Thursday, July 07, 2005

A message from Philosopher Olavo de Carvalho

I just have received this message from Olavo. He is explaining the reasons why he got fired from "O Globo". He allowed me to share with you, because it is a relevant fact to know what is goinfg on in Brazil right now.

"Bad news from Brazil. The Brazilian newspaper O Globo fired me last Monday. This is not just a personal bad luck, but a political fact.
For years I had been denouncing by my weekly column the activities of the São Paulo Forum, while the remaining pages of the newspaper (and of every other Brazilian newspaper) kept complete silence on the subject or denied overtly the existence of the Forum or at least its political importance, so that many readers were induced to see me as a kind of lunatic conspiracy theorist.
Denial became increasingly difficult during the last weeks, inasmuch as the 12th Assembly of the Forum was realized in São Paulo from 1st to 4th July. While it was reunited in Bogota or Havana, it was easy to hide it from Brazilian eyes, but São Paulo is the largest Brazilian city. Moreover, one of the main topics of the discussions was the urgent need for the Latin-American left to support Lula and the Workers Party (PT) against the rising tide of criminal charges, including not only the endemic corruption inside government but even murder accusations (Celso Daniel, the socialist-PT mayor of the industrial town of Santo Andre, was murdered some years ago and his brother told Daniel was killed by people from his own party whose involvement in corruption he was investigating; later, SIX witnesses of the trial were also murdered by unknowns shooters).
Well, last week a member of O Globo board of directors, wrote himself an anticle where for the first time after fifteen years of silence O Globo admitted frankly the existence and the political relevance of the São Paulo Forum. Four days later I was fired.
According to deputy Roberto Jefferson (the main witness in present investigations about PT corruption), Mr. Jose Dirceu, the former number one man in Lula government and now a very important leader in the House of Representatives, boasted often of having complete hold over O Globo board of directors, owing to the huge debt the company had to state banks.
So my dismissal was not impossible to foresee. I just fancied it would take still some months to come, but the growing tide of attacks against Lula's reputation and the starting of the electoral campaing probably accelerated it.
Hundreds of protestation letters against my dismissal are been sending to O Globo (I have copies of many of them), but none of them was or will be published. Here is the evidence of the deliberated occultation of the facts.
With muy dismissal, Brazilian big media becomes at last the conservative-free ambience it aimed to be"
- Olavo de Carvalho

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