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Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva holds a press conference at the metalworkers’ union building in Sao Bernardo do Campo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 10. Photo: AFP / Cris Faga / Anadolu Agency
Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva holds a press conference at the metalworkers’ union building in Sao Bernardo do Campo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 10. Photo: AFP / Cris Faga / Anadolu Agency

A surprising Supreme Court decision that, while not definitive, restores Lula’s political rights has hit Brazil like a semiotic bomb and plunged the nation into a reality show being played in a wilderness of shattered mirrors.

At first, it looked like three key variables would remain immutable.

  • The Brazilian military run the show – and that would not change. They maintain total veto power over whether Lula may run for president for a third term in 2022 – or be neutralized, again, via whatever juridical maneuver might be deemed necessary, at the time of their choosing.
  • President Bolsonaro – whose popularity was hovering around 44% – would now have free rein to mobilize all strands of the right against Lula, fully supported by the Brazilian ruling class.
  • Pinochetist Economics Minister Paulo Guedes would continue to have free rein to completely destroy the Brazilian state, industry and society on behalf of the 0.001%.
Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes, pictured on February 5, during a press conference to discuss energy policies. Photo: AFP/Mateus Bonomi/AGIF
Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes, pictured on February 5, during a press conference to discuss energy policies. Photo: AFP/Mateus Bonomi/AGIF

But then, 48 hours later, came the Lula tour de force: a speech and press conference combo lasting a Proustian three hours – starting with a long thank you list on which, significantly, the first two names were Argentina President Alberto Fernandez and Pope Francis, implying a future Brazil-Argentina strategic axis.

During those three hours, Lula operated a masterful pre-emptive strike. Fully aware he’s still not out of the legal woods, far from it, he could not possibly project himself as a revolutionary leader. In the complex Brazilian matrix, only the evolution of social movements will in the distant future create the political conditions for some possibility of radical revolution.

So Lula opted for the next-best play: he completely changed the narrative by drawing a sharp contrast to the dreadful wasteland presided over by Bolsonaro. He emphasized the welfare of Brazilian society; the necessary role of the state, as social provider and development organizer; and the imperative of creating jobs and raising people’s incomes.

“I want the Armed Forces taking care of the nation’s sovereignty,” he stressed. The political message to the Brazilian military – who hold all the cards in the current political charade – was unmistakable.

On the autonomy of the Brazilian Central Bank, he remarked that the only ones who profited from it comprised “the financial system.” And he made it quite clear the main circumstance in which “they should be afraid of me” will be if choice chunks of productive Brazil – as in national energy giant Petrobras – are sold for nothing. So he firmly positioned himself against the ongoing neoliberal privatization drive.

Obama-Biden

Even knowing that Obama-Biden were the (silent) overseers of the slow motion lawfare coup against President Dilma Rousseff from 2013 to 2016, Lula could not afford to be confrontational with Washington.

Lula at his press conference at the ABC Metalworkers Union. Photo AFP / Vanessa Carvalho / Brazil Photo Press
Lula at his press conference at the ABC Metalworkers Union. Photo AFP / Vanessa Carvalho / Brazil Photo Press

Refraining from throwing a fragmentation bomb he didn’t mention that then-Vice President Biden spent three days in Brazil in May 2013 and met Dilma – discussing, among other key issues, the fabulous pre-salt oil reserves. One week later, the first installment of a rolling Brazilian color revolution hit the streets.

Lula skirted another potential fragmentation bomb when he said, “I had the intention to build a strong currency with China and Russia so not to be dependent on the U.S. dollar. Obama knew about it.”

That’s correct: but Lula could have stressed that this was arguably the fundamental motivation for the coup – and for the destruction of an emergent Brazil, then 6th largest economy in the world and accumulating vast political capital across the Global South.

Lula is far from secure enough to take the risk of indicting the whole, elaborate Obama-Biden/FBI/Justice Department operation that created the conditions for the Car Wash investigation racket – now totally unmasked. The US deep sate is watching. Watching everything. In real time. And they won’t let their tropical neo-colony slip away without a fight.

