By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2013
Despite a rollback in transit fares, hundreds of thousands took to the streets Thursday in cities across Brazil, demanding greater spending on health, education and social services.
By Dorian Griscom, 19 June 2013
Monday’s mass protests broadened a wave of smaller protests that were initially launched in response to transit fare hikes.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2013
Teachers remain on strike in the municipal school system of the city of Sao Paulo after the strike by their counterparts in the Sao Paulo state system was betrayed by their union.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2013
The inflation spike has been driven by a sharp rise in the price of food and other consumer items, with the impact felt acutely by Brazil’s working class and poor.
By Rafael Azul, 28 January 2013
A lack of fire equipment and fire exits, the use of cheap building materials, and inadequate inspections combined to push up the number of casualties.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2012
The majority of Brazil’s federal unions have called off a nearly four-month strike that pitted some 350,000 workers against the Workers Party government of President Dilma Rousseff.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2012
Tensions between the government of Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff and hundreds of thousands of striking federal workers deepened as federal police and other sectors of the public workforce joined the walkout.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2012
A prolonged strike by 350,000 university professors, electrical workers and other federal employees poses a direct challenge to the economic policies initiated by the Workers Party government in response to the global crisis.
By Rafael Azul, 15 November 2011
On Sunday Brazilian police and Government troops occupied three slums in Río de Janeiro as part of a pacification program in preparation for Soccer and Olympic competitions in 2014 and 2016.
By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011
Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2011
In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, authorities in Brazil are carrying out mass expulsions of favela (shantytown) residents in Rio de Janeiro and other cities.
By John Chan, 18 April 2011
Global economic shifts are behind the push by the BRICS grouping for the Western powers to make room for the “emerging economies”.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2011
A report released this week by Human Rights Watch cited Brazil for widespread torture, police killings and a continuing amnesty for crimes carried out under the military dictatorship.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2011
The death toll from flooding and mudslides rose past 500 Friday, with hundreds more missing, as Brazil confronted its worst ever natural disaster.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2010
Scores of cables between the US State Department and the American embassy in Brasilia released by WikiLeaks have laid bare the ruthless pursuit of US imperialist interests in Latin America’s largest country.
By Rafael Azul, 2 November 2010
The Brazilian stock market reacted favorably to the victory of the PT candidate Dilma Rousseff in Sunday’s election. Eight years in power have confirmed the so-called Workers Party as a stalwart defender of capitalism.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2010
Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff, incumbent President Lula da Silva’s hand-picked successor, failed to win an outright majority in Sunday’s Brazilian election, forcing her into a run-off with José Serra, the candidate of the right.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2010
Brazil’s October 3 election appears set to deliver the presidency to the Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff and cement the continuity of the pro-capitalist policies pursued by incumbent President Lula da Silva.
By Rafael Azul, 14 April 2010
For the second time this year, scores of Brazilians have been victimized and left homeless by storms in Rio de Janeiro state.
By Ali Ismail, 15 September 2009
Last month, prosecutors in Brazil charged the founder of one of the country’s largest evangelical churches with committing fraud against its followers, many of them poverty-stricken, as well as the church itself.
By Julio Maia, 11 July 2009
On June 9, the University of Sao Paulo (USP), the largest university in Brazil, with nearly 80,000 students, was the scene of events that have not taken place in the country in 30 years, since the darkest days of the military dictatorship.
By Luis Arce, 6 June 2009
Last month’s visit to Beijing by Brazil’s president pointed to the vast political-economic shifts taking place globally as economic rivals seek to fill the vacuum left by a US tied down in two wars and struggling to confront its deep financial crisis.
By Roger Silva, 5 December 2008
Relations between South America’s so-called left governments appear fraught with growing tensions in advance of the Union of South American nation’s meeting in Brazil later this month.
By Bill Vann, 13 February 1998
On February 11 the lower house of the Brazilian parliament approved sweeping cuts in Brazil's social security system while thousands of workers confronted heavily armed police outside the parliament building in Brasilia.