Lula goes free!

This is great news! This means another chance for South America to go left.

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could be set for a sensational comeback attempt after a supreme court judge annulled a series of criminal convictions against the leftist icon and restored his political rights.

The ruling, which analysts called a political bombshell, means Lula is almost certain to challenge Brazil’s incumbent president, Jair Bolsonaro, in the 2022 presidential election.

“The election starts today … It’s virtually impossible Lula won’t be a candidate,” said Thomas Traumann, a Rio de Janeiro-based political observer. “In American terms, it’s going to be like Sanders versus Trump.”

Lula went to jail for a year only after the prosecutor and the judge conspired.
Polling looks good for Lula.

Lula is the only one of 10 potential 2022 candidates who outperformed the president in a survey by polling company Ipec, published in newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo last week.

It found that 50% of the 2,002 people it interviewed “would certainly” or “could” vote for Lula, compared with 38% for Bolsonaro. Some 44% of respondents said they would never vote for Lula, while 56% would never vote for Bolsonaro, the poll found.

Lula's presidency saw millions of Brazilians lifted out of poverty.

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

Wow that's a LOT...

...how many zeroes in a Brazilian?

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

Granma's picture

Brazilians deserve better than Bolsonaro.

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took place.
I am so HAPPY for those wonderful people that they just might see their lives dramatically improve!

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

@humphrey I'll remember this; Glenn Greenwald's seen some knocking around here (although I guess the coup at his old publication was really to blame), but from the sound of it (for all a Tweet's worth, really) this has proved his character.

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

Azazello's picture

NYT Fails to Examine Its Participation in Brazil’s ‘Biggest Judicial Scandal’

The fact that Brazil adheres to the Anti-Bribery Convention enabled the US DoJ to work as an equal partner—some critics argue it took the lead—in Lava Jato, levying billions of dollars in fines on Brazilian companies in civil cases, generally based in the Southern New York Court District.

Indeed, anyone interested could read about the US involvement in Lava Jato in legal blogs as early as 2015, in documents published by US Law firms and on the DOJ’s own website starting in 2016, as US Attorney General William Barr pointed out in his reply to a congressional inquiry led by Hank Johnson and 12 other members of Congress into, among other things, whether the US DoJ played a role in Lula’s arrest.

In 37 New York Times articles published on Lava Jato between 2015 and April 12, 2018, however, the US is only mentioned three times. The relationship to Lava Jato is left unclear in two, and the FCPA is mentioned once, in 2016, in the context of a then-record $3.5 billion in fines levied on Brazilian companies in New York.

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It didn't have to be this way.

wendy davis's picture

lawfare putsch like lula's?

anyway, yes it's great news!

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