Still, the Lula Show was an incantatory, hypnotic invitation to tens of millions of people glued to their smartphones, a society terminally exhausted, appalled and infuriated by a multi-pronged tragedy presided over by Bolsonaro.

Hence the inevitable, subsequent vortex.

What is to be done?

If confirmed as the ultimate comeback kid, Lula faces a Sisyphean task. The unemployment rate is 21.6% nationally, over 30% in the poorer northeastern regions.

It reaches nearly 50% among 18-24-year-olds. The emergency government help in times of pandemic was initially set at a little over $100 – to loud opposition protests. Now that it’s been scaled down to a paltry $64, the opposition is clinging to the previous $100 it rejected.

For 60% of the Brazilian working class monthly wages are less than what was the minimum wage in 2018, at the time valued around $300.

In contrast to relentless impoverishment, a hefty chunk of Brazilian industrialists would like to see the Guedes hardcore neoliberal orchestra keep playing unencumbered. That implies serial super-exploitation of the work force and indiscriminate sell-off of state assets. A large proportion of the pre-salt deposits – in terms of reserves already discovered – is not Brazilian-owned anymore.

The military de facto handed over the nation’s economy to transnational finance. Brazil virtually depends on mercenary agro-business to pay its bills. As soon as China reaches food security, with Russia as a major supplier, this arrangement will vanish – and foreign reserves will dwindle.

To talk about “de-industrialization” in Brazil – as the liberal left does – makes no sense whatsoever, as rapacious industrialists themselves support neoliberalism and rentism.

Add to it a narco-trafficking boom as a direct consequence of the nation’s industrial collapse, coupled with what could be defined as the incremental US-style evangelicalization of social life expressing the predominant anomie, and we have the most graphic case of disaster capitalism ravaging a major Global South economy in the 21st century.

So what is to be done?

No smoking gun

Of course there’s no smoking gun. But all the shadowplay points toward a deal. Now seemingly rallying around him are, with the exception of the military, the same actors who tried to destroy Lula – what is dubbed the “juristocracy,” powerful media interests, the goddess of the market.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures on February 9 during the Launch of the “Adopt a Park)Program at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo: AFP / Evaristo Sa
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures on February 9 during the Launch of the “Adopt a Park)Program at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo: AFP / Evaristo Sa

After all, Bolsonaro – the incarnation of a military project rolled out since at least 2014 – is not only bad for business: his psychotic inconsequence is downright dangerous.

For instance, if Brasilia cuts off Huawei from 5G in Brazil, sooner rather than later agro-business mercenaries will be eating their own soya beans, as Chinese retaliation will be devastating. China is Brazil’s top trade partner.

Key plot twists remain unanswered. For instance, whether the Supreme Court decision – which may be reverted – was taken only to protect the Car Wash investigation, actually racket, and its crypto Elliott Ness-style superstar, now discredited provincial judge Sergio Moro.

Or whether a new judicial via crucis for Lula may be unleashed if their handlers so decide. After all, the Supreme Court is a cartel. Virtually every one of the 11 justices is compromised to one degree or another.

ORDER IT NOW

The paramount variable is what the imperial masters really want. No one inside the Beltway has a conclusive answer. The Pentagon wants a neo-colony – with minimum Russia-China influence, that is, a fractured BRICS. Wall Street wants maximum plunder. As it stands, both the Pentagon and Wall Street never had it so good.

Obama-Biden 3.0 want some continuity: the sophisticated early-to-mid 2010s project of shattering Brazil via Hybrid War developed under their patronage. But now that must proceed under “acceptable” management; for the Dem leadership Bolsonaro, on every level, is irredeemably linked to Trump.

So this is the crucial deal to watch in the long run: Lula/Obama-Biden 3.0.

