Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil By Pepe Escobar

9 October, 2018 — Consortium News

 Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century neofascism, indeed between civilization and barbarism, writes Pepe Escobar.

By Pepe Escobar
in Paris
Special to Consortium News

Nothing less than the future of politics across the West – and across the Global South – is being played out in Brazil.

Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century, neofascism, indeed between civilization and barbarism.

Geopolitical and global economic reverberations will be immense. The Brazilian dilemma illuminates all the contradictions surrounding the Right populist offensive across the West, juxtaposed to the inexorable collapse of the Left. The stakes could not be higher.

Jair Bolsonaro, an outright supporter of Brazilian military dictatorships of last century, who has been normalized as the “extreme-right candidate,” won the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday with more than 49 million votes. That was 46 percent of the total, just shy of a majority needed for an outright win. This in itself is a jaw-dropping development.

His opponent, Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT), got only 31 million votes, or 29 percent of the total. He will now face Bolsonaro in a runoff on October 28. A Sisyphean task awaits Haddad: just to reach parity with Bolsonaro, he needs every single vote from those who supported the third and fourth-placed candidates, plus a substantial share of the almost 20 percent of votes considered null and void.

Meanwhile, no less than 69 percent of Brazilians, according to the latest polls, profess their support for democracy. That means 31 percent do not.

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Video: The Political Power of Weapons By Manlio Dinucci

5 October 2018 — Global Research

European Markets and Union on alert, opposition on the attack, a reminder about the Constitution by the President of the Republic, all this because the government-planned financial manoeuvre, which has already been announced, would lead to a deficit of about 27 billion Euros. On the other hand, absolute silence from the government and the opposition about the fact that every year, Italy spends a similar sum for its military budget.

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Theresa May Tells American Investors – Brexit Britain Is Up for Grabs By Graham Vanbergen

1 October 2018 — TruePublica

Britain will be “unequivocally pro-business” after it leaves the European Union, Theresa May has promised American investors. To neoliberal politicians, this was always the endgame.

The prime minister told the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York that the UK will be the low tax, high-skilled place to invest after Brexit.

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Statewatch News Online, 3 September 2018 (12/18)

3 September 2018 — Statewatch


1.    Research on the situation at the Spanish Southern Border
2.   UK: ICPO inquiry into bulk collection of data
3.   Urgent alert – solidarity with the victims of far-right violence in Saxony
4.   EU: Council: Informal Ministers defence: Austrian non-paper: Synergies and military support
5.  Orbán calls for deportation of migrants, calls Salvini his ‘hero’
6.   Activists held in Greece for illegally aiding migrants
7.   Netherlands: One in five vulnerable Syrian refugees are rejected by NL because of their views
8.   Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (28.8.18)
9.   Moria, Lesvos, Greece: Children ‘attempting suicide’ at Greek refugee camp
10. Austria rejects Afghan’s asylum request over appearance
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Statewatch 30 July 2018: Working for civil liberties in Europe since 1991

30 July 2018 — Statewatch

Dear Statewatchers,

Our civil liberties are continually under threat

We provide all our services free. We have just launched a new Observatory on the Creation of a centralised Justic & Home Affairs database “a point of no return:” This Observatory covers the so-called “interoperability” of EU JHA databases which in reality will create a centralised EU state database covering all existing and future JHA databases :http://www.statewatch.org/interoperability/eu-big-brother-database.htm

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