Magazine article New Internationalist

Rebranding Dictatorship in Latin America

Magazine article New Internationalist

Rebranding Dictatorship in Latin America

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Not so long ago Brazil was a country with both a booming economy and an enviably progressive set of social policies.

Today, almost exactly one year since Dilma Rousseff's 'impeachment' (which many call a 'coup'), Latin America's most populous nation is in social, political and economic meltdown.

Each day brings a new government initiative to pillage on behalf of the super-rich. Every news bulletin delivers another instalment in a corruption saga that is shaping up to be the world's biggest.

'We always knew there was corruption,' one young Brazilian journalist told me, 'but the scale of it, the number of politicians and the amount of money involved, has leftus totally disgusted and demoralized.'

Nothing is predictable. 'Anyone who can tell you what is going to happen is certainly ill-informed,' another journalist, a veteran, quipped.

At various points, while researching this month's Big Story, it looked like Brazil's corruption-mired Michel Temer could not possibly hold on to the top job. …

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