Back to the stone age. Brazil is self sufficient in natural gas, but Chicago Boy Finance Minister Paulo Guedes decided to irrationally link prices to the international market rate. Results: astronomical price hikes mean more Brazilians are now cooking with wood than with gas. Photo: Marcos Maluf/Campo Grande News
Not only is sad result of neoliberalism bad for the environment in a country where the President has ushered in a new era of out of control, man made forest fires in the Amazon rainforest, it is leading to a rise in respiratory infections and burn accidents in children.
Brazil has the World's largest natural gas reserves but the dismantling of Petrobras, which started when the US DOJ-backed Lava Jato operation began crippling strategic sectors of Brazilian industry, has left the company without enough production facilities to process it.
Lava Jato paralyzed Brazil's construction industry and sectors of Petrobras in 2015, during the lead up to the US backed coup against Dilma Rousseff. Since then, around US$1 trillion per year has vanished from Brazil's GDP. Now millions of people are cooking over wood fires.
In September 2017, when people like GG were still heaping lavish public praise on the "courageous" US comprador pawns in the Lava Jato investigation, I wrote this article about its effects on the Brazilian economy.…

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As we near the start of the last year of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's mandate, @renato_rovai writes in @revistaforum that,"he isn't going to pull off a coup, he won't be impeached, he won't resign and he won't be reelected." Image
I think one would have to be naive to think, after refusing to bring over 130 formal impeachment requests to the floor for vote during the first 3 years of Bolsonaro's mandate, that the center-right recipients of $billions in patronage who control Congress will do it now.
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Most journalists understanding of economics is limited to a handful of 19th Century clichés. The Brazilian economy has gone through commodities boom/bust cycles for 500 years. Attributing the Workers Party's success to a commodities boom ignores the 2008 Great Recession. Thread
Bahia demonstrates the limitations of commodities booms. For centuries its production of export commodities like Cocoa and Tobacco generated huge wealth for a handful of European/ Brazilian businessmen while the vast majority of the population suffered in abject poverty.
In other words, as the last 500 years of economic history of the developing world shows, commodities booms without any kind of redistribution measures are absolutely useless in reducing poverty. Example: mining boom in the Congo.
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Another relative of the Bolsonaro boys is under investigation for corruption, after a video surfaced showing an alleged henchman of cousin Leo Indio handing cash and T-shirts to poor people as they entered a bus in Pompeia, São Paulo. Leo is accused of illegal fundraising. Image
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What is now happening to Paulo Freire's theory has, in the course of history, happened repeatedly to the theories of revolutionary thinkers and leaders of oppressed classes fighting for emancipation. (thread)
During his lifetime, the oppressing classes constantly hounded him, received his theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander.
After his death, attempts are made to convert him into a harmless icons, to canonize him [...] while at the same time robbing the revolutionary theory of its substance, blunting its revolutionary edge and vulgarizing it. (Paraphrased from Lenin's "State and Revolution", ch. 1)
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