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Revisiting: 5 Things President Obama Can do Now to Improve US-Brazil Relations PDF Print E-mail
2012 - March 2012
Written by Mark Langevin   
Friday, 23 March 2012 00:56

Presidents Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff On December 5, 2010 I published a piece in Brazzil (1) highlighting five steps the Obama administration could take to improve bilateral relations with Brazil under the newly elected government of President Dilma Rousseff. I concluded,

"It is no longer prudent to treat Brazil as only a regional power in South America. It deserves greater attention and U.S. foreign policy success is now increasingly contingent on forging innovative, issue-specific alliances with such pivotal and democratic nation-states as Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey along with the rest of the G20."

This fundamental proposition continues to hold. U.S. foreign policymakers from both the administration and the two parties, Democratic and Republican, need to reframe U.S. foreign policy to incorporate Brazil as a pivotal state in global affairs. The Obama administration should intensify relations with Brazil and take decisive measures to resolve key bilateral conflicts, such as those associated with immigration and commerce (including taxes).

Scaling these bilateral hurdles would allow both countries to devote greater bilateral attention to confronting larger, broader global challenges, including the economic downturn, global governance, nuclear proliferation and collective security, climate change, public health, energy security, and the need for social inclusion and protection around the world.

Despite continued bilateral turbulence (2), including the recent announcement of the U.S. Air Force (3) that it would not comply with the terms of its contract with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, the Obama administration has made significant progress to date on the five steps I proposed over a year ago.

President Obama has been too cautious and his administration appears too reluctant and clumsy to make further progress before the U.S. presidential elections next November. Yet to be fair; President Obama has demonstrated both an interest and ability to deepen bilateral relations with Brazil's current government.

I repeat the five steps below in bold and comment on the evident progress made since between the Obama and Dilma governments.

1. Announce a date certain to travel to Brazil in the first quarter of 2011 to meet with the country's new President, her cabinet and Brazil's congressional leaders.

Upon President Dilma's inauguration in January, 2011 both governments worked to announce and carry out a presidential summit between Presidents Obama and Dilma on March 19, 2011. President Obama and his family traveled to Brazil where the two governments coordinated meetings between the two presidents, government officials, and industry leaders, There were no blockbuster agreements signed, but the two governments did announce a series of accords and the establishment of a "strategy energy dialogue."

The Obama and Dilma governments agreed (4) to:

- Partnership for the Development of Aviation Biofuels

- Protocol of Intentions for the Expansion of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third Countries

- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Dimensions of Biodiversity

- MOU for the Establishment of the Brazil-U.S.A. Strategic Dialogue Program

- MOU for the Implementation of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third Countries in the Field of Decent Work

- MOU on Cooperation to Support the Organization of Major Global Sporting Events

Taken together, these modest, but constructive agreements demonstrate the willingness of each government to identify mutual interests and establish consultative mechanisms for government officials to work out the details of prospective collaboration.

2. President Obama should engage President Rousseff in targeted negotiations to establish bilateral immigration, investment, and trade treaties that directly impact the lives of those Brazilians and U.S. citizens who are connected through family, business, and organizational relationships.

Too often U.S. and Brazilian officials spend time navigating the sharper edges of such geopolitical issues as Iran or the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization negotiations. Too little time is spend on those bilateral issues that directly impact a growing wave of Brazilians and U.S. citizens who travel, work, and invest in both countries.

Despite the consular hurdles for citizens of both countries and the associated costs, tourism and business travel between the two countries is on the rise and will continue to grow in the future. Also, U.S. investment is growing in Brazil precisely at a time when more and more Brazilians, including upwardly mobile middle class families, are spending and investing in the U.S.

The growing density of these binational social relations, woven through families, businesses, partnerships, and civil society organizations, deserves a greater bilateral effort to save time and lower costs for those vested in the success of both countries.

In this sense, President Obama and his foreign policymakers need to refocus diplomatic initiatives on people, not just the transnational corporate interests that have shaped the bilateral agenda for far too long.

3. Publicly support the expiration and elimination of U.S. tariffs on Brazilian ethanol and orange juice exports.

Done. Brazil's growing demand for fuel ethanol coupled with the disappointing national production of 2011 has partially resolved what both governments failed to do since former Presidents Bush and Lula signed the MOU to Advance Cooperation on Biofuels in 2007.

The U.S. Congress allowed the ethanol blender credit and countervailing tariff on Brazilian ethanol imports to expire at the end of 2011, and Brazil removed its tariff on ethanol imports in anticipation of its need to import this biofuel.

The Brazilian market conditions and consequent removal of the U.S. tariff have now created the conditions for a bilateral agreement to establish free trade in biofuels (including biodiesel). This window of opportunity (5) will not last long as Brazilian producers ramp of investments and sugarcane cultivation to meet the national demand.

Already, the State of São Paulo has slapped a tax on ethanol imports in the state, provoking an outcry from the U.S. based Renewable Fuels Association. (6) Therefore, it is imperative that the two governments, working with their respective legislative branches, agree to form a binational biofuels marketplace now while the market conditions favor trade liberalization.

Coincidently, the U.S. International Trade Commission (7) recently decided that the calculations used to establish anti-dumping duties against the major Brazilian exporters of orange juice concentrate, including Cutrale Citrus Juice and Citrosuco Paulista, were not valid and moved to revoke such punitive duties, allowing for greater trade liberalization of the world's largest orange juice market, the U.S.

The lesson here, whether it be for ethanol, orange juice or even Brazil's case against U.S. cotton producer subsidies (8), is that both governments need to focus on those trade disputes that should be resolved through negotiations in order to build trust and confidence between the two governments and their respective nations.

At the heart of such diplomacy, President Obama should work with Brazil to expand demand of those commodities in question in order that all producers retain a degree of opportunity in proportion to their competitive advantages in a larger marketplace. In this sense, President Obama should move toward negotiations over renewable energy trade and investment, rather than dialogue alone.

4. Team with Brazil to launch an Americas Energy Security initiative that guarantees the increased production and consumption of renewable and low carbon energy while also guaranteeing affordable access to energy to needy families throughout the Western hemisphere.

The establishment of a "strategic energy dialogue" (9) during President Obama's visit to Brazil in March of 2011 is encouraging. According to Deputy Secretary of Energy, Daniel Poneman,

"The Strategic Energy Dialogue builds on the long-history of energy cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil to advance our shared energy goals. Working together, we can help grow our economies, enhance regional and global energy security, and build a clean energy future for both of our nations."

