Brazil: Shots Fired on Homeless Workers Encampment

Organizers of the occupation, now comprised of 7,000 people, indicate that shots came from a condominium complex located beside the mega-encampment. Brazil’s MTST encampment of homeless people in an open plot of land that hasn’t been used for 30 years. | Photo: MTST Shots were fired at the Fearless People of Sao Bernardo Occupation, initiated…

Transforming Society as Capitalism Crumbles: Lessons from Brazil’s Peasant Movement

Rafael Soriano and Débora Nunes Débora Nunes, member of the National Directory of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, addresses a crowd. (Gustavo Marinho/Landless Workers Movement) Brazil is facing a profound political and economic crisis since a coup d’etat overturned Dilma Roussef’s government in March of 2016. The new government is unrolling austerity policies that are eroding…

Nazis in Brazil

Dario Pignotti Via Tortilla Con Sal Adriano Diogo and Sebastião Neto, former prisoners and researchers, talk about the past role of the German automotive company in Brazil. Franz Stangl worked at the plant in São Bernardo do Campo, whose facilities were used as dungeons where interrogated trade unionists who would then be imprisoned. This is…

Cleaning up Brazil: Congress Faces Mission Impossible

By shelving charges against Michel Temer, deputies are “formalizing corruption,” warned Brazilian Labor Party legislator Silvio Costa. Moisés Péres Mok | internet@granma.cu BRASILIA.- The need to “clean up Brazil” was one of the main points raised in a Lower House session which saw corruption charges against President Michel Temer dismissed. This mission which, given the…

MST Land Occupations Spread Throughout Brazil

In stark contrast to the snail pace of Brazil’s judiciary branch concerning agrarian reform issues, Rio de Janeiro’s Justice Department has moved with speed after Rural Landless Workers Movement families occupied Santa Rosa farm, owned by former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation Ricardo Teixeira. Early Tuesday morning, some 300 families participating in the MST’s…