Britain and Brazil’s Dictatorship

John McEvoy and Daniel Hunt Exclusive. Recently declassified documents reveal Britain’s enthusiastic support for Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship. Racist and colonial in tone, the files expose a secret propaganda unit infiltrating opposition media, and further evidence of covert training in torture. The ‘assiduous cultivation’ of Samuel Wainer In a 1969 file entitled ‘Information Research Department: operations in Brazil’,…

The New Pirates of Ancient Albion

Aram Aharonian The English High Court ruled earlier this month that the virtual and self-proclaimed “interim president” (Washington’s puppet) Juan Guaido and not the Venezuelan state should administer the 31 tonnes of gold reserves stored in the UK (1). This debacle proves that national and international law are no longer worth a dime, and represents…

The Role of the WTO in the U.S. Economic War on Venezuela

Misión Verdad The World Trade Organization (WTO) was founded 25 years ago to impose regulatory guidelines governing trade between all countries. It is an institution that was conceived within the framework of the Bretton Woods Agreements in 1944, but was not formed until early 1995. According to the organization’s rules, member countries must offer each…

Venezuela Denounces ‘Absurd Decision’ of UK to Retain its Gold Reserves

Peoples Dispatch “Venezuela must be respected! We don’t accept sanctions!” Photo: Venezuela Analysis British Judge Nigel Teare ruled on Thursday July 2 against the constitutional government of Venezuela led by President Nicolás Maduro and denied access to Venezuela’s Central Bank to their gold reserves held in the Bank of England. The reasoning of the court…

Legal Battle Begins Over Venezuelan Gold Seized by England

Misión Verdad Two masked pedestrians pass in front of the Bank of England building during the Covid-19 outbreak in London. Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters The Supreme Court of Justice of England will decide the fate of the Venezuelan state’s gold reserves held by the Bank of England (BOE), resources valued at nearly $2 billion…

Blood On Their Hands: The Human Cost of Foreign Support for Bolsonaro

Brasil Wire At the time of publication, June 23, 2020, Brazil has just passed the grim marker of 50 thousand confirmed Covid-19 deaths. Estimates generated from the Notary Public system’s obituary reports suggest that real mortality figures are closer to 85,000, and a nationwide study in which a representative sample of 25,000 people in 90…

Haiti: The International Front Positions Itself

Lautaro Rivara, Sociologist and member of the Dessalines Brigade of Solidarity with Haiti The so-called “international community”, so far silent on the serious Haitian crisis, has just made its move. On September 30, a meeting took place between allies of the ruling party, sectors of the political opposition specifically called for their extreme moderation (if…

The Hong Kong Protests and Imperialism: What the Corporate Media Isn’t Saying

Sheila Xiao The Hong Kong protests have attracted considerable attention, and also considerable confusion. The goal of this article is to provide context for what is going on in Hong Kong today now that the anti-extradition protests have entered their sixth month. Without providing a basic historical understanding of Hong Kong, the social conditions that…

Hong Kong: The Treaty of Nanjing Returns

Manlio Dinucci Hundreds of young Chinese, in front of the British Consulate in Hong Kong, sing the God Save the Queen and shout “Great Britain Saves Hong Kong”, a rally call in London by 130 parliamentarians who ask that British citizenship be given to residents of the former colony. In this way, Britain is emerging…

Hong Kong is Scared – of the Rioters

Andre Vltchek It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. Now, after Hong Kong ‘returned to China’, it was converted into the Tai Kwun Center –…