Lula’s Tightrope-Balancing Act

[Lula] faces major domestic challenges: a grim economic outlook following Brazil’s lost decade, a congress dominated by conservatives and agribusiness interests, and polarization that threatens the country’s very social fabric.

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Bridges to nowhere: Corruption in the BRICS

Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the BRICs) were first grouped together in 2001 as the countries most likely to produce rapid economic growth (South Africa joined in 2010). Today another phenomenon binds the BRICS together: corruption scandals that have hit state-funded infrastructure companies and the projects they’ve overseen.

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