Brazil: Rousseff Ousted in International Neoliberal Economic War

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President Dilma Rousseff. Courtesy: Open Source

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 May 2016

The current impasse in Brazilian politics, i.e. the suspension and pending impeachment of the democratically elected President, Dilma Rousseff, is symptomatic of the widely acknowledged aim of the US Empires multinational corporations and organisations in seeking global economic hegemony via the application of neoliberal and internationalist policies aimed at liberalising the economies of independent nation states. It is no secret that successive regimes in the US, dating back to the mid 1990's, have been embarked on a plan to subvert the worlds' economies in the form of the universally abhorred and reviled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP - circa 1995), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP - 2005) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA - 2012).

That Brazil, akin to China, India, Russia and South Africa (aka. BRICS), is not party to the pecuniary theft of both personal and public property, and the debt slavery about to be created by the imposition of the US Empires neoliberal policies, is the primary reason that it is, as are all of the other BRICS nations to differing degrees, an economic and military target of the US regime.

Rousseff's rise to power.

Rousseff is known to have charted an unusual path to the Presidency of Brazil. Her father, Pedro Rousseff, was a Bulgarian immigrant who had fled persecution in his native homeland before finally settling in Brazil and raising a family in the late 1930's. Dilma, one of three siblings, became politically aware in her late teens when a hybrid dictatorship, comprised of civilian and military apparatchiks, overthrew the democratically elected President, João Goulart, in March 1964. For the next decade or so, Rousseff, among thousands of ordinary Brazilian's who found themselves persecuted by successive military regimes, railed against the authoritarian state using gorilla warfare tactics. A short spell in prison ensued. By the late 1970's she had returned to education and subsequently secured a post in the Foundation of Economics but remained politically active, this time within the law, and continued to pursue a local political career until the early noughties. In 2002, the newly elected President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva appointed Rousseff as the Minister of Mines & Energy in the first administration of the Brazilian Workers Party, aka. the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT).

The PT have gone on to win the popular vote of the Brazilian people for another three successive terms, da Silva again in 2006, Rousseff in 2010 and Rousseff again in 2014.

The international neoliberal coup d'état.

Not unexpectedly, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, aka. the Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro (PMDB), have been incensed by the resilience and tenacity of the PT who still commands the majority of the popular vote in Brazil, albeit that it has severely diminished over the years as more and more corruption scandals have emerged. Clearly the PT have demonstrated that they are not immune to the lure of illegal enrichment whilst in office, as evidence of corporate and political malfeasance continues to emerge on almost a monthly basis in the country: common among all businesses and politicians the world over is that systemic corruption can be found in all forms of commerce, administrations and despotic regimes. Nonetheless, while no evidence has materialised that could implicate Rousseff in any of these illegal activities, her suspension and continued persecution by a coterie of national and international neoliberal forces demonstrates their desperation in removing what they perceive as an obstacle to progress.

Enter Vice President Michel Temer of the PMDB, who is one of the nations most corrupt politicians that the people have had the misfortune to endure, an apparatchik desperate to occupy the office that Rousseff has just vacated.

Temer has long been accused of facilitating money laundering operations among the nations construction industry and accepting bribes in exchange for securing government contracts for his corporate friends: Temer's activities are common knowledge among the people and have almost become folklore given that he has, thus far, managed to avoid responsibility for a whole range of crimes that he is known to have committed whilst in public office. However, more recently, the judiciary have had some success when he was found guilty, and fined, for election spending violations, a crime that could see him being banned for 8 years in running for any future public office. Temer is also deeply unpopular among the Brazilian electorate, the latest polls record his standing at just 2% whilst nearly 60% would like to see him impeached and removed from the Vice Presidents Office. Naturally, he is infinitely more popular amongst his corporate cronies, i.e. Grupo Globo (the Brazilian media corporation) and Goldman Sachs (the banking conglomerate) plus international organisations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), all of whom have a neoliberal agenda that seeks to strip away what little wealth there is remaining among the people and redistribute it to an increasingly enriched global plutocracy.

This is, quite simply, an economic coup d'état masquerading as a purge on corruption: the whole premise of this neoliberal operation, funded and directed by both national and international corporations and organisations, is to systematically undermine the democratic foundations upon which the nation is built, i.e. the people are to have no voice in the undemocratic process currently unfolding and they will be fiscally eviscerated when it is all over.

The US Empires neoliberal economic war continues.

An Empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
Charles de Montesquieu