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Brazil on Fire

Brazil on Fire

On January 28, a band playing in the popular Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil decided to add some flare to their show — literally. Gurizada Fandangueira, a country music band lit an outdoor use flare, the cheapest available, which in turn ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the ceiling. The cost of this polytechnic performance? […]

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2nd Annual Most Corrupt BRICS Country Award

2nd Annual Most Corrupt BRICS Country Award

It’s that time of year again. Another 12 months has flown by. Companies and organizations are celebrating their 2012 achievements and are looking for areas of improvement in 2013. Offices, malls and schools are filled with holiday music and lights. South Africa is no different, but there is some stress, as they prepare to host […]

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Leaning Left in Latin America: Voting for Social Inclusion as an Economic Model

Leaning Left in Latin America: Voting for Social Inclusion as an Economic Model

This week’s election in Venezuela was important for reasons outside of Venezuela itself. The victory of Hugo Chavez with over 80% of the electorate voting and a sizable minority voting against the current President showed that Hugo Chavez does have a great deal of support as well as a strong opposition to his economic model. Outside of […]

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A Stop to Free Trade with China: South America Stands Apart

A Stop to Free Trade with China: South America Stands Apart

Marcela Valente of the ipsnews.net published a very interesting article this week discussing why Mercosur has decided to pass up a recent offer of a free trade agreement with China. Mercosur fell off the radar screen in the discussions on international trade after the FTAA died post 2001. With the recent dramatic suspension of Paraguay […]

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UN Members Must Rise to September’s Rule of Law Challenge

UN Members Must Rise to September’s Rule of Law Challenge

After more than a year of planning, much diplomatic hype, and thousands of attendees, last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro produced what one activist called a “failure of epic proportions.” The few agreements—including yet another “universal intergovernmental high level political forum” to talk some more—seemed to fall well short of the challenge […]

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Flawed Assumptions About the Next Energy Boom

Flawed Assumptions About the Next Energy Boom

Behold, Foreign Policy has announced “a new golden age of oil and gas.” Here’s the good news: unlike previous booms this one stands to benefit a wide swath of humanity, including places as far flung as the Canary Islands and the Falklands, Brazil and the Arctic. The bad news: We could cook the planet. That […]

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The Resource Miracle?

The Resource Miracle?

U-2’s front man is an able writer on developmental economics, this much became clear when he penned the foreword to Jeff Sachs’ “The End of Poverty” in 2005. A few days ago, Bono published a column for TIME. His premise: the world is on the cusp of another natural resource boom, and it need not […]

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Africa needs its own BRICS aka KENSA

Africa needs its own BRICS aka KENSA

The recent BRICS summit at the end of March 2012 led to a substantial amount of controversy surrounding South Africa’s membership. Various political analysts were seen on television and in newspapers all answering a similar question to this one: Given its economic, military and population numbers, is South Africa really worthy to be part of […]

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BRICS: The Next Big Global Health Funders?

BRICS: The Next Big Global Health Funders?

A report released last month discussed the rising profile of BRICS countries–Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa–in health and development assistance and called upon the group to further their cooperation for better global health in the developing world.  “Shifting Paradigm: How the BRICS are Shaping Global Health and Development” (PDF), written by the NGO […]

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A fábrica está fechada – o pódio está aberto

A fábrica está fechada – o pódio está aberto

  (cntasul.blogspot.com) In the September 2011 issue of National Geographic, to which I subscribe through my beloved grandmother, Cynthia Gorney chronicles the steep decline in fertility rate of Brazilian women. It is a thought-provoking coincidence that, in the short-term at least, this decline has coincided with a woman ascending to the presidency.[1] Gorney shows that […]

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America’s changing role in the Americas

America’s changing role in the Americas

While democracy struggles to take hold in Myanmar and the Maldives, last weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Colombia raised some interesting questions about development and democracy in the Western Hemisphere. Events at the conference itself have been addressed elsewhere in FPA blogs (and here); I’d like to examine what the conference indicates about the […]

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BRICS Strategy 101: Brazil and China

BRICS Strategy 101: Brazil and China

A recent article by IPSNews.net discussed the downside of Brazil’s investment relationship with China. While much of the article discusses the positive exponential growth between Brazil and China, the different nature of growth and long-term investment between the two BRICS are quite different, and in some cases places the two countries on opposite sides of […]

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The Super Tucano: A Diplomatic Mess Between Brazil and the US Takes Off

The Super Tucano: A Diplomatic Mess Between Brazil and the US Takes Off

A few weeks back we discussed on this FPA blog how Brazil was likely to choose the French candidate as its new fighter jet over its American and Swedish rivals. Part of the decision to choose the French Rafale jet was based on past restrictions by the US on Embraer and Brazil to sell its […]

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Brazilian Government Vows to Boost Ethanol Industry

Brazil has relied on sugar cane-derived ethanol for much of its auto fleet for years. However, the industry has hit a soft patch in investment. Since 2005, the country has built 117 ethanol mills, but after the five currently coming on line are finished there are no plans for further expansion. When you consider that […]

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Global Markets: 2010 Year in Review

Global Markets: 2010 Year in Review

Another year has sped by with more change and economic uncertainty throughout the global markets. From a journalist’s viewpoint, 2010 was filled with some of the most dynamic and complex economic trends and global market events possible. For instance, the Euro zone debt crisis, the global currency war, coverage of the international currency war – announced by Brazilian Finance Minister and precipitated by Ben Bernanke’s quantitative easing monetarist policy – the perils of high-frequency trading, and the burdensome economic impact of two-front warfare on the domestic agenda are just a few issues that led the Global Markets through a year of risk, volatility, turmoil and uncertainty.

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