This bilateral dialogue is framed to advance cooperation in biofuels; renewable energy and energy efficiency; oil and natural gas; and nuclear energy and nuclear security.

Yes, during the past year there have been a multitude of meetings, exchanges, workshops, and conferences over a broad range of energy related issues. If the number of such meetings were any indication, bilateral energy cooperation would be at light speed. However, such a conclusion would miss a key fault of the Obama administration's Brazil policy. Too many points of contact with too many government officials leads to diffused accountability and diplomatic fatigue without concrete outcomes that matter to the citizens of both nations.

Presidents Obama and Dilma should bear down on bilateral energy cooperation at their April 9th meeting, and focus on biofuels and low carbon paths to energy security for both nations and the region.

Moreover, President Obama should work with his Brazilian peer to expand power generation in South America, bringing the full leveraging potential of the U.S. government's Export-Import Bank (10) to encourage financing of efforts to extend Brazil's successful program, "Lights for All," (11) to more and more people around the Americas as well as U.S. producers of generation and transmission capital goods and equipment.

5. President Obama should also seize this moment and invite Rousseff and her cabinet for a summit and state dinner in the days preceding her speech (September 2011 United Nations General Assembly).

President Obama missed a great opportunity, but he was not prepared to extend such pomp and circumstance while both governments worked on trying to make a first meeting between the two presidents as successful as possible.

Both administrations should be applauded for staging the first round of presidential diplomacy in March of 2011 and setting up consultations to deepen bilateral cooperation.  President Dilma's planned trip to Washington on April 9th reflects both the progress and growing importance of bilateral relations.

Clearly neither of these two governments are rushing toward a premature declaration of a strategic partnership, but there is avid interest on both sides to seek out promising avenues of cooperation that promise concrete results. This approach is sensible, but without focused negotiations over those issues that matter most to people, then the domestic sources of support for partnership will likely recede.

Both President Obama's advisors and congressional leaders from both parties seem overly reluctant to move from dialogue to negotiations over cooperative ventures. Therefore, President Obama himself needs to take the lead and advance a national foreign policy discussion with a focus on Congress.

To advance this national discussion, President Obama should convene binational civil society deliberations, possibly in the mode of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality, (12) but with greater participation from a more representative spectrum of Brazilian and U.S. based civil society organizations. Such deliberations can help to build support in both countries for tackling the difficult issues that distance the two governments.

There are no assurances that the Brazilian government would ultimately find stronger relations with the U.S. of national benefit. Indeed, it was as ironic as it was uncomfortable for President Dilma's government to hear that the U.S. "understands," rather than supports Brazil's interest in obtaining a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council from the voice of President Obama while he was in Brazil last year and working behind the scenes to organize the eventual and successful allied military operation in Libya. These are the pains of bilateral asymmetry that diminish Brazilian enthusiasm for partnering with the U.S.

On the other hand, it is more than embarrassing that the Obama administration allowed the U.S. Air Force to cancel its contract with the Brazilian aviation company Embraer and place bilateral military relations on the skids just weeks before the two presidents are scheduled to meet in Washington.

This event demonstrates that the U.S. government, including congressional leaders, has yet to understand that Brazil matters more than ever. To shorten the political distance between the two governments, President Obama must make Brazil a priority for U.S. foreign policy.

Links

(1) http://www.brazzil.com/articles/226-november-2010/10455-five-things-president-obama-can-do-now-to-improve-us-brazil-relations.html

(2) http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2010/0406/comm/langevin_brazil.html

(3) http://www.brazil-works.com/2012/03/there-is-no-way-to-put-happy-face-on.html

(4)
http://brazil.usembassy.gov/obama_brazil_speeches.html

(5)
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/congressional-recess-means-the-end-of-three-decades-of-us-tariffs-on-imported-ethanol-136143713.html

(6)
http://www.ethanolrfa.org/news/entry/rfa-raises-gatt-wto-concerns-over-recent-anti-trade-tax-in-brazil/

(7)
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120314-711877.html

(8)
http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/02/08/the-cotton-conflict/

(9)
http://www.exim.gov/index.cfm

(10)

http://energy.gov/articles/strategic-energy-dialogue-brazil-promotes-mutual-prosperity-and-security

(11)
http://www.iea.org/textbase/pm/?mode=cc&id=4069&action=detail

(12)
http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rls/fs/2011/158609.htm


Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D. is Director of BrazilWorks (www.brazil-works.com), Adjunct Associate Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland-University College, and Associate Researcher at the Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB). He can be reached at: Mark.brazilworks@gmail.com.



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The above article is a list of wishful thinking...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 23, 2012

Ricardo: The above article is a list of wishful thinking and nothing else.

Regarding ethanol I have been writing for years that ethanol is a solution only for Brazil, and Brazil should not export ethanol for other countries around the world.

The article said: “Indeed, it was as ironic as it was uncomfortable for President Dilma's government to hear that the U.S. "understands," rather than supports Brazil's interest in obtaining a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council from the voice of President Obama while he was in Brazil last year and working behind the scenes to organize the eventual and successful allied military operation in Libya. These are the pains of bilateral asymmetry that diminish Brazilian enthusiasm for partnering with the U.S.”

The reality is: Old USA and Old Europe are putting all their eggs in one basket – the Israel basket – and making a massive mess of the entire Middle East and attacking Iran is a major priority for these dying empires.

These old dinosaurs are dying a slow death and they represent the past with their obsolete organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Old Japan is also in trouble. The Japan Train Wreck Is Accelerating. But Japan is still a slow-motion train wreck, says Gary Shilling of A. Gary Shilling & Co. And the speed of the train-wreck is now accelerating.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs...29634.html


*****


Brazil is right in moving into the future – into the world of the 21st century, and start disconnecting from the old structure of the last century, a structure that is more obsolete than the Ford model T:

BRIC - the new emerging world superpower
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=238113

Regarding the new world of the 21st century: “...The article says that India and China in the next meeting at the end of this month are making official a proposal for the creation of a new bank just for the BRIC'S countries to replace the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – this new BRIC'S Bank would include only Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.”


*****


The World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) served its purpose for the last 65 years, but these institutions are obsolete regarding the world of the 21st century, since they represent the past and not the future.

I remember reading on recent Financial Times (UK) article, that the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is already 4 or 5 times larger than the World Bank.

Unskilled Brazilians still are trying to come to the United States to find unskilled work. But on the other hand US highly educated human capital is flooding places such as Sao Paulo in Brazil in an effort of finding a job on this growing economy, because they can't find a job in the old USA.



