Meanwhile, in Brazil . . .

You wouldn't know it, since the U.S. news media is obsessed with the primaries, but the biggest story of the hemisphere is taking place right now in Brazil. Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, who everybody calls Lula, served as President of Brazil from 1 January 2003 to 1 January 2011. He rose from the most … Continue reading Meanwhile, in Brazil . . .

What may be the most consequential election of the decade

Readers of my blog know that I have been following U.S. and Latin American politics for a long time. Recently, I have been posting on Brazil's presidential election. The incumbent, Dilma Rousseff, was chief of staff to Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva ,the prior president. In her younger, Marxist, days, she was involved with the … Continue reading What may be the most consequential election of the decade

Brazil: World Cup disaster ahead

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz Brazil has spent so far close to US$12 billion dollars preparing for the upcoming World Cup, making this year's World Cup the priciest ever. The logistics are gigantic: Twelve cities, thousands of miles apart, building new stadiums, each with capacity ranging between 35,000 to 70,000 people - and the need to … Continue reading Brazil: World Cup disaster ahead

Brazil: Edward Snowden asks for asylum UPDATED

in exchange for helping Brazil investigate American spying programs: Edward Snowden asks Brazil for asylum Edward Snowden writes open letter to Brazil saying he can help investigate spying claims - but for something in returnIn an "open letter to the Brazilian people", Snowden said he was willing to help the Brazilian government "where appropriate and … Continue reading Brazil: Edward Snowden asks for asylum UPDATED

Colombia: The controversy started by . . . Justin Bieber?

The Canadian kid goes to Bogota, Colombia, indulges in misbehavior, gets away with it, and now the locals want to, too:  Justin Bieber’s visit to Bogota opened doors for Colombian graffiti artists. Well, pardon my old-fogieness, but "graffiti artist" is an oxymoron. Vandalism is what comes to mind. But, when you're a celebrity who gets … Continue reading Colombia: The controversy started by . . . Justin Bieber?

Brazil Learns the Hard Way the Two Most Important Truths of Baseball

I'm a big baseball fan so when I woke up way too early I turned on the WBC where Brazil was playing China in their final pool A game. With only the top two teams advancing in the pool and powerhouses Japan (2 WBC wins in 2 WBCs) and baseball powerhouse Cuba both dominating in … Continue reading Brazil Learns the Hard Way the Two Most Important Truths of Baseball

The most interesting thing about this Al Qaeda in Brazil story

is not the story itself, although it is worth noting Al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil planning attacks, raising money and recruiting followers, a leading news magazine reported Saturday, renewing concerns about the nation serving as a hide-out for Islamic militants. Veja magazine, in its online edition, reported that at least 20 people affiliated with … Continue reading The most interesting thing about this Al Qaeda in Brazil story

Morning Joe Echos commenter “Proud to Serve”…

...likely this will be one of the few times this will be true: Americans love competition. Repeatedly watching soccer players moderately contacted across the thigh or hip, only to react by clutching their head and writhing violently on the ground, will not sit well with Americans. This is x2 when the same said player immediately … Continue reading Morning Joe Echos commenter “Proud to Serve”…