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The Whole World Is Watching Brazil's Hollow Men

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The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, broke with the government of President Dilma Rousseff
The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, broke with the government of President Dilma Rousseff
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The crisis in Brazil is not about corruption, but the overthrow of a democratically elected government.
We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men

Leaning together

Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless

As wind in dry grass

Or rats' feet over broken glass

In our dry cellar

T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men, 1925

As repellent political spectacles go, this compares to toxic events such as the 1973 Pinochet military coup in Chile and the 2003 U.S. Shock and Awe over Iraq.

A woman president in Brazil is running the risk of being expelled from office -- to which she was duly elected by 54.5 million people -- via spurious fiscal accusations that have not been fully examined in parliament. The dodgy procedure will be conducted by a politician who graphically impersonates corruption in contemporary Brazil.

In parallel, the Globo media empire -- one of the largest in the world -- tries to convince Brazilian civil society that what's going on is not a coup, or an impeachment drive. Globo, by the way, was fully behind the U.S.-supported 1964 Brazilian military coup.

And yet someone forgot to tell the powerful Federation of Industries in Sao Paulo -- Brazil's wealthiest state -- which earlier this week bankrolled a series of costly "Impeachment Now" ads in the country's major newspapers.

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