Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Is it possible for Brazil and the US to deepen their trade relationship?

Is it a possible thing that two complete opposite views on how one should run their economy  in their countries as Brazil and the United States to have a better trade relationship? To me this is impossible if the US does not want to change their view on regulation policies in the economy, because United States believe in deregulating the economy and that the Brazilian government has seen what it can cause as damage to do so in the economy, and it is very improbable that Brazil change their policies on their economy radically to have better a trade relationship with the United States. The only way I can see this relationship growing is if the US does not mind having treaded with a country where the economy is regulated by the government and this to my eye is not possible because it would show that the US need those good relationships and not vies versa.
By: Addley moise

Good News for PetroBras

The state-controlled Brazilian petroleum company, PetroBras has found a new source of oil and natural gas in the Solimoes basin situated in the Amazon. This news source reported that this source "has the capacity to produce 1,400 barrels per day of good-quality light oil and 45,000 cubic meters per day of natural gas"

This is an interesting news story, judging that Brazil has had a record-setting low of deforestation in the region. I totally believe this new discovery might endanger their 2020 goals to reduce deforestation by 80%. Pumping the oil of of this area will probably require severe deforestation efforts to build the proper machinery. Moreover, pipelines will have to be built, which will also impact deforestation. The good side, however, is that PetroBras will have another source of oil and will probably import less, helping the economy of the country directly.

By Alexis Pelletier

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Brazil close to 2020 target to reduce deforestation

Amazon Forest

Deforestation in Brazil has hit a record low according to this website. They claim that "1,798 square miles (4,656 square kilometers) of the Amazon were deforested between August 2011 and July 2012, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said a news conference. That's 27 percent less than the 2,478 square miles (6,418 square kilometers) deforested a year earlier" Moreover, "Brazil is close to its 2020 target of reducing deforestation by 80 percent from 1990 levels. Through July 2012 deforestation dropped by 76.26 percent."

Even though the goal is far from being met, the preservation of the Amazon is very important. This website  claims the Brazilian rainforest enables the growing of an indigenous species, the Acai berry. The preservation of nature is also very important for the development of medicine. The Brazilian government try to develop the Amazon without having to cut trees. Making national parks would be a good incentive for the state and might even promote Eco-tourism.

By Alexis Pelletier

Government intervention in the slums of Rio

Panoramic view of Favela da Rocinha 

The slums of Rio de Favela was the perfect example of a powerless society. Gangs such as the Amigos di Amigos enacted in illegal activities constantly in those places because of the lack of authority in the region. Lately, the state has decided to take over the slums by setting up "pacification units" in the Favela. These units seem to be a way for the Brazilian government to set up a police force in the region,as a way to help control the population.However, an interesting question arises: was this attempt to bring control to the slums favorable for the people already living there or as a way to promote business?

According to this article, i believe the only reason the Brazilian government decided to enforce this area was for economic reasons. The fact that the pacification units where placed primarily in locations that where primarily tourist attractions is only one of many examples. The Los Angeles times reported that "Rocinha (the slum in question) is an obvious candidate for property appreciation, or speculation, as the case may be." The people living in these slums believe the police authority there is violent, which seems to make the situation even worst. I believe the Brazilian government wants to develop this area for the good of the rich, and not the low-income people of Rocinha

By Alexis Pelletier

Everything will be green for Rio 2016

It is official the governement is planning to invest £320 billion in infrastructure and urban developement for the upcoming 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The SBS(Sustainable Building Solutions) had a meeting with the Brazilian Group who are going to construct, update all the sites needed for 2 consecutive succesfull events in the Rio area.  It is very important for the brazilian community and also everybody that live surrounding the kind of environment they have such has the huge amazonia. The group explained how they would minimize the environmental impact. Some of the thing they have thought about also is providing thermally modelled construction drawings, training courses, a freephone helpline and on-site services. More and more information are going to be available very soon. But for now it is all we have.

London help Brazil!!!