Brasilia insiders close to the military are spinning that if the deep state/Wall Street consortium gets its new basket of goodies – China out of 5G, increased weapons sales, the privatization of Eletrobras, new Petrobras price policies – the military may discard Lula again anytime.

Always in negotiation mode, Lula had been in action even before the Supreme Court decision. In late 2020, Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Development Investment Fund which financed the Sputnik V vaccine, took a meeting with Lula, after he identified the former president as one of the signatories of a petition by Nobel Economics prize Muhammad Yunus calling for Covid-19 vaccines to be a common good. The meeting was firmly encouraged by Russian President Putin.

This eventually led to tens of millions of doses of Sputnik V being available for a group of Brazilian northeastern states. Lula played a key part in the negotiation. The federal government, initially bowing to heavy American pressure to demonize Sputnik V, but then confronted with a vaccine disaster, was forced to jump on the bandwagon and now is even trying to take the credit for it.

Lula receives a dose of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 in Sao Bernardo do Campo, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 13, 2021. Photo: AFP / Paulo Lopes
Lula receives a dose of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 in Sao Bernardo do Campo, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 13, 2021. Photo: AFP / Paulo Lopes

As it stands, this enthralling telenovela political frenzy may be exhibiting all the hallmarks of a psyops crossover between MMA and WWE – starring a few good guys and an abundance of heels.

The (military) house would like to give the impression it is controlling all the bets. But Lula – as the consummate political practitioner of “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” – should never be underestimated.

As soon as the taming of Covid-19 allows it – to a great extent thanks to Sputnik V – Lula’s best bet will be to hit the road. Unleash the battered working masses in the streets, energize them, talk to them, listen to them. Internationalize the Brazilian drama while trying to bridge the gap between Washington and the BRICS.

And act like the true leader of the Global South he never ceased to be.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. This piece reminds me of the movie Being There, with Lula as a new Chauncey Gardiner. I’m not exactly criticizing Lula here, just saying that Escobar is simply projecting.

    Lula just does not have enough intellectual capacity to be all those things Escobar implies him to be. Which, again, is not exactly intended as criticism, just as a realistic assessment.

    The situation of Brazil and the timing of Lula’s release were such that it really did not matter what he said in that speech, as long as it didn’t bear much resemblance with the current president’s discourse. If he spent three hours dispensing culinary recipes, it would have produced roughly the same effect.

  2. You make me want to wave my freak flag high. Sail on.

  3. Let’s see what commenter One Born Fried has to say about this. Or more importantly, Michael Hudson.

  4. Malla says:

    [Too much boldface. Too much copy-and-paste. Use links instead.]

    Sorry, Mr. Escobar, will haveta have a different opinion here. Lula is no saint as his first wife has attested to this as well. Lula like many communists, is a CFR guy. Why is the notorious elite CFR trying to hide the existence of the Sao Paulo Forum which wants to impose Communism on all of Latin America? Why was the Communist Lula celebrated by the bloodsuckers at Davos? They want to destroy the Middle Classes of Latin America, the middle class which keeps a connection in between the super rich and the working classes as well which has the ability to take the places of the elites, are always targeted for destruction. The Forum with members like Castro, Hugo Chávez (who destroyed Venezuela especially its middle classes) and Evo Morales.
    From
    https://olavodecarvalho.org/olavo-de-carvalho-explains-lula-and-the-sao-paulo-forum/

    [MORE]

