By Pablo Gomes, 4 April 2016
The Brazilian government’s solution to the lack of health care in the small towns and rural areas was to “import” doctors from overseas, mainly Cubans.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2016
Taking the charges against Lula, the ex-president and Workers Party founder, out of the hands of the lower court judge appears to be a political decision.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2016
The attempt to oust Rousseff and the PT over corruption is driven by the demand of Brazilian and foreign capital for an acceleration of ongoing attacks on workers’ living standards.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2016
The drive for impeachment has gained significant momentum, with both Brazilian and foreign capital demanding a radical change in government policy.
By Souza Gonzaga, 29 March 2016
Ostensibly “left” economists have joined with right-wing nationalists in advocating a nationalist policy based on wage cutting and authoritarian state control.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2016
The release of illegal wiretap recordings of a conversation between Brazil’s current and former Workers Party presidents has brought the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2016
The mass demonstrations came as new figures showed the country’s economy sliding deeper into depression.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2016
Leading sections of Brazilian big business are seeking to oust the government in order to resolve the political crisis and push through a drastic fiscal “reform.”
By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2016
The detention and questioning of the founder of the Workers Party and former president has dramatically intensified the crisis of Brazil’s ruling party.
By Rafael Azul, 5 March 2016
The detention and questioning of Lula heightens the crisis of Brazil’s ruling Workers Party.
By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016
As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 February 2016
The mosquito-borne virus is spreading and affecting entire countries and their societies, impacting an already severe economic situation.
By Armando Cruz, 25 January 2016
The fare hikes are part of a year-long attack on the living standards of the population, designed to placate the international banks.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2015
Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff appear set to go forward as Brazil’s economy sinks deeper into crisis.
By our reporters, 10 December 2015
The students struggle has become a regional flashpoint in Brazil, attracting broad popular support.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2015
The initiation of impeachment proceedings in Brazil’s Congress came one day after the release of startling figures on the contraction of the country’s economy.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2015
The arrests of Senator Delcídio Amaral and top investment banker André Esteves have seriously deepened the crisis of the PT government.
By Owen Alexander and Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2015
Government authorities issued warnings of a possible dam failure in 2013, before renewing the mine’s license.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2015
The general’s comment follows nationwide demonstrations by the Brazilian right calling for a military coup.
By Souza Gonzaga, 3 October 2015
Rousseff’s political strategy is to win support for her government’s austerity program and forestall her own impeachment by turning even further to the right.
São Paulo rally for Ayotzinapa: “The resistance has got to be shared... it has to be international.”
By our reporters, 2 October 2015
Demonstrators said that the same kind of repression seen in Mexico is being carried out in Brazil.
By Armando Cruz, 8 September 2015
So far this year, 38,700 jobs have been slashed in the Brazilian auto industry, which is dominated by multinational giants like GM, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2015
The slide into recession has been steeper than predicted, with the Workers Party government presiding over a sharp rise in unemployment and social misery.
By Armando Cruz, 28 July 2015
A federal prosecutor has also announced an investigation of former president Lula da Silva for supposed “influence peddling” on behalf of the Odebrecht conglomerate.
By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015
The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2015
Striking teachers faced continuous police attacks since setting up a tent camp outside the state legislative building in the southern city of Curitiba on Monday.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2015
The response of the Rousseff government to the crisis has been to move even further to the right, while handing over key functions of her presidency to right-wing figures.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2015
The brutal police violence is unfolding as the government prepares to implement a punishing austerity package to meet the demands of global finance capital.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2015
Faced with a massive corruption scandal and rising pressure from the right, President Rousseff is embarking on another round of austerity measures.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2015
If right-wing forces can once again openly agitate for a military coup, it is thanks to the reactionary role of the PT and the various pseudo-left groups that have sought to promote illusions in this capitalist party.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2015
The protracted corruption and betrayals of the Workers Party have provided the Brazilian right with its greatest opening since the end of the military dictatorship.
