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Politics & Government

In Brazil on September 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

ELECTIONS

Dilma Rousseff looks unstoppable. How much power will she wield? The biggest constraint on Ms Rousseff’s power may come from within her own party (The Economist).

Brazilian presidential candidate Jose Serra, trying to prevent a landslide defeat in next month’s election, is accusing his opponent’s party of using dirty tricks to gather private tax records of his supporters and family (Bloomberg).

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POLITICS

Perhaps more than any other challenge facing Brazil today, education is a stumbling block in its bid to accelerate its economy and establish itself as one of the world’s most powerful nations, exposing a major weakness in its newfound armor (The New York Times).

The World Health Organization (WHO) released  a report urging the Brazilian government to meet funding needs of its public health system (Xinhua).

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

U.K. business is to be encouraged to take the reins and help foster a new model in Anglo-Brazilian relations, with the comforting and potentially highly lucrative backdrop of an Olympic handover to help pave the way. At least, that’s how the Brits see things (The Rio Times).

Brazilian consumers and companies have lost nearly $4 billion and could lose billions more in the coming years due to neighboring countries’ intervention in energy contracts, an industry report says (Reuters).

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva boasted of having won trade disputes against the United States and likened his country to a mouse that scared an elephant (Reuters).

Brazil and Argentina will cooperate on accelerating the productive integration of automobile parts within the Mercosur regional block, industry ministers of the two countries said (Xinhua).

Brazil said it supports presence of UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite allegations of the peacekeepers’ slow response to mass rapes there (Xinhua).

DEFENCE

Brazil’s military struggle to define their purpose. The army’s “strategic priority” in the coming years will be the Amazon. The number of border posts where troops will be stationed will be increased, and still more soldiers will be trained in the art of jungle warfare  (The Economist).

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