The London Olympic organising commitee, has decided to help Brazil with the coming 2016 Olympic. This decision has nothing to do with the contreversial stolen file incident, that took place in September while nine Rio employees lost their jobs. "We want to assist Rio and other future organisers with the London experience," Coe said. "We will share our learning and we are willing to help out in all areas." The brazilian response was :"We thank the British government and LOCOG for all the information exchange." Fernandes said.

This is a great news for Brazil for many reasons, London was of a great success in all the Olympics that took place since its beginning. And I am sure that the help that they will give to other Olympic events are only going to make them even greater.

Congradulation, this is a great news, and I think , as watcher of the Olympics, we will be the winners in all this due to the extremely good show that will be put out there for us!!!!

From Montreal to Jersey passing through Brazil!!!

Corruption here in Montreal and what happen in brazil is the proof that it is a practice very popular ... And not only here.  The former mayor of Sao Paolo Mr. Paul Maluf is accused of corruption. with the upcoming events of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics the president Dilma Rousseff, the Brazil is trying to get rid of the corryption in the area. A good way to start was with Maluf, who his a one of Brazil's richest and most powerful men. He has been found guilty of stealing millions from Brazilian taxpayers and hidding this money in a secret bank account in Jersey. The company he own was mostly getting road contract from the government. Him and his son has been were found guitly of of fraud, theft and abuse their power. Similar alegation have been place on them in the USA, they are accused by the federal american court of fraud and theft. Between 1993 and 1996,only, they would have made over $344 millions, the Maluf father and son have been ordered to pay back $10.5 milions plus the interest, to the Federal Republic of Brazil and the Municipality of Sao Paulo.  This amount of money doest reprensent the quater of what they have make out of all this. I hope they will do jail time, and not in Brazil but in the USA. Many more charges are probably going to be put against them due to the great mediatisation of this events. Apparently fears has also been used by the two in the past (intimidation), in 2005 while they were in court, because the police had proof of them trying to corrupt the state, they would have intimidated witnesses. My guess is that it is still not over!!!
 Paulo Maluf

                                                                               Flavio Maluf

Monday, 26 November 2012

Brazil economy lest globalized in Latin America.

According to PR Newswire Brazil economy is the less globalization in 2012 for Latin America. Is this a negative thing?  I think that because Brazil was a more protective state for its economy it have help them manage to go through the global financial crises without being affected. With the new treaty that they sing (TAC) should help them being a more globalize country. This should not be a reason for them to deregulate their economy because this is what has save them from being part of the global finical crises. Can this title affect Brazil economy and future relationship with other countries?
By Addley Moise

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Brazil sings the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

The Brazilian government has signed the treaty of amity and cooperation (TAC). This treaty with the south Asia will permit Brazil to help south Asian counties to bring new technology in their countries and help trading market for Brazil.  I think it will bring some good for all of the countries that are part of this cooperation.  This was a grate opportunity that Brazil profits and will create great thing and will help their economy grow in the future.
By: Addley Moise

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Bikes charging battery in prison

The prison called Santa Rita do Sapucaí in Brazil had found new source of regenerative energy that can even motivate prisoners to get in good shape. The idea came from the judge José Henrique Mallmann, he has seen in other prisons that were giving incentives for riding bikes. So, he considered updating this idea to new charging bikes that can provides enough power to a battery that gives light to a street-light. The idea is that for every 16 hours spend riding (charging) the stationed bike, each prisoners will have a day off of their sentences. The voluntary program seems to be well integrated and many of them think it’s a very good idea and even says it keep them in good shape while making them feel good to do something that can help the society.


Alexis Poulin

Brazil army still in Haiti to provide security.

