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Even before Jair Bolsonaro won the second round of the Brazil general election on October 28, his far right politics and dangerous rhetoric were the subject of much concern. There is also increasing alarm over the safety of the previous president Luisa Ignacio Lula da Silva, who is in prison and barred from running. Since the election speculation and fear has only increased. Does Bolsonaro represents a new pattern, consistent with developments in Ukraine and the West’s relations with Saudi Arabia, in which the US and its allies promote, and openly back, overtly fascist and far-right repressive regimes as a response to their fading attraction in the third world?

This dossier includes a range of formative articles with a variety of opinions, as well as some background reading and links to articles on other websites

There are links to each article as they appear on the New Cold War website, which deals with various aspects of the Brazil Election, its political repercussions, Jair Bolsonaro, the fate of the previous president, Lula and the country’s economic development, together with a brief introduction to the article.

New Cold War dossiers will be updated and republished from time to time as new posts are added.

To view an article click on its headline; to view the original, click on the ‘published on’ link immediately preceding the introduction to the article.


Original NCW article


Did Bolsonaro win?

In the wake of the Brazilian election, this original NCW article examines the results and asks whether the country actually did endorse Bolsonaro and his policies. “The validity of the election was in any case under question because the most popular opposition candidate, Lula, was jailed and denied the right to stand on grounds widely recognized as trumped-up, prior to an election which was itself the outcome of the equally questionable unseating  of Brazil’s elected president Dilma Rousseff…”

By the editors

Original NCW article, Nov 17, 2018

Original NCW article


Interrogating the Bolsonaro Era

This original NCW article begins with the premise that the new president of Brazil was a product of the institutional coup against Dilma in which the large-scale electoral manipulation designed to prevent the victory of the PTalso ended up overwhelming the old parties of the right: they silenced Lula, but they also demolished the traditional conservative formations. The arrival of anunexpected captain at the head of state gives rise to multiple unknowns.

Translated from Spanish by the NCW editorial team: Interrogantes de la Era Bolsonaro

By Claudio Katz

Original NCW article, Nov 17, 2018


Brazil: Just confusion or complete insanity? – 1

In order to understand why a country like Brazil elects a man like Jair Bolsonaro as president, you have to look closely at economic development…

By Heiner Flassbeck

Published on Heiner Flassbeck EconomicsNov 20, 2018

Brazil: Just confusion or complete insanity? – 2

The mistakes of previous Brazilian governments, including the governments of the Labour Party, primarily resulted from fears of capital markets and a global system that gives these markets immense power over governments…

By Heiner Flassbeck

Published on Flassback Economics International, Nov 20, 2018

PT appeals for solidarity at European Left Forum against US re-colonisation of Brazil and for Lula’s freedom

Last week in Bilbao Senator Lindbergh Farias addressed the European Left Forum on behalf of Brazil’s Workers Party, during which he asked for the participants of the Forum to establish a movement in solidarity with the Brazilian people who are resisting US intervention, the rise of fascism and the political persecution of former President Lula da Silva. We suggest reading this together with Lula’s Last Chance, an article we posted on November 12.

By Fiona Edwards

Published on, Nov 13, 2018

Lula’s last chance?

As US-backed anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro reveals himself as a neofascist political operative, Lula’s defense lawyers file a habeas corpus with the Supreme Court. Could this be Lula’s last chance for freedom?

By Brian Mier

Published on brasilwire.comNov 7, 2018

Brazil just elected a fascist. Now what?

Extreme-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro has won the Brazilian presidency. In the run-up to the election, he promised to banish ‘red outcasts’ through a ‘cleansing’ never before seen in Brazilian history. Five Brazil experts react.

By various authors

Published on New InternationalistOct 29, 2018

Bolsonaro threatens the world, not just Brazil’s fledgling democracy

According to this piece, signed by Noam Chomsky and 14 others, women and LGBT activists, human rights defenders, environmentalists and indigenous peoples in Brazil are all at risk from the far-right Bolsonaro.

