For those of you who don’t speak Portuguese I found an interview by Glenn Greenwald, founder of The Intercept, who speaks and understands Portuguese very well with a controversial candidate who no one wants to see in power in Brazil and who cannot possibly win the majority vote. But he has spider webs a family throughout the politics of Brazil and even though he may be a minority book collector in the next election he will still have a large influence whether he wins or not! Brazil remains in DEEP SHIT politically, socially, educationally and realistically! I lived there for 3 years and I do speak barely-passable broken Portuguese so I’m slowly keeping track of the situation there through friends, but the situation there is totally upside down, inside out and Topsy Turvy. It’s a sad case of reality in the largest and most populous country in South America.
It’s too bad that while he was a victim of a recent stabbing, he survived!
Published on Aug 31, 2018
All of this confusion and uncertainty has created a huge opening for an actually fascist member of Congress, former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro, whom the western media often refers to as “Brazil’s Trump” but is, in fact, far closer to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte or even Egypt’s Abdel el-Sisi in his fondness for military rule, indiscriminate police violence, torture and summary executions. The conventional wisdom is that Bolsonaro’s 20 percent of the vote will be enough to bring him to the run-off, but that his high disapproval ratings ensure he will lose to anyone who makes it there with him (similar to Marine LePen’s dynamic in France). In the era of Trump and Brexit, such confidence is misplaced, but even if Bolsonaro does not enter the Presidential Palace this year, he will wield significant influence with his 20 percent support and his three equally fascist sons in public office, one of whom is currently in Congress and the other on his way to the Federal Senate this year.
He is also extremely erudite and well-educated, a professor of Constitutional Law who has studied at Harvard, yet styles himself as a plain-talking “man of the people” who has become notorious among Brazil’s conservative media for his “unpresidential” behavior and temperament. Glenn Greenwald sat down with Gomes for a wide-ranging interview about Brazil’s political dynamic, its various crises, the situation with Lula and the corruption probe, and other controversial social issues such as drug decriminalization, gender inequality, and teaching children in public schools about homophobia and LGBT equality. We also discussed the similarities between Brazil’s political climate and its rising far-right movement with those in Europe and the U.S.