Episode

6/6 Protests in Brazil & Why Bolsonaro Should Worry w/ Brian Mier

June 6, 2019

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro’s policies and government.

On today’s show: Bernie says the Waltons have not heard his message. Walmart worker shares her experience working for almost no money at all.

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro’s policies and government. Bolsonaro’s unpopularity with the people and the mass demonstrations against him uniting student, unions, and the poor. The far-reaching implications of Marielle Franco’s assassination. The hollowness of the charge of “corruption.” The Bolsonaro government’s underhanded treatment of Lula de Silva, illegal wiretapping, and petty moves to separate him from his girlfriend. The New York Times’ shoddy reporting on Brazil. Brazil as a model for social democratic movements worldwide.

On the fun half: Bernie backed abortion rights a year before Roe v Wade. Elizabeth Warren explains how the Hyde amendment impacts poor women and women of color. Sudanese activist explains state of Sudan protests. Trump thinks the Irish border wall will work out well this time. Lauren Carlson explains on Democracy Now why US tariffs on  Mexico are “economic blackmail.” Vic Berger’s sad compilation of Steven Crowder’s CPAC stand-up: “It’s sad that kids who look up to @scrowder will only learn to hate, not to empathize.” The Serfs explain YouTube’s hate speech policy reform with the opening scene of Chernobyl. NY Public Advocate Jumaane Williams arrested outside Albany capitol while protesting for universal rent control. A plug for Shahid Buttar, a progressive running to primary Pelosi in 2020.

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