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Police in Sao Paulo have used tear gas to disperse a crowd of supporters of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on the day she is set to testify at her impeachment trial to deny accusations of hurting the economy with alleged budget manipulations.
Have the people of Brazil begun awakening? Brazil sources confirm that thousands more are ready to take to the streets.
But apart from all this, it makes one wonder who benefits from scheduling impeachment proceedings during and immediately after the Rio Olympics, and right before the Rio Paralympics are to start? Who benefits from confusion and chaos in Brazil?
- Brazil Color Revolution: Corruption, Dilma, Lula, Zika, Rio Olympics and BRICS. Lada Ray Report & Predictions
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May 19, 2016. Unseated Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has spoken to RT in her first TV interview since being suspended from office by the country’s Senate. She says that the old Brazilian oligarchy is behind the impeachment process, and vows to fight the ‘coup.’ RT exclusive. English translation.
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Destabilizing Brazil: Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff – Scary Parallels with Ukraine
Desestabilizando o Brasil: Impeachment de Dilma Rousseff – paralelos assustadores com a Ucrânia
On the video below at 0:27, look at the hopping and jumping people, rejoicing at the Rousseff impeachment. In the left frame are those who are against Rousseff and on the right we see crying those who are in her favor. Also, on the same video at 0:38, look at the chaos in Brazilian parliament. Things were pelted and fights broke out in parliament during impeachment hearing. It has gone so far that one deputy spat at a pro-US far right Rep. Jair Bolsonaro after he screamed out insults and lauded the previous Brazilian fascist dictator for torturing Dilma Rousseff, calling that a true democracy. Click for the Forbes article with videos showing some of the most outlandish moments.
And now let’s compare this to what happened on Kiev Maidan, Ukraine, before and after ukro-nazi coup. The protest that began the Kiev Maidan, Dec 1, 2013: it starts peaceful enough. But note how at 5:40 the ‘peaceful protesters’ are bulldozing over the poor police with a real bulldozer – never felt sorry for police before…
Now, watch a crowd of crazed young ukro-nazis screaming out an equivalent of German Nazi slogan, ‘Ukraine uber alles,’ aka, ‘Ukraine above all.’ Next, they scream out the infamous “Moskaliaku na gyliaku’ – translated loosely as: ‘hang all Russians’; and ‘Hto ne skache toi Moskal,’ which means ‘whoever doesn’t jump is a damn Russian.’ Especially pay attention to how similar the hopping and jumping looks (chances are in Brazil they might start witch hunts against communists and leftists, instead of Russians)!
Now, let’s see what regularly takes place in the Kiev Rada (parliament of Ukraine) and other high-profile national bodies. Deputies beat each other up in the Kiev Rada – the video below shows a fight during the first attempt to fire PM Yatsenyuk. However, it is merely one of many similar Rada fights:
They scream insults and pelt things at each other (Saakashvili and Avakov fight, Avakov pelts a heavy glass at Saakashvili, while president Poroshenko and then PM Yatsenyuk preside):
Read full article, with more vids: Kiev Scandals: Transatlantic Boss Joe Biden and Ukraine’s Spiders in a Jar (Saakashvili, Avakov, Yatsenyuk and Idiocracy Plus).
One might say that what is happening in Brazil are just democratic protests against government corruption. The thing is that many on Kiev Maidan also naively thought it was just a democratic protest against government corruption. But the foreign interests interfered in order to turn these protests into a force that would destroy the country. Before anyone knew what hit them, the protests turned into a bloody mess and a full-blown civil war, coupled with brutal fascist regime – something that many of us thought was impossible in Ukraine.
I have warned about the heavy consequences of what is happening in Brazil for the future of the country, especially in view of the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. The Olympics are likely to be seriously compromised when the country is destabilized.
The destabilization is THE goal. Brazil has gotten too ambitious, too proud of its recent successes and too independent for the liking of the US. The drunkenness from past success played a bad joke: Brazilian government got careless both nationally and internationally.
Destabilization of Brazil is payback to Dilma for rebelling against US domination and for her attempt to form an international coalition against NSA wiretapping. Having learned she had been a victim of NSA wiretapping, Rousseff also attempted to rally international support for the creation of the internet, independent of the US. She and Lula are now paying for all that.
In addition, the goal is the weakening and annihilation of any anti-US independence movement in South America, of which Brazil under Lula and Dilma was a prominent member.
But the biggest prize is the BRICS, and this is obviously an orchestrated attack on the solidity and rising power of the BRICS. As we discussed on many previous occasions on this blog, the ultimate target for subverting Ukraine and turning it into a bloody mess was to weaken Russia. The weakening of Russia, China and the BRICS as a whole is also the ultimate goal in Brazil.
For all the details read my full report: Brazil Color Revolution Attempt: Corruption, Dilma, Lula, Zika, 2016 Olympics and the BRICS. Lada Ray Report and Predictions.
PREDICTIONS and WARNINGS:
Dilma Rousseff impeachment is underway and it’s too late to turn back. What will happen next will sharply polarize Brazilian society, leading to growing mutual tension between opposing camps.
