The Fall of a Hero: Lula, Brazil’s Most Popular President, sentenced to nearly ten years in jail following corruption charges

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as Brazil’s President 2003-11, has been found guilty on corruption and money-laundering charges with a sentence of nine years and six months in jail. With Lula in the pipeline for an extraordinary return to politics and the overwhelming favourite to win the 2018 Presidential election according to opinion polls, his lawyers and many of his supporters have categorised his conviction as a judicial coup to veto his return.

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July 9th

On July 9th 1955 the Russell-Einstein Manifesto was released during a press conference at Caxton Hall, London. In the midst of a Nuclear Arms Race between the USA and USSR, it sought to raise the grave dangers to mankind posed by nuclear weapons and press for peaceful resolutions to Cold War tensions. The first of the international…

July 8th

July 8th 2002 marked the passing of the Tax Credits Act which aimed to provide further financial top-ups to workers with low-paid jobs. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown championed the legislation as the greatest welfare reform since Beveridge, with 5.75 million families eligible and benefiting thereafter. In 1942 British economist and social reformer, William Beveridge…

July 7th

On July 7th 1953 Argentine revolutionary Dr. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara set off on a trip across the countries of South America, culminating in the Cuban Revolution of 1959. This marked another major bask of exploration after he discovered the fraught economic conditions of South America and the injustices of US colonialism during a 5,000 mile motorcycle trip…

May 24th

On May 24th 1995, Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76 died of cancer. Wilson was a political, economic and social moderniser who sought to advance Britain through his championing of technocratic education. This quote from one of Britain’s great statesmen goes a long way in capturing how we move forward from the last…

May 23rd

On May 23rd 1945 the British World War II Coalition came to an end, shortly after Germany’s surrender on May 8th. May 8th 1940 saw Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ask Labour and the Liberals to join him in a coalition government in an act of National Unity, after narrowly surviving a motion of no confidence…

May 22nd

On May 22nd 1939, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed the “Pact of Steel”, a military alliance between Germany and Italy. This set in stone Rome-Berlin Axis, which alongside the Japanese took on the Allied Forces (and lost) in World War II. Initially the “Pact of Blood” (although Mussolini coined the new name due to internal…