Brazil's Elections and current political situation

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Oct 8 2018 20:56
Brazil's Elections and current political situation

Things look pretty grim in Brazil and it looks like it'll become a pretty big talking point in the discourse soon with the far right candidate Bolsonaro nearly winning the presidential election outright in the first round, just falling short at 46 percent on a high turnout.

In addition the Labour party is in chaos and the nation seems to be lurching to the right with increased violence in response to large social movements.

A friend of mine in Brazil is very worried about what's happening though she's been a good source of news that's often caught in language barriers.

So I think a thread to discuss what's going on and share news would be a good idea.

I'll start,

There's a thread by Black Rose detailing contemporary Brazilian politics, largely criticising the formerly ruling Labour party as a major source of much of what's happened there in recent years.

https://twitter.com/BRRN_Fed/status/1048759819128254464

Its been accused by certain sections of the lefty internet for being "Imperialisitic" but my friend say's its mostly accurate. She also told me that the PT (labour party) social security reforms, coalitions with centre right groups while ignoring social movements, and the "Letter to Brazilians" openly courting CEO's led to PT losing legitimacy and support from its traditional base including her Union organising uncle who'd been with them since the 90s.

Also I was listening to the BBC's History Hour, and it had a segment interviewing two former student protestors in 1968 whom took part in street fighting including the famous battle of Maria Anotnia. Its very interesting but more importantly after the interviews are done they have a discussion about why and how a political candidate like Bolsonaro who openly talks about how great the days of dictatorship, torture and repression were could now be so popular.

https://youtu.be/bJMJDEYKmmY

It goes into detail about how the military, police and intelligence agencies all retained their power after transitioning back to civilian government and how powerful they still are and just how little challenge the mainstream left including PT has presented them over the years since.

That's what I've gotten so far.

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Oct 8 2018 21:50

Anyone know what the Brazilian anarchist movement is like at the moment?

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Oct 9 2018 09:32

Not specifically, but a couple of articles on recent movements:

https://libcom.org/library/brazil-popular-revolt-its-limits

https://libcom.org/library/what-happened-june-2013-brazil-incipient-material-community-its-reactionary-destruction-

See also the comment from Cris Oliveira on the second one which is critical of how... critical the article is about those movements and their legacy (i.e. that there are still anarchist groups and social struggles going on since 2013 and facing a lot of repression).

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Oct 9 2018 18:32

They've not put out anything new on Brazil in the last few months, but Crimethinc's coverage of social movements in South America is generally pretty strong, so for a bit of background you could do worse than (most recent first):
https://crimethinc.com/2018/07/30/brazil-to-burst-ropes-and-chains-on-the-sentencing-of-23-prisoners-for-the-2014-protests
https://crimethinc.com/2018/04/06/brazil-rivers-of-blood-peace-is-war-security-is-hazardous-and-citizens-are-the-targets-of-the-state
https://crimethinc.com/2018/03/12/brazil-2016-17-the-political-crisis-and-coup-detat-an-anarchist-analysis
https://crimethinc.com/2017/06/12/fighting-in-brazil-2013-2015-three-years-of-revolt-repression-and-reaction

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Oct 10 2018 11:47

The Left communist take on recent developments in Brazil here:
www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2018-10-09/bolsonaro-and-the-crisis-in-brazil
References to the recent 'truckers strike' may have been commented on and interpreted differently elsewhere on this site if I recall rightly.

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Oct 10 2018 13:44

Truckers strike commentary is here: https://libcom.org/news/rebellion-truck-drivers-crossroads-iniciativa-revolu-ao-universal-05062018

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Oct 11 2018 07:31

Crimethinc just put out a new podcast with an interview with a Brazilian anarchist: https://crimethinc.com/podcast/hotwire-40 Will try to copypaste relevant stuff later.

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Oct 13 2018 06:09

Radio 4 show:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000ngx

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Oct 16 2018 18:42

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswsns

BBC 9 minutes ofn the battle of Maria Antonia mentioned above.

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Oct 16 2018 20:24

Someone on a server I frequent just translated a short article by José Pablo Feinmann, about political trends in Brazil and the South American region. Its a largely poisitive take on PT et al from a Populist perspective, so its not great, but like it or not social populism is still a powerful current in South America, so I think its worth looking into at least for some background context.

https://succwc.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/the-macro-and-the-micro/

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Oct 18 2018 10:26

The Intercept podcast has a useful context setting followed by an interview with a Brazilian left political https://theintercept.com/2018/10/17/upheaval-brazil-on-the-brink-the-saudi-regime-under-fire/?campaign=homepage-podcast-intercepted

I'd not heard the role of social media pay to promote 'fake news' mentioned before but also fascinating that a Rio cop has more chanced of being killed than a US soldier in Iraq at the height of the occupation. Unemployment, lots of anti-social crime (60k murders), a very sharp wealth divide and a deliberate social media campaign of scapegoating is a pretty explosive mix.