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Biggest Financial Crime in US History Merits Slap on the Hand: Wachovia Launders Dirty Money

The bank, now a unit of Wells Fargo, leads a list of firms that have moved dirty money for Mexico’s narcotics cartels–helping a $39 billion trade that has killed more than 22,000 people since 2006. –Michael Smith, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, July7, 2010

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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’ service packages (i.e. fixed-phone, internet, television, and […]

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Jose Serra, arch prohibitionist

Playing to public fear over drugs and crime is a tried and tested formula for electoral success. With the presidential race heating up, one has to wonder if José Serra’s gung ho views on drug interdiction are driven by personal conviction or political calculus. To curb imports of illicit drugs, Serra has called for Brazil […]

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Violence in the hinterlands

As I highlighted in my last post, violent crime is peaking in Brazil’s interior. A disturbing corollary to this trend is the high rate of targeted violence against indigenous communities. New data compiled by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) for a report on attacks on indigenous peoples underscores the severity of the problem. As well […]

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A history of Brazilian violence

With the possible exceptions of soccer and samba, Brazil’s global reputation is shaped more by its high rates of violent crime than anything else. Romanticized in popular films and culture, the country’s favelas are the most visible symbol of the issue. But according to the Map of Violence 2010, a new report from the São […]

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Petrobras’ Lesson From BP: Invest in PR

Petrobras’ Lesson From BP: Invest in PR

Petrobras announced today the discovery of gas reserves in the Camarupin fields in the Santos Basin as well as the signing of a landmark $160 million-dollar deal with GE Oil & Gas to develop power turbines for offshore platforms. These announcements come on the heels of Tuesday’s press release by Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (Agência Nacional […]

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What South Africa 2010 means for Brazil 2014

The biggest upset of this World Cup might not have been champion Spain’s opening defeat to Switzerland. For many the tournament’s main shocker was that South Africa didn’t plunge into a cesspool of crime and chaos, an outcome feared by many pundits who doubted the country’s ability to hold an event of such magnitude. One […]

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Overcoming The Myth of Cardoso

Overcoming The Myth of Cardoso

“The course of history depends largely on the daring of those who act in terms of historically viable goals… These will depend, not on academic predictions, but on collective action guided by political wills that make work what is structurally barely possible.” Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s 1971 book Dependency and Development in Latin America (co-written with Enzo Faletto), […]

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Lula, the Amazon and Western hypocrisy

Over the weekend FP’s Josh Keating linked to a piece that quotes Lula as stating, with regards to criticism of the proposed Belo Monte dam, that no “gringo should stick their nose in where it does not belong”. Keating’s post reminded me of a recent article I came across in CIP citing a World Rainforest […]

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The PT Tries a New Face

The PT Tries a New Face

With the backing of Brazil’s most popular president in history and support from the state’s publicity machine, Dilma Rousseff’s ongoing tie in opinion polls forces a shift in strategy. Presidential opinion polls released this week continued to show the PT’s Dilma Rousseff and the PSDB’s José Serra in a ‘technical tie’, with Jose Serra at […]

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The imperial advantage?

With Brazil having already clinched a spot in the World Cup round of 16 and Portugal all but assured a place as well, Friday’s game between these two soccer powers doesn’t have the significance many of us anticipated when the match was announced last year. (The fixture was one of the first of this World […]

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Human Rights Watch's way forward

Human Rights Watch's way forward

According to two of Human Rights Watch’s top Latin America experts, the way forward in the largely stalemated US-Cuba relationship is for the Obama administration to drop pursuit of the regime change clauses of Helms-Burton in favor of a one-issue focus on human rights, then team with international partners to push for one simple goal […]

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Questioning the U.S. Response to Brazil & Turkey’s Initiative

Questioning the U.S. Response to Brazil & Turkey’s Initiative

I’ve often wondered if the pace of modem life, the 24/7 new cycle, and the need for governments to respond in real-time to what is happening have had a negative impact on the conduct of diplomacy. Take, for example, the odd incident last week in which two American allies made great progress in a matter […]

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Brazil and the Middle East

Brazil and the Middle East

This week, President Lula kicked off his tour of the Middle East, the first time a Brazilian head of state has been to Israel. His visit began on Sunday in Israel, and Lula will continue on to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leaders and to Jordan to conclude his trip. In Israel, President […]

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Top 5 List: Favorite States of the Iranian Government

Top 5 List: Favorite States of the Iranian Government

If Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were to make a list of countries that he loves right now, I would imagine his list would be very similar to this: 5. Iraq: For stealing the spotlight away from Iran. This week, Iran and its nuclear program took the backseat as the American policy makers watched the Iraqi […]

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