Smashing the 'B' in BRICS
June 14, 2016 "Information
could not be higher. Not only the future of the
BRICS, but the future of a new multipolar world is
in the balance. And it all hinges on what happens in
Brazil in the next few months.
with the Kafkaesque internal turmoil. The coup
against President Dilma Rousseff remains an
unrivalled media theatre/political tragicomedy gift
that keeps on giving. It also doubles as a case
of information war converted into a strategic tool
of political control.
of appalling audio leaks has revealed that key
sectors of the Brazilian military as well
as selected Supreme Court justices have legitimized
the coup against a
President that has always protected the
two-year-old Car Wash corruption investigation. Even
Western mainstream media was forced to admit that
Dilma did not steal anything but is being impeached
by a bunch of thieves. Their agenda; to stifle the
Car Wash investigation, which may eventually throw
many of them in jail.
The leaks also
unveiled a nasty internecine carnage
between Brazilian comprador elites — peripheral and
mainstream. Essentially the peripherals were used
as lowly paperboys in Congress for the dirty work.
But now they may be about to become road kill –
along the illegitimate, unpopular, interim Michel
Temer “government”, led by a bunch
of corrupt-to-the-core PMDB politicians, the party
that is heir to the sole opposition outfit tolerated
during the 1960s-1980s military dictatorship.
Meet the vassal chancellor
insidious character in the current
golpeachment scam is the interim Minister
of Foreign Relations, senator
Jose Serra of the PSDB party, the social
democrats turned neoliberal enforcers. In the 2002
presidential election – which he lost to Lula —
Serra had already tried to get rid of peripheral
he’s incarnating another role — perfectly positioned
not only to retrograde Brazilian foreign policy
to some point around the 1964 military coup,
but mostly as the Beltway’s point man inside the
Exceptionalistan’s key ally in Brazil is the
oligarchy in Sao Paulo, the wealthiest state and
home to the financial capital of Latin America. This
is Brazil’s A-list. It’s from their ranks that an
eventual “national savior” may eventually spring
peripherals are history, then no holds would be
barred to criminalize – and imprison – an array
of leftist leaders, Lula included, as well
as manufacture a fake election legitimized by a
noxious Supreme Court justice, Gilmar Mendes, a PSDB
hinges on what happens in the next two months. The
prosecutor general finally asked the Supreme Court
to throw three top peripherals in jail; they are all
accused of plotting to derail the Car Wash
investigation — an extremely complex
juridical-political-police network of myriad
final judgment of Dilma’s impeachment at the Senate
is bound to happen on August 16 – 11 days after the
start of the Olympic Games. The coup plotters
suffered a heavy blow as they were trying hard
to accelerate the proceedings. As it stands, the
outcome is uncertain; after the leaks, four to five
senators are already wavering, as the leaks also
implicate Temer personally. The “leader” of a
zero-credibility, corruption-crammed scam, he’s
among the targets of several corruption
investigations and has just been
banned from running to political office for the
next 8 years.
Brazilian mainstream media monopoly (five families)
– popularly referred to as PIG, the Brazilian
acronym for Pro-Coup Media Party – has changed its
anti-left tune and is now also going after selected
members of the Temer racket.
to the constitution, if both the Presidency and
Vice-Presidency are vacated in the last two years
of a given term, it’s up to Congress to elect the
implies two possible scenarios. If Dilma is not
impeached, it’s increasingly likely she will call
for new presidential elections before the end of the
If she is
impeached, the PIG will tolerate the stooge-crammed
Temer interim racket until January 2017 at the most.
The next step would be what Serra and
about-to-be-jailed Senate leader Renan Calheiros are
campaigning for; the end of direct presidential
elections and the onset of Brazilian-style
The man best
positioned to be the national savior in this case is
former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso – also
former “Prince of Sociology” and a major star
(during the 1960s and early 1970s) of the dependency
theory, then metamorphosed into an avid neoliberal.
Cardoso is a very close pal of both Bill Clinton and
Tony Blair. The Beltway/Wall Street axis loves him.
