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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets his followers after his release from prison. Photo: Roberto Stuckert

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He’s back. With a bang.

Only two days after his release from a federal prison in Curitiba, southern Brazil, following a narrow 6×5 decision by the Supreme Court, former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva delivered a fiery, 45-minute long speech in front of the Metal Workers Union in Sao Bernardo, outside of Sao Paulo, and drawing on his unparalleled political capital, called all Brazilians to stage nothing short of a social revolution.

When my colleagues Mauro Lopes, Paulo Leite and myself interviewed Lula at the federal prison, it was his Day 502 in a cell. By August, it was impossible to predict that release would happen on Day 580, in early November.

His first speech to the nation after the prison saga – which is far from over – could never be solemn; in fact he promised a detailed address for the near future. What he did, in his trademark conversationalist style, was to immediately go on the offensive taking down a long list of every possible enemy in the book: those who have mired Brazil into an “anti-people agenda.” In terms of a fully improvised, passionate political address, this is already anthology material.

Lula detailed the current “terrible conditions” for Brazilian workers. He ripped to pieces the economic program – basically a monster sell-out – of Finance Minister Paulo Guedes, a Chicago boy and Pinochetist who’s applying the same failed hardcore neoliberal prescriptions now being denounced and scorned every day in the streets of Chile.

He detailed how the Brazilian right wing openly bet on neo-fascism, which is the form that neoliberalism recently took in Brazil. He blasted mainstream media, in the form of the so far all-powerful, ultra-reactionary Globo empire. In a stance of semiotic genius, Lula pointed to Globo’s helicopter hovering over the masses gathered for the speech, implying the organization is too cowardly to get close to him on ground level.

And, significantly, he got right into the heart of the Bolsonaro question: the militias. It’s no secret to informed Brazilians that the Bolsonaro clan, with its origins in the Veneto, is behaving as a sort of cheap, crude, eschatological carbon copy of the Sopranos, running a system heavy on militias and supported by the Brazilian military. Lula described the president of one of the top nations in the Global South as no less than a militia leader. That will stick – all around the world.

So much for “Lula peace and love,” which used to be one of his cherished mottos. No more conciliation. Bolsonaro now has to face real, fierce, solid opposition, and cannot run away from public debate any more.

Lula’s prison journey has been an extraordinary liberating experience – turning a previously wounded statesman into a fearless warrior mixing the Tao with Steppenwolf (as sketched in Herman Hesse’s book). He’s free like he’s never been before – and he said so, explicitly. The question is how he will be able to muster the organizational work, the method – and have enough time to change the dire conditions for democratic opposition in Brazil. The whole Global South is watching.

At least now the die is cast – and crystal clear: It’s social democracy against neo-fascism. Socially inclusive programs, civil society involved in setting public policy, the fight for equality versus autocracy, state institutions linked to militias, racism and hate against all minorities. Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, to their credit, have offered Lula their unconditional support. In contrast, Steve Bannon is losing sleep, qualifying Lula as “the poster boy of the globalist Left” across the world.

This all goes way beyond Left Populism – as Slavoj Zizek and Chantal Mouffe, among others, have been trying to conceptualize it. Lula, assuming he remains free, is now ready to be the supreme catalyst of an integrated, progressive, “pro-people” New Global Left.

‘Cocaine Evangelistan’

Now for the really nasty bits.

I saw Lula’s speech deep into the night in snow stormed Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan’s capital, in the heart of the steppes, a land trespassed against by the greatest nomad empires in history. The temptation was to picture Lula as a fearless snow leopard roaming the devastated steppes of urban wastelands.

Yet snow leopards, crucially, are a species threatened with extinction.

After the speech I had serious conversations with two top interlocutors, Bern-based analyst Romulus Maya and anthropologist Piero Leirner, a crack authority on the Brazilian military. The picture they painted was realistically gloomy. Here it is, in a nutshell.

When I visited Brasilia last August, several informed sources confirmed that the majority of the Brazilian Supreme Court is bought and paid for. After all, they de facto legitimized all the absurdities that have been taking place in Brazil since 2014. The absurdities were part of a hyper-complex, slow-motion, rolling hybrid war coup that, under the cloak of a corruption investigation, led to the dismantling of industrial national champions such as Petrobras; the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff on spurious charges; and the jailing of Lula, the work of judge, jury and executioner Sergio Moro, now Bolsonaro’s justice minister, who was completely unmasked by The Intercept’s revelations.

The Brazilian military are all over the Supreme Court. Remember, Lula’s liberation happened after a narrow 6 to 5 score. Legally, it was impossible to keep him in prison: the Supreme Court actually bothered to read the Brazilian Constitution.

But there are no structural changes whatsoever on the horizon. The project remains a Brazil sell-out – coupled with a thinly veiled military dictatorship. Brazil remains a lowly US colony. So Lula is out of jail essentially because this system allowed it.

The military abide by Bolsonaro’s abysmal incompetence because he cannot even go to the toilet without permission from General Heleno, the head of the GSI, the Brazilian version of the National Security Council. On Saturday, a scared Bolsonaro asked the top military brass for help after Lula’s release. And crucially, in a tweet, he defined Lula as a “scoundrel” who was “momentarily” free.

