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Obama Wave Reaches Brazil

November 4, 2008 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

Both the Planalto Palace* and the Itamaraty** are visibly pulling for the victory of Barack Obama in the American elections. Brazil prefers the Democrat due to his multilateralism and also for the symbolism of having a black man as the president of the largest democracy on the planet. The information comes from [Read more]

My Class with Rashid Khalidi

October 31, 2008 // Folha - Brazil - Portuguese

During a visit to New York last March, my friend Gustavo Chacra (who has a great blog on our competitor newspaper, by the way) took me to watch one of the classes in his Master’s program at Columbia. The professor was Rashid Khalidi. The classroom was packed and most of the students were younger than us. The [Read more]

60 Percent of Latin America Indifferent to U.S. Election

October 29, 2008 // Folha de São Paulo - Brazil - Portuguese

The most expensive election ever in the United States doesn't matter for 60 percent of people in Latin America. The conclusion has been shown by a pre-report by Latinobarómetro Studies 2008, which focused on the impact of next week's election in 18 countries in the region researched by the Chilean nongovernmental [Read more]

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]
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