Beginning in 2014, Brazil was consumed by a moralizing anti-corruption drive that helped right-wing forces oust the Workers’ Party and undermine Lula’s legacy. It took investigative journalism to unravel Lava Jato’s mythology.
Andre Pagliarini was a visiting assistant professor of modern Latin American history at Brown University in 2018–19 and will begin a lectureship at Dartmouth College this fall. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on twentieth-century Brazilian nationalism.
Lula’s release will not change the course of Brazilian politics by itself. But the leftist leader has already said his time in prison further radicalized him — and that can only bode well for the popular movement resisting Bolsonaro’s reactionary politics.
Jair Bolsonaro’s embarrassing, Cold War-style rant at the United Nations shows just how far Brazil’s international standing has sunk under its far-right president. With few friends abroad, it will be easier for opponents to defeat him in Brazil.
Rapacious capitalists are blazing a trail of staggering destruction across the Amazon rainforest — enabled by Brazil’s reactionary in chief, Jair Bolsonaro.
Right now, the best thing Brazil’s far-right president has going for him is Donald Trump. If Bernie Sanders is elected, that all changes.
Jair Bolsonaro’s chief foreign policy architect is combining rabid nationalist rhetoric with pathetic submissiveness to the United States.