Monthly Archives: December 2010

Brazil: Rousseff Names Chief of Staff

Nothing that is happening, has happened, or will happen in the immediate future in Brazil gives Brazil observers the warm fuzzies.

Brazil’s president-elect, Dilma Rousseff, named as her chief of staff a former aide to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who was forced to resign as finance minister in 2006 amid a corruption scandal.

Talk about a revolving door!

Congressman Antonio Palocci will head Rousseff’s team when she takes power Jan. 1. Chief of staff is seen as the most powerful Cabinet post.

It is the kind of thing that makes you wonder whether or not Latin America is serious about tackling its endemic corruption. Do they not know what signal they send to the rest of the world by selecting a man already disgraced and tainted by corruption to the most powerful Cabinet position? Business as usual is not good enough.

Source: News Wires


Brazil: Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea? No, Rio!

Elite police units in borrowed navy tanks rumbled through a heavily fortified slum last week in an effort to apprehend drug gang leaders they blame for five days of widespread violence even as scores of armed youths fled the shantytown for a neighboring area. Sound like Pakistan, Iraq, no, it’s Rio, home of the 2016Continue Reading

Brazil: UPS: Latin America looks poised to deliver

Latin American small and midsize companies feel that the region’s economy has improved in the past year and see 2011, according to a survey done by TNS Gallup for United Parcel Service. UPS Business Monitor Latin America IV is the result of more than 800 interviews of small and midsize companies in seven Latin AmericanContinue Reading

Brazil: Rio’s Reputation as a Gay Mecca Damaged

The shooting of a gay youth by men in military uniforms after a mammoth gay pride parade is raising alarm about continuing homophobic violence in a city widely seen as a global oasis of tolerance. The shooting created particular attention because it came at a moment when Brazil’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community wasContinue Reading

Brazil: Lessons to Learn

Not very long ago, South Korea’s per capita income was a fraction of Brazil’s.  Today it is nearly three times as high. The Koreans changed their economy through strategic and heavy investments in education, science, technology and innovation.  It was not merely a matter of government spending, it was calculated investment coupled with incredibly highContinue Reading

Brazil: Rousseff Still Ahead in Polls

Dilma Rousseff, the hand-picked successor of President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, is holding onto her lead with just about a week to go before Brazil’s decisive presidential runoff, according to a string of Brazilian polls.