    Olavo de Carvalho: “The legend of Lula, as a democrat and a moderate, only holds up thanks to the suppression of the most important fact of his political biography, the foundation of the São Paulo Forum. This suppression, in some cases, is fruit of genuine ignorance; but in others, it is a premeditated cover-up. Council of Foreign Relations’ expert on Brazilian issues, Kenneth Maxwell, even got to the point of openly denying the mere existence of the Forum, being confirmed in this by another expert on the subject, Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, also at a conference at the CFR. I do not need to emphasize the weight that CFR’s authority carries with opinion-makers in the United States. When such an institution denies the most proven and documented facts of the Latin American history of the last decades, few journalists will have the courage of taking the side of facts against the argument of authority. Thus, the São Paulo Forum, which is the vastest and most powerful political body that has ever existed in Latin America, goes on unknown to the American and, by the way, also worldwide public opinion. This fact being suppressed, the image of Lula as a democrat and a moderate does indeed acquire some verisimilitude. Note that it was not only in the United States that the media has covered up the existence and the activities of the Forum. In Brazil, even though I published the complete minutes of the assemblies of that entity, and frequently quoted them in my column in the prestigious newspaper O Globo, from Rio de Janeiro, the rest of the national media en masse either kept silent, or ostensibly contradicted me, accusing me of being a radical and a paranoid. When at last President Lula himself let the cat out of the bag and confessed to everything, his speech, published on the president’s official website, was not even mentioned in any newspaper or TV news show. Shortly afterwards, however, the name “São Paulo Forum” was incorporated into video advertisements of the ruling party, becoming thus impossible to go on denying the obvious. Then, they moved on to the tactic of harm management, proclaiming, against all evidence, that the São Paulo Forum was only a debate club, with no decisional power at all. The minutes of the assemblies denied it in the most vehement manner, showing that discussions ended up becoming resolutions, unanimously signed by the members present. Debate clubs do not pass resolutions. What’s more, the same presidential speech I have just mentioned also disclosed the decisive role that the Forum played in the sense of putting and keeping Mr. Hugo Chávez in power in Venezuela. Nowadays, in Brazil, nobody ignores that I told the truth about the São Paulo Forum and the rest of the media lied.

    On the other hand, it is clear that Lula and his party, being the founders and the strategic centre of the Forum, had to keep a low profile, leaving to more peripheral members, like Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales, the flashiest or most scandalous part of the job. Hence, the false impression that there are “two lefts” in Latin America, one democratic and moderate, and the other radical and authoritarian. There are two lefts, indeed, but they are rather the one that commands, and the other that follows the first’s orders and thereby risks its own reputation. All that the Latin American left has done in the last nineteen years was previously discussed and decided in the Forum’s assemblies, which Lula presided over, either directly until 2002, or through his deputy, Marco Aurélio Garcia, afterwards. The strategic command of the Communist revolution in Latin America is neither in Venezuela, nor in Bolivia, nor even in Cuba. It is in Brazil.

    Once the fact of the existence of the São Paulo Forum was suppressed, what has given even more artificial credibility to the legend of the “two lefts” was that the Lula administration, very cunningly, concentrated its subversive efforts upon the field of education, culture, and custom, which only affect the local population, prudently keeping, at the same time, an “orthodox” economic policy that calmed down foreign investors and projected a good image of the country to international banks (a double-faced strategy inspired, by the way, in Lenin himself). Thus, both the subversion of the Brazilian society and the revolutionary undertakings of the São Paulo Forum managed, under a thick layer of praise for President Lula, to pass unnoticed by the international public opinion. Nothing can illustrate better the duplicity of conduct to which I refer than the fact that, in the same week, Lula was celebrated both at the World Economic Forum in Davos, for his conversion to Capitalism, and at the São Paulo Forum, for his faithfulness to Communism. It is quite evident, then, that there is one Lula in the local reality and another Lula for international consumption.”

