The Strange Case of The Guardian and Brazil

Brasil Wire “If The Guardian was what it purports to be, Brasil Wire wouldn’t need to exist”. The British Newspaper’s coverage serves as a case study of how perception of what happened in Brasil became so distorted internationally. The Guardian is of course the closest thing that the UK has to a mainstream progressive newspaper, and it had, until relatively…

The Coup Within the Coup: 50 Years After the Darkest Days of Brazil’s Dictatorship

Andre Pagliarini Dec 13 marks the 50th anniversary of the deadliest act issued under Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985). With fewer than three weeks until Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration, it is more urgent than ever that Brazilian society reckons with its authoritarian past. Brazilians protest outside of the National Congress in 1983, demanding the re-establishment of direct…

Brazil: Samarco Dam Disaster Surpasses 1,100 Days; Miners Remain Unassisted

Juca Guimarães A local bar destroyed by the toxic mud that flooded down the Doce River after a Samarco dam collapsed in Minas Gerais / Lorena Zschaber The worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history surpassed its 1,100-day mark since the a Samarco dam collapsed in the southeastern city of Mariana, in Minas Gerais state, releasing…

“All the Chocolate Sold in Brazil Today is Tainted by Child Labor”

Luciana Console Around 8,000 Brazilian children work in the cocoa production chain, mainly extracting beans for chocolate manufacturing / MPT Handout In 2011, the documentary film The Dark Side of Chocolate by Danish journalist Miki Mistrati exposed how thousands of children from Eastern African countries were forced to work in the cocoa industry for chocolate multinationals. Seven years…

Brazil: Court Suspends Eviction Warrant that Could Displace 450 MST Families

Brasil de Fato Produce grown by Quilombo Campo Grande residents in Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil / MST A court suspended on Friday, Nov. 30, the execution of an eviction warrant of the old Ariadnópolis Mill, in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil, where approximately 450 families – more than 2,000 people – have been living and working…

Cuban Doctors Concerned About Patients in Brazil Who Will Have No Healthcare

Mauro Ramos More than 400 of the 1,400 Cuban doctors who worked in São Paulo started to return home on Saturday / Karina Zambrana Thousands of Cuban doctors to leave Brazil after “threatening” remarks by Bolsonaro From across the country, 8,471 health professionals are expected to depart after Cuban government severed agreement “There’s something about…

Brazil: Human Rights Activist Marielle Franco’s Assassins Identified

Brasil de Fato Marielle Franco was the fifth most voted-for member of council in the city’s 2016 election, supported by 46,000 voters / Naldinho Lourenço Head of Public Security department says case should be solved by the end of federal intervention in the state Seven months after the murder of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and…

Brazil Solidarity Initiative: A Chronology of Chaos and Destruction

Brasil Wire To mark the launch of the new Brazil Solidarity Initiative, Brasil Wire founding editor Daniel Hunt joined various speakers from the Labour Party and Union movement, including Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and Chris Williamson MP at the House of Commons. There was an unusually large surge of support for the event, chaired…

Brazil: Atlas of Violence Exposes Genocide of Black and Poor Youth

Clívia Mesquita Black youth in Brazil are 2.7 times more likely to be victims of homicide than white youth, a report shows. The Youth Vulnerability to Violence index exposes the demographic profile and the huge racial inequality in the country in terms of lethal violence and public security policies. In Rio de Janeiro, the Atlas…