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Last Friday, Brazilian unions ratcheted up the pressure on president Michel Temer Last Friday, Brazilian unions ratcheted up the pressure on president Michel Temer with a nationwide general strike that closed schools, disrupted transport networks and led to clashes with public security in several cities. Thirty-five million Brazilians took part in the strike out of 208 million. Now if only we could get US citizens so united against the massive corruption of both major political parties and the corrupt US government.

Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo blocked key roads with barricades of burning tires on. Riot police used teargas and percussion grenades to try to disperse the crowds and open the routes.

Brazilian media reported protests in 26 states and strikes by teachers, bus drivers, healthcare providers, oil industry workers and public servants.

As night fell on Friday, there were multiple clashes in central Rio between protesters, who set fire to a bus, and riot police, who fired dozens of rounds of tear gas.

The reason for the protests is simple. The corrupt Brazilian government wants to redistribute income from the 99 percent to the 1 percent by cutting pensions and new labor laws that weakened workers rights. This is called a policy of austerity, which is well known to be a failure at economic stimulus. Since austerity is a proven failure, there is no reason to attempt such a remedy of the economic downturn Brazil has fallen into.

According to the Guardian, “Many voters are furious that politicians are insisting on the need for cuts in benefits and public services even as evidence grows that they benefited personally from illegal kickbacks on overinflated contracts.”

Cutting pensions and benefits will only make the economic downturn worse, and this President Temer must know, otherwise he is ignorant, stupid or corrupt. Obviously, we’re looking at “corrupt.”

The Guardian went on, “Eight cabinet ministers have been implicated in the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation into corruption at the country’s two biggest companies, Petrobras and Odebrecht. Temer’s approval ratings have slipped into single digits, similar to the level of his predecessor, Rousseff, when she was impeached last year.”

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How Brazilian Bank Workers Learn to Dream Bigger, And You Can Too!

Steve Payne reported at Labornotes.org, “Bernie Sanders’ campaign this year got many union members excited about transforming our economy and fighting for a “political revolution.” How can unions continue that conversation?

Last year in Brazil, I got to see an interesting example firsthand. The bank workers union there has developed a weekend training on how members’ workplace fights connect to a bigger picture.

While the content is important, even more significant is how it’s taught. The method is popular education—a democratic approach that values the knowledge students already hold and tries to break down the hierarchies between teachers and students. (See box.)

I spent a few months in São Paulo as part of an exchange between the bank workers union, SEEB-SP, and my union, Service Employees Local 26 in Minnesota, which is also working to develop popular education programs with its local allies. I left inspired by how the bank workers are teaching themselves to dream bigger.”

To read more of Payne’s story, click the following link. How Brazilian Bank Workers Learned to Dream Bigger–Labornotes.org

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On the morning of 5 March 2015, 1,000 women from the MST took over operations of genetically engineered tree company Futuragene in Brazil. The action included the destruction of GE eucalyptus seedlings.

Later that morning, 300 peasants took over the building where the Brazilian Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) was meeting to decide whether to approve Futuragene’s GE eucalyptus trees. The CTNBio meeting was cancelled.

For more on this breaking news check out the link below.


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Each year since 2008, the U.S. has given $147.3 million to cotton farmers–in Brazil.

Shifting US tax dollars to foreign nations is one example of some of the consequences of free trade policies that redistribute income.

In 2008, Brazil argued before the World Trade Organization (WTO) that U.S. agriculture subsidies to cotton producers violated WTO agreements. Following the WTO’s secret tribunal ruling, instead of ending the subsidies or saying to hell with the WTO, Congress and the Administration agreed to pay the Brazilian cotton industry $147.3 million a year – the amount determined as the losses Brazilians incur as a result of U.S. cotton subsidies.

Now, not only are U.S. cotton farmers receiving millions in subsidies, but we are paying a $147.3 million fine to Brazil every year, year after year, instead of fixing the problem! It’s like choosing to pay a $150 parking ticket every day for your car to sit in front of a fire hydrant rather than in your own driveway.

$147.3 million is not going to solve the debt crisis, but we have better uses for this money here at home instead of Brazil. $147.3 million could be used to:

1 Reduce the deficit
2 Fund Meals on Wheels to deliver approximately 21 million meals to seniors who are struggling with mobility
3 Send up to 20,000 kids to Head Start for a year
4 Provide 26,000 Pell grants to students

The US government has been overwhelmed by a tidal wave of corruption and greed unleashed during the Reagan years. And so nothing will be done to end US taxpayer support of Brazilian cotton growers. That’s because in the corrupt climate of Washington D.C. profits are more important than people, even if such a thing isn’t in the US Constitution.

The US Constitution requires 2/3s of the US Senate vote for any treaty to become law. However, something called an Congressional-Executive Agreement has been made up and become some weird kind of “make believe” treaty. This Anti-Constitution agreement only requires majority yes votes from both houses of congress for the make believe to take effect, like the effects of a narcotic. The Congressional-Executive Agreements is clearly in violation of the US Constitution, although the Koch Brothers/Corporate wing of the US Supreme Court disagrees with this.

The secret tribunals in these treaties are also unconstitutional.

Article III Section 1. states, The judicial Power of the united States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. Section 2 continues, “The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States and Treaties made, or which shall be made under their Authority….

In other words, only US courts can decide the legal issues that arise from treaties. And no free trade treaty has been passed with two-thirds votes of the US senate.

That suggests free trade treaties and their secret tribunals are illegal devices to subvert the will of 99 percent of US citizens and are used to redistribute their tax dollars, their incomes, and their political rights granted under the Constitution to the 1 percent.

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There’s stunning news out of Brazil. There was an oil spill and a federal prosecutor is determined to make those who are responsible for it pay with a little jail time.

Don’t you wish the same form of justice would be used by the government of the United Corporations of America? (USA). That will never happen. You won’t see Obama demanding that the US Justice Department go after those responsible for the economic meltdown. The reason is simple. Too many Republicans and Democrats in congress were willing partners. So was the George Bush gang, as are Obama and the minions he hired to be government servants (LOL) straight out of Wall Street. The United Corporate government is a whore house of political corruption and has been for quite some time.

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BRASILIA — Tens of thousands of anti-capitalist militants, including members of Spain’s “Indignant” movement and the US Occupy Wall Street, are due to attend the World Social Forum, which opens Tuesday in Brazil.

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