'What Lula can Teach 'White People'""When Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last week blamed "white people with blue eyes" for the global economic meltdown, it was an odd gaffe for a leader known and respected around the world for his pragmatism. 'Lula had a Chávez day,' wrote the São Paulo daily Estadao, discounting the unfortunate utterance made in Brasilia at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown." [Read full article]
Political Corruption in Brazil The Mensalão Scandal and the Future of the PTMarch 2006
Director Cynthia Arnson comments on the first 100 days of some of the region's presidents, highlighting how they endeavored to differentiate themselves from prior administrations via innovative policies and a change in diplomatic tone (In Spanish).
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses Brazil developing economic trends.
Sugarcane ethanol is not the villain that it is often made out to be and neither is the sugarcane industry. In Brazil, the sugarcane industry has set out to convince the Brazilian government to adopt a carbon cap and trade system domestically, independently of international negotiations. It is in their interest to reinsert the positive environmental externalities accrued from sugarcane ethanol use and production into the market system. It makes economic and environmental sense and it might spur a value-added product. The next best thing after organic sugar is carbon neutral sugarcane ethanol.
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses Brazil-US relations
Interview with Bryan McCann, director of the Brazilian Studies Program at Georgetown University
Basic Education in Brazil:What's Wrong and How to Fix It February 2007