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The above article also said: “To advance this national discussion, President Obama should convene binational civil society deliberations, possibly in the mode of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality,...”

This is a very naïve statement when we consider the state of over 35 million black Americans in the United States – this is the group with the highest unemployment rate in the US, regarding education they get the worst that the US has to offer – very low quality education, and the best developed program in the United States to take care of the Black population is the US prison system.

More than half of the people in prison in the United States (we are talking about over 2.3 million people) are black Americans – and on top of that there are also over 5 million black Americans on parole.

The country does not know what to do with its black population other than put them in prison, or kill some of them the way they just did with the 17-year old that was killed for no reason in the state of Florida and is becoming a center of attention to the way police treat black people in the USA.

In a nutshell: The way Americans treat black people in the old USA is nothing to write home about it.


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White man killing the unarmed black youth with a shot to the chest
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 23, 2012

Ricardo: If you don't know what I am talking about then watch this video:

Trayvon Martin 911 Call – March 19, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOpGAOXL5Uk

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One of the few jobs available for young black man in the old USA
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 23, 2012

Ricardo: Let's not forget the other main use of young black man in the old USA:

I forgot to list the other major use that the United States has for its black population: hire the young black man as soldiers at very low wages and send them to fight the US adventure wars around the world.

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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, March 24, 2012

Regarding ethanol I have been writing for years that ethanol is a solution only for Brazil, and Brazil should not export ethanol for other countries around the world.


I beg to differ, Ricardo. Ethanol was a solution for Brasil, when OPEC countries (lead by Saudis) held our balls in their hands. No longer. Brasilian Ethanol is being exported to other countries to mix with gasoline and cut down its price at the gas pump. For the Brasilian drivers, it no longer makes any difference since the Ethanol price/liter is almost the same as that of gasoline (compared to the mileage each fuel gives). IMHO, the biggest suckers are the ones who bought the "Flex" cars for which they paid higher prices. Most of my friends who drive "Flex" cars do not fill up their tanks with Ethanol.

Ricardo: The above article is a list of wishful thinking and nothing else.


Here I agree with you. But...but...but... what do you expect out of a college professor?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
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written by asp, March 24, 2012
im going to hijack this thread ( ric does it all the time )because of a report ive been seeing down here in brazil...

remember that australian guy that used to come in here , i think "brazuca"...the guy always said there was no racism down in brazil.i brought in a bunch of reports of neo nazi , skinhead groups from rio grande de sul and sao paulo...who had done horrible things

and just now, they busted a group that was trying to form a seita to kill and maim black people and to harrass gays and others...they were in parana but were reaching out all over...a recent massacre in a rio school was done by a guy reaching out to this group and they wanted him to show a violent act to be accepted

any one who doesnt think there are nazi type racist groups in brazil is completly in error
asp
written by João da Silva, March 24, 2012

any one who doesnt think there are nazi type racist groups in brazil is completly in error


They are more like KKK than Nazis, ASP. Nevertheless, our "German" Brasilians in SC are of the opinion that such groups should be hunted down ruthlessly.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Why let facts get in the way?
written by Lucas O., March 24, 2012

White man killing the unarmed black youth with a shot to the chest
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 23, 2012

Ricardo: If you don't know what I am talking about then watch this video:

Trayvon Martin 911 Call – March 19, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOpGAOXL5Uk


Please read this link: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/d...n-03232012

This case is a perfect example as to why Obama ("If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon,") and all the Sharpton/Jackson bloodsuckers in the civil rights industry, are the worst demagogues you will ever see.




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written by asp, March 25, 2012
absolutly , joao

ricy ricy ricy...im out to help you again here, you know i like you and dont want you to put your foot any deeper into your mouth on this subject than you already have here. i mean, you brought in a fox news article that pretends to shed new light but that witness has been heard from before...the "news" is a new reporter interveiwed the same old witness...bringing in a tired fox news artilce that is late and skewed is what you do all the time...im trying to help you here to not look foolish

facts ricy : this idiot gun toting wanna be cop racist , by his obvious testimony on tape to the dispatcher has already considered martin a guilty suspect "...they always get away". this racist ass hole has profiled martin and convicted him in his mind. at that point, martin is totaly innocent , casualy talking on the phone with his girl freind

then, another fact based on the girlfreinds testimony on the phone, zimmerman comes up right to martina and rudly , without identifiying that he is the neighborhood self appointed watch person that has receive many complaints about his behaviour anyway

he sais " what are you dong here?" he should be saying " excuse me sir, im with the neighborhood watch and i want to know if everything is ok..." or something like that

i dont know about you ricy, but, if im just walking along any neighborhood and just any son of a bitch comes up and rudly asks me " what are you doing here?" , im going into high defensive mode really fast...as a matter of fact, i as waiting once for someone to pick me up in chicago on a street corner and a guy comes up and kicks me and sais "what are you doing here?" i said " f**k you" and he hit me and said " dont take the lords name in vain" and i proceeded to kick his motherf**king crazy ass down the street

so even if martin reacted to this racist by attacking him, zimmeron is responsible for this tragedy

martin was totaly innocent and was profiled and asumed guilty and rudly accosted by zimmerman who doesnt even identify he is the neighborhood watch guy ( self appointed) . what kind of bulls**t is that? what kind of society is that ?
asp
written by João da Silva, March 25, 2012

who doesnt even identify he is the neighborhood watch guy ( self appointed) . what kind of bulls**t is that? what kind of society is that ?


