The Rothschild-owned magazine, The Economist, describes Michel Temer as Brazil’s “unplanned” president.
The 75-year-old law professor, who played a key role in the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, became the South American country’s acting president on Thursday after Rousseff was suspended by the Senate on corruption charges.
Temer’s rise to power, however, is not merely a happenstance event—it was arranged by the US State Department in much the same way the puppet government was put into place in Ukraine.
On Friday, the whistleblower website WikiLeaks released an unclassified yet “sensitive” cable revealing Temer acted as an embassy informant for US intelligence and the military.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 13, 2016
One of the two WikiLeak documents was sent to the US Southern Command in Miami. In the document, Temer talks about the political situation in Brazil during the presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. He predicts his party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, would rise to power.
“Michel Temer, a Federal deputy from Sao Paulo who served as president of the Chamber of Deputies from 1997 through 2000, met January 9 with CG and poloffs to discuss the current political situation,” the document, dated January 11, 2006, states.
“Temer criticized Lula’s narrow vision and his excessive focus on social safety net programs that don’t promote growth or economic development.”
In other words, Lula rejected the neoliberal agenda favored by Washington.
The New York Times reported on Thursday Temer’s interim presidency “could cause a significant shift to the political right in Latin America’s largest country.”
Brazil, while not as overtly socialist as Cuba and Venezuela, has been ruled by the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores) since 2002.
Dilma Rousseff, described as Brazil’s socialist “Iron Lady,” bucked the neoliberal trend. “Rousseff’s victory has significant implications for the world’s financial markets,” The New Yorker reported on October 28, 2014.
“Rather than embracing austerity policies during the Presidential race, Rousseff promised to maintain the welfare benefits and social services that the Workers’ Party has introduced since 2003, when her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, came to power. Now that Rousseff is back in power, some analysts believe that the country is facing the possibility of a financial crisis, as much of the foreign money that was invested there during the boom years seeks an exit.”
It was feared Brazil would default on its debts and become another Argentina, which would have a significant impact on foreign banks and overseas markets, including in the United States. Between 1998 and 2002, Argentina suffered a depression and, to the horror of the financial elite, resorted to alternative currencies and dropped the peso’s fixed exchange rate to the US dollar.
According to Silas Malafaia, a television evangelist and author, Temer will “sweep away the ideology of pathological leftists” and bring the country back into the orbit of Wall Street.
Restoring the balance favored by the financial elite is not, as The Economist would have it, an unplanned event.