Biden stoops to conquer Brazil’s Lula

Thursday, 12 January 2023 — Indian Punchline


Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva returns to power as left-leaning leaders are in control of six of the region’s seven largest economies

The tragicomic “insurrection” in Brasilia on Sunday was destined to meet a sudden death. The universal condemnation and, in particular,  the brusqueness with which the Biden Administration distanced itself from the protestors, sealed their fate. Certainly, this revolt is no  “civil war,” although it is difficult to make predictions about new protests in the country.

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Why the CIA attempted a ‘Maidan uprising’ in Brazil

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 — Vineyard of the Saker

by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle

The failed coup in Brazil is the latest CIA stunt, just as the country is forging stronger ties with the east.

A former US intelligence official has confirmed that the shambolic Maidan remix staged in Brasilia on 8 January was a CIA operation, and linked it to the recent attempts at color revolution in Iran.

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PSL statement: Far-right coup attempt vs. democracy in Brazil

Sunday, 8 January 2023 — PSL

Photo: Lula celebrates with a massive crowd of supporters on election night, October 2022. Credit: @ptbrasil/Ricardo Stuckert

The Party for Socialism and Liberation joins with countless progressive people and organizations around the world in expressing our outrage over the coup attempt underway in Brazil by supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro. Today, a far right mob numbering in the thousands stormed the headquarters of the Supreme Court, Presidency, and Congress of Brazil in the capital and ransacked them. They are calling for military intervention against the government of president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva of the progressive Workers Party, who defeated Bolsonaro in democratic elections held last year.

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India’s got the BRICS blues

Friday, 6 January 2023 — Indian Punchline


Lula da Silva’s supporters cheer as he arrives for his inauguration ceremony as Brazil’s new president, Brasilia, Jan. 1, 2023

The Brazilian news agency reported that Lula da Silva’s inauguration as the new president on January 1 for a historic third term amidst a carnival-like backdrop was attended by over five dozen foreign delegations, composed of heads of government, vice presidents, foreign ministers, special envoys and representatives of international organisations. It was the largest event with high-level international figures in Brazil since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Lula: Warmed Up Green Neoliberalism With Crumbs

Tuesday, 1 November 2022 — Geopolitics and Climate Change

[A different take on Lula’s win. WB]


As I write this, the progressive Lula (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) has very narrowly won the election for the Brazilian presidency, with the current right-wing President Bolsonaro losing. This is good news for the Amazon rainforest, and probably the poorer members of Brazilian society as they will benefit from small government income transfers. However, I am careful to call Lula progressive rather than left-wing. After being beaten three times by candidates of the elite in presidential elections, with the elite using all the tools available to it (state patrimony, the reactionary Evangelical and Catholic churches, the oligarch-owned media etc.) to win, Lula became a Blair-style progressive to get elected in 2002. He was re-elected for a second four-year term in 2006. With a massive global commodity boom driving Brazilian growth, Lula was able to use government revenues to fund income transfers to the poorer parts of Brazilian society, while at the same time being a very good neoliberal; just like Blair in the UK:

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Lula never left Brazil’s centre stage

Tuesday, 1 November 2022 — Indian Punchline


Lula, the fiery trade union leader, berating free-market reforms of President Cardoso, Brasilia, circa 1999 (File photo)

The former president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula, has won the country’s presidential election by an incredibly narrow margin of 50.90% of the vote against his right-wing rival and incumbent president Jair Bolsonaro’s 49.10%.

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Lula da Silva Wins Brazilian Presidency

Monday, 31 October, 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Lauren Smith

A group of people holding flags Description automatically generated with medium confidenceAuditorio Celso Furtado. President-Elect Lula da Silva Surrounded by Supporters at Rally [Source: photo by Lauren Smith]

Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro’s claims of election fraud reduced to sour grapes as Brazil’s bulletproof voting process shames the United States’ swiss-cheese system

Workers’ Party (PT) candidate, former president Lula da Silva, won the Brazilian presidency with just over 50 percent of the vote in the runoff election held on October 30.

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is Elected President of Brazil

Monday, 31 October 2022 —

Brasil de Fato

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is the first former Brazilian president to be elected to serve a new term in office. At 7:57pm, the PT candidate had 59.563.912 votes and could no longer be reached by his opponent, the current occupant of the Planalto Jair Bolsonaro (PL), consolidating the victory.

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Watch: 5 questions about Brazil’s historic elections

Thursday, 27 October 2022 — Peoples Dispatch

Everything you need to know about the second round presidential elections in Brazil which will see former president Lula face off against far-right incumbent Bolsonaro

On October 30, Brazilians will go to the polls to choose their next president. The two candidates – former President Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro – have very different visions of what Brazil should be and have run very different campaigns. Zoe Alexandra of Peoples Dispatch gives a primer on key questions regarding the Brazilian elections – what voter intention surveys say, the controversial campaign, the platforms and promises of Lula and Bolsonaro, and the governor’s race in Sao Paulo.

Brazil’s economic and political rollercoaster

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

The latest polls put Workers Party leader Lula de Silva ahead in the two-horse race with incumbent right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro in today’s final round of the presidential election in Brazil.  If Lula wins, it will be a dramatic comeback for the former president after having been jailed for alleged corruption under the previous right-wing Temer regime; and then finally released and allowed to run again.  A Lula victory will mean that the Workers Party has regained the presidency after losing it when last WP leader Dilma Rousseff was impeached by a right-wing Congress in a ‘soft coup’ in 2016.