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It’s this “momentarily” that gives away the game. Lula’s murky juridical situation is far from decided. In a harrowing but perfectly plausible short-term scenario, Lula could in fact be sent back to jail – but this time in isolation, in a maximum security federal prison, or even inside a military barracks; after all, he’s a former chief of the armed forces.

The full focus of Lula’s defense is now to have Moro disqualified. Anyone with a brain who’s been through The Intercept’s revelations can clearly identify Moro’s corruption. If that happens, and that’s a major “if,” Lula’s already existing convictions will be declared null and void. But there are others lawsuits, eight in total. This is total lawfare territory.

The military’s trump card is all about “terrorism” – associated with Lula and the Workers Party. If Lula, according to the harrowing scenario, is sent back to a federal prison, that could be in Brasilia, which not by accident holds the entire leadership of the PCC, or “First Command of the Capital”– the largest Brazilian criminal organization.

Maya and Leirner have shown how the PCC is allied with the military and the US Deep State, via their asset Moro, to establish not a Pax Brasilica but what they have described as a “Cocaine Evangelistan” – complete with terrorist false flags blamed on Lula’s command.

Leirner has exhaustively studied how the generals, for over a decade on their website, have been trying to associate the PCC with the Workers’ Party. And the association extends to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Hezbollah and the Bolivians. Yes, this all comes straight from His Masters’ Voice’s playbook.

Lula, Putin and Xi

With the military betting on a strategy of chaos, augmented by Lula’s immense social base all over Brazil fuming about his return to prison and the financial bubble finally burst, rendering the middle classes even poorer, the stage would be set for the ultimate toxic cocktail: social “commotion” allied with “terrorism” associated with “organized crime.”

That’s all the military needs to launch an extensive operation to restore “order” and finally force Congress to approve the Brazilian version of the Patriot Act (five separate bills are already making their way in Congress).

This is no conspiracy theory. This is a measure of how incendiary Brazil is at the moment, and Western mainstream media will make no effort whatsoever to explain the nasty, convoluted plot for a global audience.

Leirner goes to the heart of the matter when he says the current system has no reason to retreat because its side is winning. They are not afraid of Brazil turning into Chile. And even if that ends up happening, they already have a culprit: Lula. Brazilian mainstream media are already releasing trial balloons – blaming Lula for the spike of the US dollar and the rise of inflation.

Lula and the Brazilian Left should invest in a full spectrum offensive.

The 9th BRICS summit takes place in Brazil this week. A master counter-coup would be to organize an off-the-record, extremely discreet, heavily securitized meeting among Lula, Putin and Xi Jinping, for instance in an embassy in Brasilia. Putin and Xi are Lula’s real top allies on the global stage. They have been literally waiting for Lula, as diplomats have confirmed to me over and over again.

If Lula follows a restricted script of merely reorganizing the Left, in Brazil, Latin America and even the Global South, the military system currently in place will swallow him whole all over again. The Left is infiltrated – everywhere. Now it’s total war. Assuming Lula remains free, he most certainly won’t be allowed to run again for the presidency in 2022. But that’s no problem. He’s got to be extra-bold – and he will be. Better not mess with the Steppenwolf.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Brazil, BRICs, Jair Bolsonaro, Lula, Neoliberalism 
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  1. Prona says:

    Do not mislabel Bolsonaro as a neo-fascist, he’s just your retarded American puppet, of the likes of the Junta, not of Vargas.
    There’s a huge difference: The Fascists were right-wing socialists who fought capitalism and the big banks, they were completely against this globalist neo-liberalism and were based on the old social guild system of Europe and pro-labour.

    • Agree: PetrOldSack
    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
    , @RobRich
  2. El Dato says:

    Lula, assuming he remains free, is now ready to be the supreme catalyst of an integrated, progressive, “pro-people” New Global Left.

    No thanks. Please stay in assigned area.

    Anyway, South American leftism is not exactly marketable globally, which already has its own cancer of the “New Global Left” brownoforming, jdamflattening and moneyprinting everything with maximum authority.

    Actual conservatism would be nice for a change. And if change won’t come, well, one can always side with General Franco if one absolutely has to.

    > “Cocaine Evangelistan”

    Sounds like a bad plan, isn’t market awash in white snotpowder already? I thought this was about making money??

  3. Saguaro says:

    Lula is a crook and Latin Americans never learn. He’s just another two bit bozo who will manipulate the poor into thinking he is for their advancement. Envy isn’t a good quality.

    • Replies: @Biff
  4. who cares

    • LOL: eah
    • Replies: @nymom
  5. Hail says: • Website

    Better not mess with the former Brazilian president; Putin and Xi are his real top allies in the Global Left

    Putin and Xi are in something called the ‘Global Left’? That’s news to me. Skeptical.

    • Agree: Exile, Z-man, Brás Cubas, El Dato
    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @Exile
    , @Max Parry
  6. utu says:

    “…media will make no effort whatsoever to explain the nasty, convoluted plot for a global audience…” – Pepe’s convoluted writing style peppered with hints and innuendos does not help.

  7. @Hail

    Try their support of Madoro as a first step.