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  5. Malla says:
    @Malla

    Further

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    Olavo de Carvalho:The São Paulo Forum was created by Lula and discussed with Fidel Castro by the end of 1989, being founded in the following year under the presidency of Lula, who remained in the leadership of that institution for twelve years, nominally relinquishing it in order to take office as president of Brazil in 2003. The organization’s goal was to rebuild the Communist movement, shaken by the fall of the USSR. “To reconquer in Latin America all that we lost in East Europe” was the goal proclaimed at the institution’s fourth annual assembly. The means to achieve it consisted in promoting the union and integration of all Communist and pro-Communist parties and movements of Latin America, and in developing new strategies, more flexible and better camouflaged, for the conquest of power. Practically, since the middle of the 1990’s, there has been no left-wing party or entity that has not been affiliated with the São Paulo Forum, signing and following its resolutions and participating in the intense activity of the “work groups” that hold meetings almost every month in many capital cities of Latin America. The Forum has its own review, America Libre (Free America), a publishing house, as well as an extensive network of websites prudently coordinated from Spain. It also exercises unofficial control over an infinity of printed and electronic publications. The speed and efficacy with which its decisions are transmitted to the whole continent can be measured by its ongoing success in covering up its own existence, over at least sixteen years. Brazil’s journalistic class is massively leftist, and even the professionals who are not involved in any form of militancy would feel reluctant to oppose the instructions that the majority receives. [MALLA: Multi million dollar Capitalist Media in Brazil Leftist??? Same like most countries like the USA, why are these super rich media and tech companies leftist? makes no sense, actually it does if you understand that the marxist left is an arm of the elites.]

    The Forum’s body of members is composed of both lawful parties, as the Brazilian Workers’ Party itself, and criminal organizations of kidnappers and drug traffickers, as the Chilean MIR (Movimiento de la Izquierda Revolucionaria) and the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). The first is responsible for an infinity of kidnappings, including those of two famous Brazilian businessmen; the latter is practically the exclusive controller of the cocaine market in Latin America nowadays. All of these organizations take part in the Forum on equal conditions, which makes it possible that, when agents of a criminal organization are arrested in a country, lawful entities can immediately mobilize themselves to succour them, promoting demonstrations and launching petition campaigns calling for their liberation. Sometimes the protection that lawful organizations give to their criminal partners goes even further, as it happened, for example, when the governor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Olívio Dutra, an important member of the Workers’ Party, hosted a FARC commander as a guest of state; or when the Lula administration granted political asylum to the agent of connection between the FARC and the Workers’ Party, Olivério Medina, and a public office to his wife. Sometime before, Medina had confessed to having brought an illegal contribution of $5 million for Lula’s presidential campaign.

    The rosy picture of Brazil that has been painted abroad is in stark contrast with the fact that from 40,000 to 50,000 Brazilians are murdered each year, according to the UN’s own findings. Most of those crimes are connected with drug trafficking. Federal Court Judge Odilon de Oliveira has found out conclusive proofs that the FARC provides weaponry, technical support, and money for the biggest local criminal organizations, as, for instance, the PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital), which rules over entire cities and keeps their population subjected to a terror regime. Just as I foretold after the first election of Lula to the presidency in 2002, the federal administration, since then, has done nothing to stop this murderous violence, for any initiative on the government’s part in that sense would go against the FARC’s interest and would turn, in a split second, the whole São Paulo Forum against the Brazilian government. In face of the slaughter of Brazilians, which is more or less equivalent to the death toll of one Iraq war per year, Lula has kept strictly faithful to the commitment of support and solidarity he made to the FARC as president of the São Paulo Forum in 2001.”

    • Replies: @Malla
  6. Malla says:
    @Malla

    Further….

    [MORE]

    Boyd: Why do you think worldwide media didn’t pick up on the fact that Lula’s presidential campaign was illegally funded, to the tune of $3 million, by Fidel Castro, as exposed by Veja?
    Olavo de Carvalho: In face of facts like these, it is always recommendable to take into account the concentration of the ownership of the means of world communication, which has happened over the last decades, as it has been described by reporter Daniel Estulin in his book about the Bilderberg group. Even the more distracted readers have not failed to notice how the opinion of the dominant world media has become uniform in the last decades, being nowadays difficult to perceive any difference between, say, Le Figaro and L’Humanité concerning essential issues, as, for example, “global warming,” or the advancement of new leaderships aligned with the project for a world government, as, for example, Lula or Obama. Never as today has it been so easy and so fast to create an impression of spontaneous unanimity. And since the CFR proclaims that the São Paulo Forum does not exist, nothing could be more logical than to expect that the São Paulo Forum disappears from the news.
    Alek Boyd: Other analysts have made the preposterous argument that foreign intervention, imperialism by any other word, has never characterized Itamaraty’s policy. In light of “union leader” Lula’s direct intervention in helping Chavez overcome the strike in 2002-03 by Venezuelan oil workers, by sending tankers with gasoline, how would you explain such blatant ignorance?

