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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Wednesday May 20, 2020 - 23:31 by Róbert Nárai
Jeffery R. Webber teaches in the Department of Politics at York University, Toronto. His latest book is The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left. He is presently at work on Latin American Crucible: Politics and Power in the New Era, under contract with Verso. He was interviewed for Marxist Left Review by Róbert Nárai. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / medio ambiente / other libertarian press Tuesday September 10, 2019 - 02:04 by El Mirlo Pardo 1 image
Expandir fronteras agroganaderas mediante la quema de un cierto territorio (técnica de rose y quema) es una práctica antigua y recurrente en muchas culturas a lo largo de la historia. Usualmente se la considera una técnica “primitiva”, propia de aquellas sociedades mal llamadas “de economía de subsistencia” . No obstante, paradójicamente, es dentro del capitalismo moderno donde esta técnica ha tomado dimensiones desproporcionadas que han provocado la destrucción irreversible de ecosistemas así como el masivo etnocidio hacia pueblos indígenas que viven dentro de aquellos territorios deseados por la burguesía rural y el Estado.
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Monday April 15, 2019 - 18:19 by Ana García
The rise of the far right is a worldwide phenomenon, rooted in the nefarious effects of neoliberal globalization which have pushed the world into mass unemployment and enormous inequalities. I consider it to be a late political effect of the global financial crisis that hit the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
It is not an easy task to explain the phenomenon of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and to understand the groups that support him, both within and outside government. It’s difficult, for anyone, to draw a truly complete and sober analysis of what we have experienced. This essay is not based on in-depth research but on collective reflections and debates. I intend to pose some key questions and try to identify some clues to answer them. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Friday December 28, 2018 - 23:11 by Joao Marcio and João Pedro Stédile
"Reformed" captain Jair Bolsonaro already committed to the “market” the handover of all decisions in the economic area to large capital, under the hegemony of financial capital and foreign corporations (as personified in Paulo Guedes and his Chicago Boys, including Levy in the Brazilian Development Bank-BNDES). As per the President’s statements, his will be a government directly headed by businessmen committed to the reduction of the “Brazil cost,” that is, to the increase of private profit. A government with such profile would not only give continuity but also radicalize Michel Temer’s agenda with the aim of implementing the following measures: ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anti-fascism / non-anarchist press Tuesday November 06, 2018 - 17:37 by Pierre Beaudet
The catastrophe – expected and foreseeable – has happened. This immense country, with its 200 million inhabitants, is now in darkness. At best, it will take a decade or two to emerge. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / antifascismo / non-anarchist press Tuesday November 06, 2018 - 17:27 by Bernardo Gutiérrez
El relato victimista del PT, la división de las izquierdas, la ausencia histórica de autocrítica y apostar por la polarización ayudaron a la ultra derecha a tomar el poder en Brasil. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Sunday October 28, 2018 - 04:06 by Alfredo Saad-Filho
Brazil will elect its new President on 28 October 2018. Since the judicial-parliamentary coup that removed elected President Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party (PT), the new administration (led by her former Vice-President, Michel Temer) has advanced its agenda of neoliberal ‘reforms’. The economic crisis has continued unabated, and the campaign for the destruction of the PT has intensified, leading to the imprisonment of former President and PT founder Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Finally, the Armed Forces have increasingly intervened in political life, particularly through the occupation of peripheral areas in Rio de Janeiro. Their close articulation with the Judiciary is encapsulated in the appointment of General Fernando Azevedo e Silva as ‘advisor’ to the President of the Supreme Court, and in statements that would be scandalous in less turbulent times, such as the thinly-disguised demand for Lula’s incarceration issued by Army Commander General Eduardo Villas Boas. The co-ordinated shift of public institutions toward an exceptionally excluding variety of neoliberalism was challenged by attempts to rebuild the left through Lula’s campaign for the presidency and, in particular, through his convoy around the country in early 2018, which led to his steep rise in the opinion polls. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / the left / non-anarchist press Monday March 30, 2015 - 19:31 by Alfredo Saad-Filho
Hundreds of thousands of chiefly white middle class protesters took to the streets in Brazil on 15 March in an organized upsurge of hatred against the federal administration led by President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT). These protests are far more cohesive and better organized than the previous wave of anti-government demonstrations, in 2013; their demands are unambiguously reactionary, and they include primarily the country's elite. ... read full story / add a comment
Rio de Janeiro: Nota da Organizacion Anarkista Tierra y Libertad” sobre los encarcelamientos de lxs luchadorxs y las persecuciones politicas.