Cardoso would be “elected” mostly by the pack
hyenas who got the Dilma impeachment rolling
on April 17.
node of golpeachment goes way beyond peripheral
Brazilian elites. It is comprised of a political
party (the PSDB); the Globo media empire; the
Federal Police (very cozy with the FBI); the Public
Ministry; most of the Supreme Court; and sectors
of the military. Only the Beltway/Wall Street axis
has the means and the necessary pull to regiment all
these players – by hard cash, blackmail or promises
ties in with key unanswered questions regarding the
recent audio leaks. Who taped the conversations. Who
leaked them. Why now. Who profits from a nation
in total political/economic/juridical chaos,
with virtually all institutions totally
Neoliberalism or chaos
the days when Washington could mastermind,
with impunity, an old-fashioned military coup in its
backyard – as in Brazil 1964. Or as in Chile
during the original 9/11 – in 1973, as seen
through crack Chilean film maker Patricio Guzman’s
documentary about Salvador Allende.
predictably, now repeats itself as farce as the 2016
coup has turned Brazil – the 7th largest economy
in the world and a key Global South player – into a
Honduras or Paraguay (where recent US-supported
coups were successful).
shown how the coup in Brazil is an extremely
Hybrid War operation going way
beyond unconventional warfare (UW); four generation
warfare (4GW); color revolutions; and R2P
(“responsibility to protect”), all the way to the
summit of smart power; a
political-financial-judicial-mainstream media soft
coup unveiled in slow motion. This is the beauty
of a coup when promoted by democratic
may have failed, as even the
IMF research wing has concluded. But its rotten
corpse still encumbers the whole planet.
Neoliberalism is not only an economic model; it
surreptitiously takes over the juridical realm
as well. In another perverse facet of shock
doctrine, neoliberalism cannot prevail without a
constitutional attributions are redirected
to Congress that keeps the Executive under control
while generating a culture of political corruption.
Politics is subordinated to economics. Companies
engage in campaign financing and buy politicians
to be able to influence the political powers that
Washington works. And that’s also the key
to understand the role of former leader of the
Brazilian lower house Eduardo Cunha; he ran a
campaign financing racket out of Congress itself,
controlling dozens of politicians while profiting
from proverbially fat state contracts.
Stooges in what I called the
Provisional Banana Scoundrel Republic are Cunha,
Calheiros and Temer. Temer is a mere puppet while
Cunha remains a sort of shadow Prime Minister,
running the show. But not for long. He’s already
been suspended as the speaker in Congress; he bagged
millions of US dollars in kickbacks for those fat
contracts and stashed the loot in secret Swiss
accounts; now it’s a matter of time before the
Supreme Court has the balls – it’s not a given —
to throw him in the slammer.
NATO vs. BRICS, all across the spectrum
brings us once again to The Big Picture, as we
parallel with an analysis by Rafael Bautista,
the head of a decolonization study group in La Paz,
Bolivia. He’s one of the best and brightest in South
America who’s very much alert to the fact that
whatever happens in Brazil in the next few months
will drive the future not only of South America
but the whole Global South.
Exceptionalistan’s project for Brazil is no less
than the imposition of a remixed Monroe doctrine.
The main target of a planned neoliberal restoration
is to cut off South America from the BRICS – as in,
essentially, the Russia-China strategic partnership.
It’s a short
window of opportunity after all those years
under the Bush-Obama continuum where Washington was
obsessed with MENA (Middle East/Northern Africa),
a.k.a. the Greater Middle East. Now South America is
back in a starring role in the geopolitical (soft)
war theatre. Getting rid of Dilma, Lula, the
Workers’ Party, by all means available, is only the
comes back to the same, defining 21st century war;
NATO against the BRICS; the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (SCO); and ultimately the Russia-China
strategic partnership. Smashing the “B” in BRICS
carries with it the bonus of smashing Mercosur (the
South American common market); Unasur (the political
Union of South American Nations); ALBA (the
Bolivarian Alliance); and South American integration
as a whole, compounded with integration with key
emerging Global South players such as Iran.
destabilization of “Syraq” fits the Empire of Chaos;
when there’s no regional integration, the only other
possibility is balkanization. And yet Russia
graphically demonstrated to Beltway planners they
cannot win a war in Syria while Iran demonstrated
after the nuclear deal that it won’t become a
Washington vassal. So the Empire of Chaos might
as well secure its own backyard.
