Explaining Brazil #55: After 1 year in jail, what will become of Lula?

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After a year in jail, how does Lula still fit into the Brazilian political landscape? What does the future hold for him, or his Workers’ Party—and for the Brazilian left?

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On this episode:

  • Michael Mohallem is a law professor and coordinator of the Center for Justice and Society at Fundação Getúlio Vargas Rio de Janeiro Law School. He also served as director of Avaaz in Brazil.
  • Celso de Rocha Barros is a political scientist with a Ph.D. in sociology from Oxford University. He writes on Folha de S.Paulo on Mondays.

Background reading:

  • Listen to Explaining Brazil #7: The implications of Lula’s arrest
  • Lula’s story is filled with unbelievable moments, both positive and negative. We’ve compiled some of the main events during the career of Brazil’s most popular politician in recent memory.
  • In February, Lula was convicted in another corruption. It was a different case — and a different judge — but the verdict was pretty much the same: a 12-year sentence.
  • The Workers’ Party was founded 38 years ago, supported by many intellectuals and members of the middle-class. Since then, Lula has been the sun around which the party has turned. The party has struggled to adapt to life without Lula.

Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart and Radio France Internationale.
  • Maria Martha Bruno, producer. She is a journalist with 14 years of experience in politics, arts, and breaking news. She has collaborated with Al Jazeera, NBC, and CNN, among others, and worked as an international correspondent in Buenos Aires.
  • Euan Marshall, editing. is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, among others.

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