Washington’s ‘Fingerprints’ All Over Rousseff’s Impeachment

Dilma Rousseff's impeachment has dealt a heavy blow to Brazil's democracy, giving the country's corrupt neoliberal elite free reign, experts say, adding that the case has all the earmarks of a "color revolution."
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    Thousands of demonstrators march during a protest organized by the workers roofless movement, against Brazil's acting President Michel Temer, and in support of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 12, 2016.

    Thousands of demonstrators march during a protest organized by the workers roofless movement, against Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer, and in support of Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 12, 2016.

    Brazil’s young and vibrant democracy is under threat as an unelectable corrupt neoliberal political elite have taken the reins of power from President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT), prominent American journalist, lawyer and author Glenn Greenwald warns in his recent article for The Intercept.

    “As someone who has lived in Brazil for 11 years, it’s been inspiring and invigorating to watch a country of 200 million people throw off the shackles of a 21-year-old right-wing (US/UK supported) military dictatorship and mature into a young, vibrant democracy and then thrive under it. To see how quickly and easily that can be reversed — abolished in all but name only — is both sad and frightening to watch,” Greenwald writes.

    The journalist recalls the history of Brazilian elections, calling attention to the fact that since 2002 Brazil’s left-of-center Workers Party (PT) has enjoyed overwhelming public support, while its main political competitor, the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), was eating PT’s dust.

    Although PSDB and its sponsors have poured big sums of money into defeating former Brazilian president Lula da Silva and then his successor Dilma Rousseff, they have repeatedly failed.

    “In sum, PT has won four straight national elections — the last one occurring just 18 months ago. Its opponents have vigorously tried — and failed — to defeat them at the ballot box, largely due to PT’s support among Brazil’s poor and working classes,” Greenwald notes.

    “So if you’re a plutocrat with ownership of the nation’s largest and most influential media outlets, what do you do?” he asks.

    Predictably, Brazilian tycoons threw their weight behind their candidates, “who could never get elected on their own,” and exploited their media outlets to incite unrest in the country.

    As a result, “deeply unpopular” Michel Temer of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) party — PSDB’s ally — has assumed the position of Brazil’s interim President, following Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

    While accusing Rousseff and her party members of corruption, Temer “is awash in corruption” himself, Greenwald notes.

    “Accused by informants of involvement in an illegal ethanol-purchasing scheme, he was just found guilty of, and fined for, election spending violations and faces an 8-year-ban on running for any office,” he writes.

    However, Temer “will faithfully serve the interests of Brazil’s richest: he’s planning to appoint Goldman Sachs and IMF [International Monetary Fund] officials to run the economy and otherwise install a totally unrepresentative, neoliberal team,” the journalist stresses.

    It begs the question of who is actually behind the recent Brazilian political turmoil.

    Closely monitoring the political developments in Brazil American political analyst Eric Draitser noted in his March article for Mintpressnews.com that the protest movement brewing in the country has Washington’s fingerprints all over it.

    “The right wing is the driving force of the protests… Two of the principal groups responsible for organizing and mobilizing the demonstrations are the Free Brazil Movement (MBL) and Students for Liberty (EPL), both of which have direct ties to Charles and David Koch, the right-wing, neocon, US billionaires, as well as other leading figures of the far right, pro-business neoliberal establishment,” Draitser underscored.

    He remarked that the right-wing, pro-US elements inside and outside Brazil “are particularly angered at the Worker’s Party and, more broadly, the left.”

    “This is not because of corruption — though corruption undoubtedly remains a problem — but because of the ascendance to power of political forces representing working class and poor Brazilians,” the US political analyst emphasized.

    Political analysts Pepe Escobar and Andrew Korybko echoed Draitser in their analyses for Sputnik and OrientalReview.org.

    “This sorry saga has nothing to do with corruption, allegedly the key motive behind the sprawling, two-year-old, initially NSA spying-fueled Car Wash investigation. It’s all about dirty political opportunism,” Escobar wrote in his April article entitled “Why the Coup in Brazil Should Fail.”

    Both Escobar and Korybko dub what is going on in Brazil a “hybrid war.”

    “At the moment,” Korybko wrote on April 25, “it looks like the ‘constitutional coup’-Color Revolution two-step might succeed in removing Rousseff and replacing her with Vice-President Michel Temer, who had actually been practicing his post-coup address to the nation in a recently leaked speech.”

