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The Death of Jango | Documentary Exhumes a Coup

Captura de tela de 2013-11-15 12:01:16

Source: GGN | O jornal de todos os Brasis.

Yesterday, the body of former president Jango Goular was received with solemnities by the head of state at the presidential Planalto palace.

The cadaver will be examined to determine whether Goulart may have been poisoned while retired to his ranch.

The rehabilitation of Goulart coincides with the release of the documentary The Day That Lasted 21 Years, a definitive account of U.S. participation in the coup of 1964. Directed and scripted by Camilo Tavares, the film was researched in the White House archives, made available under the conventional terms of confidentiality.

The film includes images and recordings of conversations among Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and the U.S. ambassador to Brazil, Lincoln Gordon, as they planned the coup.

Documents were found reflecting the planning of the coup, recommending its institutionalization, and approved of Jango’s fall from grace in the Parliament, the election of a successor, all an elaborate ceremonial to dress up the coup as a legal impeachment and permit other countries to recognize its legitimacy. Mot to mention  the tacit support of the U.S. Fourth Fleet, dispatched to Brazil.


Not long before, Jango visited Washington accompanied by the Brazilian ambassador to the U.S., Roberto Campos, and the finance minister Walther Moreira Salles. It was a picturesque scene. Jango was enchanted by the mystique of Kennedy. For his part, Kennedy was a product of the Roosevelt view, which saw in Brazil a victim of the backwardness of its elites.


Kennedy knew, as did the Department of State, that Jango was performing a high-wire act between his own conciliatory nature and the radicalismo of his brother-in-law, Leonel Brizola – who not without reason saw in the media campaign and the civilian and military movement in Rio as the dress rehearsal for a coup.


GGN, edited by veteran economics journalist Luis Nassif, is the latest in a wave of alt.journalism projects that have taken social media seriously, building alliances, sharing and cross-referencing coverage and opinion. In this ego-network of the publication, detected by simple Pajek techniques and drawn using a detect modularity algorithm in Gephi, we can list a range of sources producing inputs into the daily discussion — including Krugman, El Pais (Spain) and the Economist.


In the network defined by the Instituto Millenium, there are many shared paths between the ideological rivals, as shown above (Net | Maximum Flow |  Selected Pair.)  This is just a way of saying that this is the maximum number of paths that can be used to travel from one node to the other. The score = 44 is fairly significant, but ties among the “dirty bloggers” — a group of progressive social commentators — are even more socially coherent.


Maximum flow between Jornal GGN and the blog Vi o Mundo = 106, for example.