Saturday, 23. February 2019

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million affiliated workers in 130 countries around the world, stands in solidarity with the Brazilian people after the breakdown of a mining dam in Brumadinho, in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte. According to official notes, there are already 65 confirmed deaths and about 292 missing persons.

The PPL and PCdoB leaderships declared the unification stressing the need to defend democracy, the 1988 Constitution, the rights of workers against Bolsonaro.

Free Motherland Party (PPL) joined the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), as was announced by the Presidents of the two parties on November 26, 2018. The decision was officialized through the congressional decision of the PPL, taken on December 1, and a joint meeting of the two parties' representatives, which took place on December 2. The decisions of unification and convention of an extraordinary Congress to be convened on the 17th of March, in order to determine the new, joint Central Committee, were also accepted at the Central Committee meeting of PCdoB on November 30. 

Far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will be flying to Brazil towards the end of this coming week to attend the inauguration of the newly-elected fascist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, set to take place on January 1. Speaking at a Likud faction meeting on Monday, December 17, Netanyahu called Brazil a “superpower,” and said his visit there will “revolutionize” Brazilian relations with Israel. Netanyahu congratulated Bolsonaro on his electoral victory in October.

The Workers’ Party wishes to offer its solidarity and congratulations to the Cuban doctors and healthcare professionals who have worked to bring healthcare to some 3,600 remote municipalities in Brazil since 2013. The politically-motivated attack by President Jair Bolsonaro on the “More Doctors for Brazil” Programme, which has resulted in its closure, will harm the citizens of these 3,600 municipalities more than anybody else.

On  December 1, a unity meeting was held between the Communist Party of Brazil (Partido Comunista do Brasil, or PC do B) and the Free Homeland Party (Partido Patria Livre, or PPL) in São Paulo.  The PPL is a smaller Marxist-Leninist party. The unity project had been announced to the press on November 26 by Luciana Santos,President of the PC do B, and by Sérgio Rubens, President of the PPL.  This dynamic is moving in the direction of incorporating the PPL in the PC do B.

As Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s transition team will start to work in Brasília this Wednesday, Nov. 7, under the command of congressman Onyx Lorenzoni, the promises of political renewal, leaving behind “old-school” politicians and pursuing national sovereignty, now sound like ideals that are far away from the group that will take office in January.

After Brazil’s presidential elections, the country’s Congress got back to its normal activities, placing an array of conservative topics on the agenda. One of the pieces of legislation that stand out is a Senate bill that describes criminal activities classified as terrorism and could lead to the formal criminalization of people’s movements.

On November 1, judge Sergio Moro accepted the invitation from extreme right-wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro to serve as minister of justice. Sergio Moro is the federal judge who presided over the ‘Car Wash’ corruption scandal which investigated corruption in the Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras. His central targets in the investigation were former presidents Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, both members of the Workers' Party (PT)

Brazil's future economy minister in the Jair Bolsonaro administration – which will start on Jan. 1 –, Paulo Guedes, announced that, in order to “control expenditures,” his economic plan includes pushing the pension reform, speeding up privatization processes, and downsizing the government. The relationships with the Mercosur trade bloc will also lose priority, the neoliberal economist said.

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