Monthly Archives: February 2011

Brazilian economy constrained by bottlenecks

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the Brazilian economy, which grew by 8% last year, is likely to grow only half as fast in 2011 because of infrastructure bottlenecks.  Major constraints on growth include power outages, needed … Continue reading

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Brazil’s new leader wins key wage battle.

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, Brazil’s newly-elected president, Dilma Rousseff, has succeeded in blocking a move by Congress to raise the minimum wage.  Although some low-income Brazilians may suffer, this appears to be a necessary step … Continue reading

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Waste Land, a remarkable documentary film.

My wife and I just saw Waste Land, a remarkable Brazilian documentary that has been nominated for a 2011 Academy Award.  The Internet Movie Database entry for this film can be found here.  We recommend it highly.  In Washington, D.C., … Continue reading

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Fire in Rio warehouse district destroys carnival costumes and floats.

A sad event in Rio de Janeiro.  According to a news article, a fire in a warehouse district of Rio de Janeiro has destroyed many of the costumes and floats that were laboriously and lovingly prepared for the 2011 pre-Lenten … Continue reading

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