You got a point there, asp. Only a native born authentic Chicagoan like your excellent self can come up with a thought provoking question like this. smilies/cheesy.gif
asp
written by Lucas O., March 25, 2012
asp, I posted the above news clip...not ricy. Being from Chicago, you should know that the local Fox news is completely different from the national news network. They do hard news and are not biased or claim to be a counterbalance to an opposing ideological national news network.
The "old" witness you described is from the police report when this shooting happened last month. This witness as well as other witnesses were the reason the mixed race shooter was not arrested.
Searching for facts in this case has proved challenging and you seem to have taken his girlfriend at her word but not the witnesses interviewed by the police. My point was that we do not know the facts and this case has gotten so infected that if the FBI determines that there is no reason to prosecute Zimmerman...how will the black community react considering the poison that Sharpton/Jackson/New Black Panthers have injected. And why the hell is Obama commenting on a local story like this anyway?
Wait for the real facts...remember the Duke lacrosse case? Tawana Brawley? Did you really think OJ was framed by a racist LAPD?
asp
written by Lucas O., March 25, 2012
asp, here is some information released by the city of Sanford, FL explaining why Zimmerman wasn't arrested. It also points out that Zimmerman stated he was returning to his vehicle when he was attacked.

http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Zimmerman_Martin_shooting.pdf

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written by asp, March 25, 2012
lucas, i never said that matin didnt attack zimmerman , and end up on top punching him. i said look at the hard facts, and, im not going to discount the telephone of the girlfreind, when the police department does.

this department is under serious scrutiny from the state and federal levals with two people involved in the city resigning over their incompatence. that is one of the things on trial here and should be seriously scrutinised, as well as this law that is fully on display why it needs to be reveiwed

my point is that zimmerman, by the very facts on display here, has to take some responsibility for what happened here, because

1) he was advised by the dispatcher to wait for the police..sure just advice not an order, but damn good advice and it backfired on zimmerman for not following it

2) fact, exactly by the words from zimmerman's mouth, he has made up his mind that martin is guilty of something "..they always get away", when in fact martin totaly innocent at that point , casualy talking to his girl

3) you cant cherry pick your facts, the girls testimony that zimmerman came up first and said " what are you doing here?" , is extremly valid and shows that zimmerman in no way identified himself as the self appointed neighborhood watch guy ( who many residents complained about, another fact that is relevant in this case), and if you arnt a person who gets uptight because a strange man who has been following you comes up and accosts you with " what are you doing here ?" , then i wonder about your street sence...

why martin attacked him could be for a variety of reasons, including he could have been worried zimmerman was going to acost him or do a hate crime or something...but, i dont care how you slice it, zimmerman has some responsibilty for making this happen and he deserves to be srutinised in a court of law for what he did and society needs to look at itself and learn from this
sorry my very good freind , ricy
written by asp, March 25, 2012
ric, my very good freind, sorry for mistaking you for linking the article...

i guess the foot is in my mouth....hahahahahaahahaahaahahahaha

my fleind
7 things brazil can do to EARN respect from the american people
written by usa, March 26, 2012
1 cease your pathetic insulting anti-american propaganda. 2 call home your brazilian nationals who are illegal in the united states (most of them are the "tourists" that don,t leave)or illegal border crossers smuggled in.. 3 respect us patents.. 4 stop your dealings with iran,cuba and other marxist/terrorist states.5 stop harassing american companies . 6 open up your markets to american imports and business without restrictions..7 renounce socialism/marxism as a failed bankrupt system of repression of peoples freedoms
the" tourists" that never leave unless they are arrested and deported..
written by usa superpower, March 26, 2012
Bi-lateral immigration?????..look here !!americans want the illegal brazilians in the usa to get OUT ..as in go back to brazil .. we have enough of the tourists that don,t leave !!!or the illegal border crossers from brazil who are smuggled in with false documents ..take them back brazil we don,t want them.
asp
written by Lucas O., March 26, 2012
asp, here are a couple of new articles...one is from your home paper:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-case-20120326,0,3121664.story


Here's another one that hurts the family's credibility but is par for the course for the civil rights industry:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/26/national/a142150D15.DTL
7 things the American people can do to EARN respect from the Brazilian people...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 26, 2012

Ricardo: Reply to USA

1) Stop putting your nose on everybody's business around the world.

2) Stop pretending that you have an social and economic system superior to other countries when you system is bankrupt and obsolete.

3) Stop manipulating your stock market and financial system.

4) Renounce socialism/marxism as a failed bankrupt system of repression of peoples freedoms – your country has 2.3 million people in prison and about 10 million more on parole.

Your socialist government has a total budget that is twice the GDP of the entire Brazilian economy.

5) Stop attacking and looting the assets of countries from around the world

6) Stop exporting the financial Ponzi schemes of the US Zombie banks and financial organizations, and other fraudulent financial schemes to countries around the world.

7) Cease your pathetic and constant whining about your lost of prestige, and influence in South America, and around the world.

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written by asp, March 27, 2012
lucas ex home town, for many many years...

first of all, the sentinal is just regugitating zimmeman's story to the police. martins girlfreind's testimony has contradictions

look lucas, here are some facts :

zimmerman stalked martin, he said various things to the dispatcher that implied he already has judged martin as doing something wrong, he got very nervous thinking he had a weapon in his hand, and he was wrong on all these counts, he went on stalking him, the dispatcher advised him to not do anything, he went ahead anyway, he didnt identify in any way that he was a self apointed armed neighborhood watch guy...one of the most incriminating things

lucas, if you are walking around in a strange place and a stranger is eyeing you and following you and stalking you.and he never itendtifies that he is a neighborhood watch guy...what are you going to do?
Ricardo A- Moron your inferiority complex and insecurities are so pitifully obvious.
written by usa superpower, March 28, 2012
and thats precisely why so few rule your economy with an iron fist and own your government bought and paid by them thru bribes and corruption.. they easily pay your (leftist marxist politicians) to go along. ..your so called rising economy (propaganda)fed to you by the small clique of large land owners who are enjoying their new windfall in commodities orders from china are laughing all the way to the bank at you .a ten percent increase in your middle class is hardly anything to rave about little ones that you are .fact is you have 100,s of thousands trying to leave brazil and take their chances at being arrested as illegal aliens in britain ,japan ,austrailer and the favorite destination of anti-american brazilian nationals, the united states ! .this pathos of the left in latin america this jealousy this complex of impotence is very unflattering and shows such weakness .how sad how pathetic..its no wonder your very small ruling clique keeps you sedated with cheap novelas and a boring mundane ancient game where you must be drunk on beer to sit through it all (futebol)..your a usefull idiot for your ruling class who has you drunk with their propaganda..your delusional dream of a failed united states is an example of your weaknesses and pathos .here,s the facts little one the united states has never been defeated in its entire history either economically or militarily .just ask other countries who rules the world militarily .
Reply to USA former superpower
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 28, 2012

Ricardo: Your posting shows that you are at best semi-literate.

You must have been high on drugs when you posted the above lump of letters.

Anyway, you still are completely delusional and think that the United States can serve as a model for social/economic development for other countries around the world.

That shows that you clueless regarding the state of the collapsing socio/economic structure of the United States.

You sound like a former Soviet trying to say to the world that the socio/economic system of the Soviet Union should serve as the model for the rest of the world to follow.

