Dilma: External interference is not a primary or a secondary reason for what’s happening now in Brazil

Source:  RT.com
May 19 2016

President Dilma Rousseff explains what is happening in Brazil now in an interview with RT


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Women protest against Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, May 17, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

dilma with rt may 2016 2.jpg“I don’t believe external interference is a primary or a secondary reason for what’s happening now in Brazil.  It’s not.  The grave situation we see now has developed without any such interference.  This coup is not like usual coups is Latin America which normally involve weapons, tanks and street arrests and torture.  The current coup is happening within the democratic framework with the use of existing institutions in support of indirect elections not stipulated in the constitution.  This coup is carried out by hands tearing apart the Brazilian constitution, so we don’t know what kind of repercussions this will lead to considering that an impeachment without repercussions would only be possible in the case of a committed crime.  If there is no crime then an impeachment is illegal.”  Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil

Brazil: Back in the Clutches of Washington

Source:  TeleSUR

Following the Senate coup against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and installation of right-wing vice president Michel Temer, the coup plotters’ agenda has become clear.

The Temer administration is now in the midst of an all-out attack on the country’s most progressive social and political achievements, with an all-white, all-male cabinet that is absolutely hostile to the social movements and minority groups of Brazil.

Rousseff’s 2014 re-election marked the fourth consecutive victory for the Workers Party, a fact that did not sit well with the country’s right-wing politicians, who immediately started to conspire against the president. That is why her supporters see the impeachment as an effort to retroactively win the election through non-democratic means.

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Unbreakable Dilma

Source:  TeleSUR
May 21 2016

By: Ilka Oliva Corado

Dilma is unbreakable, they will not be able to break her. But they are not going for her, they are going for the achievements of progressive government, they are going for the dreams of outcasts.

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Now is the time to assert their vote. No one can defend the rights of outcasts better than themselves.

dilma young fighter for democracy“We should have killed her,” her torturers must have repeated hundreds of times when they saw her become the first woman president of Brazil. Or they may have wanted for cancer to remove her from the political scene like with Evita (only temporarily, because she is immortal). There is a before and after Dilma in Brazil and Latin America. A woman president overcoming patriarchy and gender inequality. A woman who has created gender inclusion policies from government – social policies that have benefited millions of pariahs that the oligarchy can only see as pawns that they have exploited for centuries and want to continue to exploit.

The life of women has always been uphill, and we continue dilma y cristinato fight against the worst of enemies – patriarchy, where the misogyny and machismo that is so damaging to our society and gender is derived. It is much more difficult for women who dare to challenge the limits and rules imposed and actively participate in politics. Being female and having the dignity and the ability to lead a nation can be costly in Latin America, as Cristina and Dilma know.

Both have been sullied. Much of the post-coup analysis on Dilma, written by intellectuals and international political analysts condemn and blame her for being a woman.

Subjective analyses made from the viewpoint of patriarchy, with a high level of misogyny and stereotypes. With all kinds of insults, contempt and fallacies.

Betrayal, hatred, jealousy

For Dilma, this fraudulent coup has been dealt by betrayal, hatred, jealousy, from the feeling of inferiority and for that reason it has been so vicious.

An attack on progressivism and democracy that developed since Lula became president and increased the dose of hatred when Dilma took over: too many women and African descendants in government, something that classism and the oligarchy, and much less patriarchy could support.

dilma lula with afro braziliansToo many benefits for the hardest hit by the system, the neglected and exploited. Too much for the outcasts, the favelas, too much visibility for women and too many rights for the LGBTI community. From any ideological perspective, there is no denying the progress made in Brazil with Dilma as president.

Her performace has been backed by 54 million Brazilians but beaten back by 50 votes from the servants of capitalism. One of the new modalities of the Condor Plan are coups that are backed by media who manipulate and play the role of political actors.

No  evidence that implicates her

dilma with young afro braziliansThere is not a single shred of evidence that implicates her, and they can look under rocks for it if they want. Her capital sin has been to govern for the sullied by creating policies of inclusion, development and social equality, to seek justice on Human Rights. She sought to give voice to the voiceless, and to allow the forgotten to dream; something that no oligarchy, neoliberalism and classism can forgive or permit.

Cutting off Dilma’s head strikes at the heart of outcasts, for that reason the traitors have attacked ferociously – because they lost at the polls.

Helping millions of marginalized people

They could defeat someone who has put a roof over people’s heads and put a plate of food on the tables for millions of marginalized people. Someone who has created jobs, invested in education, health and infrastructure, who has bet on the BRICS instead of on the United States and oligarchic capital of the region.

Someone who has not sold oil to abusive hands, who has a futuristic vision of regional integration and who wants comprehensive development for Brazilian children in their own country, so they are not forced to migrate through neoliberal countries to be exploited in the United States.

Someone who wants and fights for the rights to women so that they stop being seen as third rate human beings.

