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Enemies wanted : The Brazilian army is turning into a de facto police force Its plodding infantry are ill-suited to repel threats to natural resources

https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21724839-its-plodding-infantry-are-ill-suited-repel-threats-natural-resources-brazilian-army FEW places illustrate the modern role of the Brazilian army better than Tabatinga, a city of 62,000 on the shared border point between Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The frontier, protected by Amazon rainforest, has not budged since the Portuguese … Continue reading

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Confidence going up in Brazil

Bradesco published this week that confidence about the economy in Brazil is up. Inflation is taking a downward turn which leads to forecasts for low interest rates in the long run.  Besides, the Bank analysis says that:” Higher GDP and … Continue reading

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Growing Violence in Rio Favelas

There is increasing violence in favelas in Rio. I have been watching these local newspaper reports: http://www.jb.com.br/rio/noticias/2017/09/22/militares-do-exercito-e-aeronautica-comecam-cerco-a-comunidade-da-rocinha/ http://www.msn.com/pt-br/noticias/brasil/delegado-pede-que-traficantes-encurralados-na-rocinha-se-entreguem/ar-AAsn0l6?li=AAggXC1 https://oglobo.globo.com/rio/forcas-federais-nao-tem-previsao-para-sair-da-rocinha-21860059 Wagner Moura (through his character) in Elite Squad noted that the Brazilians use the same techniques as the Americans in Iraq … Continue reading

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How joining OECD affects Brazilian business?

Brazil made a formal application to join OECD. Getting into the club, at last and no longer an outsider. What changed? Raising the bar This week Minister of Finance Henrique Meirelles was in Paris for the OECD Forum. He participated … Continue reading

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Why are you afraid of globalization?  

The idea that there is a fear of globalization was the most interesting thing I heard today at the OECD Forum. The lounge was crowded.

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From the OECD Forum in Paris

The OECD Forum opened yesterday in Paris to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society. Leaders and influencers from all sectors of civil society are here. The speakers include former and current heads of state and government, leaders of … Continue reading

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When will Brazilian GDP recover?

For 2017, the Brazilian government’s official number is 1% growth, with the recovery starting already in the first quarter. However, according to O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, the Minister of Finance, Henrique Meirelles, has already admitted in private conversations … Continue reading

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