My October piece on the politicisation of the Lava Jato investigations – originally published here and in Brasil Wire has been updated and republished in translation in Brazil’s Revista Maquiavel. The initiation last night of investigations into leading politicians across the spectrum has changed matters somewhat, but the principle points remain valid, I think. Basically, it’s the following: you … Continue reading Dirty Hands, Broken Carwash – now in Portuguese
The video of a debate I took part in on the Brazilian crisis back in late October in London has been posted on YouTube. My introductory remarks start at 23:35, and my responses to questions are at 44:30, 58:05, and 1:07:00. Featured image is Tarsila do Amaral’s ‘Operários’ (1933)
On the municipal election results… Brazil’s first elections since Dilma’s impeachment are already being reported as a ‘slap‘ to the Workers’ Party (PT). This was always going to be the case. The governing party bore the brunt of anti-corruption protests, the Lava Jato investigations, and responsibility for recession. More interesting is the rise of another force … Continue reading Democracy, Corruption and Trust
Right-wing protests in 2015 loudly demanded Dilma’s ouster. The left consequently rallied around não vai ter golpe! – “there will be no coup!” With Dilma now impeached, protests resound to Fora Temer and Diretas Já! – “Temer Out” and “Direct Elections Now!” In turn, O Globo newspaper responded with an editorial Sunday (18/09) arguing that, in fact, new elections would be … Continue reading So was it a coup then?