I won’t comment on the merit of the accusations. From all I see, there was government corruption, some of which may be accounted for as a means to cover certain excessive social and financial obligations to do with the Olympics and the credit short squeeze, due to plunging commodities prices (see Brazil report link above for more). It also appears that the corruption on the opposite side, which is accusing Dilma and Lula, is much bigger. It stands to reason that some are making the noise around Dilma to cover up own misdeeds. After all, Brazil corruption is legendary, it being one of the most corrupt countries in Latin America and worldwide.
Ukrainians were also dreaming of getting rid of what they were told was corruption under the ousted president Yanukovich and PM Azarov. Two years later they have much bigger crooks and thieves in power; many long for the good old days, wishing Azarov back, who now seems like angel incarnate.
Brazil is in danger of moving the way of Ukraine – and this is a way towards, at a minimum, destabilization, poverty and bigger dependence on the US, and at a maximum, destruction. The problem is that there is a hidden foreign interference, which will continue attempting to destabilize the country, in order to weaken it and bring to power a convenient puppet.
Let’s hope that Brazilians had received sufficient immunization against fascist dictatorships – after all, they once had one. Ukraine never experienced such a thing and, therefore, people had no idea what they were getting into. Brazilians’ genetic memory may prevent the worst fascist scenario from materializing.
However, it is already clear that the 2016 Rio Olympics will be very difficult for Brazil to pull off. Overall, Brazil should brace for some seriously turbulent and hard times ahead. Unfortunately, I don’t see a change for the better any time soon. It’ll take a long time to sort through the confusion. The ship called Brazil will continue rocking until it finds a new balance. And that will be hard to do in a polarized society.
I might have more Brazil predictions later, possibly, in one of the new Earth Shift Reports. Stay tuned!
P.S. In response to my Brazil Color Revolution: Corruption, Dilma, Lula, Zika, 2016 Olympics and the BRICS Report I received a number of heated comments from Brazilians who were trying to prove to me that this was in fact a fight against Dilma and Lula’s corruption, that they knew what they were doing and that I was wrong; some even accused me of ‘defending the damn communists’ (imagine that!). All such comments did was to confirm the diagnosis I made in my report, that of a widespread geopolitical illiteracy and lack of any understanding of the global economic, financial and historic processes. We have seen where this ignorance took Ukraine. Brazil is stepping on the same rake.
Dear Brazilians, I certainly do hope you know what you are doing. I can only show you what I see – I can’t make you see it if you don’t want to. I can only warn of the dangers I foresee, based on everything I am observing – it’s up to you to heed the warning, or not. I don’t remember being wrong once in my predictions… but what do I know.
My prognosis for Brazil isn’t rosy. Hard times, lots of confusion and polarization ahead. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope Ukraine-like worst case scenario can be avoided in Brazil.
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Brazil Color Revolution: Corruption, Dilma, Lula, Zika, Rio Olympics and BRICS. Lada Ray Report and Predictions
Ah, and don’t say I haven’t warned you about that! A quote from my June 30, 2015 article New Best Friends? The Truth Behind Obama & Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Trying to Make Up:
“In 2014 Obama attempted to put a wedge between China and Russia on one hand and India on another, by trying to convince India to leave the BRICS. That didn’t result in anything. Read more in:
Brazil is the next target.
But then the question becomes why Brazil is suddenly so gullible and trusting? What’s in it for them?
There were several attempts of color revolution in Brazil in this period. While Rousseff was re-elected president, she had to endure an unusually difficult election. All this is happening with the backdrop of the very expensive and financially straining Olympic Games Brazil will host in August 2016.
I have written in the past how Olympic Games are often used as a pretext to seriously destabilize the situation in the world and/or the host country.
Here is what is happening behind the scenes in Brazil. There are ‘spontaneous’ protests against the 2016 Olympic Games and the construction of various Olympic projects. In between these, there are also frequent protests against various transportation fee hikes, utility fees hikes, etc. It has proved to be impossible to start an outright Maidan in Brazil, of the kind they were able to organize in Kiev.
CIA and US-financed NGOs can only go so far in organizing a color revolution. However, they can destabilize and weaken the country, damage president’s reputation, and completely ruin the first ever Olympics in South America, which are the pride of Brazil.”
‘Brazil Spring’ is now active
In truth, this new article has been semi-written and sat in draft for a month. At the time it was mostly about Zika virus and my suspicions that a lot more was going on underneath the surface, that it was all connected to the 2016 Brazil Olympics and the destabilization of the BRICS; that the pretext of Zika was used to remove Dilma from power. As it often happens, my intuition somehow stopped me from publishing the post back then since I felt that something else was about to happen. Instead I reached out to my friend, Akaida, who has good connections in Brazil and asked him to tell me more. For a couple of weeks we exchanged emails, in which I asked questions and Akaida replied his impressions. All this was happening before the inkling of this new development took place.
Then, Akaida tweeted me this:
This is #Brazil One-Stop Info Central!
