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Enrique Peña Nieto’s Candidacy Shows its Vulnerabilities

Enrique Peña Nieto’s Candidacy Shows its Vulnerabilities

In little over a week since officially entering Mexico’s 2012 Presidential contest, the campaign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) Enrique Peña Nieto already finds itself in full damage control following an embarrassing performance by the candidate during the presentation of his new book, and disparaging comments made …

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Top Mexican Cabinet Member Dies in Helicopter Crash

Top Mexican Cabinet Member Dies in Helicopter Crash


For the second time in President Calderon’s administration, a secretary of interior (Secretario de Gobernación) has died in what government officials have prematurely dubbed as an aerial accident. Francisco Blake Mora, the de-facto second in command in Mexico’s executive branch, was en route to a conference …

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Calderon’s Churchill Moment?

Calderon’s Churchill Moment?


In what was one of his longest speeches to date, last Friday Mexican President Felipe Calderón gave a resounding defense of his administration’s battle against organized crime and sought to compare critics of his governments’ security policies to those who doubted of Churchill’s resolve in confronting …

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The Rousseff Presidency and Beyond: Interview with Roberto Mangabeira Unger

The Rousseff Presidency and Beyond: Interview with Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Following the eight year Presidency of Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, Brazil has come to embody both the transformation of Latin America and the rising clout of developing world. Through a combination of heterodox public policies, ‘soft’ diplomacy and the internationalization of brand Brazil, the nation has finally shed its …

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Assault on Complexo do Alemao: Remembering Contemporary Brazil

Assault on Complexo do Alemao: Remembering Contemporary Brazil

With all of the positive news coming out of Sao Paulo’s stock exchange and the ministries of Brasilia recently, this weekend’s crackdown on organized crime in the Complexo de Alemão and Vila do Cruzeiro favelas reminded the world of the crime-ridden Rio de Janeiro of …

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Early Frictions and Tests for the Rousseff Presidency

Early Frictions and Tests for the Rousseff Presidency

In a few short weeks Dilma Rousseff’s government-to-be has already begun to exhibit the damaging infighting and fractioning that many Brazil-watchers had predicted, raising questions about Ms. Rousseff’s strengths as a leader.
Meirelles’ Sassy Exit
Last week the head of Brazil’s central bank for the past eight years, Henrique Meirelles, …

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Democracy in Brazil and The Future of the PSDB

Democracy in Brazil and The Future of the PSDB

The victory by Dilma Rousseff’’s Worker’s Party (PT) marks the third consecutive failure by Brazil’s Social Democrat Party (PSDB) to regain the presidency, raising questions about the PSDB’s electoral strategy and the party’s place in Brazilian politics.
In the aftermath of the presidential elections one voice has risen above all of …

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Guido Mantega’s Silent War

Guido Mantega’s Silent War

“We’re in the midst of an international currency war,” declared Brazil’s Finance Minister, Guido Mantega, this past Monday.
Minister Mantega was referring to Brazil’s ongoing struggle to maintain a competitive exchange rate for its exports as other developing nations aim for the same. Although most analysts have recognized the “currency …

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Lula After Lula: What the Future Holds For Brazil’s Popular President

Lula After Lula: What the Future Holds For Brazil’s Popular President

 

Brazil’s most popular politician in history is set to leave the presidency this year, ending nearly eight years at the helm of a government responsible for lifting over 20 million people out of poverty, maintaining Brazil’s economy booming during a global recession (with 2010 growth forecasted at 7.3%), …

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Dilma Rousseff, Mother To Us All

Dilma Rousseff, Mother To Us All

She has promised to rule as the “mother for her people” while President Lula refers to her as the “mother of the poor”. Following the results of recent public opinion polls, connecting with Brazil’s mothers is proving vital to Ms. Rousseff’s campaign for the presidency.
Last week’s Ibope and …

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Iran rebuffs Brazil’s humanitarian appeal… again

Iran rebuffs Brazil’s humanitarian appeal… again


Iranian officials have formally rejected Brazil’s second offer of asylum to Iranian Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who is sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery. Iran’s rejection of Brazil’s diplomatic attempts follows President Lula’s initial unsuccessful appeal to the Iranian government made late last …

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Brazil's Banks Follow in China's Footsteps

Brazil's Banks Follow in China's Footsteps


Brazil’s state-controlled Banco de Brazil and its rival Bradesco have agreed to acquire stakes in BES Africa, a Banco Espirito Santo (BES) holding company that makes investments in the African continent. The joint venture is intended to expand the Brazilian banks’ international operations and benefit Brazilian businesses …

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2010 Brazil Election Update: Dilma Advances in the Polls and Foreign Policy Takes Center Stage

2010 Brazil Election Update: Dilma Advances in the Polls and Foreign Policy Takes Center Stage

Polling results released this past Friday showed the Workers Party’s (PT) Dilma Rousseff leading José Serra – her main challenger from Brazil’s Social Democrat Party (PSDB) – by a margin of 5-8 points. The results mark the first time that most polls decisively show Lula’s chosen successor ahead …

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Telecom Wars: The Battle for Brazil

Telecom Wars: The Battle for Brazil

Spain’s Telefónica announced today the successful takeover of leading Brazilian mobile operator Vivo after weeks of strained negotiations with its joint-owner Portugal Telecom (PT). The move will allow Telefónica to merge its fixed landline services with Vivo’s national mobile network and begin offering Brazilian consumers ‘triple-play’ and ‘quadruple-play’ …

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Indio da Costa: Da Instigator

Indio da Costa: Da Instigator

This year’s Presidential candidates are increasingly resorting to fear and competing claims of victimization to win over the electorate.
Today Jose Serra’s running mate (and de facto attack dog) Indio da Costa furthered allegations tying Dilma Rousseff’s Workers Party (the PT) to organized crime and drug trafficking. Indio da …

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