THE book about Brazilian history

A Parisian friend asked me to suggest him a book about Brazilian history. He got a very quick answer: “1808 – How a mad queen, a fearful prince, and a corrupt court deceived Napoleon and changed the history of Portugal and Brazil forever.” 1808 is one of those books that once you started you haveContinue reading “THE book about Brazilian history”

Brazil’s Infrastructure Challenges

Reading about the problems related to infrastructure in Brazilian magazine VEJA, made me think about the time I worked as an agricultural commodities trader for Noble Group. I visited farms in Mato Grosso, a big state located in the center west of Brazil and  responsible for about 30%  of the country’s total production of soybeans. IContinue reading “Brazil’s Infrastructure Challenges”

Lula’s Legacy

Brazil’s charismatic (now ex) president Lula has been perceived as a great leader worldwide. Obama called him “the man” and Fidel Castro ” dear comrade”; in Brazil, after 8 years in power, his popularity rate was above 80%, demolishing the theory that being too long in power diminishes public approbation. Nonetheless, time will tell usContinue reading “Lula’s Legacy”

Brazil´s Foreign Policy

Under the leadership of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil opened 62 diplomatic and consular representations around the world – another 17 are in the process of opening. The country currently has 212 posts. Many of them have no relevance in the international political and economic landscape. However, they are part of a strategyContinue reading “Brazil´s Foreign Policy”

Amazonian Tribe Leaders in Paris

Who would think that leaders of tribes from the Amazon rainforest would get in a plane and come to Paris ? Yet it was 5 degrees in Paris yesterday night but 3 representatives from Amazon tribes lead a conference to raise awareness of their initiatives to protect biodiversity and share their culture. The association Yogash madeContinue reading “Amazonian Tribe Leaders in Paris”