    • Replies: @Exile
  8. Biff says:
    @Saguaro

    He’s just another two bit bozo who will manipulate the poor into thinking he is for their advancement

    yea sure

    Born in Pernambuco state to sharecropping parents, Luiz Inácio da Silva (“Lula” was a nickname that he later added to his legal name) worked as a shoe-shine boy, street vendor, and factory worker to help supplement the family income.

    In 2006, as the end of his first term approached, the economy was growing, and Brazil’s poverty rate had fallen significantly.

    • Replies: @Brazilian guy
  9. In contrast, Steve Bannon is losing sleep, qualifying Lula as “the poster boy of the globalist Left” across the world.

    This is where Bannon loses me. If Lula is a globalist, then why did the globalists jail him?

    … and Western mainstream media will make no effort whatsoever to explain the nasty, convoluted plot for a global audience.

    Do they ever?

    • Replies: @Brazilian guy
  10. @Prona

    Yup. Bolsonaro is another fake pro-Wall-Street, Chicago-School ‘fascist’, just like Pinochet. Latin America is rife with them.

    • Replies: @L.K
  11. Pepe, welcome. bon venidos?
    you mentioned hezbollah in passing. sadly brazil has all the right ingredients for attracting jihadist elements. sadly the left does not care about such issues, fixated as it is on “equality.” or if it cares, it is how to ally with the opportunist invaders. there is more than one infiltration ways. man does not live by bread alone. or man cannot sleep all the time. please wake up. gracias.

    • Replies: @Exile
    , @2stateshmustate
  12. RobRich says: • Website
    @Prona

    Right. Lula was jailed when the Brazilian libertarians discovered a tape of him boasting and laughing how worldwide socialists were deliberately using regulations to plunder capitalism and sabotage companies to both blame capitalism for socialist sins and weaken economies, and enrich their parties. While later seized and by the leftist courts, the tapes led to investigations that jailed him briefly, toppled leftists across Latin America (a libertarian catalyzed coalition in Bolivia this morning kicked out far-left expropriator, vote-stealer, Amazon-burner, and rape-gang organizer Morales), and put over 40 libertarians in the Brazilian Congress.

    NONE of this is reported in the US by the resurgent far-left media monopolies, but we do get reverse-the-truth films on Netflix starring Pierce Brosnan on tax havens and Jack Ryan saves Venezuela for socialism courtesy Amazon.

  13. Exile says:
    @Hail

    Very skeptical. Anti-Zio-Imperialist Global Neo-liberalism does not = “Left.”

    • Agree: Biff
  14. Exile says:
    @animalogic

    They support Maduro b/c “common enemy.”

    The new bi-polar world doesn’t break down on Red-Blue lines, it’s the Israel-US-EU-lead globalist camp vs. the Regionalists/Anti-Globalists.

  15. Exile says:
    @anno nimus

    If there were any fire amid the (((smoke))) of supposed jihadist world-domination plots using Latin America as a forward base, America would have weekly 9/11’s. Our non-gentile-organizations and churches would be bussing in jihadis and billing taxpayers for it. This is Dick Cheney-grade weaponized BS that’s 10+ years past its sell-by date.

  16. It seems to me that what is on today’s menu for Brazil is also planned for tomorrow’s menu for the USA. I’d suggest that it’s mainly the 2nd amendment that is the main reason for any delay.

  17. Comrade Xi, of course, won’t turn the screws on Brazil if he doesn’t get what he wants.

  18. G. Poulin says:

    So, it’s “democracy” vs. “fascism” again, is it? Where have I heard that one before?

  19. Wow.
    Someone has drank a lot of KoolAid.
    The Global Left. Yeah. Right.
    Lulu will max out the credit card (again), buying votes as all scoundrels and demagogues do when or if they get in power.

    “…the fight for equality versus autocracy, state institutions linked to militias, racism and hate against all minorities.”
    This is classic Escobar. Typical deluded leftist. It’s all about ‘racism’ and ‘hate’.
    No, it’s not. It’s about trying to keep a society from turning into a fricking Socialist hellhole where governments lie to poor people, buy their votes and then leave office with the people in a worse situation than before. But you bet your ass that Lula and his buddies will feast before they leave…

    • Replies: @bluedog
    , @bikeanarkist
  20. Lula sent the Brazilian army to help the US, Canada and France rape prepubescent Haitian citizensdo peacekeeping/R2P (of prepubescent Haitian citizens from their own virginity, to wit, training former Haitian National Army pedos if the Cedras pedojunta era as Haitian National Police) in Haiti in the course of the 2004 coup, along with Argentina (Kirchner) and Jordan (Mukhabarat state). That these pedos (Brazilian army) turned on him, joining Bolsanaro, is merely humourous historical irony. Lula must not have been a sufficiently enthusiastic pedo.

    Sleep with the dogs, wake up with their flees.

    Haiti is still de facto occupied, with numerous (Haitian) unconstitutional US and Canadian run fraudulent elections.

  21. China is only interested in what is good for China and as to Brazil, it sees it as a cheap source for raw materials. A fifth generation chinaman from Brazil living in New York still considers himself a Chinese first and American next, all the while disparaging his former homeland and so called lazy Brazilians. Even after a millennium, a Chinese in the West will think of himself as the son of the Middle Kingdom and nothing else!

