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“Bolsonaro Prefers to Invest in Mass Graves for Black People Rather than in Healthcare”: An Interview with a Brazilian Socialist

Brazilian socialist Leticia Parks, of the Movement of Revolutionary Workers speaks about the state of the pandemic in Brazil, a growing hotspot for the virus. She also speaks about the ultra-right wing Bolsonaro government and violence against Black Brazilians.

Luigi Morris

May 26, 2020

The Virus and the Crises of the Brazilian Regime

Of all the world’s countries, perhaps Brazil most explosively combines the coronavirus pandemic with a political crisis. The leadership of the Armed Forces is increasing its clout within the government and as a major element of the regime. Rather than removing President Jair Bolsonaro, the military holds on to its moderating power by limiting his role in the midst of the crisis, bringing him into line with the governors, the Congress, and the Supreme Court in a kind of institutional-military Bonapartism.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

April 8, 2020

While Brazilians Die, Bolsonaro Continues to Deny the Pandemic

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has gone beyond even Trump in his denialism toward the coronavirus. With Brazil now leading South America in Covid-19 cases, how can the right-wing leader continue to ignore the facts?

Robert Belano

April 7, 2020

Out with Bolsonaro, the Military, and the Coup Plotters! 

President Bolsonaro of Brazil, one of Trump’s strongest allies in Latin America, is on the chopping block. He bungled the response to the coronavirus crisis so thoroughly that even much of his base has turned against him. Now, a wide spectrum of Brazilian society, from the capitalists to mass media to the far left, want him to step down. But, Vice President Hamilton Mourão is no better.

Brazil: Over 20,000 Oil Workers Strike Against Bolsonaro’s Layoffs

Workers in Brazil’s oil and gas industries are on strike nationwide to protest layoffs, closures, and privatization at the hands of President Jair Bolsonaro. They are organizing assemblies, selling propane at reduced costs to poor neighborhoods, and standing up to the government’s neoliberal austerity agenda.

Leandro Lanfredi

February 12, 2020

“Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die”: An Interview With the Documentary Filmmaker

Below, Elena Chavez interviews Leonard Cortana, a young, French-born filmmaker based in New York City with family roots in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Most of his work focuses on Brazil and the Caribbean diaspora, especially on Afro-descendant female characters. His film Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die focuses on Marielle Franco, a queer Black woman, feminist and member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) who was elected to Rio de Janeiro’s city council in 2016. Soon after her election, Brazil underwent an institutional coup that ousted then President Dilma Rousseff. In March 2018, Franco was shot to death by an unknown assailant. A month later Brazil’s U.S.-trained judiciary imprisoned former President Lula da Silva. Increasing ties have emerged between Marielle’s likely killers and current President Jair Bolsonaro.

Leonard Cortana

January 7, 2020

New Ties Emerge Between President Jair Bolsonaro and Marielle Franco’s Assassination

A doorman at President Bolsonaro’s gated community revealed that one of the suspected killers of Rio de Janeiro city council member Marielle Franco identified himself as a visitor of Bolsonaro’s residence before meeting with the other suspected killer on the day of Franco’s murder.

Maryam Alaniz

October 31, 2019

10 Things You Need to Know about the Fires in the Amazon

Who is behind the fires being set in the Amazon? What is happening to the people displaced because of deforestation? What consequences will this have for the environment? Here are the ten things you need to know about the fires currently consuming the Amazon basin.

Ana Rivera

September 14, 2019

‘For Them, the Amazon Is for Capital Accumulation’

Left Voice interviewed Brazilian Marxist and environmentalist, Gilson Dantas on the recent fires in the Amazon and a socialist response.

Left Voice

September 9, 2019