If you are confused as to what’s happening in Brazil, what these anti #Dilma protests are all about, how the previous president of Brazil Ignacio Lula da Silva is implicated – look no further! If you want to know my opinion on the Brazil economy and social landscape, how all this is connected with Zika virus scare, Brazil Olympics 2016 and the attempts to destabilize and divide the BRICS, then this is your one-stop info central on all these connected topics!
In this post I am using a lot of first-hand evidence and factual material straight out of the horse’s mouth. Special thanks to Akaida who has provided his personal observations and factual info! (You remember him from his popular guest post: ORGONITE 101: Chemtrails, Orgonite and Environmental Clearing).
As usual, in the end I’ll sum it up and give my own analysis of the Brazil developments.
On March 13, 2016 Brazil has seen the largest ever anti-Dilma Rousseff protest
People, who are ignorant about geopolitics and the real spread of who’s who on the planet think these protests are great and enthusiastically tweet about them:
And here’s what’s really going on:
Failed photo op: rich white Brazilians protest Dilma/Lula/PT corruption and demand justice, while their black nanny pulls carriage with their kids:
LR NOTES: PT is the ruling party of Brazil with Dilma Rousseff at the helm.
Only in Brazil! Patriotic ‘Impeach Dilma’ dance tutorial on YT. As they say in Russia, it’s laughter through the tears:
Lada Ray analysis
Previous, extremely popular, president Lula da Silva is also from PT, Dilma’s party. The party emphasizes social lifts and assistance for the poor. Out of 200 mln Brazil population, 36 mln were lifted from poverty during PT rule, according to official statistics.
Lula was treated as a hero when he secured the first ever Brazil, and first ever S. American, Olympics. He left his post on the high note, endorsing Dilma Rousseff as his successor. Last elections were increasingly difficult for Dilma as the economic situation in the country continued worsening, bringing with it political and social instability.
Under Lula, who was considered a genius by Brazilians for bringing ‘prosperity’ to the country, this instability would have been impossible. The reason is not the ‘genius’ of Lula, who certainly was a charismatic and passionate leader, but ‘the economy, stupid,’ as they would say in the USA.
Here is the reason Lula was able to push through lavish subsidies and help for the poor, the social lifts costing a lot of money and various other development programs. The global commodities prices were extremely high for years, lifting Brazil our of poverty and putting it into the top ten economies. Simultaneously with the ‘Brazil miracle’ the BRICS also began developing, lighting additional fire in Brazilians’ belly and giving additional boost to the country’s global standing. The culmination of this rise was Lula securing the first ever Olympics for Brazil, a matter of great pride and joy.
Lula left his office and Dilma came in, riding high on his wave. I feel sorry for Dilma. It was during her presidency that the global economic downturn began – something certainly beyond her power or control. The typically emotional Brazilians responded with disappointment and discontent, resulting in withdrawal of some popular support. Once the population withdraws part of its support, the leader can’t move as boldly forward as before. Coupled with the downturn, increased debt and spending on the Olympics and intensified attacks against the ruling party, such situation resembles a perfect storm. There is definitely a meddling in Brazil’s internal affairs and an attempt at the regime change. Those who are attempting to undermine and topple PT and Dilma have waited for the most aggravated moment, when the ‘perfect storm’ like conditions would ripen.
This happened on our very recent memory in Ukraine in February 2014, where the toppling of the Yanukovich regime succeeded; in Syria in 2013-2015, until Russia stepped in, reversing the situation.
The common sense analysis of Brazil’s economic downturn
Let’s say at the get-go: the economic downturn isn’t Dilma or PT’s fault. This is a global situation predetermined by the normal economic cycle. Several years ago the rolling global recession started due to the downturn in the West. In our globalized economy this meant that eventually everyone would be hit one way or another. As a result of Western, primarily US, recession, and as American consumers shopped less, the global engine of growth, China, slowed down and went into a recession, thus requiring less and less natural resources to power its economy. This resulted in a gradual slowdown of the resource and export based economies, such as Canada, Australia, Russia, Brazil and India.
Specifically in Brazil the internal financial and economic situation worsened as two economic factors converged: 1. Olympics required a lot of money and strained the country’s resources. 2. falling global commodity prices, Brazil’s export bread and butter, caused a simultaneous strain, which put the country in a bottle neck of high expenditure with much lower income coming in.
All this meant PT was unable to subsidize the poor as much as before, which in turn meant that the support base for the party and Dilma Rousseff was not as large and not as enthusiastic as when Lula da Silva presided over the boom. Not only Dilma’s, but also ex-prez Lula’s, fortune ran out as economic downturn occurred: he is now under investigation on corruption charges.
Petrobras scandal: Lula da Silva facing corruption charges Petro Global News
This is typical CIA color revolution at work. Regardless of any corruption, if it really did take place, Lula and Dilma represent for the US a movement away from the US-centric world. Together with the very inconvenient Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez (now deceased due to poisoning disguised as fake cancer) and Argentina’s ex-prez Christina Kirschner (now replaced by new pro-US president) Lula and Dilma tried to orchestrate a peaceful ‘independence from the US revolution.’
