The west is gripped by Venezuela’s problems. Why does it ignore Brazil’s? | The Guardian

Nearby neighbour Brazil has not been analysed or debated at length, even as it demonstrates similar problems [as Venezuela]. The country’s president, Michel Temer, recently escaped measures that would see him put to trial in the supreme court by getting congress to vote them down. The case against Temer was not a flimsy or partisan one: there was a mountain of evidence, including recordings of him openly debating kickbacks with corrupt businessman Joesley Batista. That a president put into power under circumstances that could be, at best, described as dodgy, manages to remain in power by buying favours from Congress, even as he passes the harshest austerity measures in the world should be enough to raise a few eyebrows internationally. But that has not happened, and Brazil has carried on as most stories about Latin America do: unnoticed and uncommented on.

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The west is gripped by Venezuela’s problems. Why does it ignore Brazil’s? | The Guardian