whoever Iran helps, Israel is right there. So good chance that Iran and probably Russia are helping the Venezuela military to a much greater extent than we can confirm.
Also it’s a well known fact that the Israeli military is an obedient servant of US imperialism. They could be there to help defend Bolsonaro? But for US imperialism to resort to this, there must be a strong threat that the Bolsonaro regime is under. Probably something that we would never know thanks to the imperialist corporate media.
Either way, clear military build up in South America. The odds of war are increasing
It's also true that there's been a disaster in Brazil involving the collapse of a large mining tailings pond and Israel regularly contributes troops to assist in such things. It's good PR and Brazil is a friend of Israel. Canada does the same. That's their story. Others have their own.
“This Is Just the Beginning”: Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro’s Brazil
GLENN GREENWALD: So, this is what everybody was afraid of when Bolsonaro won. He got elected based on his promise to unleash the police and to authorize indiscriminate violence in the favelas, where the poorest people in Brazil live, largely black; to give the police immunity for when they engage in indiscriminate slaughter. He’s talked about this as a war. He is using the Duterte model in the Philippines of just going in and indiscriminately killing poor people, killing drug dealers but also innocent people. And the governor of Rio de Janeiro is, on some level, even more extreme.
And this is probably the first overt manifestation of that policy, where 13 people were killed. Folha, the largest newspaper in Brazil, reported that at least several, if not most, of the people killed were executed after they surrendered, which means it was just summary execution. The police laughed and told the frightened residents that the next time it will be 20 people who are dead. So, this is just the beginning of what is certain to be a very frightening climate.
As far as Congressman Jean Wyllys fleeing the country, that obviously is very frightening, as well, given that the other prong of Bolsonaro’s appeal was his constant, vicious homophobia, depicting gay people as pedophiles, as a threat to children. And Jean was a really courageous figure. He was, for a long time, the only openly gay member of the Brazilian Congress. He was literally physically bullied. They would bash into him in the hallway when they passed him. They would call him “faggot.” He suffered a lot over the last decade. I know him personally very well. And he just reached a point where he was getting very specific death threats, saying, “Here’s your address. Here’s your license plate. We’re going to chop your mother up and send her—send you her head.” Horrific things. And he decided he just no longer could withstand that level of fear. My husband, as you said, ran for Congress, came in right behind him, and therefore legally took over that position when Jean Wyllys renounced it. And my husband is now one of two openly gay members of the lower house of the Brazilian Congress and is already facing similar kinds of attacks and similar kinds of threats.
That’s the climate that has been created here in Brazil, quite deliberately, by President Bolsonaro. But, you know, we’ll see how things unfold. There’s a lot of opposition in the media, I’m happy to report. There’s a vibrant left-wing movement coalescing against this, and I have a lot of optimism about the ability to fight against this.