    The analyst’s prognosis came true. On May 13 Brazil’s interim President Michel Temeraddressed the Senate saying “Together we can overcome this moment of great difficulty. It is urgent to calm the nation and unify the nation, create a government of national salvation.”

    There is something really fishy about Temer. To justify the analysts’ suspicions WikiLeaks tweeted on May, 12:

    “Brasil’s #Dilma ousted in parliamentary coup; new pres [president] is US embassy informant Michel Temer”

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    • TeeJae

      SO disappointing! Hopefully, the (REAL) Brazilian people will rise up and restore Rousseff and the Workers Party, like the Venezuelans did with Chavez in 2002.

    • Johnnyoneleg

      The illuminati satanist have staged a coup De tat in yet another nation BRAZIL !

      This so called globalism or new world order is just camoflauged names ! The real names that should be used to brand and describe what these illuminati satantist are doing to the nations of the world are :
      (1) One World Government
      (2) satanic plot / coup De tat
      (3) satans shadow government in which he rules this world by

      Make no mistake we are all in this together and we are all at war with these illuminati satanist that has infiltrated the democratic nations of the world under the so called disguise of new world order/ globalism which is a satanic plot to destroy and enslave all mankind just as the book of revelation speaks about !

      • Lucas Ribeiro

        You’re just crazy

        • Johnnyoneleg

          Your girl tells me that every time I’m on top of her and she loves it 😉 !

        • TeeJae

          Not entirely. Believe it or not, if you take ‘Satan’ out of the equation, there is some truth to what he says.

    • Lucas Ribeiro

      It’s very easy for someone thousand miles away from even the closest city in Brazil to meddle in our politics, if you lived under the internationally praised government of both Luís Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Vana Rousseff, you would see the chaos on the economy, the rigging of the entire public “machine”, even bank analysts were censored by their governments, her excuses to call the impeachment a coup were to say “everybody before me did this, so why can’t I?”, all that our “Workers Party” did, was to transform our workers in a maneuver mass, to appear in those manifestations, slave the poorest, instead of giving them jobs, so, before you say ” Oh, there is a coup happening in Brazil, let’s defend democracy !”, rethink what you think is democracy, and before you meddle in any country’s democracy, go look into yours.
      Congratulations for the well-written article, you just need better sources.

      • Kadu Simões

        Its a coup for sure, it was made public that NSA was spying on Petrobras, Dilma and her personnel, the judge Moro and Supreme court are on CIA payroll, the media (5 families control 90% of the media in Brazil) are in for the cash they will gain in government propaganda and Loans, and tax debt pardons. Washington is on a global attack over all Russian economic partners, Brazil is just one oe piece of the geopolitical chess game.

        • Lucas Ribeiro

          If you could prove me that Judge Moro and the Supreme Court were/are in the CIA’s payroll, NSA’s, FBI’s or whatever you come with’s, are true, I would delete this comment.

        • TeeJae


      • TeeJae

        The US is no democracy. And now that it has succeeded in ousting Rousseff, neither is Brazil, sadly.

    • tapatio

      Washington and its Zionist masters destroy another country.

      Below is the Rothschild-Bilderberg Predatory Capitalist Cartel – at the root of the corruption that has taken control of our country, its government, media and commerce. Until that corruption is rooted out and eradicated, America will continue to sicken and, eventually, die.
      These same Rothschilds, that hold controlling interest in the Federal Reserve today, also were patrons of Karl Marx and directed-financed the Bolshevik-Communist “revolution”. That one family name has been connected to more death and horror, over the last 300 years, than ALL other causes combined. The Rothschilds are, of course, Jewish.

      Rothschild Bank
      New Court
      St Swithin’s Lane
      London EC4N 8AL
      United Kingdom


      (note: The list linked above includes only Central Banks in which the Rothschild/Bilderberg Cartel holds controlling interest. They also hold controlling interest in virtually every major
      commercial and investment bank on Earth)

      Rothschild History

      JFK and the Federal Reserve









      The cartoons in this post are not “racist” because they are accurate caricatures of Jacob Rothschild and the star of david is the icon of Zionism – a political movement.