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    Michel Temer’s interim government has moved rapidly to reverse 13 years of social programs advanced by the democratically elected Workers Party, despite increased turmoil in his beleaguered administration.

    In two weeks, the highly-orchestrated rightwing impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, viewed by many Brazilians as a coup, has been beleaguered by a combination of incompetence by the Temer government and a series of leaked audio files implicating key cabinet ministers in their plotting of the “impeachment” as a means to derail a far-reaching corruption probe.

    The façade of Michel Temer’s legitimacy unraveled just days into his administration, when Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo released an audio recording and transcript of a conversation between the country’s Planning Minister, Romero Juca, and oil executive Sergio Machado, discussing how to put Temer into office to “stop the bleeding” from the so-called Car Wash Investigation into petroleum giant Petrobras.

    At the time, Juca also served as the president of the Brazilian Democratic Movement, the same political party of the chief participants in the impeachment, Temer, Senate leader Renan Calheiros, and disgraced former lower-house leader Eduardo Cunha. Juca stepped down from office immediately following the release of the news story.

    On Monday, it was Fabiano Silveira who became the second official to resign his post in the Temer Administration, after a second leaked recording exposed Brazil’s Transparency Minister, who is tasked with combating corruption, offering advice to Calheiros on how to undermine the Car Wash corruption probe, in which he, along with most of the country's high-ranking government officials, is implicated.

    In the two weeks that Temer’s transition government has held power, it has moved to unravel the country’s social welfare state, eliminating the minister of culture, and has moved to replace regional commitments and the BRICS alliance with renewed deregulated system of trade with the United States. Temer, to many Brazilians is systematically reversing 13 years of policies advanced by the Workers Party.

    With the once vibrant South American economic powerhouse reeling under a neoliberal agenda, Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker sat down on Wednesday with Aline C. Piva and Juliana Moraes, of the group Brazilian Expats for Democracy, to discuss what might happen next.

    ​"Brazilians have taken to the streets," said Piva. "When Michel Temer first assumed control of the government he started a rollback of the social policies that have been in effect for a decade and a half in Brazil. He cut back social programs and he extinguished the minister of culture. In less than one week he rolled back 13 years of social achievement."

    The current administration is evidently corrupt, but what about Dilma Rousseff?

    "There are no investigations under Dilma Rousseff’s name for corruption, and there is nothing that would show that she is a corrupt politician," explained Moraes. "What we are seeing is that the people who are looking to oust her actually have dirty records. The current interim president is supposed to be somebody who is unelectable. He has dirty records, which mean corruption charges against him, so for the next eight years he is not supposed to even be in office."

    She also explained that the recent release of audio files exposing Romero Juca’s coup plot and Fabiano Silveira’s plans to undermine the corruption probe have led to cries for Temer to go, with many protesters labeling him "Golpista" for "coup leader."

    Was this coup orchestrated to force US-backed neoliberal economics on Brazil?

    "Absolutely," said Piva. "The first day of Temer’s administration made clear that the neoliberal agenda is back in place in Brazilian politics."

    The activist explained that Temer’s administration has moved to revoke or offset existing commitments in Latin America, the developing world, and with Russia and China in favor of a push toward US-centric bilateral trade deregulation.

    "Jose Serra, the new minister of foreign affairs, in his first speech, made very clear that Brazil is going to roll back the policies that led to more independence in the region," said Piva.

    Moraes took a stronger line, comparing the present situation to the US-backed 1964 Brazilian military coup, noting similar involvement in the proceedings by the US ambassador. "Now we have Liliana Ayalde, the current ambassador to Brazil and the former ambassador to Paraguay in 2008 to 2011, when there was a coup there, who is writing op-ed in the right-wing newspaper O Globo about how Brazil is an essential market for American corporations, a must-play for US business."

    She said that America aims to undermine the multilateral associations established by Brazil’s Workers Party with South American countries, and also looks to fracture the BRICS economic alliance for challenging the domination of the World Bank and the IMF. "Yes, there is some involvement by the US," stated Ayalde.

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    • drjasonsmith
      Brazil has a long history of ultra-left activity by anarchists and Trotskyites like Brian Becker (PSL boss at his day job and CIA agent at his real job). I discuss this in my lecture series on You Tube at the ABC's of Communism channel. A far better source than this guy trying to hide behind his Loud and Clear column would be Pepe Escobar whose writings and analysis on Brazil are on point and far more reliable.
    • avatar
      cast235
      GREAT INFORMATIVE ARTICLE!!
    • avatar
      michael
      sad.
    • Ann
      "comparing the present situation to the US-backed 1964 Brazilian military coup, noting similar involvement in the proceedings by the US ambassador" --- All countries who value their sovereignty, GET RID OF US AMBASSADORS! They are all CIA Agents anyway. Close US embassies and kick the troublemakers out of your country!
    • Annin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Sad, but fixable.
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      michaelin reply toAnn(Show commentHide comment)
      Ann, I sincerely hope so.
    • Ann
      sukhoi47, That really doesn't matter much, if the BRAZILIAN PEOPLE want it that way, then it is not for us to decide. We don't have to like their ways, but we do have to respect them as we would have them respect our ways.

      That anything was 'stolen' from the people is only YOUR opinion. Obviously, THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE don't see it that way...besides, it's not like the US doesn't take enough from US citizens to pay for coups and to hand over to ISRAEL and SAUDI ARABIA and THE BIG BANKS...so you're just the pot calling the kettle black. Sorry. JMO
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      Mayoh
      I got a lot of Brazilians friends, more than friends some are my brothers. They didn't see Zion coming this time. Zion came under sheep skin cover. Now they are realizing going back to 1964 nightmare times.
    • avatar
      goldcamshaft
      And the beat goes on, and the beat goes on.
      And the world looks on, and the world looks on.
      History repeats itself o'er and o'er
      And the world looks on, and the world looks on.
      The people will eventually win.
    • avatar
      goldcamshaft
      Brazilian nuts hanging from a cedar tree!
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      Selimor31
      This coup is doomed to fail. The Americans, who are too short-sighted to ever learn from their past mistakes, are shooting themselves again in the leg by making enemies galore all around the world through their arrogant behaviour that doesn't respect any country or culture worthy of the name. All their supporters are unpalatable puppets and stooges. The coup plotters, who are corrupt to the core, will eventually end up in exile in Florida or Israel as the people of Brazil will chase them out of the dens they conspired from. Their days in the government are numbered and their race is almost run. Time for them to start packing.
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