Brazilian financial institutions are technically prohibited from financing corporations operating in unstable markets. As a result, Brazilian firms don't receive nearly as much support as their Chinese counterparts. So, who is succeeding in the battle for public relations?
The unprecedented worldwide response to the death of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and especially in the Western Hemisphere, has brought into stark relief the "multi-polar" world that Chávez fought for.
In an age when media reports are filled with despised dictators and deposed despots, Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is a breath of fresh air. He is that elusive, once-in-a-lifetime popular (in every sense of the word) politician.
In an effort to stay on the good side of most all countries, Brazil is reluctant to offend those nations in its immediate neighborhood. WikiLeaks documents suggest that, for now, Brazil and the U.S. are somewhat ambiguous diplomatic partners.
The past ten years in Latin America have seen a historic shift to the left in government power and the streets. The US needs to learn from these examples if we are to break out of our stagnant political culture.
In the super competitive digital coupon space, Brazil's Peixe Urbano and Mexico's BuzzUrbano give North American leader Groupon a run for their money. In the underlying psychology behind digital consumption, Latinos have the cultural edge.
In many ways Brazil has become like a photo negative of America. Brazilians are increasingly living the American Dream of upward mobility, while nearly two-thirds of Americans no longer believe their children will live better lives than they did.