The Brazilian army did not leave Haiti ground since the 2004.  Is it funny that there are around 2000 soldiers from Brazil helping and assuring security in this country but that there is no more sing of big nations like the United States or Canadian? I find it hard to see that the 6 biggest economy puts money and men’s in the security of Haiti but that the strongest economy does not do the same. I think that the world’s biggest economy should look at Brazil and take them as a model and do the same thing.
By: Addley Moise

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Regional judge is aiming to arrest Google President

In september there was a dilema which faces a regional politician and the company Google itself. This problem was due to a video uploaded in Google that was saying false statement and was deterioiring a politician's personal reputation. So the Judge Flavio Peren who sits at regional electoral court in Brazil decided to do everything he could to arrest the Google President in Brazil: Mr. Coelho. Therefore this problem has been reported since then and Google says that that it was not in their responsibility to protect people selves but to allow free speaking and opinion over everything people wants.
Since Google is such a huge multinational company and is one the the wealthiest one too, I assume that the trial will abort.

Alexis Poulin

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Great Carnival upcoming in Brazil!

Carnivals are one of the most popular and seriously taken events in Brazil. So actually in the streets of Rio the Janiero, there is people celebrating for the name of Joaquim Barbosa, the country’s first black Supreme Court Justice. In his honor, there has been plenty of Mask of Joaquim distributed to people. He is mostly known for its rigor via rules, good independence, and regular decision with the justice. The 58 years old man doesn’t smile easily, but when he is talking, the nation listens and appreciates each of his words.
That Barbosa is even hearing the case is the stuff of fables. The son of a bricklayer, he grew up in an adobe home in Paracatu, a backwater in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. His schoolmates remember him as an obstinate, self-absorbed boy who read everything he could get his hands on and liked to sing bits of songs in foreign languages. His break came when Barbosa’s family moved to Brasília, then the new national capital, where a dedicated student could rise to public service. Barbosa went to law school and joined the state’s attorney office. He went on to earn his doctorate at the Sorbonne and then lecture at Columbia University and UCLA. Besides his native Portuguese, Barbosa speaks fluent English, French, German, and Italian. Nominated to the bench in 2003, he will soon take over as the country’s chief justice. (Margolis, 2012)
Barbosa has a beautiful historic over corruption trial and over deciding the fate of Brazil’s most powerful poiliticians. One of his main accomplishments is when he led the way to get an old but very corrupted situation including 11 members of the high court plus the one that has given the chance to Joaquim to join the high court. So, even though former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s administration has given the opportunity to be there, the first black Supreme Court Justice has done everything he could to demystify a fraud of that organisation on tax pay and unreported loans to pay off campaign debt.
Margolis, M. (2012, 10 22). World News. Retrieved 11 14, 2012, from The Daily Beast:

Alexis Poulin

Monday, 12 November 2012

Could Brazil economy help stabilize U.S economy?

Now that Brazil has changed it economic policies and has loosen it rules could this helps the U.S economy to get better and help Brazil to be a stronger economically? I think that the U.S would benefit from making trade links with Brazil. This new links would benefit the economy of both countries. This would create new jobs and new opportunities for both for economy to grow and for the United States stabilization their economy and start having a growth.
By: Addley moise

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hugo Chavez to Travel to Brazil

Hugo Chavez (left) and Dilma Rousseff (right)

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela will be visiting Brazil next month to attend a meeting of the Mercosur trade bloc. (Mercosur is a Spanish acronym for Mercado Común del Sur, which can be translated in English to the Southern Common Market) Mercosur is a trade agreement that involves these South American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff said she might visit Venezuela in January. This link leads to the source of the information.

By Alexis Pelletier

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

U.S on the edge of a financial crisis will affect Brazil economy

If the United States raised their taxes and cuts in the government spending this could put the U.S back in a recession because they will have to pay more and have less to spend and invest. Brazil economy is doing better economically than many countries these days by having a small growth in their economy. This recession would affect the Brazil economy and might put them in a recession because every country would get affected by these cries.  The United States have trade and economic links with many countries that relay on the U.S economy and even though Brazil is starting to get more trade going with china. I think that investors in other country would stop looking to invest in other emerging countries like Brazil because in a recession it’s not time to invest but save as much money as one can. This is why it would affect negatively the economy of Brazil.

By: Addley Moise