In addition, both Dilma and Lula represent the ‘B’ in the BRICS, together with being a symbol of the rising power of the formerly 3rd World nations.
Color revolutions and various disturbances were tried in Brazil before. Nothing worked until the economic downturn conveniently happened.
The expression that has become very popular in Russia after the Ukraine 2014 events that Russians didn’t see coming, was coined by a European politician; was it Bismark or someone else, I can’t recall. Paraphrased, it goes like this: ‘If you don’t get politics, politics will get you.”
Due to how ignorant part of the Brazil population is in the matters of politics and geopolitics, it was easy to dupe them into these protests. The spin is that this a protest against government corruption.
It doesn’t occur to these three million that they are being used to advance foreign agenda, just like the poor Ukrainians were wound up by foreign coercion and propaganda, and unleashed onto Kiev Maidan in 2014.
But when the dupes on Maidan were used as cover for the trained ukro-nazi and foreign mercenary country take over, not everyone was duped by the show. Yet, those in Ukraine who knew what was happening, preferred to keep their heads down and continue their lives undisrupted, thinking that it would blow over, that the Kiev craze would not reach them. They thought that Odessa, Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov, Kherson, Nikolaev and Dnepropetrovsk were far enough from the Kiev madness. We all now know how wrong they were!
They didn’t stand up for the legitimate president because they thought he was corrupt and didn’t represent their interests as well as they wanted. Two years later, the foreign-managed Kiev junta destroyed Ukraine’s economy, plunged the population into poverty, ruined economic and neighborly relations with Russia, created a major rift within own country, started civil war, killed tens of thousands of its own citizens and succeeded in losing the most lucrative parts of its territory when Donbass and Crimea seceded. If those who, seeing Maidan madness and foreign manipulation, didn’t decide it was none of their business and acted differently, their country still could have been saved.
Brazilians, who truly care about their country, should heed this warning!
My unpublished post from 2/5 – 2/10/2016
Zika virus hoax & 2016 Rio Olympics
The following was written a month or more ago, well before the present color revolution attempt in Sao Paolo:
The epicenter of Zika virus, as trumpeted by MSM, is, supposedly, Brazil. When it first began my initial thought was that someone’s trying to sabotage Brazil Olympics, with far-reaching purposes. After Zika was announced, US almost immediately said that the American team may skip Brazil Olympics due to safety concerns.
Read on to see how Brazil Olympics are tightly connected to geopolitics and the balance of power on our planet.
Zika virus scare in S. America has a large geopolitical component, specifically, that of pressure on South America, and especially on Brazil as a member of the BRICS. The actual virus scare has been drastically overblown, feeding off people’s deep-seated fears in order to achieve two goals:
1. Put extra pressure on South America, which is attempting to have its own independent voice in global affairs, inconsistent with USA’s.
2. It is specifically designed to decimate the reputation of Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, while also weakening Brazil economy and stepping on the country’s pride. It’s no secret that the previous president of Brazil won the coveted bid for his country by appealing to the OIC that it was time to have the Olympic Games in South America, which never hosted them before. Hosting Olympics is a very big deal and a matter of national pride for Brazil and all of South America.
But while it invokes a great deal of raised self-esteem and inspiration for the citizens, it is also a huge strain on country’s resources. Basically, any Olympics is a test for the host country. This holds especially true for the countries outside of the West and US sphere of influence. As someone who grew up around the sports and Olympics and who has observed on various occasions what went on, I can tell you that world-wide sporting events, but especially World Cup and Olympics, are used by the USA and West to damage a host country’s reputation, spoil its ‘star hour,’ ruin the economy and undermine self-esteem. The campaigns against a host country are normally relentless and vicious.
Brazil has strained its resources, finances and economy dramatically due to the Olympics preparations. Hosting the Olympics is an extremely expensive proposition for any country. It is also a test as to the country’s unity and resolve to get to the next level.
The country preparing for the Olympics is especially vulnerable to MSM, political and financial attacks. Leadership of such country gets attacked relentlessly from both inside and outside the country. We can say that both China and Russia have passed the test, but at a cost. It may turn out that Brazil hasn’t passed the test as well.
Do you recall my 2015 prediction that Brazil, and Rousseff personally, will be extremely quiet in the global geopolitical arena until after the Olympics? (The Truth Behind Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Trying to Make Up.) You’ll see Brazil trying to speak up again by 2017, or the earliest, towards the end of 2016.
No later than the early 2017 we’ll know if they had broken Rousseff completely, or she is simply waiting out the rough period. If they got the goods on her through those NSA tapes, then she will never be the same.
We do know for a fact that they got major juice on Angela Merkel, whom they now can twist into a pretzel, whenever they want to.
Remember how vocal was Rousseff after she discovered that she was spied on by NSA? She wanted to rally various heads of state against NSA and US; she tried to create an EU – S. America alternative to the US-controlled Internet; she even went to the UN General Assembly, where she passionately condemned Obama and USA’s spying.
