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The U.S. Presidential Elections

October 26, 2008 // Estadão - Brazil - Portuguese

Every presidential election has elements of circumstance, given by conjecture or substance and related to the great problems of a country, and there are distinct ways of dealing with them. There are moments when the elements of substance predominate. It was the case of Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932, in the [Read more]


October 11, 2008 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

WASHINGTON – On yet another black Monday, the global markets collapse A shoe store has a “recession special” in Washington: buy one get one free. This time, they seem to be contaminated by a Freudian “death pulse,” where the meltdown feeds back on itself with bad news in the non-financial economy. It is the [Read more]

Badly Regulated Capitalism

October 9, 2008 // Expresso - Brazil - Portuguese

Suddenly, as in a vindictive turn-around of a cheap movie, capitalism has become the rotten egg. There is a crime and there are suspects. It came from not having regulations, they claim. I completely agree with the idea that market regulation is necessary (truth be told, even Bush has begun to realize that there is no [Read more]

The Problem of Low Expectations

October 6, 2008 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

Only really low expectations, or the extemporaneous regret of her most fervent critics, could have led to the consensus that Palin didn’t do so badly in her debate with Biden.

Brazilian President Distances Himself From U.S. Campaign

October 2, 2008 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

Should the Planalto Palace* be looking towards the U.S. presidential candidates in the hopes of starting to propose partnerships for 2009-2012? The Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told this blog, in New York, that Brasilia is making a point of staying far away from this dispute. “Lula is the president, they are [Read more]

The Crisis is Far from Over

September 29, 2008 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

Before anything else, a lesson (I don’t know the author) to illustrate the current financial crisis in the USA: "Mr. Bill has a bar and decides that he wants to sell cachaça* on credit to his loyal customers, all of whom are drunks, and almost all of whom are unemployed. Because he decides to sell on credit, he can [Read more]

Intervention Necessary, Not Sufficient

September 22, 2008 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

The intervention in major real estate financing businesses by the U.S. Federal Government announced at the beginning of the month is a necessary, but probably not sufficient step toward overcoming the international crisis, according to a Brazilian Central Bank analysis. This information comes from a report from the [Read more]
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