By Noam Chomsky and 14 others

Published on The GuardianOct 25, 2018


International interests and the destruction of Brazilian Democracy

This article offers key insights into the situation facing Brazil as voters go to the polls this Sunday.

By Marcelo Zero

Published on New SocialistOct 24, 2018

Privatizing Oil in Venezuela? A Conversation with Victor Hugo Majano

A researcher examines the political and economic issues surrounding the current trend towards privatizations in a besieged Venezuela.

By Cira Pascual Marquina

Published on venezuelanalysis.comOct 19,2018


Landless movement leader assassinated in Brazilian Amazon

MST leader Aluisio Sampaio has become another casualty in a mounting wave of violence currently sweeping Brazil. Some analysts are linking his murder and the increase in violence to the strong showing on October 7 by presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

By Sue Branford and Maurício Torres

Published on MongabayOct 15, 2018

Brazil elections: Hate crimes reported include a murder and a swastika attack

Tension ahead of the Brazilian elections has been linked to a string of violent attacks, including one case being treated as political murder, according to local media.

BBC, Oct 12, 2018

Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate is too extreme for even Marine Le Pen

When Le Pen says “I do not see Mr. Bolsonaro as a far-right candidate. He says extreme things, unpleasant things which are insurmountable in France” and Bolsonaro described a congresswoman as “too ugly to rape”, or says that police should be given “a license to indiscriminately kill whoever they think is a criminal”, Luke Barnes questions why there has been “friendly coverage” of Bolsonaro in the Wall Street Journal, which recently published an editorial endorsing the candidate.

By Luke Barnes

Published on Think Progress, Oct 11, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil would be a disaster for the Amazon and global climate change

In the event of Bolsonaro coming to power, there is a strong likelihood that his government will adopt anti-environmental strategies that will have a very negative impact on the country – in particular the Amazon. In light of the IPCC’s recent report, there is more riding on this than ever.

By Ed Atkins

Published on The Conversation, Oct 10, 2018

Brazil’s Presidential race 2018: far right Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazil, Latin America and whole world

Far right candidate Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in the first round of polling in the Brazil election – significantly higher than Brazil’s main opinion polling companies had predicted. The impact of this result on the progressive left in Latin America is of growing concern, as is the boost Bolsonaro’s strong lead is giving to reactionary forces in the region.

By Fiona Edwards

Published on, Oct 8, 2018

Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global

Until recently better known for his outspoken and often outrageous jingoistic, racist misogynistic and homophobic comments, the first round results of the Brazilian election have transformed him from marginalized clown into the overwhelmingly dominant force in the country’s political life, although not by a sufficient margin to avoid a run-off. This overview by Glenn Greenwald explores the lessons that need to be learned from this dangerous situation – and the implications such a victory could have for global politics on a broader scale.

By Glenn Greenwald

Published on The Intercept, Oct 8, 2018


MST Open Letter on Brazil Election (movement for landless workers)

In the wake of the first round of the Brazilian election, the MST National Board share some of their views on this delicate moment for Brazilian politics in the last week of the campaign.

Published on Socialist ProjectOct 7, 2018


The Future of Brazilian Democracy

The Brazilian Economist Marcos Arruda, from the PACS Institute (Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone) in Rio de Janeiro, and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, makes a political economy analysis of possible scenarios in the 2018 presidential elections.

By Marcos Arruda

Published on Brasil WireOct 5, 2018



Fallacies and Inaccuracies About Venezuelan Migration

This article – which addresses the “exodus” of Venezuelans as a result of the “humanitarian crisis” that stems from the economic war and the financial siege against the country – is no less relevant today.

By Misión Verdad

Published on venezuelanalysis.comMar 15, 2018

Links to other articles to articles we think you’ll find interesting


Corbyn Calls for Global Movement Against Inequality, Offers Support to Latin America’s Left

Tropical Trump Declares War on Amazonia

Brazil’s new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot

Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments

American Executives: Election of Far-Right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil Is a “Bullish Opportunity for Us”





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