The United States is about to lose another war, just like the one the USA lost in Vietnam in the 1970's.

For all practical purposes the US also lost the war in Iraq - the Iraquis just finish trowing the US out of their country completely empty handed with the US having nothing to show for their efforts in Iraq for the last 10 years.

Talking about pathetic.....

Here is the reality of another crumbling and collapsing superpower:

The Crumbling of America
The Crumbling of America
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=222491



The End of America
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=237214



The final collapse of the US dollar it is just around the corner
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=216802


The US dollar and the biggest default in history
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=121313



Here is the Republican Party latest solution for the United States regarding its Medicare and Medicaid programs. Here is what is in store for American senior citizens in the coming years:


America The Beautiful
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGnE83A1Z4U


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Correction
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 28, 2012

That shows that you are completely clueless regarding the state of the collapsing socio/economic structure of the United States. And you sound like a former Soviet trying to say to the world that the socio/economic system of the Soviet Union should serve as the model for the rest of the world to follow.

The United States is about to lose another war (this time in Afghanistan), just like the one the USA lost in Vietnam in the 1970's.

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Reply to ASP
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 28, 2012

Ricardo: I understand that Brazil has changed a lot since I moved to the United States.

My grandfather was a founding member of Clube Paulistano in Sao Paulo - and we had a special type of membership because of that.

I spent the first 20 years of my life going to Clube Paulistano on a regular basis and as far as I can remember when I was about 5 years old Clube Paulistano did not have any black members - I am sure that during that time 100 percent of the members were white.

I graduated from Ginasio Mackensie in Sao Paulo, and later I went to their cientifico program up to the time when I moved to the United States - and during all my years studying at colegio Mackenzie I can't remember having a black student or a black professor - during that time the teachers and students of colegio Mackenzie were 100 percent white.

I remember during all these years that we had a lot of discrimination against black people in Sao Paulo, and most of the better restaurants did not allow black people in even when these restaurants were empty.

The only black people in Brazil that received a different treatment and were allowed just about anywhere - were the famous black singers, and famous soccer players.

But we all had black maids who work on our homes, as cook, babysitters, and so on....

I would say that during that time there were a lot of color discrimination in Brazil against black people.

When I go to Brazil, I am on vacation, and I don't have enough time to check how much Brazil has changed on that regard in the last 40 years.

I am aware that Brazil has had a number of black politicians in the last 20 years.

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BRICS - the new emerging world superpower
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 29, 2012

Reply to USA former superpower

Old USA, and old Europe = represent the past, the world of yesterday...

BRICS: the new emerging world superpower = the new superpower of the 21st century...represent the world of the coming decades....


BRIC - the new emerging world superpower
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...genumber=6

The Brics will be responsible for 50 percent of the global growth in GDP in the next 8 years.


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March 29, 2012

BRICS Summit: Emerging World Powers Aim to Boost Trade, Set Up Development Bank
http://www.ibtimes.com/article...levant.htm

Leaders of the top five emerging world powerhouses, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), will kick off a two-day summit in the Indian capital today, eyeing increased trade cooperation and seeking common ground on the plan to set up a development bank.

...The BRICS: It has an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves.


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Ricardo A-moron
written by usa superpower, March 29, 2012
your a delusional paranoid and a usefull idiot for the anti-american leftists and marxists in latin america .america needs to send a naval attack carrier group and permanently station it down there to set things straight with the tin pot bluffers and blowhards in south america.. argentina needs to know that the usa supports britain in the falklands...
Reply to USA former superpower - Hah, hah, hah...you are pathetic....Hah, hah, hah....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 29, 2012

USA former superpower: your a delusional paranoid and a usefull idiot for the anti-american leftists and marxists in latin america .america needs to send a naval attack carrier group and permanently station it down there to set things straight with the tin pot bluffers and blowhards in south america.. argentina needs to know that the usa supports britain in the falklands...


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Ricardo: Hah, hah, hah.....

Please tell us another joke......

LOL.....hah, hah, hah.....


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Brazilian Nuclear Submarine – March 10, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnHjjyUHMEg

Captain explains basic concepts about the operation of the second Brazilian nuclear submarine.

Out of a fleet of 24 submarines, Brazil has 3 New Class Nuclear manufactured with 100% national technology.

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Reply to USA former superpower
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 29, 2012

Ricardo: I know that you must watch a lot of movies coming out of Hollywood about the power of US military and how they win almost every battle.

But that is the Hollywood version, it's a make believe world.

Here is a list of the reality check of the real world:

The US could not defeat North Korea in the 1950's, and that war still is going on today....

The US military were defeated in Vietnam in the 1970's, and here are a few picture that is worth 1,000 words:

Chopper Evacuates U.S. Embassy in Saigon - April 30, 1975
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj_ImnJrOA0


Vietnam Saigon Evacuation - April 30, 1975
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...=fvwp&NR=1

Thousands of people try to escape from Saigon and scramble for places on the few boats and panic as they fight to leave. US Marines carry out a rescue mission for the people trapped in the US Embassy compound and take them to a US aircraft carrier waiting nearby.


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Here we have the Iraqis kicking the U.S. out of their country:

October 22, 2011
Obama Spins Iraq Kicking The U.S. Out of Their Country Into "Obama Ended The Iraq War"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h10LqeK2xzo



Here we have the U.S. in the process of losing another war in Afghanistan, just like in Vietnam a few decades ago:

June 9, 2011
Taliban Kicking & USA getting Kicked Out of Afghanistan & its Tactic to avoid Humiliation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHJ0HNhgO8s


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Reply to USA former superpower
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 29, 2012

Ricardo: Here we have the USA with 40 military bases surrounding Iran, and they can't intimidate even these guys from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Everybody is aware that the US empire is crumbling, and spinning completely out of control; the US economy is imploding, and it's kept alive by massive US government intervention, and a central bank that is trying to inflate the house of cards as fast as they can to be able to keep the game going for another day, before the entire old and obsolete structure comes crashing like never before.

The US economy is moving very fast into the race to the bottom – the best days for the US economy is long gone, it's a thing of the past.

At the end of the day, the US economy represents the past, the US had a good run, but it has reached the end of the line.

Regarding the US military: the U.S. has military personnel in 130 nations, and 900 overseas bases – try to keep that kind of military expenses based in an economy that the best they can create today are companies such as LinkedIn (an internet rolodex), Groupon (a company specialized in coupons for shopping), Zynga (is the world's leading provider of social game services), Pandora (Pandora is the personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites), Yelp (reviews site, you can review your favorite restaurant and so on...), and don't forget the coming Facebook IPO (Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them).

