By: Steve Dellar | 08-22-2018 | News
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New York Times Editorial Illegally Promotes Brazil Election Meddling

The New York Times editorial board pleaded openly for meddling into a foreign election yesterday as it urged the Brazilian judiciary to be overruled and allow former President Lula to run. The article was published at the same time that it appears the candidacy of Mr Jair Bolsonaro has taken the lead in polling.

Mr Jorge G. Castañeda, the foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003, was presented by the NYT as a professor at New York University and a contributing opinion writer. He pleaded in his opinion piece to bypass the rule of law for the good of democracy.

The sheer willingness of the largest newspaper in the world, who have been bashing the current White House administration for years on end for ‘alleged’ meddling by Russian operatives into the US presidential elections, to give a platform to a politician calling for an overturning of the rule of law in the largest Southern American nation is astonishing.

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Mr Castañeda claims that the election “represents a fundamental clash between democracy and the rule of law, between free and fair elections and due process.”

Whilst he admits that Mr Lula da Silva was “sentenced to 12 years in jail” and “is still being tried on six other charges”, he goes on to explain that this is for a “relatively minor corruption charge.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The upcoming October election in Brazil will mark the first time in the country&#39;s history in which the leading candidate, former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has run for the presidency from prison <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; TRT World (@trtworld) <a href="">August 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The former Mexican minister of Foreign affairs began his career as a member of the Mexican Communist Party and wrote a biography of Che Guevara.

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The timing of allowing him to write an influential article days before judges are due to rule on Mr Lula’s allowance to possible run in the Brazilian presidential election are ‘a bit odd’ for a newspaper that claims to be ‘free and fair,’ certainly if you take into account that the latest poll numbers in Brazil (Mr Lula is barred from taking part) are:

Bolsonaro: 22%, Marina: 16%, Ciro: 10%, Alckmin: 9%, Haddad: 4%, Alvaro Dias: 4% (Source:

It is, of course, possible that, just like many international observers have come to see in these past few days, the US media admits that the rightwing Mr Bolsonaro at this point stands a good chance of winning the 7 October election in Brazil and aim to influence (meddle) in a foreign election.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brazil: <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bolsonaro</a> threatens to quit Paris <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#climate</a> deal <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Climate Home News (@ClimateHome) <a href="">August 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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We can only hope that this is not the case, because such would be illegal.


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Anonymous No. 34760 2018-08-22 : 13:08

hmmm .. :(

Anonymous No. 34789 2018-08-22 : 18:28

Yes but when they do it, its not collusion ….

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