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El Comercio names the senior Peruvian politicians involved in big Odebrecht scandal

... security czar Vladimiro Ilich Lenin Montesinos, who some say is still a behind the scenes player. Like the burgeoning Odebrecht scandal in Colombia that continues wreaking havoc with the peace process and governance, little to none of the news surrounding Brazil's most powerful company- which has maintained close relations with the Pentagon into for over a decade- gets reported by the media in Brazil. UPDATE 4 Jan 2019  A particular quaientness of Peru-style democracy is that the president neither selects ...

22.11.2017 01:42:24

Colombia court fines Brazil's Odebrecht $250 million for corruption

UPDATE 19 DEC  According to Buenos Aires News and other sources, Colombia's justice system has fined Brazil construction and engineering giant Odebrecht $250 million, having found the firm guilty of corruption to secure contracts. The company is also banned from tendering for state contracts in Colombia for ten years. According to the Buenos Aires News ...

12.07.2017 01:32:13

BRICS- Why is Brazil's Lula helping Argentina crash the party?

At the 2014 BRICS summit in Brasília, which was attended by Russian president Vladimir Putin, there was a lot of buzz in the Brazilian media that Argentina was next in line to join the organization. None of it was directly attributed to president Dilma Rousseff. Dilma, still in her first term leading the nation as the hand-picked successor of former president Luiz Inacio ...

17.09.2015 03:55:00

BRICS and food security

... the group a key player in the global food security regime. But they did. Now the world is waiting. From a moral and business ethics perspective the effort makes sense and can add value to the BRICS brand. But success depends on China, India and Brazil, who are impacted by drought and infrastructure problems that step on their economic performance. And Russia is dealing with a sanctions regime that includes food, orchestrated by Washington and its European allies. BRICS food security. A slow ...

08.05.2015 02:57:00

Iron ore and steel. Strategic, volatile and primed for conflict

... BRICS are destined to remain a micro, rather than a macro alliance. Looking at the statistics below, the BRICS appear to dominate the world's basic iron ore and basic steel producers. Top 10 Iron Ore Producing Nations 1 China 2 Australia 3 Brazil 4 India 5 Russia 6 Ukraine 7 South Africa 8 USA 9 Kazakhstan 10 Iran Top Steel Producers 2013 in millions of crude tons Arcelor Mittal Luxembourg 96 million tons Nippon Steel-Sumitomo Japan 50.1 Hebei Group China 45.8 Bao Steel Group China 43....

02.03.2015 17:45:00

Trust Barometer Promotes Mistrust of Russia and BRICs

... alignment with the United States and other developed economies-- who use public relations as a vehicle wrap to their interest in maintaining global hegemony in a socially inclusive wrapper—is subject to debate. The New York Times recently added Brazil to its list of “struggling economies” that includes India and South Korea, among others. Yet when the media empire was struggling financially it took a $250 million loan from the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim of Mexico, Russian ...

31.01.2014 03:43:00

France pivots to Brazil after Paris-Moscow deals

Recent strategic agreements between Paris and Moscow will expand bi-lateral business in the defense, aerospace and energy sectors. Meanwhile, the state visit of French president Francois Hollande to Brazil December 11-12, which this blogger attended, achieved a similar objective and strengthened a program of educational, scientific and cultural projects designed to impact future relations for generations. In both situations the strengthening of strategic ...

06.01.2014 08:59:00

Snowden, E-Diplomacy and Zimmerman's Law

Regardless of whether you consider Edward Snowden a patriot or a scoundrel the chances that he will be granted asylum in Brazil have become extremely remote thanks to Snowden’s trusted adviser Glenn Greenwald. The ex-Guardian journalist was involved in floating an e-diplomacy hoax that was interpreted in the media as an official request for asylum to the government ...

25.12.2013 14:52:00

BRICS… More Hungry For Power Than Food?

In a conference call that I attended Friday discussing second quarter performance Brazil’s finance minister Guido Mantega noted that agricultural production increased 3.9% . That’s good for Russia and the rest of the BRICS because Brazil’s food exports help feed them. Among the alliance Brazil is the only nation that ...

01.09.2013 09:42:00

Above The Fray… Brasilia and Washington Seek Broader Cooperation

... recent leaks over data collection programs conducted by the United States that have drawn the ire of citizens and governments everywhere. Some correspondents were preparing tough questions to ask Kerry about the “spying.” After all, O Globo, Brazil’s largest media organization, did use maverick American journalist Glenn Greenwald to stir up nationalist sentiment over what was not direct “spying” or “casing” of individuals, but simply raw data collection that ...

15.08.2013 03:41:00

Sports Diplomacy And Social Media Clash In Brazil

In the minds of many the sports diplomacy and sports marketing that support competitive athletic tournaments like the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games deserve a Nobel peace prize. But recent events in Brazil indicate that the model could use a “reset” to remain relevant to future generations. RT, Pravda, and Facebook (which is backed by important Russian investors), have provided social platforms that have emboldened Brazil’s young ...

11.07.2013 09:42:00

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