geopolitical framework had to be part of the
package. That’s where the
concept of “North America” fits in, backed
by the Council on Foreign Relations and devised
mostly by former Iraq surge superstar David Petraeus
and former World Bank honcho Bob Zoellick, now
with Goldman Sachs. Call it a mini who’s who
see it enounced in public, but the Petraeus/Zoellick
concept of “North America” presupposes regime
changing and gobbling up Venezuela. The Caribbean is
seen as a Mare Nostrum, an American lake. “North
America” is in fact a strategic offensive.
controlling the massive oil and water wealth of the
Orinoco and the Amazonas, something that would
forever guarantee Exceptionalistan’s preeminence
south of the border.
Caribbean is already a done deal; after all
Washington controls CAFTA. South America is a
tougher nut to crack, roughly polarized by what’s
left of ALBA and the US-driven Pacific Alliance.
With Brazil falling to a neoliberal restoration,
it’s over as a promoter of regional integration.
Mercosur would eventually be absorbed into the
Pacific Alliance – especially with a man like Serra
as Brazil’s top diplomat. So, politically, South
America must be annulled at all costs.
for South America would be its aggregation —
as marginal players, part of the US-driven Pacific
Alliance — to those NATO on trade deals, the TPP and
TTIP. The “pivot to Asia” – of which TPP is the
trade arm — is the Obama doctrine’s push
for containment of China, not only in Asia but also
across Asia-Pacific. Thus it’s natural that China
(Brazil’s number one trade partner) should also be
contained in the hegemon’s backyard, South America.
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, and beyond
enough to stress the geo-economic importance
of South America. The only way South America can be
fully integrated to the multipolar world is
by opening up to the Pacific, boosting its strategic
connection with Asia, especially China. That’s where
the Chinese push to invest in a massive
high-speed rail project uniting the Brazilian
Atlantic coast with Peru in the Pacific fits in.
That’s South American interconnectivity in a
nutshell. If Brazil is politically annulled, none
of this will ever happen.
So every coup
is now literally allowed in South America; indirect
attacks to the Brazilian currency, the real; bribing
local comprador elites with the backing of the
global financial system; a concerted attempt at the
implosion, simultaneously, of the top three
economies: Brazil, Argentina and
Venezuela . SOUTHCOM went so far as to produce a
report on “Venezuela Freedom” earlier this year,
signed by commander Kurt Tidd, which proposes a
“strategy of tension”, complete with “encirclement”
and “suffocation” techniques and allowing to mix
street action with a “calculated” use of armed
violence. Echoes of Chile 1973 do apply.
America is now arguably the prime geopolitical space
where Exceptionalistan is laying the bases
to restore its unrivalled hegemony — as part of a
multi-dimensional, geo-finance war against the BRICS
bent on perpetuating the unipolar world.
moves have lead to this geostrategy of imploding the
BRICS and reducing South America to an appendix
of North America.
revealed how the NSA spied on Petrobras. In 2008
Brazil came up with its own National Defense
Strategy, focused on two key areas; the South
Atlantic and the Amazon. This did not sit well with SOUTHCOM.
Unasur should have developed it to a continental
level, but they didn’t.
decided to award to Petrobras the prime exploitation
of the pre-salt deposits – the largest oil discovery
of the 21st century. Dilma’s administration gave a
firm push to the BRICS’s New Development Bank (based
on the Brazilian BNDES) and also decided to accept
Iranian payments bypassing the US dollar. Anyone
involved in South-South trade bypassing the US
dollar enters a kill list.
Clinton is the presidential candidate of Wall
Street, the Pentagon, the industrial-military
complex and the neocons. She is the
Goddess of War – and in a Bush-Obama-Clinton
continuum she will go to war against any player
in the Global South that dares to defy
So the die
is cast. We will know for sure by the time there’s a
new US President — and arguably a new, unelected
Brazilian President — in early 2017. The
geostrategic game though remains the same; Brazil
must fall so BRICS-led integration must fall, and
Exceptionalistan may concentrate all its firepower
in an all-out confrontation against Russia-China.