    Olavo de Carvalho: Itamaraty’s traditions, however praised they were in the past, no longer mean anything at all. Today, the Brazilian diplomatic body is nothing but the tuxedoed militancy of the Workers’ Party. At the same time, the intellectual level of our diplomats, which had been a reason of pride since the times of the great baron of Rio Branco, has formidably declined, to the point that nowadays the intellectual leadership of the class is held by geniuses of ineptitude, such as Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães. No wonder then that everywhere now our ambassadors are simple agents of the São Paulo Forum. It cannot be said that this properly expresses Brazilian imperialism, for our Ministry of Foreign Relations does not hesitate to sacrifice the most obvious national interests before the altar of a more sublime value, which is the solidary union of the Latin American left. There is no Brazilian imperialism, but rather São Paulo Forum’s imperialism.
    …snip….
    Alek Boyd: Given that Tom Shannon is now US Ambassador to Brazil, would you reiterate what you told him about Lula, and his partners in crime, in November 2005, or would you advise differently?
    Olavo de Carvalho: Tom Shannon did not pay due attention to us in 2005 and this was, no doubt, one of the causes of the aggravation of the Latin American situation since then. It is likely that he read Maxwell’s and Alencastro’s speeches at the CFR, and thought that such a prestigious institution deserved more credibility than a handful of obscure Latin American scholars with no public office or political party. Unfortunately, we, not the CFR, were the ones who were right.

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  7. eD says:

    Most of this type of analysis was overtaken by the COVID operations, which Escobar seems to support.

    We are right now dealing with three political actors worldwide. By far the strongest is the Davos -China alliance, which promoted the COVID lockdowns, and includes or is aligned with players such as Wall Street, Global capital, and the Vatican.

    The two others are basically the populist or nationalist right and the populist left. The populist left and populist right are still at each other’s throats, though their only chance of survival is to collaborate against the Sino-Davos alliance. I think Lula at heart is still with the populist left, not the SDA, but it is by far the weakest player, and to all intents and purposes non-existent in developed western countries. The nationalist right, such as MAGA in the USA, still has some strength due to ties with the military, and I think its strength in the USA, plus widespread gun ownership, is the reason why the COVID lockdowns were weaker in that country compared to Europe and the Commonwealth.

    The real object of Car Wash was to bring in a globalist puppet as President from Brazil, from the Social Democrats or Liberals. Instead the Brazilian military manipulated the election to bring in Bolsonaro, maybe with behind the scenes support of the Trump administration. Lula is being cleared as part of a globalist operation to bring down Bolsanaro. If Lula gets elected again, count on him being quickly removed from office one way or another.

    I have long thought that the Worker’s Party should have concentrated on building up its strength in local and state governments and stayed away from federal politics, but its understandable that it took advantage of a presidential candidate with the charisma of Lula. But the next presidential election is a trap for the Brazilian left. Their position is too weak and they should let the military and the globalists weaken each other first.

  8. @Brás Cubas

    The situation of Brazil and the timing of Lula’s release (…)

    I made a small wording mistake in that comment: instead of ‘Lula’s release’, I really shoud have written “the restoring of Lula’s political rights”.