    • Agree: Old and grumpy
  22. Putin is not a far left politician, in fact he is a Christian and the only sane leader on the world stage.

    • Agree: Twodees Partain
    • Replies: @Quartermaster
  23. Z-man says:

    Putin and Xi are businessmen who want to work with a more orderly Brazil under the direction of Bolsinaro and his advisors, ‘Lulu’ is out. The only sad thing is that he’s a Zionist sympathizer.
    Has Bolsinaro been to the WH yet? If so he got his marching orders from Jared the jeweler about being pro Zionist. (Wry grin)

  24. nymom says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    The problem is that thousands of 3rd worlders are flying into Brazil and allowed to walk or bus into Central America and then show up on the US border looking to get on the welfare rolls of whatever state is dumb enough to offer them shelter…This goes on no matter the left or right governing in Brazil. So we need to care about this gigantic mess of a country causing havoc throughout both North and South America.

    Maybe they need to be split up into smaller statelets so they are less of a menace to their neighbors in the western hemisphere…

    • Replies: @DerKommentator
  25. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Which ever Brazilian leader is on board with letting Wall Street financial sharpies loot that nation, stealing her Amazonian wood, bountiful water, her industries, soybean market and agrees to keep putting Brazil in debt to the IMF gangsters will be allowed to reign.
    The ones that get uppity and think Brazil’s resources should be used to benefit Brazilians will wind up like Qaddafi, with a bayonet up his/her rectum, all the while the CIA paid gangsters are hooting like a colony of baboons.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
  26. Namu says:

    And oh, Pepe, if anything China today is the leading neo-fascist country in the world.
    It abandoned any pretense of being communist or left wing, and now is some conservative, authoritarian and nationalistic country, with zero left-wing economy – in fact, as of today, they use the same economic model of the Nazists.

    • Replies: @MEFOBILLS
  27. PeterMX says:

    “He detailed how the Brazilian right wing openly bet on neo-fascism, which is the form that neoliberalism recently took in Brazil.” Well, the economic program that National Socialist Germany (Fascist Germany) created under Hitler’s leadership was not neoliberal (free-market capitalism, deregulation, and reduction in government spending). The German government was involved in providng financial support and the program they installed is now recognized to have been a highly successful one, turning Germany’s disasterous economic situation around in less than 5 years. They had a “four year plan”. But the difference between National Socialist Germany and Communist USSR is Germany did not murder tens of millions of its cititzens, as the USSR did in the 1930’s. Similarly, Argentina under Juan Peron (sometimes called a fascist) I believe had socialist aspects and I think Argentina and Brazil were much weallthier countries then (in the world’s rankings list) than now. I think Brazil may have also had a fascist leaning government. I can’t find it now but I think it was the newspaper website for ChinaDaily that had a long study (25 pages or more) on Germany’s 1930’s economic program and the article judged it to be a great success. I wonder if it helped China form its current economic policies. While these countries may have had socialist economies, they were not Marxist or communist.

    It looks like the US is becoming a banana republic type country where its leader (Trump) is in danger of being arrested and jailed. Some democrats have explicitly stated they would support that. I think the atmosphere is only going to get worse. According to Wall Street and Trump, the US economy is now running like a finely tuned sports car but its cities sometimes resemble a third world hell hole. My bet is Peter Schiff, Ron Paul, Paul Craig Roberts and David Stoclman are correct and the US will soon have major economic problems that will make 2008 look like the good old days.

    • Agree: Republic
    • Replies: @PeterMX
  28. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:

    Why is this wormy commie trash Escobar employed to write at Unz? Can someone explain?!

  29. MEFOBILLS says:
    @Namu

    with zero left-wing economy – in fact, as of today, they use the same economic model of the Nazists.

    How is that a bad thing?

    The Nazi’s resurrected the economy of Frederick List, which had previously been used under the Kaiser.

    Frederick List borrowed heavily from Henry Carey, and Henry Clay of the “American System of Economy.”

    This sort of economy uses STATE CREDIT and CHANNELS it into the commons. Improving the commons then makes labor more productive. This sort of economy also prevents mercantile countries from dumping by using Tariffs or other blocking techniques. This then allows internal industry and capability to develop.

    The main reasons for both WW1 and 2 was the conflict between finance capitalism of the (((west))) and industrial capitalism of Frederick List.

    The U.S. got punked with the Federal Reserve act and the fraudulent election of 1912, so it wasn’t war that took the U.S. out, it was underhanded maneuvers by the usual culprits.

    Names really don’t mean anything. China has a communist government, and they are running a mixed economy and use industrial capitalism. The mixed economy type of Frederick List requires government to spend state credit into the commons and inelastic sectors.

    The most salient point, is that Oligarchy and Finance Capitalism is mortally afraid of any sort of construct that uses industrial capitalism e.g. the American System of Carey/Clay. The bad guys from (((London))) continually attacked the U.S. until they got what they wanted, and now the U.S. is full of parasites.

    The game that finance oligarchy plays (finance capital) is fairly sophisticated, but its outlines are obvious to those who are aware. The whole left/right debate is BS… it is the political economy type that matters, and the only one that really works is the American System. The National Socialists of Germany evolved the system to the highest form in my opinion.

