Corporate Greed Takes Hold in Brazil – ITUC

Brussels, 18 July 2017 (ITUC OnLine):  The decision by Brazil’s corruption-riddled parliament to eliminate a swathe of protections in the country’s labour laws will impoverish millions of people and leave workers completely at the mercy of employers who will have unilateral power to set wages, holiday entitlements, working hours and bonuses.  Continue reading “Corporate Greed Takes Hold in Brazil – ITUC”

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As Momentum Grows to Remove Brazil’s President, New Pressure Campaign Sparks Rage

Glen Greenwald & Erick Dau analysis from the Intercept

A NEW, INNOVATIVE public campaign, aimed at securing the removal of Brazilian President Michel Temer, was launched on Monday night with a new website, at 342agora.org.br, designed to enable public pressure on Congress. The site is called “342 Now” – referring to the number of votes needed in the lower House to proceed with an investigation and ultimate removal of Temer – and its complex design allows online users to send messages to every Congress member not only by email but also through their platforms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and wherever else they may be found online.

Statement from lawyers to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

12July 2017, São Paulo

Cristiano Zanin Martins and Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins of Teixeira Martins Advogados (Lula’s lawyers) said: 

President Lula is innocent. For over three years, Lula has been subject to a politically motivated investigation. No credible evidence of guilt has been produced, and overwhelming proof of his innocence blatantly ignored. This politically motivated judgement attacks Brazil’s rule of law, democracy and Lula’s basic human rights.  It is of immense concern to the Brazilian people and to the international community. Continue reading “Statement from lawyers to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva”

After Latest Bombshells, Only Michel Temer’s Removal and New Elections Can Save Brazil’s Democracy- Glen Greenwald

WHEN MICHEL TEMER was permanently installed as president less than one year ago after the impeachment of elected President Dilma Rousseff, the primary justification offered by Brazilian media figures was that he would bring stability and unity to a country beset by political and economic crisis. From the start, the opposite has been true: Temer and his closest allies were a vessel for far more corruption, controversy, instability, and shame than anything that preceded them. His approval ratings have literally collapsed to single digits.

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ITUC- Brazilians Rising Against Temer Government’s Dismantling of Pensions and Attacks on Workers’ Rights

More than a million people across Brazil’s 27 states took part in protests on 15 March against huge cuts to pensions and social security planned by the deeply unpopular government of Michel Temer.

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Chris Williamson- In Solidarity with Lula, Against the Coup and Neo-liberalism

Lula addresses Prouni Scholars Students, photo: Ricardo Stukert/instituto Lula

Over the last year Brazil has been in the depths of the most scandalous political crisis in recent history. Despite the controversy surrounding the country, the international coverage of the fifth-biggest country in the world has at times felt non-existent.
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