UK spent millions pushing Bolsonaro to privatise Brazil’s oil and gas

The UK began its £56m aid project in 2018 with the stated aim of supporting “Brazil’s economic openness and sustainable infrastructure”. Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain with fascist politics, has been Brazil’s president since the start of 2019.  He is running for re-election this Sunday against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who […]

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Britain’s dirty business in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

In September 2022, the BBC aired a documentary titled “The Boys from Brazil: Rise of the Bolsonaros”. The three-part series, co-released with US outlet PBS, documents the rise of Brazil’s far right leader Jair Bolsonaro – who went from an obscure dictatorship-era military figure to the winner of the country’s 2018 presidential election. “Jair Bolsonaro […]

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João Goulart was president of Brazil (Photo: Keystone via Getty)

Britain’s hidden hand in Brazil’s 1964 coup d’etat

On 31 March 1964, a military coup was launched against Brazilian president João Goulart. Brazil’s democracy was already fragile, and Goulart’s attempt at an ambitious programme of land reform while extending the vote to Brazil’s illiterate population incensed the country’s political, military, and business elite. The coup culminated on 1 April 1964 and ushered in […]

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COP 26 president Alok Sharma MP opens the climate summit in Glasgow (Photo: UN)

Britain courts fossil fuel lobbying governments to increase oil and gas production

Last month, Greenpeace’s investigations unit Unearthed obtained a document leak showing that Saudi Arabia and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), along with Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Norway and India, have attempted to neutralise a scientific assessment report being prepared by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These countries have attempted to remove […]

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