Brazil’s far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is pushing Latin America’s largest nation to the brink of catastrophe. In a country of over 210 million people, Bolsonaro’s inaction and outright denial of the real threat that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic presents is risking the premature and unnecessary death of hundreds of thousands of people. With the stakes so high, Bolsonaro is facing unprecedented opposition from millions of Brazilians as pressure builds for him to resign as president.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in a number of countries in Latin America – posing a threat to the lives of millions of people across the continent. In this life and death situation the people of Latin America need solidarity and assistance to deal with a crisis that has overwhelmed the healthcare systems of some the world’s richest and most advanced economies in the world. The response of governments in Latin America has so far varied considerably. Countries with a socialist oriented leadership have adopted strict preventative measures. On the other hand the ultra-right wing President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is pursuing the opposite approach, joining Donald Trump in totally downplaying the crisis and failing to take action, which risks catastrophe and mass deaths in a country of 210 million people.
Western media outlets, from the Guardian to the Financial Times, and even the supposedly progressive Novara Media have joined in the coordinated attacks on the world-leading, progressive environmental record of Evo Morales’ leftist government in Bolivia. This is part of a convenient and deliberate strategy to divert pressure and attention from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who is widely known to have encouraged aggressive deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
La elección del político de extrema derecha Jair Bolsonaro en las elecciones presidenciales brasileñas del año pasado causó conmoción en toda América Latina y en el mundo entero. ¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de los primeros ocho meses de Bolsonaro en el poder? Entrevisté a Elias Jabbour, profesor de la Universidad Estatal de Río de Janeiro y miembro del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Brasil (PCdoB) para conocer su perspectiva sobre las grandes luchas que actualmente están teniendo lugar en Brasil.
L'élection de l'homme politique d'extrême droite Jair Bolsonaro à l'élection présidentielle brésilienne de l'an dernier a provoqué une onde de choc en Amérique latine et dans le monde entier. Quel a été l'impact des huit premiers mois du mandat de Bolsonaro? J'ai interviewé Elias Jabbour, professeur à l'Université d'Etat de Rio de Janeiro et membre du Comité central du Parti communiste du Brésil (PCdoB) pour connaître son point de vue sur les grandes luttes qui ont lieu actuellement au Brésil.
Pedro Marin, editor and founder of Opera Magazine in Brazil argues that there is no way to save the Amazon rainforest without transforming the Brazilian economy.
The President of Brazil's Workers Party (PT), Gleisi Hoffman, has denounced Jair Bolsonaro’s destruction of the Amazon rainforest in a recent speech made in August 2019 which can be read in full below. Under Bolsonaro’s Presidency deforestation has been actively encouraged with disastrous results for Brazil and the entire world. The Brazilian people are resisting Bolsonaro’s environmentally destructive policies. As fires rage through the Amazon rainforest President Bolsonaro personal disapproval rating has reached an all-time high
More than one million people took to the streets of Brazil on 15 May 2019 in nationwide strikes opposing the government’s massive attacks on education. Brazil’s far right President Jair Bolsonaro has been in office for less than five months and is already facing large resistance to his ultra neo-liberal agenda – and it is teachers and students that are leading the way.
Jair Bolsonaro’s administration has wasted little time in advancing its project of systematically destroying the role of the state in Brazil’s economy. Bolsonaro’s radical neo-liberal offensive simultaneously encompasses drastic attacks on the economic and social rights of Brazil’s working class in addition to threatening the long term economic and social development of the country. Bolsonaro is effectively auctioning off Brazil’s future for the benefit of US capital and its allies.
The rise of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil represents a terrible blow in the international struggle to prevent runaway climate change.