A Coup and the Aftermath
On August 31, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers Party) was impeached by the Senate- 61 votes in favor and 20 against. With that vote the Congress swept away the democratic votes of millions.
Tatiana CozzarelliSeptember 12, 2016
A Right Wing Coup, the Failure of the PT and the Coming Storm
The Senate voted in favor of impeaching President Dilma, forcing her to step down for 180 days for further investigation. Today (May 12), Vice President Temer took up the Presidency, consolidating a right wing coup against the President. How did we get here? Did the PT dig their own grave? And most importantly, how can the left fight against the right wing and the austerity measures that are sure to come?
Tatiana CozzarelliMay 12, 2016
Obama’s Visit to Latin America and the Political Conjuncture
After Havana, Obama came to Argentina. The world’s chief representative of vulture imperialism used his trip to reinforce the steps being taken to advance the United States’ “return” to Latin America. Of course, it never left – but today, the U.S. is finding opportunities presented by South America’s landscape of economic crises and reactionary winds to recuperate greater authority in the region.
Eduardo MolinaMarch 31, 2016
The Political Interests Behind Brazilian President’s Impeachment
In early December, an impeachment process was opened against President Dilma Rouseff, the current President of Brazil and member of the Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores-PT). Here are some basic facts that everyone should know about the impeachment process, the PT, and recent events in Brazil.
Tatiana CozzarelliDecember 30, 2015
South America’s Conservative Turn
The year comes to a close with serious political advances made by the Right. We are facing a major change in South America—an “end stage.” The hegemony of relatively progressive regimes is disintegrating in the context of economic stagnation and efforts by the United States to recuperate its position in the region.
Eduardo MolinaDecember 24, 2015
A Perfect Storm at Petrobras – Interview with an Oil Worker
We interviewed Leandro – a worker at Petrobras in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro – early this week to ask him about the strike and its broader significance.
Ian SteinmanNovember 21, 2015
Against corruption and privatization: Brazilian oil for Brazilian workers
With the recent corruption scandal in Petrobras, foreign investors seek to profit off of Brazilian oil. While former president Cardoso was much more aggressive and vocal about privatizing Petrobras, both Workers’ Party presidents Lula and Dilma have furthered the privatization. Workers must fight against all forces behind the privatization of Petrobras and build a movement for a 100% state-owned Petrobras, managed by workers. This is the only way Brazilian oil will help build badly-needed infrastructure and serve the people.
Tatiana CozzarelliJuly 16, 2015