Water Shortages and Solidarity: How Brazil’s Favelas are Dealing with COVID-19

Lu Sudré and Eduardo Miranda Though they are the areas most affected, the poorest communities still aren’t able to get informed, debate and participate effectively in the fight against the pandemic – Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP In a self organizing manner, people living in the ghettos of Brazil’s largest cities are coming up with strategies to…

Marielle, Jair and Militias: A Web of Facts Exposing the President’s Underworld

Igor Carvalho Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes were shot dead on march 14th 2018 – Mario Vasconcellos/Câmara Municipal do Rio de Janeiro/AFP Two years after the councilwoman’s death, the investigation lays bare Bolsonaro’s relationship to criminals This Saturday (14), the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver,…

Women of MST Occupy Ministry of Agriculture in Brasilia

Marina Duarte de Souza e Sheila Oliveira Women of MST occupy Ministry of Agriculture in Brasilia – Marina Duarte On the morning of Monday March 9, the women of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) occupied the Ministry of Agriculture in the capital Brasilia. 3,500 workers from 24 states in Brazil are participating in the…

Bolsonaro Denounced at the UN for Depredation of the Amazon

Dario PignottiDavi Kopenawa, leader of the Yanomani ethnic group, travelled to Geneva to warn about the critical situation in the Amazon. Photo: AFP. A delegation composed of Yanomani leader Davi Kopenawa and Brazilian NGOs travelled to Geneva, Switzerland, to warn of the dramatic situation in the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical forest, in the face…

João Pedro Stedile: “Mobilization Needs to Grow”

José Eduardo Bernardes “The problems the working class faces are only getting worse”, says Stedile – José Eduardo Bernardes The political, social and institutional crisis affecting Brazil, has been aggravated even more by the hands of Jair Bolsonaro. This view is shared by unions, political parties and social movements that comprise the Brazil Popular Front….

Disguising Dictatorship in Brazil

Ramona Wadi Brazil’s collusion between democratically-elected right-wing governments and the military is reminiscent of the region’s collective memory of dictatorships. However, the combination of government and military power will take the normalisation of human rights violations to an unprecedented level. The latest appointment in Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet is Army General Walter Braga Netto,…

Brazil: Neoliberalism and its Dependency on the Military

Emir Sader In the classic liberal state, the Armed Forces had the function of guaranteeing national sovereignty, protecting its borders and leading possible wars against other countries. Political representation was reserved for parties. But, over time, the Armed Forces have become a reserve political agent for the dominant classes. The case of the coup d’état…

MST: We Are Ready to Contribute to the Legitimate Uprising of the Masses

Brasil de Fato National board of the Landless Workers’ Movement released the letter after a meeting held in the city of Sarzedo, Minas Gerais – Dowglas Silva “We reaffirm our commitment with the land, with life, and guaranteeing healthy food for all people,” reads an excerpt of the text shared on Saturday (25) by the…

The Realm of Faith and Politics: A Project of Power of Evangelical Leaders in Brazil

Caroline Oliveira Evangelical leaders don’t represent the majority of evangelical Christians, who are mostly black, female, and poor, experts say / Alan Santos/President’s office It’s almost 7:30 p.m. at a God is Love Pentecostal Church in downtown São Paulo. A torrential rain made it difficult for many believers to arrive on time. Before the service starts and…