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What’s Behind the Summit of South American Nations in Brasilia?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan, Guests: Temir Porras Ponceleon, Guillaume Long, Danny Shaw Aljazeera
Brazil’s president wants economic and political bloc to benefit region. Leaders from South America’s 12 nations are meeting in Brazil. Their host president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is calling for more unity and even a new single currency.

Lula’s Victory Is a Testament to Solidarity

Jeremy Corbyn Progressive International
I hope those who cheer Lula’s victory pay attention to the source of his success. The route to a greener and fairer future is not through focus groups, it is through mobilisation of a multi-racial working-class, galvanised by the prospect of a government bold enough to act.

Lula Walks Free from Prison

Dom Phillips The Guardian
Workers’ party leader had been held for 580 days for corruption. Court rules incarceration unlawful until appeals exhausted.

The Amazon’s Neocolonial Problem

Daniel Hunt Brazil Wire
The Amazon fires led to a wave of indignation around the world. This should be channeled into supporting the inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest and progressive Brazilians in their struggle to extinguish the political cause of this catastrophe.


“There is no negotiation whatsoever”: Union leader Douglas Izzo talks about labor rights in post-coup Brazil

Brian Mier Council on Hemispheric Affairs
No candidate has ever run for the presidency promising to raise the retirement age, end formal employment protection and greatly expand outsourcing. Nobody would ever get elected saying these things. The only way to remove the labor rights that we fought for over the last 100 years was through a coup such as the one in Brazil that forced Dilma Rousseff out of office. Workers have responded by strikes, demonstrations and massive rallies.
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