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Bolsonaro Implements Policies that are Completely Subservient to U.S. government, Says Director of Brazilian Data Privacy Group

Friday, 28 October, 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Julian Cola

Jair Bolsonaro in front of U.S. flag while, fittingly, celebrating U.S. Independence Day on July 4, 2020. [Source:]

Inauguration of a Fusion Center of Multinational Intelligence gathering located next to the pristine Iguaçu Falls—a long-held dream of the U.S. Embassy—is a case in point

“The U.S. has been a huge partner to Brazil in this project and others as well and we’re taking advantage of the model that has been built”

—Sergio Moro, Brazil’s ex-Minister of Justice and former federal judge speaking about the establishment of the Fusion Center, a high-tech intelligence hub located along the Triple Frontier in the city of Iguaçu Falls. Continue reading

It Is Dark, but I Sing Because the Morning Will Come: The Twenty-Ninth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 22 July 2022 — The Tricontinental

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Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In the chilly Brazilian winter of 2019, Renata Porto Bugni (deputy director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research), André Cardoso (coordinator of our office in Brazil), and I went to the Lula Livre (‘Free Lula’) camp in Curitiba, set up just across the road from the penitentiary where former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva sat in a 15-square metre cell. Lula had been in prison for 500 days. Hundreds of people gathered each day at the Lula Livre camp to wish him good morning, good day, and good night – a greeting that sought both to keep his spirits up and to offer a spirited protest of his incarceration. Eighty days later, Lula walked out of prison, free from charges that most observers rightly condemned as absurd. He is now the front-runner in the country’s presidential elections that will take place on 2 October 2022.

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In the World, There Are Many Traps, and It Is Necessary to Shatter Them: The Twelfth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 24 March 2022 — The Tricontinental

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Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 31 March 1964, the Brazilian military initiated a coup d’état against the democratically-elected progressive government of President João Goulart. The next day, Goulart was deposed and, ten days later, the 295 members of the National Congress handed the state over to General Castello Branco and a military junta. The military ruled over Brazil for the next twenty-one years.

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The opinion of a professional about the special operation in Ukraine (MUST READ!)

Wednesday, 9 March, 2022 — The Saker

Note by the Saker: one of our readers today sent me a very interesting document in Russian.  First, I thought “more of the same” (5th columnist stuff) but then I started reading it and I changed my mind.  This was clearly written by a military professional, his name is Alexander Dubrovsky.  It was posted here and here.  So I literally *begged* our new Russian translators to make even a “quick and dirty translation” because I wanted to get the info to you as fast as possible (in the meantime, I was writing this).  And one of them did!  (Thank you N.!!!).  

While Dubrovsky’s views are not “Holy Writ” his testimony and analysis is, I think, priceless, especially for those who live in Zone A.  We don’t have to agree with every letter, but I urge you to read it very carefully and in full.  I consider this text so important that I will post it under “guest analyses” and not “Saker Community translations” because I want to give it max visibility.  All our articles under “guest analyses” are written for the Saker blog or by permission, never taken off the Internet without the author’s permission.  But, as the ancient Russian saying goes, “rules are for the cause and not the cause for the rules” 🙂

Kind regards


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Brazil’s Lula in a Wilderness of Mirrors

18 March 2021 — Global Research

Still in the legal woods and not daring to project as a revolutionary leader, Lula should nonetheless never be underestimated

Dilma Rousseff

A surprising Supreme Court decision that, while not definitive, restores Lula’s political rights has hit Brazil like a semiotic bomb and plunged the nation into a reality show being played in a wilderness of shattered mirrors.

At first, it looked like three key variables would remain immutable.
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NYT Fails to Examine Its Participation in Brazil’s ‘Biggest Judicial Scandal’

8 March 2021 — FAIR

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The Brazilian Supreme Court on March 8 dismissed all charges against former President Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva made during the Lava Jato investigation, a little over a month after the investigation was officially ended. The termination came shortly after the Supreme Court admitted 6 terabytes of leaked Telegram chats between public prosecutors and judges as evidence in the case.

What Will Lula Do?

24 July, 2020 — Consortium NewsAsia Times

Pepe Escobar says revelations of major money laundering in Brazil give the former president an opening to go for broke.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2015. (Valter Campanato, Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

By Pepe Escobar

Decades after the fact, a political earthquake that should be rocking Brazil is being met with thunderous silence.

What is now described as the Banestado leaks and CC5gate is straight out of vintage WikiLeaks: a list, published for the first time in full, naming names and detailing what is one of the biggest corruption and money laundering cases in the world for the past three decades.

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Car Wash Case: Brazil’s Authorities and FBI Colluded Illegally

4 July 2020 — Telesur

The Intercept Brasil and Agencia Publica revealed the FBI-Car Wash Task Force illegal agreement.

The Workers’ Party (PT) denounced in the Brazilian Public Prosecutor’s Office the illegal cooperation agreement signed between the Car Wash (CW) task force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
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Brazil Aims to Criminalize Glenn Greenwald’s Journalism

25 January 2020 — Defend Wikileaks

New York Times: “Federal prosecutors in Brazil have brought charges against US journalist Glenn Greenwald for reporting on leaked cellphone messages showing widespread corruption of Brazilian public officials. Greenwald is accused of being part of a “criminal organization” that hacked into the cellphones of several prosecutors and other officials to obtain the messages.”

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