By Jerry White, 9 January 2015
Workers at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz factories in São Paulo’s industrial belt walked out to protest downsizing in the Brazilian auto industry.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2014
Even as she broke into tears at a ceremony accepting the report, President Rousseff reiterated her government’s support for an amnesty for military killers and torturers.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2014
The new cabinet named by the Brazilian president also includes the chief lobbyist for agribusiness as minister of agriculture.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2014
The latest report on crime statistics shows Brazil’s militarized police force killing at five times the rate of their counterparts in the US.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2014
Behind Rousseff’s call for unity, the government is preparing to implement economic adjustment measures along the lines advocated by its right-wing opponents.
By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2014
Across the state of São Paulo, some 15 million people face a severe water emergency.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2014
Whether the PT or the right-wing opposition party, the PSDB, wins Sunday’s vote, the Brazilian working class will face deepening attacks on its living standards.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2014
With two weeks till the second-round vote, the candidate of the PSDB, Aecio Neves, has gained a clear lead in the polls against Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2014
Less than three weeks before the first-round vote, a projected runoff between incumbent President Rousseff and challenger Marina Silva is too close to call.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2014
Eduardo Campos, the former governor of Pernambuco, posed his candidacy as a “third way” between the ruling Workers Party and the Brazilian right.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2014
Brazil’s unprecedented debacle in its semifinal match with Germany has brought to the forefront the deep-going social conflicts that have surrounded this year’s World Cup.
By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2014
Protests and strikes continued in Sao Paulo, Río de Janeiro and other cities on the opening day of the World Cup.
By Rafael Azul, 10 June 2014
Thursday’s opening of the World Cup competition takes place in the midst of daily strikes and mass protests.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2014
The Workers Party government has deployed 6,000 troops to the state after a police strike gave rise to looting.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2014
April 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Brazilian military’s seizure of power in a US-backed coup that ushered in 21 years of brutal military dictatorship.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2014
The petition has gathered support from throughout Brazil and around the world, providing a powerful expression of popular support for Snowden and hostility to the global spying operations of the NSA.
By César Uco, 15 January 2014
Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2013
In an “Open letter to the Brazilian people,” the former NSA contractor expressed his desire to help expose the agency’s crimes and cited Washington’s efforts to silence him.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2013
The investigation concluded that Juscelino Kubitschek’s 1976 death was the result of a plot by the US-backed military dictatorship.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2013
In the wake of last June’s massive popular demonstrations, a group of pseudo-left parties in Brazil are engaged in political maneuvers aimed at cobbling together a “left front” coalition for the 2014 elections.
By Rafael Azul, 23 October 2013
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called out the army against protests over the sale of offshore oil concessions.
By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013
The government is seeking to contain the fallout from the revelation, arising from documents leaked by whistleblower Ed Snowden.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2013
President Dilma Rousseff canceled a state visit to the Obama White House in protest over a series of revelations concerning massive NSA spying on Brazil.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2013
Top secret documents released by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden have exposed the agency’s spying on Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras, the fourth largest oil company in the world.
By Rafael Azul, 4 September 2013
Brazilian trade unions sponsored a day of protest on August 30 against new labor legislation.
By Tom Eley, 3 September 2013
Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA specifically targeted for surveillance leaders of the two largest Latin American countries.
25 July 2013
After the mass protests that erupted last month, Brazil’s ruling establishment sees the papal visit as “providential relief.”
By Rafael Azul, 24 July 2013
The low turnout at protests held on July 11 reflected the inability of Workers Party and trade unions to marshal support.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2013
New revelations provided by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have exposed a US spying operation targeting millions of Brazilians.
By Dorian Griscom, 8 July 2013
The mass protests have thrown the Workers Party government and all those in its orbit into crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 June 2013
Over the past week, Brazil has witnessed its largest protests since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985. This eruption of mass struggles has exposed the crisis of revolutionary leadership in the working class.
