“Brazil Paralyzed by Nationwide Strike, Driven by Familiar Global Dynamic of Elite Corruption and Impunity” Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 28 April 2017

“What’s most baffling about all of this is that no matter how many times global elites see the rotted fruit of their piggish behavior — instability, extremism, and collective rejection of their authority — they continue to pursue it, seemingly inured to the consequences. Brazil is just the latest example, but it should be a familiar one to people across the planet”

Last year President Rousseff was impeached and replaced by vice President Temer. Now every aspect of the country (economy, politics, corruption) has worsened. Temer’s ratings have collapsed, his political allies are under investigation, and even the President has been implicated. The people reacted this week going on a nationwide strike, the largest in 20 years. The main reason for this strike is the set of reforms imposed by Temer’s Government. It will limit the rights of workers, raise their retirement age and cut some pension and social security benefits. According to the The New York Times, “the strike revealed deep fissures in Brazilian society over Mr. Temer’s Government and its policies”. But the actual cause is corruption. Corporate executives and party leaders are imprisoned. Even the current House speaker, Senate president and nine ministers are under investigation. The political and economic elite have proven to be corrupt, no matter their ideology or party. But as always, the victims, ordinary Brazilians, pay the price while politicians enjoy their immunity and exempt themselves from they austerity they’ve imposed. This austerity was the objective of Rousseff impeachment. She didn’t want to go to far with austerity so the elites decided it was time for her to go. They decided that the only solution for the country was to make the already-suffering Brazilians to suffer more. And that’s what drove to a nationwide protest.

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“Brazil Paralyzed by Nationwide Strike, Driven by Familiar Global Dynamic of Elite Corruption and Impunity” Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 28 April 2017

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