Lula rose from humble origins to become a leftist icon, exuding working-class authenticity and successfully bringing working people into the country’s political life. And his story isn’t over: he could soon return to power.
Andre Pagliarini is an assistant professor of history at Hampden-Sydney College.
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.
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.