This is the best that the US economic system can muster these days – a nothing economy, an empty shell with nothing of substance, a make believe economic system based on nothing with a banking system creating massive amount of liquidity also based on thin air.

An economy based on nothing it will take you nowhere fast.

In the meantime foreigners still investing in US dollars, because their mindset is stuck in the past, a world long gone during the days when the US auto industry was a global leader, NASA used to be the symbol of new technology and space exploration, and so on....But very soon the foreigners also will catch up to the fact that today there's only a wreckage left behind of the old US economic system, and a new economic system based on nothing, an empty shell.....LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, Yelp, Pandora, and Facebook...


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Should Iran feel threatened? - March 6, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXT0ikbGhnU

The US has 40 bases surrounding Iran. What if Iran had as many bases around the US? Would we feel threatened?

Backdoor Rebels: 'Iran & Co. send message of defiance to US' – February 17, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGTqxak6uXg

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran are holding talks in Islamabad focusing on the peace process with the Taliban. It comes as frustration grows in Kabul over the growing number of civilian casualties in the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan. Ahmed Quraishi, the President of the Paknationalists Forum, says each side is pursuing its own goals, but all of them refer to anti-US agenda.


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thanks, ric
written by asp, March 29, 2012
that was a very informative post about your early years, i apreciete it
brazil is a non-country !!.. Quote: Charles de Gaulle president of France
written by usa ultrabqmo superpower, March 29, 2012
2 submarines ????????????only 2?????????the united states has hundreds circling all the oceans in the world 24/7 365 days a year ..brazil you are a JOKE ...your not even taken seriously in the world ..your reputation is one of pickpockets and whores . this is hilarious !!..
Reply to USA former superpower
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, March 30, 2012

Ricardo: I can see that you stopped taking your meds, and you are going crazy: "2 submarines ????????????only 2?????????the united states has hundreds circling all the oceans in the world 24/7 365 days a year ..brazil you are a JOKE ...your not even taken seriously in the world ..your reputation is one of pickpockets and whores . this is hilarious !!.."

Stop for a moment and take a deep breath, I know your mind is racing in all kinds of direction and you are very confused right now - see if you can concentrate for a second and try to remember where you keep your meds.

Get up slowly, and go and find your meds. Take your pills and after a while you might be able to think a little better instead of being completely berserk like right now.

You are very confused right now, but you will feel better after you take your meds.

Based on your postings it seems to me that you skip your meds all the time.

It's possible that you belong in a mental institution, at least for a period until your mind can process some thoughts a little better.

Right now you are a real basket case.

I feel sorry for you!!!!

Anyway, go and take your meds.....


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this just in
written by usa, March 31, 2012
brazil is making news in the usa with its illegal brazilian nationals being arrested on a near daily basis in florida ,massachusetts ,and connecticutt for the typical and apparent widespread use of counterfeit documents ,fake identities, frauds and thefts from us social services (welfare).apparently many are the "tourists" that never left the usa after their visa expired.in addition new brazilian nationals have found a far easier route to the usa then paying a smuggler /trafficker in mexico or canada or the carribean .they simply get a tourist visa and fly in then run for it as usa visa law fugitives ..estimates are there are possibly400to 550,000 illegal brazilians in the usa ...the "tourists "from brazil have a nearly 80% rate of abscounding and going underground once in the usa ...after the elections it is expected that us immigration authorities will implement programs to snare these illegals easily . also,,the boom in orders that brazilian large land owners in beef ,soy,sugar,coffee, have been enjoying lately,, is showing a slow down since these orders were primarily from china who is having a slow economy and orders for brazilian commodities is shrinking.my how things change here today and gone tommorow...may i see your passport ? mr da silva? or is it carvalho? martinho? or deSouza?...
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written by ClassWarfare, April 01, 2012

“The despair is there; now it’s up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.”- Saul Alinsky
an overwhelming military superiority... American / British Forces !!!
written by usa, April 02, 2012
brazil,s support of argentina in the british falklands issue shows that brazil is still a little juvenile delinquent in the world with a pathetic inherent inferiority complex of jealousy and envy and vile hatred for the super powers which it will never be. the marxists thrive on this defect in the people and propagandize it to their advantage for thats how they attain their influence in so america .how sad and pathetic that the millions of poors and illiterates still buy into the big LIE. the usa supports britain in this falklands issue and thats a fact .
Look at Greece today and you can see what "Goldman Sachs the Pillage People" is going to do to Brazil of the future.
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 10, 2012

Ricardo: "Goldman Sachs the Pillage People" is in Brazil to screw the Brazilian people in every way possible.

Economic Hit Men: Paid Professionals who Cheat Countries Out of Trillions – April 5, 2012
http://youtu.be/gm2qEjny2aM

On the Thursday, April 5 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex talks with John Perkins, author of the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Perkins spent the 1970s working as an economic planner for an international consulting firm. In his book he describes how the globalists force the economic hegemony of the banksters, the IMF and World Bank on victim nations in the third world. "Economic hit men are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. He is also the author of The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World and Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded -- and What We Need to Do to Remake Them.

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The United States became a police state as is world empire based on the US dollar collapses
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 10, 2012

Ricardo: The United States became a police state - I just wonder when they are going to start inserting computer chips in the body of every American to keep track of them 24/7 and 365 days of the year.


Wired magazine – April 2012
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

http://www.wired.com/threatlev...atacenter/

The NSA has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever.

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”

...Inside, the facility will consist of four 25,000-square-foot halls filled with servers, complete with raised floor space for cables and storage. In addition, there will be more than 900,000 square feet for technical support and administration. The entire site will be self-sustaining, with fuel tanks large enough to power the backup generators for three days in an emergency, water storage with the capability of pumping 1.7 million gallons of liquid per day, as well as a sewage system and massive air-conditioning system to keep all those servers cool. Electricity will come from the center’s own substation built by Rocky Mountain Power to satisfy the 65-megawatt power demand. Such a mammoth amount of energy comes with a mammoth price tag—about $40 million a year, according to one estimate.

Given the facility’s scale and the fact that a terabyte of data can now be stored on a flash drive the size of a man’s pinky, the potential amount of information that could be housed in Bluffdale is truly staggering. But so is the exponential growth in the amount of intelligence data being produced every day by the eavesdropping sensors of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. As a result of this “expanding array of theater airborne and other sensor networks,” as a 2007 Department of Defense report puts it, the Pentagon is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (1024 bytes) of data. (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes—so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.)


