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Post 31 Oct 2014, 23:23
The Partido dos trabalhadores (PT - Worker's Party) won the second round of the presidential elections by a close margin, 51.64% to 48.36%.

Another 4 more years of change and development. So far, the governments of Lula and Dilma have brought 30 million people out of extreme poverty, taking Brazil out of the UN's hunger map, 42 million people entered the "middle class", the foreign debt was reduced and now Brazil is a creditor country, 3,600,000 new homes for the people of lower income, becoming the 7th greatest economy...

Anyway, I've been in Brasilia for the second round. There was this great "left vs right" atmosphere. Indeed, Aécio Neves was proposing to turn back to neoliberalism. It was a close call, but a triumph all in all.
Post 01 Nov 2014, 12:51
This is great news! Congratulations to Dilma; Che, could you say why the elections had such a close result? If the social-market system is proven to have improved millions of people's lives lately, why risk neoliberalism, which has never helped any country ever?
Post 01 Nov 2014, 14:20
It does all sound like very good news. I wish the Africans would learn a thing or two from the South American examples. I don't keep up much with recent South American politics but when I do watch the news every once and again it usually comes in the form of something pertaining to left wing politics.
Post 01 Nov 2014, 14:25
Thing is, there's difficulties too; perhaps it's a Western media bias, but I've heard that Venezuela is facing economic problems -shortages and rationing, and Argentina too, to a lesser extent (high inflation) despite the successes that their left politics have achieved. What, apart from pressures from the Western hegemons, is causing these problems?
Post 01 Nov 2014, 14:41
There was a time during the uprisings in the Ukraine and Venezuela when I wondered if the Venezuelan government would collapse first. It's good to know that the same fate has not befallen Venezuela as it did in the Ukraine, although there is of course a world of difference between Venezuela's left wing government and the former Party of Regions oligarch dominated government.
Post 03 Nov 2014, 18:21
There are many problems in Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina. And close election results are a sign of that.
None of the parties leading those countries was able to achieve the necessary hegemony. In Brazil and Argentina, the media still belong to a few persons, who prefer a neoliberal government. In those countries, the economic problems are not that big, but they're enlarged by media. And of course, the "corruption" cases, true or not, are a constant when the left governs - and swept under the rug when the right does.
In Argentina, we're having around 30% of inflation, but with salaries catching up to it. So really, it's not as bad as it seems.
Venezuela has other kinds of problems. The economic structure is still oil dependent and there are active destabilations programmes from the outside and inside.

The close election results are, in the most part, due to the influence of big media. Most of those achievements mentioned earlier, are unknown to the people. They consider that if they are better now, it's because of their own hard work and not because of government programmes and decisions. The corruption cases are shown 24/7, blaming anyone on the PT or allied party, while hiding any case regarding the PSDB (the right). The latests case is about taking funds from Petrobras (the national oil company) to pay for PT's expenses. A right wing magazine released an early edition 2 days before the election, blaming it directly on Dilma and Lula based on a statement on the ongoing trial. This was denied the following day, since that statement never existed, but the PT dropped 2% on the polls. And later, during the same day of the elections, a rumor circulated that the one on trial was poisoned - to shush him. However, the guy was pretty much alive.
The Right doesn't present itself for what it is. It hides, saying they'll keep the achievements and improve them. They never say they'll privatize, only they'll make the public companies "more efficient". So some people still believe them. Those who already know what they mean by that, do not.
Post 04 Nov 2014, 10:07
The media in Brazil is owned by a very small group of persons with close ties to the old oligarchy that ruled Brazil pretty much from the portuguese colonization until Lula reached power. Corruption scandals like the "tremsalão" are hidden under the hug, while minor cases involving PT are repeated on the media to the exaustion.

Its not that PT has no corruption, all parties does, but the media resort to the same tatics employed against João Goulart, before the military ditactorship, to try to destabilize the left government. Media tries to portray a "moralizing" discourse, because they lack a government program based debate. PSDB has no program whatsoever for Brazil, while PT is almost the only party that has a formal government program (Besides the true marxist parties that have their specific party programs).

PT is no marxist, but it is a progressive force in our politics, while PSDB represents retrograde elements that think they own Brazil and that the place of the blacks and poors is on a senzala, to work to exaustion to generate richness for the landowners. Their hate - Brazil is rapidly becoming a country where everyone has access to education - is to lose their ancestor inherited position as lords and landowners.

Media has no scruple. They lie outright, they can even commit crimes that on a more serious country would be tantamount to treason. Veja published a fake news report on the verge of the election, with a clear intention of modifying the election results. If they had done that in Sweeden their writers and editors would have been hanged on public square for treason against the nation.

Veja is the kind of news outlet that if USA had an army on our frontiers, on the verge of invading the country, they would present the USA side of things and supress the national one. They would side with the invaders against our own people.
Post 06 Nov 2014, 00:40
we seem to have forgotten the good news; PCdoB, the Communist Party of Brazil, managed to elect its first governor in history. Flavio Dino managed to win 63,52 percent of the votes in the first round. The state he won, Maranhao, have been in the control of a reactionary family so say the least (this everyone agrees on, even the Financial Times has called the state, ruled by the Sarney family, as a "last bastion of feudalism). The Sarney family is very wealthy, and have high stakes financially in the state (but other places as well). The leading figure in the family is currently José Sarney, a former President of Brazil (1981-1990).

While its good that Dilma won the presidential election, she lost the legislative. The PT lost 18 seats in the Champer of Deputies and 2 in the Senat, having left 70 (chamber, 513 seats total) and 12 (senate, 81 seats total), making the PMDB the largest party. The PMDB is also a reactionary party (WikiLeaks documents refer to it as a "cartel organization" built on, and kept alive, on corruption).. The problem with Brazilian politics is that there are too many parties; for instance, PT is the largest (vote vise), but won only 14 (chamber) and 17 (senate) percent of the votes respectively.. Another problem, the "right-wing" parties are generally dominant in the Dilma coalition; with the third largest party the Social Democratic Party, which was established last year by people who broke away from the Aecio Neves' PSDB. This, together with the fact that the "left-wing" of the coalition, represented by the Democratic Labour Party and the PCdoB actually had a very bad election. Of course, all is not bad; the PMDB is corrupt, and usually votes whatever the PT tells them to (as long as they get a little bit extra on the side - Lula's favourite adviser was jailed because he "paid" PMDB legislators to vote for PT legislations).. The problem with Brazil is that parties don't establish political/electoral coalitions based on ideology; for instance, the Popular Socialist Party (the former Brazilian Communist Party), supported the PSDB (the right-wing social democrats, this year led by Aecio Neves), even if the party is generally as left-wing as PT. The same problem goes to the Brazilian Socialist Party (this year represented by Marina Silva, a progressive), which is left-wingish (that is, more left-wing then PSDB but more to the right then the PT) left the Dilma coalition to nominate their own presidential candidate (who never had the chance of winning; the first presidential candidate, the one before Silva, was Eduardo Campos but he, luckily for Silva, died in a plane crash during the campaign season)... All in all, while Dilma won the election, when studying the results of the legislative election (and the gubernatorial), it looks mixed. Of course, luck is on PT's side; this will be Dilma's last term, which is a good thing. Brazilian politics are highly personalised (think of American politics, but multiply it 100 times, and then you get Brazilian politics) and a new leader will refresh the party (there are rumours swirling that Lula will make a bid for another term).
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