Now that Bolsonaro has been sworn into office, we would like to invite you to join our discussion on what this means for social movements in Latin America and beyond. How does Brazil’s turn to the far right effect the rest of the world? What does it mean for people fighting for social justice, and what kind of solidarity is needed?
Jair Bolsonaro's victory on October 28 turns Brazil towards the extreme right and backwards in several aspects of its democratic transition initiated with the 1988 Constitution, especially those related to social justice, environment, human rights and the economy. Understanding why he was elected and what he represents is key to grasping the new Brazil emerging from the election and what to expect for the near future.
Los electores, y sobre todo las electoras, que ganan menos de dos salarios mínimos no votaron por Bolsonaro a pesar de la zambullida en las sombras del 55 por ciento: la bancada de militares y policías supera a cualquier otra.
For the first time Brazil has elected a president without the support of the poorest or the destitute. Though 55 percent of the electorate opted to steer the country into the abyss, people with lower incomes did not vote for Bolsonaro. In the new Brazilian Congress the military and police caucus overshadows all others.
La expresiva performance del candidato ultraderechista Jair Bolsonaro, del Partido Social Liberal (PSL), puede ser explicada por tres factores que actuaron de forma simultánea: antipetismo (odio), rechazo al sistema político (frustración) y la consolidación cultural de valores conservadores en la sociedad brasileña.
Brazil has recently undergone a shift from economic growth to recession, as well as from a left-wing, neo-developmentalist politics to one on the far-right, authoritarian and economically ultraliberal. Such an economic and political U-turn touched upon the countryside in contrasting ways. This paper reflects on the politics of the past. It suggests that the road to regression was paved during the tenure of the Worker’s Party (PT), when politics were considered both popular and progressive. And it was under the PT’s rule when the ‘rural world’ mattered the most for politics.
Through the experience of working with kids from Brazil’s favelas (shanty-towns) telling their stories, two film-makers explore how the rise of the authoritarian right in Brazil is based on a deep fear by elites of social mobility and a desire to preserve their traditional privileges through both physical as well as political walls.
“Brasil no es para principiantes”, sostuvo con su poética despiadada Tom Jobim. Entender este país exige una inmensa capacidad de imaginación sociológica. El Brasil de hoy conserva sus marcas históricas, la sociogénesis de un pasado que revive día tras día en la prepotencia de sus élites, en la persistencia de sus estructuras esclavistas y en un sistemático desprecio hacia la democracia y hacia los derechos de casi todos sus habitantes, transformados en extranjeros dentro de una nación sin patria.
The forces that shaped modern Brazil made the rise of a figure such as Lula da Silva all but inevitable. Conditions in Brazil today mean his imprisonment is certainly not the end of this chapter in the nation's story. Pablo Gentili, Executive Secretary of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), analyses the parallel between Brazil's history and the story of its most charismatic leader.
Marco Aurelio, prominent leader of the MST (Brazilian Landless Workers Movement), speaks with Benny Kuruvilla on current developments in Brazil. Rightwing politicians have been busy cutting allocations in social sectors, revising labour laws and undermining the progressive Constitution. Social movements such as MST have been in the forefront in creating broad based progressive platforms to oppose the Temer Government.
A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics – in particular for a subway line connecting the sports venues. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae)
Em breve o Supremo Tribunal Federal terá excelente oportunidade de reverter o fundamentalismo proibicionista que tem imperado no campo da política de drogas no Brasil, votando pela descriminalização do porte para consumo próprio de substâncias atualmente ilícitas. Se assim decidir, dará um passo histórico em direção a abordagens mais racionais e responsáveis desse tema, como ocorre em outras partes do mundo que resolveram começar a pôr fim à longa, sangrenta e fracassada “guerra às drogas”.
This briefing paper analyses the impact of drug policy on incarceration in São Paulo (Brazil). This research is expected to inform and assess some of the consequences of the current Brazilian drug policy, taking into account its impacts on prisoners’rights and on the criminal justice system as a whole.