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Global Left Midweek - October 10, 2018

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Brazil Election: Landless Workers, Chomsky Meets Lula, French Left Leader, El Salvador Left vs Right, Transforming the UK, South Asia Women's Movements, Weekly Protest in Austria

With Lula in Jail, the Future of Democracy in Brazil is at Stake

Alfredo Saad-Filho Red Pepper
Lula’s crime was to be a worker and a popular political leader in an elitist country. The challenge for the left is to rebuild a democratic movement that will put the political system, the media, the judicial system and the state at the service of political freedom.

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“If Lula is Arrested, Civil Disobedience is the Way” Calls MST Leader Joao Pedro Stedile

Denise Assis O Cafezinho / The Dawn News
Power depends on correlation of strength. The bourgeoisie and its minions use the judicial power to suit their interests as if this was a monarchy, with no oversight by society. They trampled on the Constitution in order to reach their goals. The working class has only one space where it can exert its political power: mobilization on the streets.

Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption — and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy

Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman, David Miranda The Intercept
There is no question that PT is rife with corruption. But the picture currently emerging in Brazil surrounding impeachment is far more complicated and ethically ambiguous, than has frequently been depicted. The effort to remove Dilma and her party from power now resembles a nakedly anti-democratic power struggle more than a legally sound process or genuine anti-corruption movement.

Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff - It's Class War, and Their Class is Winning

Alfredo Saad Filho The Bullet
The judicial coup against President Dilma Rousseff is the culmination of the deepest political crisis in Brazil for 50 years. Dilma's second victory sparked a heated panic among the neoliberal and U.S.-aligned opposition. The fourth consecutive election of a President affiliated to the centre-left PT (Workers' Party) was bad news for the opposition, because it suggested that PT founder Lu¡s In cio Lula da Silva could return in 2018.

The Mass Protests in Brazil in June-July 2013

Alfredo Saad Filho The Bullet
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 administration.
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