  9. Clearly the US aim is “minimum Russian-Chinese influence” in Brazil, one more theater of conflict Washington does not see as leading towards world war, and the illusion victory is possible: history says otherwise.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  10. I noticed something strange Pepe, maybe you and Lolo could help me to understand this perplexing phenomenon. I’m confused about why Brazil has several cities in the Top 50. Now don’t get excited Pepe, it isn’t a good top 50. See, Brazil has a bunch of cities with the highest per capita murder rates in the world.
    I was really confused at first. Why Brazil? Then it hit me: slavery! Yeah, Brazil needs to put a reparations tax on white Brazilians and give the money to black Brazilians to compensate them for……….. whatever. Then, maybe, just maybe, blacks will stop killing other Brazilians.
    Let me know what you think Pepe and Lolo, Remember that wokedom is a state of mind. Vive la Revolucion!
    Oh yeah, our fearless -and brainless leader, Sloppy Joe Bidet- has determined that white supremacists are domestic terrorists and Republicans and Gun Owners, or something like that, so he is going to send his Attorney-General Captain ‘Kike’ Garland to hunt them down and kill them all and seize their assets. You guys might want to kill 2 birds with one stone if you can see my point and try something similar.
    Anyways, keep on trucking big shooter. Power to the people bro. Remember Pepe, there is nothing as fun as rioting in the summer. It takes your mind of Covid. Might want to give it a try, the Davos crowd loved that one!

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  11. Once in a while the US Dept. and CIA pull off their executed plan. Bolsonaro is a perfect example. He is an absolutely horrible leader who is only good at rousing the most base emotions in the populous… But he got elected. Sorry for Brazil.

    • Replies: @Malla
  12. @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    Most of the illegal guns in Brazil come from the United States… And Brazilians of all stripes suffer and commit violence… Just like Colombia. But of course – just blame blacks.. Got it..

    • Replies: @Malla
  13. @Brás Cubas

    So what is the solution for Brazil??? It isn’t doing anything good under Bolsonaro – who is basically the exact opposite of Lula.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  14. The elites want you jabbed, period. Everyone. Everywhere. Jabbed. Jabbed or locked-down.

    Bolsonaro is NOT a supporter either of lock-downs or jabs.

    Lula is.

    (That ‘jab’ sure must be something mighty special……… )

  15. Dumbo says: • Website

    I am not a fan of the uncouth Bolsonaro, but to think that Lula, the Argentinean peronist mafia, and even “Pope” Francis are other than tools of the NWO, is a bit silly. Puppets on one side, puppets on the other. If they control both sides in America, why wouldn’t they be able to control both sides in some third-world country?

    If Lula is put back in power, it will be just because the medical-transhumanist-globalist mafia thinks they can make him buy more Covid vaccines, or something.

    • Replies: @Anon
  16. @showmethereal

    I don’t think there must be a “solution” for Brazil — things are what they are — but, who knows, perhaps in the near future, because of global cooling, people with lots of money will migrate in droves to Brazil in search of a warmer climate. Just kidding…

    • Replies: @Showmethereal
  17. Anon[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dumbo

    Hmmm..

    You might be dying to know about Mexico? The current President, Lopez Obrador, is a true economic Marxist, interested in giving the State more control over the economy. So he is changing laws, pretends to change the Constitution, etc.

    On cultural Marxism, that other part of the internationalism pincer, he is half in, half out. He is a racial activist, and has changed the census to include race categories such as “people who are or identify as ‘original people’” and “people who are or identify as Afro-Mexican”. Though he has a Spanish grandfather, it goes without saying he hates Spain and the Church. But he also hates the Femen-type NGOs currently sweeping through patriarchal Hispanoamérica. He does mental gymnastics to blame the March 8 protests on “internationalist conservatives”. Still, he’s not friendly to the LGBT crowd at all.

    Yet who are his two most likely successors? Well, the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, a feminist long-time collaborator and Christophobe. And Marcelo Ebrard, the Foreign Minister, twice married to buxom beauties. But people gossip about Ebrard’s addiction to young male technocrats with US degrees. He recently had a tiff with a glass door and cut his hand and an explanation on Twitter was required. After that, a long-time technocrat resigned, and a younger model is now at the helm of Mexico-US relations.