After that, as if at a stroke of a magic wand, riots and protests started in her country. Several months later, Rousseff met with Barack Obama, where she proclaimed her loyalty to friendship and cooperation with the US, indicating that what happened before was water under the bridge.
My prediction that Brazil and Rousseff will become active internationally again after the Brazil Olympics is conditional on how much they had broken her. Alas, we already know one thing: Brazil isn’t ready for the major leagues.
Another thing we know: Brazil isn’t the S. American equivalent of China or Russia.
It is clear that Brazil is targeted because it’s the member of the BRICS. The BRICS is one of several organizations, others being SCO and Eurasian Union, that can serve as a backbone to the new socio-economic system that will replace the present Western-centric model.
While the economy of Brazil seemingly is large enough, the plunge in commodities prices, the basis of its economy, coupled with a strain of the preparation for the Olympics, has made it difficult for the country to balance the books, keep its social obligations and hold its own internationally.
We see time and again that the size of the economy alone doesn’t do the trick. Look at Japan: large and influential economy, accompanied by a weak military and non-existent political clout.
On the other hand, we have the phenomenon of Russia, whose economy is suffering from both crippling sanctions and catastrophic drop in commodities prices. Yet, the power of the President is more solid than ever, Putin’s ratings are through the roof and Russian Army is the strongest it has ever been since the collapse of the USSR. The new infrastructure projects are being developed due to huge currency reserves – and paradoxically, thanks to Western sanctions. Russian geopolitical and diplomatic clout is also the strongest it has been since the USSR collapse. Sure, there are problems, lots of them. The point is: if we compare what was and what is, as well as where it’s going, the dynamics is very positive, and even inspiring.
New article: 3/12 – 3/15/2016
The BRICS and the geopolitics of the Olympics
Why the Olympics?
I have tried to write several times on my blog about the connection between sport and geopolitics. Every time I do, I feel an unspoken resistance from my readers. I can understand why: most of the aware and awake people consider the big sport to be corrupt, designed to dupe and distract the sheeple. Another part of my readers may consider Olympics a colossal waste of resources that can be better used to feed the hungry and build something useful.
They are all correct. Yet, I cannot impress enough on you all what an important part in today’s global social and geopolitical set up is assigned to sport. Its influence on human consciousness can never be underestimated. Sport is a part of humanity’s collective mythology: a remembrance of one’s childhood; a genetic memory of the ancient rights of passage, trials of courage and skill, and knights’ tournaments.
Historically, both participants and spectators are equally engaged and equally treasure a sporting event experience. Part of it is a sense of belonging to a ‘team,’ belonging to something bigger than oneself; this is coupled with admiration of human potential and achievement.
But there is also the distracting and pacifying role of sport on the masses. ‘Bread and spectacles,’ as the ancient Romans would say, is what keeps the population happy and at bay. Take that away and you will have riots on streets – exactly as happened in ancient Rome. Besides that, the big sport is responsible for the feeling of national pride and unity like almost nothing else. Due to all the above, sport is used routinely to manipulate the sheeple, whole countries and the entire world, according to someone’s clandestine agenda. We even know whose agenda…
Therefore, those who REALLY, TRULY want to understand what is going on in our world and how it works, those who want to truly get how geopolitics work, cannot ignore sport. Until human consciousness makes a leap from 3D into 5D, sport will remain a huge and inseparable part of the collective unconscious and of the global geopolitical structure.
Till then, read my posts that talk about the geopolitics of sport!
(Incidentally, read how 3D, 4D and 5D work on my new LadaRay.info page: GUIDE TO MULTI-DIMENSIONAL UNIVERSE.)
While there is a healthy element in the admiration and national pride based on your athletes’ achievements, the burning desire to host major global sporting events in order to boost national prestige has gotten many countries in trouble. Once a country is in the process of preparation for the Olympics, World Cup or something else, the amount of pressure and expenditures naturally increase, the country’s power structures become increasingly vulnerable to protest, economic/financial/political manipulation and external pressure.
Russia went through this with Sochi Winter Olympics; China went through this with Beijing 2008 Olympics; Moscow 1980 Olympics were boycotted by the West – ultimate sabotage; Los Angeles 1984 Olympics were boycotted back by the USSR and the Russian camp; Russia is still under pressure because it’s hosting World Cup in 2018.
But the above are the world’s strongest countries, the ones that are best equipped to withstand enormous pressure. As far as money goes, China has the world’s largest currency reserves and Russia has third largest currency reserves. These countries don’t need to go into debt and can weather a serious storm. It is not so with the majority of others.
Greek Olympics: how Greece really incurred its debt
No one ever talks about where Greece’s astronomical debt really came from, yet to me it’s obvious. Greece hosted the millennial 2000 Olympics in Athens. Greece is a small and relatively poor country, but the millennial Olympics were given to it in recognition of the fact that Olympics once started in ancient Greece. Some may remember that all kinds of terror threats were in the headlines for the year 2000. Greek officials grudgingly admitted before the Olympics that ‘the country spent more on security than it could afford.’
