COVID-19: “Only a strong state is going to take care of the people,” says Lula

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Getty images BO Staff Writer Former President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has taken to social media networks to point out the important role that the State should play in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a video circulating on social networker platforms said, …

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil Begs for Cuban Doctors – after Expelling Them

Brazil’s far-right government requested the return of thousands of Cuban doctors to help fight the coronavirus. Months ago, President Jair Bolsonaro smeared the doctors as “terrorists” and expelled them. By Ben Norton, The Grayzone The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the health infrastructure of countries around the world. Desperate to contain the deadly virus, hard-hit countries, …

Brazilians ask Bolsonaro to keep quiet on US attack in Iraq

Image credit: telesurenglish By BO Staff Writer Brazilians took to the internet and called on their rightwing President, Jair Bolsonaro, to be silent on the US attack in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, in which the Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, amongst others, was assassinated. Two hashtags are reportedly trending on social media, namely: #BolsonaroFicaCalado (meaning Bolsonaro, …

Mura tribe vows to protect the Amazon

By BO Staff Writer The following article was previously published on the teleSUR English website and is now reissued by Black Opinion: In the heart of the Amazon, the Mura indigenous people have vowed to protect their traditional land amidst threats from farmers, logging and raging fires. A record number of wildfires have raged for …

Jair Bolsonaro is responsible for Amazon rainforest fires

By BO Staff Writer Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has since taking office in January 2019 systematically surrendered the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness and development. Aided by policies he put in place that go against the interests of the indigenous tribes and the environment, he has increased deforestation manyfold. He has frequently targeted the indigenous …

Well wishes to Brazil’s Workers’ Party in 2018 national elections – BLF

By BO Staff Writer The following statement was previously published on the Black First Land First website and is now reissued by Black Opinion: Black First Land First (BLF) wishes Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT) of the imprisoned people’s president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, well in the forthcoming general elections starting on 7 October 2018. …