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Brazil’s public workers end strike

By Bill Van Auken, August 31, 2012

The majority of Brazil’s federal unions have called off a nearly four-month strike that pitted some 350,000 workers against the Workers Party government of President Dilma Rousseff.

Tensions deepen as Brazil federal strike grows

By Bill Van Auken, August 10, 2012

Tensions between the government of Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff and hundreds of thousands of striking federal workers deepened as federal police and other sectors of the public workforce joined the walkout.

Brazilian public sector strike challenges PT government’s economic policy

By Bill Van Auken, August 7, 2012

A prolonged strike by 350,000 university professors, electrical workers and other federal employees poses a direct challenge to the economic policies initiated by the Workers Party government in response to the global crisis.

Brazilian army, police occupy Rio de Janeiro slums

By Rafael Azul, November 15, 2011

On Sunday Brazilian police and Government troops occupied three slums in Río de Janeiro as part of a pacification program in preparation for Soccer and Olympic competitions in 2014 and 2016.

Latin stock markets hit hardest by US credit downgrade

By Luis Arce, August 12, 2011

Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.

Brazil’s poor evicted to make way for Olympics

By Bill Van Auken, May 4, 2011

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, authorities in Brazil are carrying out mass expulsions of favela (shantytown) residents in Rio de Janeiro and other cities.

BRICS summit denounces “use of force” against Libya

By John Chan, April 18, 2011

Global economic shifts are behind the push by the BRICS grouping for the Western powers to make room for the “emerging economies”.

Human rights report cites Brazil for torture, police killings

By Bill Van Auken, January 27, 2011

A report released this week by Human Rights Watch cited Brazil for widespread torture, police killings and a continuing amnesty for crimes carried out under the military dictatorship.

Hundreds dead in Brazilian flooding

By Bill Van Auken, January 15, 2011

The death toll from flooding and mudslides rose past 500 Friday, with hundreds more missing, as Brazil confronted its worst ever natural disaster.

Cables bare US operations in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, December 14, 2010

Scores of cables between the US State Department and the American embassy in Brasilia released by WikiLeaks have laid bare the ruthless pursuit of US imperialist interests in Latin America’s largest country.

Brazil stock market rises on Workers Party election victory

By Rafael Azul, November 2, 2010

The Brazilian stock market reacted favorably to the victory of the PT candidate Dilma Rousseff in Sunday’s election. Eight years in power have confirmed the so-called Workers Party as a stalwart defender of capitalism.

Workers Party candidate fails to win first-round victory in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, October 5, 2010

Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff, incumbent President Lula da Silva’s hand-picked successor, failed to win an outright majority in Sunday’s Brazilian election, forcing her into a run-off with José Serra, the candidate of the right.