[Marxism] Re: Brazilians urged to take to streets
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Dec 4 07:51:59 MST 2005
Fred Feldman wrote:
>The rightist opposition to Lula is now getting more support from
>Wall Street -- if I read my New York Times correctly (a recent article,
>pretending to sympathize with indigenous demandsthat a planned China
>sponsored dam project should benefit their community or not be built at
>all, ended by supporting rightist charges that Lula is selling out
>Brazilian national interests to China).
And should we assume that Wall Street is conspiring to topple Thabo Mbeki
when articles such as these appear?
>>A new book by the United Nations' special envoy to Africa on AIDS brings
to light an extraordinary breach between the organization and South Africa
over the crisis, under which the government has effectively banned the
envoy from carrying out his duties here for the past year.
The book, written by Stephen Lewis, singles out South Africa's government
and its president, Thabo Mbeki, for what it calls bewildering policies and
a lackadaisical approach to treatment of the nation's millions of
Virtually every other nation in eastern and southern Africa ''is working
harder at treatment than is South Africa with relatively fewer resources,
and in most cases nowhere near the infrastructure or human capacity of
South Africa,'' Mr. Lewis says in the book, ''Race Against Time'' (House of
Mr. Lewis, a Canadian who has served since 2001 as the special envoy to
Africa on AIDS for the United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, wrote
that ''every senior U.N. official, engaged directly or indirectly in the
struggle against AIDS, to whom I have spoken about South Africa, is
completely bewildered by the policies of President Mbeki.''
He contended that his colleagues are ''incredulous'' at how Health Minister
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has exaggerated the possible side effects of
antiretroviral drugs and wrongly suggested that a diet of sweet potatoes
and garlic can be as important as antiretrovirals in treating AIDS.<<
(NY Times, October 25, 2005)
I actually am grateful that the NY Times prints articles such as these,
whatever the motivation.
>Dirceu's identification of Lula with the bourgeois nationalist (and
>therefore somewhat resistant to complete US imperialist domination)
>tradition in Brazil is significant, in my opinion.
Dirceu is an interesting character. He was a former student leader who
trained guerrillas in Cuba when Brazil was ruled by a dictatorship and was
able to return to Brazil only after undergoing plastic surgery to conceal
his identity. He was charged with handing out $30,000 a month in kickbacks
to buy the votes of PT opponents in parliament. That's a tidy sum. Now, if
the votes were for land reform or something, I myself would organize a
rally for Lula (smallish, I'm afraid).
>It is not unusual today to find among leftists dismissals of bourgeois
>nationalism as completely discredited and no longer able to attract any
>real mass support in conflicts with imperialism. Iraq has shown that
>this is simply not true.
I wasn't aware that the neocons have been agitating for regime change in
>On the part of the left, failure to defend bourgeois-nationalist forces
>when they come under imperialist attack can only weaken the effort to
>bring together genuine popular-revolutionary movements.In fact, a
>sectarian posture on this issue can facilitate devastating blows that
>can throw back the prospects for a considerable time.
If Lula were in hot water like Allende was in the early 1970s, I can
understand such an appeal. Lula is being attacked from the right for the
same reason that Clinton was attacked by the Republicans for 8 years. The
Brazilian right wants to be in the driver's seat because there are
perquisites associated with power. Bourgeois politics is an immense trough
at which both rightist and fake "socialist" parties can get fat at. That's
what the Lula corruption scandal is about, not a titanic struggle between
the workers and Wall Street.
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