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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 10:38 AM
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20. Brazil isn't like America
politically or socially. Yet, there are plenty of corporate influences on which the government relies to facilitate the nation's fragile and broken economy. In fact, I believe the relationships between industry and government in Brazil would make our President look like the outsider he really is with regards to business and industry in America.

SO PAULO, BrazilPresident Dilma Rousseff was elected for the continuity she promised from her much-loved predecessor, Luiz Incio Lula da Silva. But one thread of continuity that is becoming more apparent is also increasingly vexingcorruption . . .

Six Rousseff ministers, all of whom also served under da Silva, have been caught up in corruption scandals in the past six months.

June: Rousseff's powerful chief of staff resigns over accusations he took advantage of public office to reap millions through a private consulting business.
July: Transportation minister steps down amid allegations ministry officials charged commissions in exchange for transportation and infrastructure contracts.
August: Agriculture minister steps down after reports of widespread cash kickbacks throughout the ministry.
September: Tourism minister resigns following reports he used public funds for personal expenses.
October: Sports minister steps down amid allegations of kickbacks from social programs.
November: Labor minister denies accusations that ministry officials were taking kickbacks.

. . . Corruption is nothing new in Latin American politics and certainly not in its biggest country. But the opportunity for graft has grown during the nine-year government of the ruling Workers Party, a period in which economic growth filled public coffers with tax revenue and consolidated the hold of coalition parties over various ministries.

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