By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2013
Despite a rollback in transit fares, hundreds of thousands took to the streets Thursday in cities across Brazil, demanding greater spending on health, education and social services.
By Dorian Griscom, 19 June 2013
Monday’s mass protests broadened a wave of smaller protests that were initially launched in response to transit fare hikes.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2013
Teachers remain on strike in the municipal school system of the city of Sao Paulo after the strike by their counterparts in the Sao Paulo state system was betrayed by their union.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2013
The inflation spike has been driven by a sharp rise in the price of food and other consumer items, with the impact felt acutely by Brazil’s working class and poor.
By Rafael Azul, 28 January 2013
A lack of fire equipment and fire exits, the use of cheap building materials, and inadequate inspections combined to push up the number of casualties.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2012
The majority of Brazil’s federal unions have called off a nearly four-month strike that pitted some 350,000 workers against the Workers Party government of President Dilma Rousseff.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2012
Tensions between the government of Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff and hundreds of thousands of striking federal workers deepened as federal police and other sectors of the public workforce joined the walkout.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2012
A prolonged strike by 350,000 university professors, electrical workers and other federal employees poses a direct challenge to the economic policies initiated by the Workers Party government in response to the global crisis.
By Rafael Azul, 15 November 2011
On Sunday Brazilian police and Government troops occupied three slums in Río de Janeiro as part of a pacification program in preparation for Soccer and Olympic competitions in 2014 and 2016.
By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011
Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2011
In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, authorities in Brazil are carrying out mass expulsions of favela (shantytown) residents in Rio de Janeiro and other cities.
By John Chan, 18 April 2011
Global economic shifts are behind the push by the BRICS grouping for the Western powers to make room for the “emerging economies”.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2011
A report released this week by Human Rights Watch cited Brazil for widespread torture, police killings and a continuing amnesty for crimes carried out under the military dictatorship.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2011
The death toll from flooding and mudslides rose past 500 Friday, with hundreds more missing, as Brazil confronted its worst ever natural disaster.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2010
Scores of cables between the US State Department and the American embassy in Brasilia released by WikiLeaks have laid bare the ruthless pursuit of US imperialist interests in Latin America’s largest country.
By Rafael Azul, 2 November 2010
The Brazilian stock market reacted favorably to the victory of the PT candidate Dilma Rousseff in Sunday’s election. Eight years in power have confirmed the so-called Workers Party as a stalwart defender of capitalism.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2010
Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff, incumbent President Lula da Silva’s hand-picked successor, failed to win an outright majority in Sunday’s Brazilian election, forcing her into a run-off with José Serra, the candidate of the right.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2010
Brazil’s October 3 election appears set to deliver the presidency to the Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff and cement the continuity of the pro-capitalist policies pursued by incumbent President Lula da Silva.
By Rafael Azul, 14 April 2010
For the second time this year, scores of Brazilians have been victimized and left homeless by storms in Rio de Janeiro state.
By Ali Ismail, 15 September 2009
Last month, prosecutors in Brazil charged the founder of one of the country’s largest evangelical churches with committing fraud against its followers, many of them poverty-stricken, as well as the church itself.
By Julio Maia, 11 July 2009
On June 9, the University of Sao Paulo (USP), the largest university in Brazil, with nearly 80,000 students, was the scene of events that have not taken place in the country in 30 years, since the darkest days of the military dictatorship.
By Luis Arce, 6 June 2009
Last month’s visit to Beijing by Brazil’s president pointed to the vast political-economic shifts taking place globally as economic rivals seek to fill the vacuum left by a US tied down in two wars and struggling to confront its deep financial crisis.
By Roger Silva, 5 December 2008
Relations between South America’s so-called left governments appear fraught with growing tensions in advance of the Union of South American nation’s meeting in Brazil later this month.
By Bill Vann, 13 February 1998
On February 11 the lower house of the Brazilian parliament approved sweeping cuts in Brazil's social security system while thousands of workers confronted heavily armed police outside the parliament building in Brasilia.