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Materials
  1. Awesome Library in Portuguese (WorldLingo.com)
      Provides online translations of the Web. 7-02

  2. Pictures of Famous Places (PicturesofPlaces.com)
      Provides pictures of many of the tourist spots. 5-02

News
  1. -06-26-08 Brazil Now a Farming Superpower (MSNBC News)
      "Today, the region grows some of the world's most precious commodities and has made Brazil a farming superpower, according to Robert Thompson, an agricultural economist who worked with the USDA and the World Bank." 06-08

  2. -07-31-08 Brazil, the World's Hottest Market (Newsweek.com)
      "The specter of rising food and fuel prices now threatens to destroy an era of unprecedented global prosperity, with two notable exceptions: Brazil and Canada. Both countries produce and export enough food and fuel not just to offset the worst of global inflationary pressures but even to turn the price spike from a menace to a boon. They are the only two major economies where prices have not burst the upper limit of the central bank's inflation target." 07-08

Papers
  1. Brazil (CountryReports.org)
      Provides a profile by topic, including Economy, Defense, Geography, Government, People, National Anthem, Lyrics and Related Links. Provides a map and a flag. 6-02

  2. Brazil (Library of Congress)
      Provides a profile by topic. 11-05

  3. Brazil (U.S. State Department)
      Provides a profile by topic. 11-05

  4. Brazil (Wikipedia.org)
      "The Federative Republic of Brazil (República Federativa do Brasil in Portuguese) is the largest and most populous country in Latin America, and fifth largest in the world." "Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool, it is today South America's leading economic power and a regional leader. A former colony of Portugal, Portuguese is its official language." 11-05

  5. Brazil Reacts to High Food Prices (New York Times)
      "Luciano Alves planted beans, corn and grain on about 7,500 acres of his farm in southern Brazil last year. This year, he is planting 8,600 acres. And he credits Brazil’s president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, with the increase."

      " 'The government is helping us finance the purchase of new machinery,' said Mr. Alves. 'They reduced the interest rates we pay and have given us more time to pay off the loans. It’s vital.' " 08-08

  6. Controversy Over Child's Abortion Re-Ignited (Time.com)
      "The Catholic Church (and Pope Benedict XVI) were presented with a public relations powder keg last March when news broke that a nine-year-old Brazilian girl underwent an abortion after she'd been raped and impregnated with twins by her stepfather. Catholics from Sao Paolo to Paris were outraged after the swift public declaration by the local archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, that the girl's family, as well as the doctors who performed the abortion, were automatically excommunicated. Monsignor Rino Fisichella, a solidly traditionalist Rome prelate considered close to Benedict, tried to soften the Church's approach on the Brazilian case by writing in the Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the girl 'should have been defended, hugged and held tenderly to help her feel that we were all on her side.' "

      "In a tucked away "clarification" published on page 7 of a recent edition of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican produced a document that unequivocally confirmed automatic excommunication for anyone involved in an abortion — even in such a situation as dire as the Brazilian case." 07-09

   
   


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