Brazil

Green Brazil

8 October 2010 Green Brazil By Gwynne Dyer “This is now the great mystery of Brazilian politics: what will Marina do?” “Marina” is Marina Silva, leader of Brazil’s Green Party, and the speaker, Altino Machado, is a journalist and one of her oldest friends. But Marina has already done something remarkable: she persuaded one-fifth of …

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Copenhagen Aftermath

19 December 2009 Copenhagen Aftermath By Gwynne Dyer “The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport,” said John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, on Friday night. “There are no targets for carbon cuts and no agreement on a legally binding treaty.” The guilty …

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Lula

17 February 2005 Lula: Losing Track By Gwynne Dyer Brazil is a rough place even for ordinary citizens; it is hell on wheels for social and political reformers. Even when the reformers win power there, they can’t protect their own. That is why Sister Dorothy Stang was murdered on 12 February. In the late 70s …

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Lula’s Brazil

8 January 2004 Lula’s Brazil By Gwynne Dyer “All the hallmarks of an impending default are visible: a soaring public sector debt burden; high short-term interest rates; low growth; a rapidly depreciating currency; and an international loss of confidence. At current market rates, even an optimist would admit Brazil is insolvent.” That was the verdict …

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Brics

15 October 2003 The ‘Brics’: Back To The Future By Gwynne Dyer Thirty-three years after China launched its first satellite, a high-tech boom-box called Mao 1 that broadcast a tinny version of ‘The East Is Red’ to an underwhelmed world, it has finally put a man into space. But the pace is picking up: Beijing …

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New Gang in Town

17 September 2003 New Gang in Town By Gwynne Dyer Something very important happened in Mexico last week. You could tell, because the European and American trade negotiators were so cross as they left the 146-nation trade talks at Cancun that they were practically spitting. The European Union’s trade commissioner, Pascal Lamy, damned the World …

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