  30. MEFOBILLS says:

    The ones that get uppity and think Brazil’s resources should be used to benefit Brazilians will wind up like Qaddafi, with a bayonet up his/her rectum, all the while the CIA paid gangsters are hooting like a colony of baboons.

    It is the same pattern over and over.

    The internationalist (finance capital) has no nation. They live in airports and hotels and airplanes. They may have some hidey hole in a gated community somewhere. They make capital from capital i.e. making their money work, when money is not supposed to make money. Their capital can fly to anywhere in the world, to buy influence and find cheap labor. This keeps capital above labor.

    They are also banksters, as the lender is over the debtor. Psychological makeup seems to indicate they suffer from grandiosity and self importance. They are grand and better than deplorables in fly over country.

    It is labor and industry and people that make money… but don’t tell that to the “internationalists.”

    People in turn are born into tribes, and are connected to the land, and history of their place. They are connected backwards to their ancestors. Blood and Soil.

    Ghaddafi got a bayonet up his rectum because he dared to improve the lot of his people, and became a mortal threat with the gold dinar project, which in turn threatened the petro-dollar. It also threatened to control the resources of Africa, so finance could no longer extract from the dark continent.

    (Metal isn’t money, but the gold dinar still threatened petro-dollar.)

  31. @RobRich

    This.

    Lula’s corruption and thievery are legendary even by the already all-too-known standards of Latin American corruption and thievery.

  32. @nymom

    Brazil is just as diverse geographically, socioeconomically, and culturally as the U.S. is, if not more. But unlike the U.S., where states have constitutions and there are conflicts between the federal government and state authorities, Brazil is a federal republic where the national constitution has no opposition from state-level constitutions.

    The problem concerning immigration is that the border controls in the northern states bordering Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, etc., are not what the Mexicans started doing in 2019 after Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican goods. That means that the burden of stopping any inflow of illegal aliens heading towards the U.S.-Mexican border falls on U.S. authorities, although as I just wrote, the Mexican side has stepped up enforcement (better than nothing, although quite late in the game).

  33. “He detailed how the Brazilian right wing openly bet on neo-fascism, which is the form that neoliberalism recently took in Brazil.”

    Did you have a stroke while you wrote this sentence? Seriously, what in the hell are you talking about?

    “He blasted mainstream media, in the form of the so far all-powerful, ultra-reactionary Globo empire. In a stance of semiotic genius, Lula pointed to Globo’s helicopter hovering over the masses gathered for the speech, implying the organization is too cowardly to get close to him on ground level”

    Are you talking about Globohomo? That word does not appear anywhere else in the article, so I’m not sure if Globo is a person, or organization or what… plus, how are you sure it wasn’t just a news helicopter? Also, if you are indeed referring to the NWO Globohomo then they rage against Bolsaniaro, because he dared to say a few nationalistic things. I’m not defending Bolsaniro, because I don’t know what is really happening in the country, but you seem to be confused as to who the real movers and shakers are.

    “Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, to their credit, have offered Lula their unconditional support. In contrast, Steve Bannon is losing sleep, qualifying Lula as “the poster boy of the globalist Left” across the world.”

    Bannon is more of a retarded neocon boomer than Fred Reed. If you want to create the California of the “Global South” by all means go for it. Just don’t start crying and demanding asylum later.

    “Brazil remains a lowly US colony”

    That’s a pretty bold claim, I mean what benefits is the United States getting from having this “colony”? Are you going to say drugs, because the US doesn’t benefit from narcotics, we are dying from them. You just complained for two paragraphs about massive corruption, let me guess that is also the United States fault… it’s all just so tiresome.

    “This is a measure of how incendiary Brazil is at the moment, and Western mainstream media will make no effort whatsoever to explain the nasty, convoluted plot for a global audience.”

    How much you want to bet that if they did, you would be complaining about “digital colonialism” or some other such nonsense.

    If Xi and Putin are Lula’s staunchest allies, then Corbyn and Sanders would have a hard time showing support, because of the insane Russiagate narrative that has been playing out in the West for the last 3 years. Care to comment on that, because if Putin is the leftist liberator of the “Global South” then why does leftist media accuse him of of being in bed with the big bad orange man? Nothing about this article makes any sense, however that is not surprising, considering the subject matter.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Based Brazilian
    , @utu
  34. All you anti-Lula fools on here are just hapless tools. You act like you are all revolutionary and radical and everything when you’re just supporting the hegemon to fuck everybody over including you, you pathetic losers.

  35. Anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:

    I welcome Lula’s release but think it would not have happened if he were considered a political threat.
    (I tried to sign on here pseudonymously, using a handle I successfully used years ago, but was not allowed to, so it is ‘Anonymous’.)

  36. @RobRich

    worldwide socialists were deliberately using regulations to plunder capitalism and sabotage companies to both blame capitalism for socialist sins and weaken economies, and enrich their parties.

    The mirror image would be globalist capitalists were deliberately using deregulation to plunder natural resources and sabotage governments to blame socialism for capitalist sins and weaken economies, and enrich their cronies.

    By the way, how do you plunder a plunderer?

