[Marxism] Lula Takes the Offensive

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 4 23:14:44 MDT 2005


Many on the right and some on the left have rushed to endorse those
allegations of corruption against the Brazilian PT government led by
Lula. They may have to pull back if it turns out actual evidence may
be lacking. Facts don't matter much to those with a pre-conceived
agenda of discrediting the Brazilian PT government. Of course, the
idea that you might NOT have corruption in a poor, third-world
country with hundreds of millions of people would stretch credulity.

But it may well take more than "Round up the usual suspects" to lower
the Workers Party regime to its predecessors' level. It seems that
workers in Brazil sense this instinctively, though it may elude some 
of the most intransigent on the revolutionary international left.

Walter Lippmann
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Lula Takes the Offensive

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Brazil´s President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva continued his offensive against opposition attacks
Thursday, warning that creators of a crisis to prevent his 2006
reelection "will have to swallow me again."

On his tour to the impoverished northeast region as part of the
National Strengthening of Family Agriculture Plan, Lula recalled he
had disapproved of legalizing a second term for Fernando Henrique
Cardoso, who now wants Lula not to run again to "resolve the crisis."

Wondering aloud if the opposition wasn´t afraid of comparing his
gains made for the country in four years with those of his
predecessors´ eight, the President also made short shrift of
criticism that he was unfit to govern because he lacked a university
degree and doesn´t speak English.

The current political crisis was sparked 2 and half months ago in an
electoral campaign fund scandal that included members of Lula´s PT
party (Partido de los Trabajadores).

Declaring that continued investigation is necessary to learn the
truth, Lula reiterated, "we will be tough on the guilty and fair to
the innocent."

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Prensa Latina, Havana 
http://www.plenglish.com

Progressive Brazilian Deputy Fights Back

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 3 (PL)--Parliamentary Deputy and Former Minister
José Dirceu may have won his first battle against the Brazilian
ultra-right, after his deposition to the Chamber of Deputies Ethics
Council.

He debunked opponents and said he´s being pre-judged with no formal
charges, while the controversial deputy Roberto Jefferson, who under
his own corruption scandal levied accusations against the Workers
Party (PT), could not produce a single shred of evidence against
Dirceu.

Still a deputy, he said “I won’t give up my position in Parliament.”
Dirceu said he´s not being judged for errors, crimes or illegal
actions, but for “what he represents in the history of Brazil.”

Part of that country´s new left, he pledged alliance to President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who he said was that country´s “best
leader in recent times.”

Dirceu assured he knew nothing of PT payoffs to deputies of other
political affiliations and supported his party´s current efforts at
investigatiing corruption charges and punishing those guilty.

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