Operation Condor 2.0

There is a new Operation Condor, not unlike the old one that resulted in the murder and disappearance of thousands of people across Latin America. The original Condor began in 1975 with the cooperation of rightwing dictatorships in the Southern Cone–Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. This was a direct attack on South Americans opposed to neoliberal […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: US Role in Unfolding Coup in Brazil?

Peter B. Collins presents Journalist Pepe Escobar Following the dramatic April 17 vote to impeach Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, Pepe Escobar unpacks the layers of corruption in his native country and suspects an American role in the effort to take down the pro-workers PT party based on NSA surveillance of the state oil firm, Petrobras, […]

Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: America’s Empire of Chaos

Peter B. Collins Presents Pepe Escobar Taking a well-deserved break from his travels at his home in Sao Paolo, Pepe Escobar returns to cover many hotspots. We open with his assessment of the upset in Brazil’s presidential election, where rival candidates are forming an alliance, and jump from there to the forced marriage in Kabul […]

Putin and BRICS form Seed Crystal of a New International Monetary Pole

The Creation of an historic alternative to an Anglo-American monetary & financial system Future historians will mark the July 16-17 heads of state meeting of the five BRICS nations in Fortaleza Brazil as one of the major turning points in world history since the 1815 defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo and the rise of the […]

De-Manufacturing Consent- Breadless Circus: World Cup Focalizes Civil Unrest in Brazil

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Ioan Grillo On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent Guillermo is joined by Ioan Grillo, a freelance journalist and author of the book El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency. Today, we focus on South America and the situation in Brazil, as civil unrest, protests, and clashes with police are spurred by the upcoming […]

Brazil: Extractive Capitalism and the Great Leap Backward

“The point of confrontation is the street – not the workplace.” Introduction: Brazil has witnessed one of the world’s most striking socio-economic reversals in modern history: from a dynamic nationalist industrializing to a primary export economy. Between the mid 1930’s to the mid 1980’s, Brazil averaged nearly 10% growth in its manufacturing sector largely based […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 76

A Crisis of Empire At the end of World War II, the United States had half the world’s wealth with only 5% of the world’s population, and stated explicitly that its objectives in foreign policy were designed to “maintain this disparity.” George C. Marshall, former Secretary of State, noted at the time that there was […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 75

The World is Rising After three weeks, Turkey is still experiencing massive unrest as the urban uprisings across the country progress, along with the state repression of them. As tear gas canisters used in Istanbul are made in Brazil, the population of Brazil – across the world – is rising up with hundreds of thousands […]

The EyeOpener- Putting the “B” in Brics: Brazil in the 21st Century

Oh what a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, few had any inkling of the economic marvel that was about to befall Brazil. Since 2003, nearly 40 million Brazilians were lifted out of poverty, joining the ranks of the middle class and buying consumer items like televisions and cars for the first time. This […]