President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
January 2009: "By most accounts, the administration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who took office in 2003, has done much to reduce poverty and fight slave labor. But Brazil's agricultural, mining and manufacturing sectors are large and well-developed. And they are politically powerful."http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/01/09/brazil.slavery/
July 2007: Though President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has created an emergency cabinet group to deal with Tuesday night’s disaster, it is not clear who is dealing with the larger array of problems. The Air Force Ministry and a pair of civilian government agencies that deal with aviation have sought to minimize their responsibility for the situation and, in the opinion of aviation experts, transfer blame to the others.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/world/americas/19brazil.html
October 2006: Although Lula always has portrayed himself as a champion of the downtrodden, the nature of his electoral support this year is different from what it was four years ago. Then, backing among more than 50 percent of middle-class voters was the key that allowed the longtime labor union leader to become president. That support has plummeted to about 35 percent this year, while backing among those earning less than $340 per month -- a minority of whom voted for Lula the first time around -- has soared to almost 60 percent.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/30/AR2006093000948.html
December 2005: Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, by contrast, is a former labor leader who emphasizes poverty reduction but also practices fiscal austerity and gets along with Wall Street.http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/18/weekinreview/18forero.html
November 2005: ...conservative opponents of Brazil's current leftist president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, also predicted disaster were he to be elected, but that in office Lula has proved to be a moderate social democrat.http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/20/magazine/20bolivia.html
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 13, 2009 Latin America's worst wage gap for women and minorities? Powerhouse Brazil
QUOTE: ...Brazil sits at the bottom of a list of 18 regional countries when it comes to how much women and minorities are paid for the same job a white man does.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 11, 2009 The Amazon: The future of the forest:
QUOTE: Brazil’s government hopes that land reform in the Amazon will slow deforestation. Greens doubt it
Economist Jan 09, 2009 Government fights slave labor in Brazil
QUOTE: A recruiter known as a "gato," or cat, plumbs the slums and other poor areas of the vast country and gets people to agree to jobs in distant places. Once separated from home and family, workers are vulnerable to all sorts of abuses, such as being told they owe money for transportation, food, housing and other services. "This is known as debt bondage, which also fits official definitions of slavery,"...
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 19, 2007 Brazil Demands Solution to Aviation Crisis
QUOTE: With the death toll climbing after the fiery crash of a crowded Airbus here on Tuesday night, Brazilians responded Wednesday with anger and renewed calls for the government to act immediately to end the deepening aviation crisis that has tormented the country for nearly a year.
New York Times Jul 14, 2007 In Brazil, a Wave of Corruption Cases: President, Seen as Architect of Cleanup, Retains Public Support Even as His Allies Fall
QUOTE: The bags have been piling up in recent months, byproducts of the sensationally brazen corruption scandals that have been multiplying, one after the other. The parade of disgraced public figures under investigation seems endless -- from government ministers to top lawmakers to members of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's family.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2007 Both Sides Say Project Is Pivotal Issue for Brazil
QUOTE: “This project, like all the others before it, will bring nothing but damage to us river dwellers…” said Carlos de Morais Naboa, whose homestead... is less than a mile from Santo Antônio, the first of the proposed dam sites...“They’re only offering us peanuts for flood-plain land that is incredibly fertile and haven’t said where they plan to send us.”
New York Times Oct 01, 2006 Support From Brazil's Poor Gives Lula Edge in Election
QUOTE: At a buffet lunch in a middle-class neighborhood, almost all of the cooks who ride buses for hours every day to toil in a steamy kitchen said they will vote to reelect President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. On the other side of the doors, almost all of the diners said they planned to vote against him. Lula is expected to coast to victory for this reason: In Latin America's largest democracy, a lot more people live like the cooks than live like the customers.
Washington Post May 30, 2006 Police Are Criticized in Wave of Gang Violence in Brazil
QUOTE: recriminations against the police and the way they handled the attacks are intensifying, fed by indications that irate officers may have sought revenge with a killing rampage that swept up lawbreakers and innocent civilians alike.
New York Times Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again
QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.
New York Times Nov 20, 2005 Che's Second Coming?
QUOTE: Morales is the first full-blooded Aymara, Bolivia's dominant ethnic group, to make a serious run for the presidency, which is in itself testimony to the extraordinary marginalization that Bolivian citizens of pure Indian descent, who make up more than half of the population, have endured since 1825, when an independent Bolivia was established.
New York Times Sep 23, 2005 Vatican Readies Policy on Gay Priests:Document to Forbid Ordination but Not Clearly Define 'Homosexual'
QUOTE: ...the document's symbolic impact is already rippling through the Roman Catholic Church and beyond, hailed by some as a much-needed antidote to a gay clerical subculture and derided by others as a misguided attempt to blame homosexuals for the church's pedophilia scandals.
Washington Post Jan 14, 2004 Bush Meets Skepticism on Free Trade at Americas Conference
QUOTE: President Bush spent hours [in Monterrey, Mexico] during the past two days at the Summit of the Americas mending fences with his neighbors, Mexico and Canada. But he left the leaders of some other countries feeling shut out.
New York Times Jun 15, 2003 Affirmative Action Debate Forces Brazil to Take Look in the Mirror
QUOTE: Legal challenges to the State University of Rio's race-conscious admissions policy raise essentially the same fundamental question that is being raised in a Supreme Court case that challenges the University of Michigan's law school admissions standards: Who, ultimately, gets ahead?
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