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The above article is long, and for you to be able to read the entire article then go to above web link.

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Very good interview with Gerald Celente about collapsing America...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 11, 2012

Ricardo: Very good interview with Gerald Celente about the collapsing state of America today.

Gerald Celente - Stansberry Radio - April 04, 2012
http://youtu.be/Se_FieZ9_HI


Here is the video mentioned during the Gerald Celente interview:

Video: End of America
Video Viewed by: 22 million people


About 15 months ago, two friends of mine mentioned to me that they had seen the enclosed video, and that Bill Gross, Jim Rogers and I were quoted on this video regarding the US dollar.

Over 22 million people have seen this video so far on various locations on the web, and I am quoted around the minute 38 to 41 into the video presentation. Here is one of the locations where you can watch the video:


Porter Stansberry Research - The End of America – December 14, 2012
http://youtu.be/nI-BIVWlc7A


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The biggest rigged game in the planet = the US financial markets.
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 11, 2012

Ricardo: U.S. market manipulations, and how it is done.


Keiser Report: Return of the Silver Liberation Army – April 10, 2012
http://youtu.be/1BdpL_EATyc


In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss the return of the Silver Liberation Army as JP Morgan's Blythe Masters claims the bank does not manipulate silver prices. They also discuss JP Morgan's 'London whale' breaking the credit default swap (CDS) index market with massive prop position.

In the second half of the show Max talks to author, Pierre Jovanovic, about Blythe Masters role at JP Morgan and the similarities between the world today and France of the 18th century on the eve of revolution.


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Mike Maloney breaks down Price Manipulation in the Gold and Silver Market – April 6, 2012
http://youtu.be/UWK5UQDCDTc


Welcome to Capital Account. Hedge funds and investors have reportedly been puzzled by weird movements in credit markets. According to the Wall Street Journal, markets have been rattled by one trader with deep pockets being called the "London Whale" who it's believed works for JP Morgan. It just goes to show how individuals and firms can move markets. Today, we'll talk about manipulation in the gold and silver markets with Mike Maloney, of GoldSilver.com. He believes that manipulation is going on (contrary to the words of Blythe Masters, who spoke with CNBC yesterday, affirming that JP Morgan is simply "hedging" it's silver positions with large open shorts), but that rather than being a bad thing for individual investors, simply presents an opportunity for buying more metal and cheaper prices. This is something that the state of South Carolina failed to grasp in a recent report it conducted, in which it found that the price of gold and silver is manipulated. Rather than concluding that this manipulation, rather than presenting an opportunity for investment, prohibits the state of South Carolina from investing in precious metals.

An US payrolls for March rose far less than expected which means people are talking about an extension of the Federal Reserve's stimulus measures -- buzzing about more. We talk often about the malevolent effects of fractional reserve banking based on a pyramid of fiat liabilities and fiat currency, but what about the fractional reserve gold pyramid scheme? What about the gold ponzi scheme? We'll examine the evidence of, what CTFC commissioner Bart Chilton calls, "ponzimonium."

And how does the entire manipulation go down? Mike Maloney has presented us with a fantastic chart that shows how trading in Gold during market ours in the US differs greatly from that in after-market hours, and how well an investor would do had he or she bought gold at various times during the day over the course of the bull market.


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Reality check for the old USA
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 12, 2012

Ricardo: China is trying to get as much gold on the hands of the Chinese people as the can.

As the international monetary system based on the US dollar collapses then the military power decline very fast as well...

Will China's economy collapse?-On the Edge with Max Keiser-04-06-2012
http://youtu.be/cyOlMQ1XBVo

In this edition of the show Max interviews Dan Collins from TheChinaMoneyReport.com. He talks about the Chinese economy and reasons why china's economy will not implode anytime soon. Dan Collins is the founder & editor of The China Money Report website. He has 15 years experience as a private investor in Mainland China. He currently advises some of the world's largest hedge funds on China related companies.



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Welcome to La La Land...

“Goldman Sachs the Pillage People” $44 Trillion In Wall Street Bets – April 8, 2012
http://youtu.be/96nzj906LWs

How much did Goldman Sachs have in derivatives trades on their books in December 2011? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down on The Young Turks.


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“Goldman Sachs the Pillage People” - the official company song
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 12, 2012

“Goldman Sachs the Pillage People” - the official company song
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=13

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Will Brasil build ghost cities also?
written by GreatShamOfChina, April 14, 2012
Great video on our biggest trading partner's fraudulent economy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylcax3efw0I&feature=related

"It's not the quantity of GDP that matters, it's the quality."
Reply to Great Sham Of China
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 15, 2012

Ricardo: You said on your posting: "It's not the quantity of GDP that matters, it's the quality."

Here is a reality check for you:

The US economy and the real GDP
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost2463563

...June 11, 2009

SouthAmerica: According to measuring worth website the US GDP of $ 14 trillion dollars includes 17 percent of spending on goods and services that are produced overseas

That means the domestic portion of the US GDP is estimated to be $ 11.6 trillion dollars - This is the portion of US GDP that relates to the domestic US economy – That should be used to compare to US budget deficits, defense spending, and so on….

The domestic portion of US GDP of $ 11.6 trillion dollars includes a lot of items that are make believe or wishful thinking at best, and after you clean up the domestic portion of US GDP of the BS items that they add to that figure then a more realistic figure for the domestic US GDP is closer to $ 10 trillion dollars for 2008.

The 2009 domestic US GDP after we consider the massive financial crisis, an imploding economy and even after all kinds of US government intervention in 2009 – we still can estimate that the domestic portion of US GDP should not be larger than $ 10 trillion dollars.

When you compare the US government budget for 2010, future US government budget deficits, the US government actual cumulative debt, the budgeted defense spending, and so on versus the current domestic US GDP of $ 10 trillion dollars then countries such as China and Japan and many others would realize that they have been investing in the Titanic and they have no insurance to recoup their coming massive losses.

Note: In the same way investors from around the world claimed ignorance and that they trusted the AAA rating given to the sub prime garbage by the major US rating agencies and they had no real understanding of what they were buying – in the future central bankers from around the world can claim that they also trusted and had a superficial understanding of the information provided by the US government on a monthly basis regarding the Fairy Tale figures for US GDP.