Recall what happened more recently: Greece went through a major scandal in which it was accused by the EU that it lied about the level of its debt and that it violated the EU law requiring to keep its debt below a certain level. What was never disclosed was how much of that debt went on the preparation, construction and security for the 2000 Athens Olympics. To this day Greek officials are ashamed to admit the country spent all that money and has nothing to show for it. Now the Athens Olympic stadium is used to house Middle East refugees and the country is saddled with enormous debt they owe to IMF, German and French banks; debt they will never be able to repay.
Every country wanting to host Olympics, which also is trying to be independent of the US/West, must keep this in mind. They will use the country’s vulnerability and any weaknesses in preparation for the Olympics or World Cup to attack and shift the balance back to their advantage.
Sitting on two chairs, or how Brazil grew too fast
Now the same is happening to Brazil. In the past twelve or so years Brazil grew too fast, helped by high commodities prices and influx of foreign capital. Lula and Dilma were allowed to lift the masses out of poverty, but the moment the going got tough the resistance began. Pride and resting on laurels, thinking that Lula’s achievements were due to his genius and not to the luck of the high commodity prices – that’s what got PT in trouble. Another thing that got Dilma, PT and Lula in trouble was the mediocre-to-poor understanding of the global geopolitical, financial and economic processes. Alas, they didn’t understand that our world is cyclical. Any cycle of boom would always be followed by a cycle of bust when Brazil’s economy will experience a downturn.
Russians spent the past 12 years, when oil prices were high, setting aside a nest egg and an emergency fund, which they can now afford to dip into. Brazilians did nothing of the sort. They extravagantly spent everything and went into debt on top of it.
Further, it was extremely naive for Dilma and Lula to think they could forever sit on two chairs. This naiveté got Ukraine’s Yanukovich and Party of the Regions in big trouble in 2014. While Brazil proclaims independence of the US, its financial system is closely linked to, and dependent on, the US; economy is, similarly, closely linked. The media and business people, educated and wealthy classes go to school in the US and/or do business with the US.
In fact, as Brazil grew exponentially in the past 12-15 years, its wealthy class and associated pro-US lobby grew as well. Brazil has accumulated a gigantic ‘fifth column’ to be turned on at puppet master’s will. And this moment arrived when the country began experiencing economic difficulties.
The bricks of the BRICS
This demonstrates the relative strength of Brazil. Pride and passionate desire to get ahead played a bad joke on Brazilians.
We usually talk about BRICS as a solid, monolith organization, which it is often perceived to be. It really is a beautiful dream. But the truth is that not all BRICS have been created equal. The real bricks of the BRICS are Russia and China. India is next on the list. Brazil isn’t nearly as strong of a member, and certainly neither is S. Africa.
It’s a good idea to continue developing the BRICS as a project. But will it bring real dividends? Some, but not so much.
What we see here is an attempted attack on the BRICS. The West wants to try to break up this alliance. But in truth, this really is an attack against Russia and China.
Brazil has proven a vulnerable brick, and easy enough to dislodge. The Olympics have shown its structural weakness.
This is why I see more of a future in Eurasian alliances. The golden triangle – Russia, China, India – has great potential for a stabilizing future. SCO has a big political future. Eurasian Union theoretically has a great future, but it is full of its own weak links, such as its prospective peripheral members. But these are topics for other articles and ESRs.
Probable outcomes for Dilma and Brazil
What happens next in Brazil depends purely on the people of Brazil. Dilma apparently saw the writing on the wall and tried to appease the US in 2015 by making up with Obama. Her goal was to survive somehow until after the Olympics.
The pressure will continue until one of the following happens:
1. Dilma is impeached and gone – this outcome has a risk of civil war and Ukraine-like scenario.
2. PT and Dilma cave in and become a complete puppet of the US, like Angela Merkel.
Both of the above scenarious are scary.
3. Dilma and PT find enough strength and dig deep to find true support of the population, support not based on bribes in the form of handouts and subsidies. This support will allow them to withstand all the attacks that have to be expected, emerging somewhat dented, but alive and kicking – and much savvier – after the Olympics. They better hold on – attacks and sabotage will be relentless: just remember how the anti-Russian Ukraine coup was timed to coincide with Sochi Olympics! (Striking Geopolitical Similarities: Georgian War – Beijing2008 and Ukraine – Sochi2014)
BRAZIL in the eye of the beholder
At the present time Brazil is a mess economically and politically, but Brazilians expected this. They have been living a boom-bust cycle since at least the early 80s, and the stability of the last decade was unusual for them. The ‘good years’ during the commodity boom were squandered and virtually no investment was made in education or infrastructure. The money flow did raise the average standard of living, but the majority of it went into elite pockets and now the gravy train is over. The currency has already collapsed and prices on imports have doubled. If this happened in America there would be riots, but the word I’m getting from friends is the economy is terrible, but there are ‘some great parties’! Brazilians gotta love em😂✌
Most of my friends have good technical jobs, but the cost of living is so high, especially in São Paulo (the business financial center of Brazil and South America) the money comes in and goes straight out. They live day to day, complain have a drink and laugh. Even in the protests they start to samba, they don’t know how to be angry and mad like Americans. My Brazilian friends think its terrible (we should be angry!!) but I think its a good thing, keeps cooler heads even in the worst of times (video from anti-Dilma protests) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXbxvx1NNvw
I don’t want to trivialize their problems, but there would be major violence in the USA if the currency devalued by 50% and so far there have only been fairly peaceful protests in Brazil. They have shot some tear gas etc, but things return to normal in a few days, it hasn’t become a martial law situation yet.