    I’m as conspiranoic as most, but even so can’t quite explain how the errors of Russia have swept through the West.

  18. @Malla

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/19/covid-pushed-32-million-indians-out-of-middle-class-pew-research

    • Replies: @Malla
  19. Malla says:
    @showmethereal

    Once in a while the US Dept. and CIA pull off their executed plan.

    And Lula is a CFR guy.

  20. Malla says:
    @showmethereal

    Most of the illegal guns in Brazil come from the United States

    The CIA is scumbag, probably the biggest drug dealer in the world, we all know that but the São Paulo Forum created by Lula and Fidel Castro, the Forum’s body of members is composed of both lawful parties, as the Brazilian Workers’ Party itself, and criminal organizations of kidnappers and drug traffickers, as the Chilean MIR (Movimiento de la Izquierda Revolucionaria) and the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). The first is responsible for an infinity of kidnappings, including those of two famous Brazilian businessmen; the latter is practically the exclusive controller of the cocaine market in Latin America nowadays. All of these organizations take part in the Forum on equal conditions, which makes it possible that, when agents of a criminal organization are arrested in a country, lawful entities can immediately mobilize themselves to succour them, promoting demonstrations and launching petition campaigns calling for their liberation. Sometimes the protection that lawful organizations give to their criminal partners goes even further, as it happened, for example, when the governor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Olívio Dutra, an important member of the Workers’ Party, hosted a FARC commander as a guest of state; or when the Lula administration granted political asylum to the agent of connection between the FARC and the Workers’ Party, Olivério Medina, and a public office to his wife. Sometime before, Medina had confessed to having brought an illegal contribution of $5 million for Lula’s presidential campaign.

  21. Malla says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    That is possible but very recently the economy is taking an upswing in manufacturing for some reason. However Modi, the Indian thug Sultan (Indian version of Erdogand or a right winged version of Chavez), popular among the masses is making life hard, petrol and diesel as well as cooking gas has reached record high. And he privatizes huge State assets carefully created by the earlier British Raj and Congress for the benefit of his crony friends. But for the poor masses of the country he is popular as ever, he is a Thug Sultan, he does not speak English well, he hates Westernised and educated Indians, he is traditional, the nationalist masses love him and will go to their deaths after his Thug Sultan Pied Piper. Just like how the masses of Venezuela screwed themselves up for their own Pied Piper Thug Sultan, Chavez.

    Check out how screwed Venezuela has become while the Government people live in luxury. Awesome insider video by a Russian guy Anton Lyadov.


    Masses of Venezuelans escape to Columbia

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  22. @Brás Cubas

    Well since i actually care about human beings – things shouldnt just be the way they are. The majority of Brazil doesnt see the quality of their life improve under people like Bolsanaro who is put i to and propped up to keep a few people at the top in various offices around the world happy. Maybe because i saw real poverty and depravity growing up thats why it bothers me.

  23. @Malla

    Do you see massive job losses and economic suffering among your extended family, schoolmates, friends, and neighbors?

    That 32 million figure sounds massive. That’s one-third of India’s middle class. Did that many people fall into poverty?

    Our govt gave legal status to 300,000 Venezuelans.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/venezuelan-immigrants-temporary-legal-status/

  24. Malla says:

    Do you see massive job losses and economic suffering among your extended family, schoolmates, friends, and neighbors?

    Up to some extent but not to the extent as portrayed in the article. Small businessmen friends running restaurants and the sort are under a lot of financial pressure, and are tensed but nothing of the sort seen in that article. Not in Delhi anyways, I do not know about the rest of the country. Many of my friends are doctors and lawyers and Software professionals. They seem to be doing all right except the Software folks complain about the new Work from Home regime where they are being worked like dogs.

  25. neutral says:

    At the most fundamental level Brazils problems are racial and thus intractable. Having said that, to make the best with the dice rolled for that nation, looking at the US regime for ideas is the worst possible thing to do, going with the BRICS surely is a no brainer.

    • Agree: Malla
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