Brazil’s meltdown continues: Rousseff foes fret


The U.S. doesn’t like foreign governments with regimes that resist the global drive towards the destruction of the commons.

Under the Washington consensus inaugurated by Ronald Reagan and enshrined by Bill Clinton, nothing must belong to the nation and everything must be parceled out to the corporation and the bank.

Shrouded under the banner of human rights, the reality is that the agenda favors only the corporate person, which the flesh-and-blood reality is rendered as hapless prey, a corporeal conduit through which wealth is funneled to those at the very top.

But in Brazil, the agenda is hitting a bit of a rough spot, and the bloodless coup against the government of President Dilma Rousseff is hitting a bit of a rough patch.

We begin with the latest from Agence France-Presse:

Brazil’s political crisis heated up Tuesday, as authorities reportedly sought the arrests of senior figures behind the push to impeach suspended president Dilma Rousseff, accusing them of obstructing a corruption probe.

If reports in the main Brazilian newspapers are confirmed, new doubts would be cast over the impeachment of Rousseff, pushing Latin America’s biggest economy into ever greater uncertainty with less than two months to go before Rio de Janeiro hosts the Summer Olympics.

Globo newspaper reported that Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot asked the Supreme Court to authorize the arrests of Senate President Renan Calheiros, former Brazilian president Jose Sarney, Senator Romero Juca and powerful lawmaker Eduardo Cunha — all from the ruling PMDB party of interim president Michel Temer.

The four are accused of participating in a huge embezzlement and bribery network centered around the state oil company Petrobras.

More from the New York Times:

Ever since legislators suspended her, the interim government led by Michel Temer, the vice president who took over the nation last month after breaking with Ms. Rousseff, has suffered a series of embarrassing blunders.

First, one of Mr. Temer’s top allies stepped down as planning minister after a secret recording emerged late last month. On it, an aide laid out how their party — the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or P.M.D.B. — had pursued Ms. Rousseff’s ouster in order to thwart the investigation into the colossal graft scheme surrounding Brazil’s national oil company, Petrobras.

Then, the new transparency minister — essentially Mr. Temer’s anticorruption czar — resigned after another recording seemed to show that he had also tried to stymie the Petrobras inquiry.

On Monday, Brazilian news organizations reported that the country’s chief prosecutor was seeking to arrest several leading figures in Mr. Temer’s party — including the head of the Senate, a former president and the former speaker of the lower house — after recordings suggested that they had sought to interfere with the Petrobras investigation.

And Temer, the interim president, has run into another roadblock.

From teleSUR English:

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer has been deemed ineligible to run for political office for 8 years, The Intercept reported Friday.

A regional election court in São Paulo issued a formal decree on Thursday after finding him guilty of spending his own funds on his campaign in excess of what the law allows. As a result of what the court termed his “dirty record” in elections, according to The Intercept, Temer is unable to be elected to the office he seized with the help of the Brazilian Senate.

While this isn’t the most serious offense from the interim government, given how many in Temer’s cabinet and Temer himself are mired in allegations of corruption, it is indicative of the fact that those who led the drive to impeach Brazil’s elected president, Dilma Rousseff — ostensibly over corruption — are themselves implicated in numerous ongoing corruption investigations.

In just a few weeks since taking over, already two of Temer’s ministers in his all-white-male cabinet were forced to resign after it was discovered they had been plotting to obstruct the Car Wash investigation, a scandal involving the state oil company, Petrobras. So far a third of Temer’s cabinet has been implicated in that investigation.

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