    • Replies: @bikeanarkist
  37. iffen says:

    Does this mean that Brazil will finally become the world superpower that has been predicted yearly since the early 1960’s?

    • LOL: Hail
    • Replies: @Johnny Smoggins
  38. I love your texts, because they are my one and only source of lies about Brazil, except for an occasional Brasil247.

    Only two days after his release from a federal prison in Curitiba, southern Brazil, following a narrow 6×5 decision by the Supreme Court

    When I visited Brasilia last August, several informed sources confirmed that the majority of the Brazilian Supreme Court is bought and paid for.

    Quick question: if they were bought and totally dishonest around August this year, and Lula was freed in November, are they bought off by him? What kind of dumb evil right-winger would buy someone off to free their opponent? I mean, at least omit part of your grift so it all fits together, that’s how the whole Spin Doctor thing works. For help and support, here is a lawyer and friend of Lula casually walking around the Supreme Court.

    Also, another point he didn’t make (clearly following my Spin & Narratives advice) was the fact that Globo despises both Lula and Bolsonaro. He talks as if Bolsonaro has the establishment media on his side, untrue. Major media outlets are either neutral, or against him as Globo or Folha, he has the support of Rede Record. Just as Lula had their support around 2010, in the late Lula and early Dilma years.

    Internationally, Bolsonaro is also very well disliked (going against the whole globalist conspiracy angle you want to make), just tune in to CNN International and you will see Amanpour trashing him daily. Check the european MSM going on about him, the Canadian media, the NYT, etc.

    Ironies and generalized The Guardianesque insanity aside, Lula and Bolsonaro are both authoritarian lunatics . Cut from the same cloth, painted different colors. Brazil has a harsh road ahead for true freedom and true rule of the people.

    • Agree: DerKommentator
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  39. @OverCommenter

    by Globo he means TV Globo, Brazil’s main TV station and media conglomerate. This article is utter leftist gobbledygook from a Lula supporting Spin Doctor, it makes no sense. By the way, on this “globalist conspiracy against poor Lula” angle he is trying to make, Lula is no anti-globalist saint. He was complimented by Obama , nominated for a Nobel Prize, and all the usual globalist rounds. While the alleged globalist Bolsonaro was shunned by international media after Macron (as anti-globalist as they come) made exaggerated claims about the Amazon Forest.

    Many are pointing out that we are witnessing the highest number of fires in the Amazon for seven years. But as meteorologist Jesse Ferrell reports, prior to 2012 there were many years in which the Amazon had worse fires than this year’s: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010.

    Also, on the amazon fires, they were worse in the years above. Lula was president from January 2003 to January 2011 (his successor was his prodigy Dilma), there were worse fires on his government, but no international media backlash. That only happened on the “””globalist””” Bolsonaro government, with fewer fires. Again, this article is utter leftist gobbledygook.

    • Replies: @Jack744
  40. Dumbo says:
    @Based Brazilian

    Both are bad but for different reasons.

    Lula is basically a leftist demagogue with all the progressive agenda behind him.

    Bolsonaro is a right-wing demagogue following the neoliberal agenda.

    So Bolsonaro is (in theory) better in social issues, stopping the more radical changes promoted by leftists, and (in theory) tougher on crime, but worse in the economy, which will remove workers rights.

    Lula could be better in the economic side (I mean this better, not for businesses, but for average people), but promotes the evil progressive globalist agenda.

    Both are also crooks. But in different ways. Lula and PT sacked Petrobras, but Bolsonaro has his own family mafia and is involved with the crook Edir Macedo, among other crooks.

    And both are popular, but with completely different groups of people.

    It’s difficult to find good politicians in Brazil. It’s just not part of the culture.

    • Replies: @Based Brazilian
  41. @Dumbo

    Yep, they are both bad news. On Edir Macedo, I have zero doubt he would go back to the Lula side if he made a comeback, they were all together around 2010. The Lula people were telling us to watch the presidential inauguration on Rede Record (Macedo’s channel) instead of Rede Globo in 2011, advance a decade, the Bolsonaro people were telling us to do the same, they will always align to whomever has the power.

    • Replies: @Republic
    , @Dumbo
  42. voicum says:
    @Anon

    Can you tell us your name…..

  43. Jack744 says:
    @Based Brazilian

    How is Macron as anti-globalist as they come? He’s a total EU/UN puppet.

  44. bluedog says:
    @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    Hmm strange but for a minute I thought you were referring to the U.S.A.,where governments lie to poor folk with it( soon going include the middle class) give some homeless a carton of cigs or a bottle of cheap wins take them down to the nearest voting booth to vote for their man,then once their man is office he sucks the tax dollars out of the working class to feed the 1% along with the MIC leaving the nation the same or worse shit hole than when he found it..!!

    Yep that sure fits America.

  45. bluedog says:
    @Anon

    Probably the same reason they let trailer park trash like you post here.!!!

    • Agree: Biff
  46. @anno nimus

    Most of the people of the world, excluding the mindless lumps of the US consider Hezbollah to be freedom fighting heroes. Personally, I looking forward to the next time they kick the shit out of the settler colony of Israel.