A political and human obligation to take to the streets

The 54 million Brazilians have a political and human obligation to take to the streets, demonstrating peacefully defending their rights. Dilma can not do it alone, and Dilma has defended them during her tenure, even with her life since her teens: never forget that she was tortured by those who now want her removed!

Now is the time to assert that vote and make their voices heard. No one can defend the rights of outcasts better than themselves. For Dilma, for Brazil, for the favelas. For the right to live in a country that deserves to flourish. For historical memory, dignity, identity, human and labor rights. For justice, for integrity and love. For those who came before, for those who are here and those who will come.

Dilma is unbreakable, they will not be able to break her. But they are not going for her, they are going for the achievements of progressive government, they are going for the dreams of outcasts. They are going for the unprecedented beauty of a blooming Brazil. No capital, no oppressor, no traitor has never been able to deal with the enormous strength of a wounded and honest people. Brazil has to show what it is made. The time is now and the fight is today.

Today and always, my love and support for my president Dilma and my homeland Brazil.


WikiLeaks Reveal Brazil’s New Coup President Is ‘US Informant’

Source:  TeleSUR
May 13 2016

Senate-imposed President of Brazil Michel Temer met with U.S. Embassy staff on at least two occasions to brief them on the country’s politics.

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Brazil’s Senate-imposed President Michel Temer gestures during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks described the Senate-imposed President of Brazil Michel Temer as a “U.S. Embassy informant” in a tweet and provided two links where Temer’s candid thoughts on Brazilian politics serve as the basis for a report by the U.S. embassy in Brazil.

The cable from Jan. 11, 2006, states that Temer met with embassy officials on Jan. 9, 2006 to give his assessment of Brazil’s political landscape ahead of the 2006 general election that saw Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva re-elected to the presidency.

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Temer became interim president after the Brazilian Senate voted to proceed with an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, forcing her to step down for a period of 180 days.

Temer has been criticized for making clear his intention of pursuing a pro-business, neoliberal program as president, despite the fact that Rousseff and her Workers’ Party were re-elected on the basis of a progressive program of social investment and wealth redistribution.

The leaked cable indicates that Temer has always held a neoliberal outlook.

“Temer criticized Lula’s narrow vision and his excessive focus on social safety net programs that don’t promote growth or economic development,” reads the cable from Jan 11, 2006.

Temer’s second meeting with US embassy staff

The cable also reveals that in 2006 Temer’s party, the PMDB, was considering an alliance with both the leftist Workers’ Party and the right-wing PSDB.

The PMDB’s tendency to switch sides would later prove to be a critical element in efforts by Brazilian elites to oust Rousseff.

Despite having been elected vice president alongside Rousseff, Temer betrayed his former allies and joined in efforts to oust the president via impeachment.

A June 21, 2006 cable shows Temer held a second meeting with U.S. embassy staff to once again appraise them on the political situation in Brazil.

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Temer laments the lack of power given to PMDB ministers

In that cable Temer laments the lack of power given to PMDB ministers during the Lula government.

“Temer spoke caustically of the Lula administration’s miserly rewards for its allies in the PMDB,” reads the cable.

Temer’s bitterness over being left out of Rousseff’s governance decisions was said to be one of the factors that motivated his eventual support for her impeachment.

Brazilian Senate Coup Forces Out President Rousseff

Source:  TeleSUR
May 11 2016

The president will address the nation soon after she is notified of her suspension from office while she faces trial.

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Brazil’s Senate has voted 55 to 22 to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial, which could lead to her impeachment. The marathon session lasted for almost 24 hours and was met with protests in support of Rousseff and against what many call a soft coup. Rousseff maintains that she has committed no crime and that the attempts to oust her are therefore political.

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The head of state will now be suspended from office for a maximum of 180 days, leaving Vice President Michel Temer as acting president during her trial. He would remain in the post until elections in 2018 if she is found guilty.

Supporters of Rousseff again held an all-night vigil and more plan to take to the streets of the fractured nation this morning.

We are going to fight

One protester quoted by teleSUR said, “We don’t care if they say it is legal, it is not. We will continue to fight.”

Meanwhile, the legal grounds for impeachment were questioned by the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, Tuesday. He stated that he would seek the legal opinion of the Inter-American Human Rights Court.

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Politics Behind Senate Impeachment Vote

Unlike Temer and ousted president of the lower house Eduardo Cunha, Rousseff is not embroiled in any financial impropriety. She is accused of manipulating government budget accounts ahead of her 2014 reelection, an act she argues was done by previous governments without special scrutiny.

Given the lack of legal basis for the impeachment – constitutionally allowed only in cases of serious crimes – many argue that the impeachment bid has less to do with rooting out fraud and more to do with reinstating conservative power that hasn’t been won at the ballot box since Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva came to power in 2002.

Austerity measures will return under Temer

In a report revealed by O estado de Sao Paulo, Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party indicated that it would implement sweeping austerity reforms, including cuts to the lauded Bolsa Familia program.

The report also said the PMDB would consider cutting a large housing program for the poor and displaced workers and a program to make college education more accessible.

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