Regarding Dilma’s PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores, Worker’s Party), the situation is bad. All Brazilian politics is corrupt, and among Latin countries the joke is Brazilians take it to another level. Dilma’s administration is caught in major scandals with Petrobras, and you probably heard former President Lula (also PT party) got raided at home by Federal Police for evidence on corruption. In her youth, Dilma was a radical leftist and suffered several years in prison and torture under the US backed Brazilian military dictatorship. However in recent times many leftists of her generation including the PT party have moved to a more center-left establishment position. During the commodities boom, there were many investment articles on the ‘Brazilian Miracle’, but after a decade plus of stability, a steep downturn has hit and all opposition parties, including those backed by the USA are in a power struggle for control of the biggest country in South America.
The sentiment on the PT is divided by class lines, the majority working class attitude is the PT is corrupt but this is Brazilian Politics and what is the alternative? They feel that the Worker’s Party did do a lot for average Brazilians and are suspicious of the alternative. The other side are upper class Brazilians who support a Pro-American Anti-BRICS stance, with candidates such as Aecio Neves from the PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party).
As has been outlined the Futuristrendcast, the New Silk Road and multi-polar BRICS alliance is the best chance for Brazil and other countries in the world economy. As such I’m very suspicious of candidates such as Aécio Neves, he would be the perfect type to break Brazil out of the BRICS and join the Pro-Atlanticist TPP pact. Neves has a very playboy wealthy image (abjectly corrupt) and there was even a helicopter that crashed with tons of cocaine that was connected to his circle of friends. http://www.talkingdrugs.org/445kg-of-cocaine-pasta-base-found-in-brazilian-senators-helicopter
If Aécio Neves or a similar Pro-American candidate became president, Brazil would revert to a South American puppet state of the USA, similar to the Military Dictatorship years of the 1960-1980s. Another politician that is calling for investigation of Dilma is Eduardo Cunha from Rio (PMDB, Democratic Movement Party), who himself is under investigation for corruption in the Petrobras scandal! I hope this gives some context to the Brazilian political situation, it is very corrupt all around – to the point that, unfortunately, many Brazilians see it as standard operating procedure. There are even some that are calling for the return of the Military Dictatorship and even a Brazilian Monarchy!
I must also mention, besides the Petrobras scandal, there was a major mine disaster in Mariana at the end of 2015. A mine tailing pool in broke and destroyed one of the greatest rivers in Brazil, the Rio Doce. It happened in the Minas Gerais state which is known for mining (‘Lemurian Quartz’ comes from Minas) and also for its rich farmland. They’re calling it the Brazilian Fukushima, and trying to blame Dilma. The 800km plus river will take 100 years to recover, if it ever does. I think it’s just symptomatic of Brazilian corruption in general. Very sad, when it rains it pours in Brazil.
Another aspect is ‘Color Revolution’ which is being pushed in many ways. There are many NGOs and American memes that are shaping young Brazilians’ minds, creating hate and division where there wasn’t any before. Some of the sentiments are legitimate, but at the same time I feel a lot of it is brainwashing and inciting divisions during a crisis point within the country. I can see why Putin put pressure on foreign NGOs in Russia.
The common themes are racism, feminism, the so-called ‘social justice warrior’ memes, etc. The majority of Brazilians that are absorbing this are the upper class as they see the West as modern and Brazil as backward, so they copy all the ‘hottest’ memes coming out of Hollywood etc.
An important thing to note is a major difference between Brazil and the Anglo countries is Brazil is a ‘Mestiço’ or syncretic culture of European, Brazilian Indian, and African elements that have combined over hundreds of years. Brazil definitely does have race and class differences, but in general they all share the singular language of Portuguese, celebrate the same cultural events, and are all united under the banner of Brazilian people. Compare this to the USA, which is also a mixture of cultures, but is severely divided by language and cultural differences, where traditional European-Americans have very little commonality with new immigrants who may not even speak English.
So, this is why I feel American based social media could be used for color revolution, to grow existing fractures or splits in Brazilian society to the advantage of The West. Creating more problems to capitalize on, just as the pro-BRICS Brazilian government is in the greatest economic and political crisis in over a decade.