  47. PeterMX says:
    @PeterMX

    Is The ‘Mother of all Bubbles’ About to Pop? – Ron Paul

  48. Max Parry says: • Website
    @Hail

    Putin might not be a leftist but he did reduce the privatization in Russia by nationalizing much of the oil and gas resources.

  49. Max Parry says: • Website
    @Anon

    Aren’t there enough articles about how blacks have low IQ or whatever for you? One pinko commie article won’t hurt you.

    • LOL: Biff
  50. Republic says:
    @Based Brazilian

    Why did Pepe Escobar leave Brazil many years ago?

    • Replies: @Based Brazilian
  51. @MEFOBILLS

    We need a President in The Oval Office who will heed your advice and execute your suggestions.

    This is sensible macroeconomic fundamentals:

    The mixed economy type of Frederick List requires government to spend state credit into the commons and inelastic sectors.

    This is why we need you in a position of power although in the future the implications of your use of the term “finance capital(ism) would be more immediately understood if always encased in the three sets of parenthesis you aptly use elsewhere:

    The game that finance oligarchy plays (finance capital) is fairly sophisticated, but its outlines are obvious to those who are aware.

    Here’s the important takeaway beyond the economic specifics:

    The whole left/right debate is BS… it is the political economy type that matters, and the only one that really works is the American System. The National Socialists of Germany evolved the system to the highest form in my opinion.

  52. El Dato says:

    Can anyone tell me what’s up with the Swamp’s obsession of attacking Venezuelan embassies in other countries using rent-a-crowds of thugs, then proclaiming the freedoms therein? The feeling is that of a gay bar cruiser unable to stop himself.

  53. El Dato says:
    @Anon

    Because he’s good, unlike you, Anon. We need more “commies” like Pepe.

    But what the hey, you are probably just another postobot.

  54. @Republic

    I’m not sure, but he used to contribute for Carta Capital, a left-wing national magazine. This magazine, and also a lot of individual bloggers and websites of the Brazilian left, used to get money funneled in during the Lula and Dilma governments (2003-2016 total) either through the federal government ad budget or through big business partnered with them. Whatever way, getting money through the government doesn’t scream “independent/heroic journalism” at all.

    the links are in Portuguese, but you can use an online translator and get the gist of it.

  55. Dumbo says:
    @Based Brazilian

    So Globo is aligned with whom?

    Historically, it was more right-wing, but Roberto Marinho’s heirs seem to be more Soros-like leftists. And yet Globo is not very enthusiastic for Lula, but neither for Bolsonaro.

    Veja (Abril) is another puzzle, it was very anti-Lula before, but now, I’m not so sure.

    • Replies: @L.K
  56. L.K says:
    @Dumbo

    The Brazilian big Media is all concentrated in the hands of a few oligarchs, like the Marinhos of Globo.
    Some of the large media networks such as SBT & Record, support Bolsonaro while others, such a Globo or the shitty Zionist(Civitas) founded magazine Veja, play a sort of game where they denounce the Bolsonaro regime on custom issues, which the more ‘sophisticated’ Brazilian oligarchs mimic and copy mainly from the US. This has to do with feminism, misogyny, racism, LGBTQetc related themes. But as long as the Bolsonaro regime carries out the ultra Neoliberal reforms the Oligarchs desire, they’ll put up with him.
    Most of the elite preferred a more polished guy like Geraldo Alckmin, but since it was not possible due to Alckmin’s poor electoral performance, Bolsonaro would have to do.
    But what the Oligarchs truly don’t want is someone very capable who may attempt real structural reforms and rejection of Neoliberalism; someone like Ciro Gomes of PDT.

  57. L.K says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    Yup. Bolsonaro is another fake pro-Wall-Street, Chicago-School ‘fascist’, just like Pinochet. Latin America is rife with them.

    You got that right… and since it is the banksters, the financial sector in general, the ones who really rule Brazil from behind their political stooges, Bolsonaro rules for them also, in conjunction with Washington’s interests of course, through an ever more brutal form of Neoliberalism advanced by Bolsonaro’s economic minister, the psycho crook Paulo Guedes.
    The country is in deep recession but the banksters are in paradise!
    Jewish philanthropist(!) banker becomes Brazil’s richest person
    https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/americas/jewish-philanthropist-banker-becomes-brazil-s-richest-person-1.6983958

    Not that the Brazilian Worker’s Party ever truly rejected Neoliberalism at all, as James Petras forcefully criticized them years ago, and rightly so. Despite the banksters making rivers of money under Lula and Dilma Vana Rousseff’s administrations, it was not enough for the Oligarchs. After rejecting a harsher form of neoliberalism proposed by her traitorous vice-president, Rousseff was impeached on bogus charges.

  58. Funny how so many here that hate Da Jews! also hate tho only politicians who oppose Israel. Lula da Silva was one of the few to recognize the Palestinian state, and stand up to Zionist terrorism. Evo Morales of Bolivia and Maduro in Venezuela also do. I’m sure these same braindead anti-Da Jews! lemmings will also cheer on the removal of Evo, and then act surprised when a ultra Zionist fascist like Bolsonaro is placed in charge by the CIA.

    I suspect many of these same folks must also be yuge fans of the anti-globalist IMF and World Bank also.

