DECEMBER
2002

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CONTENTS:

COVER STORY 

Cae & Gil
120 Years of Sound

The partnership between Caetano and Gil is one of the most fertile and lasting of Brazilian music, although they’re not formally a duo. Tropicalismo, for example, is a term inextricably linked to Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.
by Kirsten Weinoldt

Brave Unknown World
Tropical Truth is not a terribly compelling book. It runs scarce on fascinating or well-turned anecdotes. Opinions about Brazil's place in the world vis-à-vis the U.S. are often close to unreadable. Live in Bahia, though, serves as a good introduction to Caetano's current repertoire.
by Bondo Wyszpolski

Hell's End
The sad, late closing of the Carandiru penitentiary. "We are shutting down what can only be described as an inferno. It has been a breeding ground of lawlessness, organized crime groups and corruption."
by Elma-Lia Nascimento
 

Expecting the World
"We believe that the Lula administration is in a good position to avoid what has been done by previous federal administrations, which failed to define a  concrete policy towards indigenous peoples and allowed acts of aggression and lack of respect against them."

Driven by Hope
It is the Landless Movement belief that the large landed estate (latifúndio) and the neoliberal model are the causes of hunger, unemployment, poverty, illiteracy and lack of development in rural areas in Brazil.

Heavy Hand
The U. S.' intervention in Colombian-Brazilian bilateral relations follows the election of Lula, a left-wing candidate in Brazil who openly has stated his reservations regarding the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which he considers "a process of annexation of Brazil to the United States".

Silicon Valley South
Belo Horizonte entrepreneurs are part of a movement to wean Brazil's computers from dependence on imported software, especially Microsoft products. Projeto Libertas is working to convert the municipal government's 5000 computers from Windows to Linux.
by Ted Goertzel

On Advice of Counsel
1. President Lula should legalize all immigrants living in Brazil.
2. Should assist Brazilians who wish to leave Brazil. Brazilians are one of the fastest growing groups being detained at the Mexico-U.S. border.
3. Should create a program to defend the rights of Brazilians detained by the Border Patrol or the Immigration Service in the U.S..

by Edgardo Quintanilla

Soft on Terror
The Rio Carnaval or New Year celebrations would be the ideal target for Bin Laden who applauded the attacks on innocent tourists in Bali and Tunisia. Carnaval brings tens of thousands of foreign tourists, mainly Europeans and Americans, to Brazil. The streets of cities like Rio, Salvador and Recife are packed for days and police resources are stretched.
by John Fitzpatrick

Why Lula There,
Why Lula Now

Lula came to power because the Brazilian Right lost its capacity to deceive the voters and because the Left discovered the way to correct its own illusions. 
by Cristovam Buarque


Brazil's Big Chance
While the US has no guts to go after the real terrorists, the Saudis, and chases instead "Osama Bin Laden and the 40 Terrorists" Brazil will have to pay dearly for a war that has already been decided by Bush, the one against Iraq. But it may also become a safe haven for money fleeing the States.
by Ricardo C. Amaral

Lula, the Man Who Doesn't
Want to Be President

Anyone who knows Brazil is aware of the appalling lack of organization, but this casual approach to assuming the highest office in the land is incredible—to the outsider, that is.
by John Fitzpatrick

USA:
Our Dearest Enemy

Anti-Americanism in Brazil

Brazil is now ready to accept a war against the US as the most natural thing in the world.
by Olavo de Carvalho

The “Lula” Solution
Democrats should look south of the border, to Brazil, for an example of how to win elections while standing for real values.
by Roger Burbach

Prowling in Rio
Those women dressed in tight clothes are now sambaing, vigorously. The whole place has the rhythm. I had to get up and bust some kind of a move. I am enveloped with the palpable rhythm. I think I got a sympathetic nod from a local girl, as if to say "foreigner, huh?"
by Darrell Westmoreland

From Cabaret to Syllables
Suzana Salles sings Brecht in German. And not only in German, but in a German worthy of a native German singer. And there's an equally fascinating Brazilian side to her career. Suzana doesn't make concessions to the marketplace and doesn't sing the obvious repertoire.
by Daniella Thompson

Time for Women
In the sixties and seventies, despite the military dictatorship, and influenced by the civil rights’ fights in the U. S., moreover by the figure of Martin Luther King, the afro-Brazilians began to stand out, evading, from the route that Brazilian society traditionally destined them.
by Benedita da Silva

The USA and the FTAA
"We fully expect our common goals to remain unchanged, and we expect the partnership to become even stronger"
by Peter Allgeier

Brazil and the FTAA
Liberalization of trade should be reciprocal and it should lead to the attenuation—rather than the aggravation—of the existing disparities in Latin America.

by Ambassador Rubens Barbosa

In Portuguese
Seven short stories
by Simone Zied

Fome áspera alimentada por um dedo escorregadio: a mesa, as amarras, eu nua, aberta para suas brincadeiras e delírios; você, corpo talhado pela natação, magro ainda que com músculos ressaltados e delineados, pêlos distribuídos justamente, sem excessos, sem carências: o suficiente para já me fazer prazer!

 


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