Another crisis is the recent ZIKA scare, there are many Brazilians that are questioning the Zika hoax, whether it was pesticide in the water supply or because of the American introduction of GMO mosquitoes – there is a questioning about this. As far as I know there is no mandatory vaccination, but people are scared. Especially young mothers. I question the timing of this Zika phenomenon, I don’t want to be conspiratorial, but it just seems like crises are hitting Brazil from all angles at the present from the environmental, to the economic and political crises.
For investors or potential expats, in my opinion Brazil, is probably the WORST place to do business. The bureaucracy is thick and they don’t have the same work ethic as the Northern countries or East Asia. Life in Brazil is hard, taxes and cost of living is high – however, if you find a niche, they are some of the most friendly and accepting people you will ever meet. Your social life will be so rich and the love from your friends and family, you will have a life experience you will never forget. Brazil is a very YIN country, all subconscious, emotional, spiritual, flowing. Take a trip and see for yourself, it’s not for everybody but if you like Brazil, I think it is one of the most culturally rich places in the world.
From an upper class white Brazilian on Facebook.
I’ll try to explain as simply as possible: this protest is not about corruption. Operation ‘Lava Jato’ (car wash) is not about corruption. If it was, your “Poster Boy” would never be Áecio Neves. If it was, we wouldn’t see just like last year, the hashtag #somostodoscunha. If it was, we would have screams and protests also against Alckmin, Beto Richa, Sierra and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This movement against the PT is clearly a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo of “good people”. The image that represents a desperate attempt to keep everything the way it was. Rich and Poor in their rightful place. The Protesters prefer the corruption of some and then condemn the other. If you are against the government, come with honesty and consistency. Show indignation, but without selectivity. And most important: do not support all these unconstitutional acts that are happening on the side of fascism. Don’t be on the team of Bolsonaro (far right politician -ak) Or you are on the opposite side of democracy. And the worst is looking down on the poor as tramps and losers, as this video shows https://www.facebook.com/jornalistaslivres/videos/351091668348050/
(protesters say public welfare should be cut, they just use money to drink and have kids – when 36 million Brazilians were lifted out of poverty under PT government -ak)
More comments from the post on Facebook:
People are being kept behind bars for months without a trial, and being released only if they accept to denounce PT and its allies, however flimsy it’s that testimony. Suspicions and inquiry file pages are being leaked to the press…. inquiries for which even the lawyers are having their access denied. Moro and the prosecutors are investigating only PT and its allies and turning a blind eye to the opposition and the media, even though there has been a whole lot of testimonies and evidence pointing to them.
The prosecutors even managed to turn operation Zelotes, about the HSBC Leaks, into an anti-Lula operation. And the electoral court is analysing AGAIN Rousseff’s campaign accounts, even though they’ve already looked into it and approved it.
In the most recent development, now globo is afraid of the unrest they created among the population (this morning there was a protest in front of their rio journalism quarters) and their bloggers and sunday op-eds are even trying to push the lie about “PT’s violent militias” and pleading for MILITARY INTERVENTION in an attempt to create a narrative legitimizing an even bigger breach of democracy.
Make no mistake. This is not a long overdue objective and universal cleansing of the countrie’s corruption. This is an orchestrated cooptation of the institutions in order to create som sort of media/justice/politics paraguayan coup like the one which ousted Lugo.
Crookedness is created and hidden by their gate keeping. Lula is one of the most investigated politicians of recent times. He had no good will from the media. You’d think by now they’d have more against him than that canoe bullshit and such. Guys like aecio neves who like to play outraged against corruption (and receive ample media space without questioning for that) wouldn’t last 10 minutes under that kind of scrutiny
Globo (major TV media outlet in Brazil, and propagandist in the dictatorship era) calls for return of the military dictatorship!
Frightened by the wave of solidarity with the former president Lula, who blazed his base of support from the social movements, Globo, which helped establish a military dictatorship in Brazil in 1964, now uses two of its columnists, Merval Pereira and Ricardo Noblat to spread that the military is ready to put the house in order; “Military put troops on hand to ensure public order,” said Merval, which ranked the citizens who defend democracy as “PT militia”…. Will Globo try to repeat 1964?
Let’s not forget the Banestado corruption scheme scandal back in 2002, involving politicians from PSDB and an amount of R$ 150 billions, the same money changer Alberto Youssef now involved in the Petrobras scandal and the same judge Sergio Moro. Only small fish were condemned. No PSDB right-wing politicians were condemned! Alberto Youssef is back in business as if nothing had happened. What was the fascists’ hero Sergio Moro thinking? Why didn’t he put any politicians in jail? Mismanagement of 150 billion reals, an absurd amount of money when compared to the R$ 10 billions stolen from Petrobras.
My opinion Lada is, knowing Brazilian culture, most likely the PT is involved in some corruption, BUT it is not as bad as being portrayed by the media (which is overwhelmingly American friendly). These revelations about Lula being railroaded are quite eye-opening, I think this may also be timed to build tensions before the Olympics. I think they are on some sort of time table and are working as quick as possible on multiple fronts to destabilize the BRICS. The powers that be cannot afford another year or two of Putin!
For additional background read my original article published on March 2, 2014:
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