    Funny how that works. Cheering for the things they supposedly hate.
    Because Evo Lula and Maduro are COMMUNISTS! MARXISTS! GLOBALISTS! and SOCIALISTS!

    These people are closely tied to the original Nazis, Klaus Barbie did much work in Latin America after the CIA helped the Nazis escape after WW2. So yeah, these fascists were trained by the ones from NSDAP Germany. Helped in Operation Condor killing Che Guevara and many more. Go do some research. Research “The cocaine coup” also in Bolivia. You may not like to believe it, but its true. Much of it admitted by the CIA itself. They’re also trained here in America, at The School of the Americas in Ft. Benning GA. These are the death squads we heard so much about in the 80’s.

    Steve “I’m a proud Zionist” Bannon is former Goldman Sachs. LOL! Thats about as globalist as it gets tards. But yeah, up is down, black is white, war is peace, carry on.

    Yall should hire better sock puppets, you’re fooling no one.

    https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/11/bolivia-coup-fascist-foreign-support-fernando-camacho/

    https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/13/bolivian-coup-plotters-school-of-the-americas-fbi-police-programs/

    https://www.madcowprod.com/2019/11/11/the-latest-coup-in-bolivia-operation-condor/

    • Replies: @bikeanarkist
  59. utu says:
    @OverCommenter

    ” Nothing about this article makes any sense” – This goes for most of Pepe’s articles. I tried to read him years ago when he was at Asia Times but I was always left with an impression that the guy writes in some code or his English is lacking.

  60. It’s no secret to informed Brazilians that the Bolsonaro clan, with its origins in the Veneto, is behaving as a sort of cheap, crude, eschatological carbon copy of the Sopranos,

    That was really off; the Veneto has no connection with organized crime. Poor agricultors made the bulk of immigrants from that region to Brazil. Bolsonaro’s father extracted teeth.

  61. Stogumber says:

    The point ignored here is the electorate.
    The electorate has to choose between three solutons: a leftist one, a neo-liberal one and a “fascist” one.
    The “fascist” one has some advantages, above all a clear will to eliminate gangs – which work, above all, in the slums. That’s how Bolsonaro won the vote: not only from capitalists, but also from Evangelicals and from people in the slums.
    Lula seems to lump all his enemies together. Well, he can afford to miss the capitalist vote and also the Evangelical middle class – but can he really afford to miss the vote of the slum people? Or will he do anything real to win them over? As far as I see a Lula government will probably reinstate the gangs into their former glory, but will the people in the slums agree to that?

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  62. @iffen

    The old joke is that Brazil is the country of tomorrow…..forever.

    • Agree: Poupon Marx
  63. This is a shallow and glib, girlish adoration piece similar to the pubescent girls screaming at the Beatles concerts in the 60s. Lula is a Castro wannabe and close butt buddy of Maduro. Such filth!

    If you want to know what is really going on in Brazil (my wife’s family is Brazilian, professional and middle class), read the panampost.com:

    https://panampost.com/editor/2019/11/19/lulas-prison-release-weakens-institutions-in-brazil/
    https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2019/06/17/bolsonaro-and-guedes-fight-to-reform-brazils-unsustainable-pension-system/

    Most people in Northern Hemisphere-as evidenced by some of the cliched and toss off generalities here in comments-know next to nothing about South America. I’ve been involved through work, leisure and marriage with the cultures there for 50 years.

    If Obama is your hero, then Lula is your idol, just like the fat lesbian Castro acolyte, Dilma Rousseff. Lula is a communist, pure. Malevolent, he is only interested in delivering Brazil to the International ZOG, Banker Cartels, UN, Corporations.

    If you don’t know about something, best not to blurb and burp out drivel and trite mierda.

  64. @Stogumber

    If you know and understand Obama, who made him, how, and for what purpose, then Lula is easy to understand.

  65. @Anon

    “Kids, we are publishing this article to show you what shit looks, smells like. It stinks for a reason, you should not get close to it, don’t touch it. Dig a hole an bury it.”

    If International Rothschild Communism is your pile, then eat Lula, and snort some up your nostrils.

  66. @Biff

    This means nothing.
    Oh yes, propaganda has incredible power, you give alms to wretched people and manipulate the statistics by saying you got them out of poverty, and soon everyone will treat you like a hero, even if you stole it in the process.

    Lula is a millionaire now, same for his son without studies, he is not a saint and Bolsonaro was elected thanks to “Lulism”

  67. @Digital Samizdat

    Because that’s what globalists do, they use people and when they don’t need them anymore, they throw them away.
    Lula is just another progressive politician, he was president precisely because he was befitting the “globalists”, nobody becomes president without their consent.
    Despite his socialist appeal, bank profits were a record in his presidency

  68. @DESERT FOX

    Putin is an inveterate liar that has managed to fool a lot of people into thinking he’s a Christian. Putin is many things, but Christian is no where to be found on the list.

  69. @Curmudgeon

    I was just a broken head
    I stole a world that others plundered
    Now I stumble through the garbage
    Slide and tumble
    Slide and stumble

  70. @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    Lulu will max out the credit card (again), buying votes as all scoundrels and demagogues do when or if they get in power.

    One could substitute “U$A political establishment”, in that comment, however the establishment owns the credit card company.

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