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / movimiento anarquista / other libertarian press Wednesday July 30, 2014 - 07:01 by OATL
Son tiempos duros compañer@s. Es dificil encontrar las palabras que trasmitan nuestra indignacion frente a los encarcelaminetos politicos de lxs luchadorxs, iniciado el ultimo 11 de julio. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday June 18, 2014 - 18:54 by Sabrina Fernandes
Many labour unions are either in the process of negotiating with their respective employers (mostly municipal, state, or federal governments) in Brazil, while others are actively on strike. These include federal workers from the government bureaucracy, school teachers, city staff, and university staff and faculty. In this piece, I would like to highlight how unions in the transportation sector are highly represented in these labour struggles. The Metro Workers Union of São Paulo is one of them and as of Monday, the 9th of June, it faces its fifth day of strike amidst layoff threats and a repressive state military police. Shortly before, the bus drivers of the city of São Paulo, represented by two unions, were also on strike. In both cases, the judiciary found the strikes to be ‘abusive’ and fined the unions hundreds of thousands of reais after ordering the workers back to their posts. The Metro Workers decided to continue the strike, with the support of a variety of social movements (including the Free Fare Movement – MPL, and the Homeless Workers' Movement – MTST), political parties from the radical Left, and other labour unions. The judicial decision is being challenged for many reasons, but primarily for the fact that it is fuelled by illegalities committed on behalf of the employer that lead to the disavowal of the right to strike. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / repressão / prisioneiros / other libertarian press Sunday April 27, 2014 - 19:59 by Ⓐnarquista.net 1 image
Nos 54 países que reduziram a maioridade penal não se registrou redução da violência. A Espanha e a Alemanha voltaram atrás na decisão de criminalizar menores de 18 anos. Hoje, 70% dos países estabelecem 18 anos como idade penal mínima ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / the left / non-anarchist press Monday January 13, 2014 - 18:17 by Alfredo Saad Filho
This article reviews the background and the implications of two transitions in Brazil: the political transition from a military regime (1964-85) to democracy (1985-present), and the economic transition from import-substituting industrialization (ISI, 1930-80) to neoliberalism (1990-present). It subsequently examines how neoliberal economic policies were implemented in a democracy, under the centre-right administrations led by Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-98, 1998-2002), and the centre-left administrations led by Luís Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula, 2003-06, 2007-10) and Dilma Rousseff (2011-present). The article concludes with a reflection about the limitations of these policies, and of neoliberal democracy more generally. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / movimento anarquista / other libertarian press Thursday September 19, 2013 - 10:00 by Organização Anarquista "Solidários"
Nota de fundação da organização anarquista "Solidários", em Mato Grosso do Sul - Brasil. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / the left / non-anarchist press Thursday July 18, 2013 - 19:51 by Manuel Larrabure
Introduction: The Limits of a Good Idea
It started as a good idea. Rather than taking the path of the old Latin American left, in the form of the guerrilla movement, or the Stalinist party, Brazil's Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT), aided by strong union and social movements, decided to try something new. The challenge was to somehow combine the institutions of liberal democracy with popular participation by communities and movements. The answer eventually became participatory budgeting (PB). Introduced in the city of Porto Alegre in 1999, PB was a highly innovative experiment in co-management and de-centralization (Weyh, 2011). It allowed communities of diverse political stripes to democratically manage a small portion of their city's budget. Not only did this result in more and better services for poor communities, it also opened a space where people could learn new democratic skills and build new solidarities. In PB, a virtuous cycle of democracy was unleashed: the more people participated, the more people learned to participate. Add to this, a number of poverty reducing programs at the national level, such as Bolsa Familia, and you suddenly had a new path to social transformation: peaceful, gradual and pluralist. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / the left / non-anarchist press Wednesday July 17, 2013 - 20:51 by Alfredo Saad Filho
The mass movements starting in June 2013 were the largest and most significant protests in Brazil in a generation, and they have shaken up the country's political system. Their explosive growth, size and extraordinary reach caught everyone – the left, the right, and the government – by surprise. This article examines these movements in light of the achievements and shortcomings of the democratic transition, in the mid-1980s, and the experience of the federal administrations led by the Workers’ Party since 2003. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday June 26, 2013 - 18:24 by Euan Gibb
São Paulo has some of the worst traffic in the world. Workers' daily commutes can be over two hours – one way – without ever leaving the city. Rain or traffic accidents can easily increase a commute to over four hours. Streets become so congested during peak hours of traffic that the local news stations report on the length of kilometers of stopped cars and trucks on the highways entering the city. There are permanent signs mounted beside these highways with lights that can be turned on and off indicating that “traffic is stopped in front.” São Paulo has the highest per capita density of private helicopters in the world. Those with serious money in this extremely rich and unequal city choose the option to literally fly over the traffic jams.
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / community struggles / other libertarian press Wednesday June 19, 2013 - 19:30 by Peter Storm 1 image
While the world has been watching Turkey, another country is experiencing revolt. That country is Brazil. Just like Turkey, it is relatively succesful, economically speaking. Just like Turkey, the results of economic growth are divided very unequally. Just like in Turkey, a relatively small provocation is setting off a much biggen chain reaction. Unlike in Turkey, that provocation is a direct attack on living standards. But the anger exploding goes much deeper than that.
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / community struggles / other libertarian press Saturday June 08, 2013 - 03:25 by Passa Palavra 3 images
É difícil calcular quantas pessoas estiveram presente no primeiro grande ato contra o aumento das tarifas do transporte público de São Paulo. Mas estima-se que mais de cinco mil manifestantes atenderam ao chamado do Movimento Passe Livre (MPL), ocuparam as ruas do centro da cidade e bloquearam durante várias horas as principais vias da região. Sem dúvida, é possível dizer que esta foi uma das maiores manifestações realizadas pelo Movimento e uma dos mais contundentes.
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / migração / racismo / other libertarian press Friday November 30, 2012 - 02:12 by jornal causa do povo 1 image
um dos principais argu¬mentos de legitimação do Governo do PT (Lula e Dil¬ma) era o aspecto progressista das políticas de atendimento aos traba¬lhadores e trabalhadoras negras e as comunidades indígena. Para um amplo setor a diferença do gover¬no Lula para o Governo do PSDB (e os “neoliberais”) seria o respeito às camadas étnicas do proletaria¬do brasileiro, fundamentalmente a população negra e indígena.
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