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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As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There

15 November 2019 — FAIR

The Brazilian Supreme Court reversed a 2018 ruling on November 7, upholding the principle of innocent until proven guilty in the 1988 Constitution and declaring it illegal to jail defendants before their appeals processes have been exhausted. Within 24 hours, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was released to an adoring crowd of hundreds of union members and social movement activists who had maintained a camp outside the police station where he was held, shouting “good morning,” “good afternoon” and “good night” to him for 580 consecutive days.

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Released Lula in for greatest fight of his life

11 November 2019 — Asia Times

Released Lula in for greatest fight of his life

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets his followers after his release from prison. Photo: Roberto Stuckert

Better not mess with the former Brazilian president; Putin and Xi are his real top allies in the Global Left

By Pepe Escobar

He’s back. With a bang.

Only two days after his release from a federal prison in Curitiba, southern Brazil, following a narrow 6×5 decision by the Supreme Court, former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva delivered a fiery, 45-minute long speech in front of the Metal Workers Union in Sao Bernardo, outside of Sao Paulo, and drawing on his unparalleled political capital, called all Brazilians to stage nothing short of a social revolution.

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Brazil News Links 10 November 2019

10 November 2019 — The New Dark Age

Brazilians March Against Bolsonaro And His Ties To Murder Of Activist
https://popularresistance.org/brazilians-march-against-bolsonaro-and-his-ties-to-murder-of-activist/

Lula Promises to Help “Free Brazil from the Insanity”
https://libya360.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/lula-promises-to-help-free-brazil-from-the-insanity/

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Amazonian Fake News

26 August 2019 — Voltaire Network

Just before the opening of the Biarritz G7, an intense disinformation campaign was launched in the international press with the complicity of French President, Emmanuel Macron and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. It aims to allow Europeans to control the Amazon, its minerals, its pharmaceutical treasures and its precious woods.

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The scandal-stricken company taking over UK chicken

3 July 2019 — Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Cowboys on the Lagoa do Triunfo ranch in Pára, Brazil, where some of the cattle are grazed illegally on embargoed Amazon land Photo: João Laet

After six months of investigation, the Bureau can reveal how a Brazilian meat producer that had to pay record fines for corruption is still buying beef from a company that illegally grazes cattle on felled areas of Amazon rainforest — and has quietly taken over huge swathes of UK chicken production.

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Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon By Joe Catron

2 July 2019 — Mint Press

“Bolsonaro has overseen the most significant rollback, and full-on assault, on human rights and environmental protection in Brazil since the fall of the country’s military dictatorship.”

As deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reaches the highest level in a decade, the rainforest’s indigenous peoples and their supporters have called for action against the political and business interests they blame for a spike in illegal logging and other resource extraction.

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The Political Earthquake in Brazil Caused by Ongoing Intercept Exposés

14 June 2019 —  Internationalist 360°

Last Sunday, the Intercept and the Intercept Brasil published a series of exposés that has created a major political earthquake in Brazil that has only grown and intensified throughout the week. In less than a week, the once-revered Justice Minister of President Bolsonaro’s government, Sergio Moro, now faces widespread calls to resign from the same large Brazilian media outlets that spent years transforming him into an untouchable icon of integrity and uncritically applauding his every move.

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Brazil: general strike highlights Bolsonaro’s weakness By Jorge Martin

15 June 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

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Millions participated in the general strike in Brazil on 14 June, with demonstrations in 380 cities across the country. The strike had been called to reject the proposed counter-reform of the pension system by the Bolsonaro government, but also reflected opposition to education cuts, which had already brought millions onto the streets on 15 and 30 May.

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Leaked Messages Confirm: Imprisonment of Brazil’s Lula da Silva was Politically Motivated

12 June 2019 — TRNN

The website The Intercept received a massive archive of communications between prosecutors and judges, involving Brazil’s corruption cases. Initial analysis reveals that former president Lula da Silva’s prosecution and conviction were politically motivated. Mike Fox discusses the ramifications Inc. transcript).

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Brazil: leaked conversations reveal legal stitch-up against Lula

12 June 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

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Yesterday, The Intercept Brazil news site published a number of correspondences between former judge Sergio Moro, and the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) prosecutors, led by Federal Public Ministry of Brazil attorney, Deltan Dallagnol. The Operation Car Wash corruption case led to the arrest and imprisonment of (among others) former PT president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (“Lula”), who was convicted without evidence. These correspondences reveal the political objectives behind this operation, which included action to organise fraud in the 2018 elections.

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Insights on the Iran deal, BRICS and handling a crisis in Venezuela By Pepe Escobar

28 January 2019 — Asia Times

An exclusive interview with former Brazilian foreign minister Celso Amorim on how BRICS came into being, how the nuclear deal was done with Tehran and how the South dealt with Chavez

Former Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim: 'When President Trump says all options are on the table, that is very dangerous.' Photo: AFP

Former Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim: ‘When President Trump says all options are on the table, that is very dangerous.’ Photo: AFP

Brazil is once again in the eye of a political hurricane, after President Jair Bolsonaro’s appearance at Davos and explosive revelations directly linking his clan to a criminal organization in Rio de Janeiro.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro sings a song of human folly at Davos By Pepe Escobar

23 January 2019 — Greanville Post

New president spoke at the WEF this week, to the despair of environmentalists, who say his government poses a serious threat to the ‘Lungs of the world’

Jair Bolsonaro gives a keynote address to the World Economic Forum annual meeting on January 22, 2019 in Davos, Switzerland. “Come to Brazil and enrich yourselves!”

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