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Currency Wars - Brazil, China, USA, and...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 15, 2012

Ricardo: Here is what I just posted at the Elite Trader Economics forum:

April 15, 2012

SouthAmerica: Here is the latest Keiser Report were he mentioned the: 1) Fast decline of the US economy, 2) The “Currency Wars”, 3) The US prison system, and 4) The US Military Industrial Complex.

I have been documenting on my articles and books all these trends for many years, since 1998 – and if you had been reading my articles at “The Brasilians”, at Brazzil magazine, my postings at Elite Trader Forums, and in other places such as RGE Monitor, ArabNews, and so on....- then you would not be surprised by this fast decline of the US economy, and the coming collapse and meltdown of the international monetary system based on the US dollar.


Keiser Report: Too Broke To Go Broke – April 14, 2012
http://youtu.be/4vGaMOR8RHU


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Currency Wars
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost3501635

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Central Banks and the US Dollar
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 17, 2012

Central Banks and the US Dollar
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=97


...April 17, 2012

SouthAmerica: The second leg of the first Great Depression of the 21st century is already underway – the financial and economic implosion process is spreading like wildfire.

The second leg of the Great Depression is where the s**t really hits the fan...

Keiser Report: Meets Schiff Report 4.0 – April 17, 2012
http://youtu.be/8H7-P2OSVRY

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The second leg of the first Great Depression of the 21st century is already underway...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 18, 2012

Ricardo: The second leg of the Great Depression is where the s**t really hits the fan...


Gerald Celente The Alex Jones Nightly News - 11 April 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km4dTWgBpxc

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Massive Price Manipulation in the U.S. Gold and Silver market...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 18, 2012

Mike Maloney breaks down Price Manipulation in the Gold and Silver – April 6, 2012
http://youtu.be/UWK5UQDCDTc

An US payrolls for March rose far less than expected which means people are talking about an extension of the Federal Reserve's stimulus measures -- buzzing about more. We talk often about the malevolent effects of fractional reserve banking based on a pyramid of fiat liabilities and fiat currency, but what about the fractional reserve gold pyramid scheme? What about the gold ponzi scheme? We'll examine the evidence of, what CTFC commissioner Bart Chilton calls, "ponzimonium."

And how does the entire manipulation go down? Mike Maloney has presented us with a fantastic chart that shows how trading in Gold during market ours in the US differs greatly from that in after-market hours, and how well an investor would do had he or she bought gold at various times during the day over the course of the bull market.

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Ricardo
written by Ederson, April 18, 2012
Ricky,I'm on another site most of the time, but I often return to Brazzil.com to catch your latest opinion on what really matters. Thought I'd just send you a note to let you know that you do have followers and that we appreciate the energy you spend to share your point of view. Thanks for keeping us informed.
Ederson
written by João da Silva, April 18, 2012

Ricky,I'm on another site most of the time,


I implore you to name the site you are on, so that I can join you and come out with my words of wisdom.smilies/wink.gif

But...but...but.. I know you'd never let me into the secret, because I am a non-entity.smilies/sad.gif

BTW, this magazine is getting boring and hence I can fully understand why you moved on to another site.smilies/wink.gif
Reply to Ederson
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 18, 2012

Ricardo: Ederson, it is always a pleasure to hear from you.

I don't know if you read all the above postings, but I mentioned in one of them that over 22 million people have seen the Porter Stansberry video - "The End of America" so far on various locations on the web, and I am quoted around the minute 38 to 41 into the video presentation.

It looks like a lot of people have been reading my articles and postings on the web these days including some very influential people in Brazil and China.

We miss your postings and comments here on Brazzil magazine, and I hope everything is well with you and your family.

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Europeans should use the "French Revolution" as a model to save their countries from pillage and destruction.
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 18, 2012

Ricardo: Here is what I just posted on the Elite Trader Economics Forum:

April 18, 2012

SouthAmerica: Brazil, the South American countries, and the BRICS countries should tell the IMF to go to hell, and they should not give a dime to the IMF.

I have no use for the IMF and also for the World Bank.

I don't understand what the Greeks, Spanish, and Italians are waiting for to get their pitchforks to start on their countries a revolution similar to the French Revolution, and send a signal to the politicians, and bankers around Europe and beyond.

Although the guillotine is associated with the “French Revolution” and Doctor Joseph Ignace Guillotin, he did not invent it. Guillotin simply borrowed the idea from ancient civilizations, “following in the tradition of ancient “Greeks and Romans” who believed there was no more honorable way to die”.

And after the Greeks, Spanish, and Italians bring back the guillotine - they should give a special place in front of the line for the BANKERS and the politicians who are helping the bankers to pillage everything in sight in Greece, Spain, and Italy.

During the French Revolution the money changers had a special place in front of the line to get their turn at the guillotine. And I bet that up to the last minute most of them did not see it coming.

These European countries should adopt the French “Revolution Model” and put the guillotine to work overtime until they resolved their financial and economic problems and stop the pillage of assets by the bankers in all these European countries.

A purge of useless (parasites), and corrupt bankers and politicians is the best thing that can happen to all these countries regarding the massive economic and financial crisis that is underway – this is the only solution to give a chance of rebirth to the economies of all these countries.

Hopefully history will repeat itself.


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April 18, 2012
Debt-ridden Countries IMF'd as "Euro Collapse" threat lures Bailout Bucks w/Michael Hudson

http://youtu.be/rGF0gwNc0As


Welcome to Capital Account. European banks are under pressure to raise capital and the Euro could collapse triggering panic in financial markets and another great depression. These are all warnings coming out of the international monetary fund. Central banks haven't been waiting -- they appear to be moving away from the euro by buying more gold. We'll talk about it. And while we are on the topic of the IMF as policymakers descend upon Washington for the Spring meeting -- it seems all about raising money to boost the IMF's fire power aimed at putting out Europe's debt crisis. But what about defaulting on the debt? How much debt can you throw at a problem caused by too much debt? Economist Michael Hudson joins us to give us his take. He always says "debts that cannot be repaid won't be repaid."

And in our loose change segment, we cover recent efforts by British MPs who say savers that have been penalized by the Bank of England's money printing should be compensated for it, while Citigroup investors say executives shouldn't be compensated so handsomely for poor performance. This is a first for big US banks, but it doesn't matter! We'll tell you what we think.

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French Revolution - Hopefully history will repeat itself
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 18, 2012

Ricardo: Here is where I posted the above info on the Elite Trader Economics Forum:


French Revolution - Hopefully history will repeat itself
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost3504621

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Rediscovering Government: Keynote Address by Joseph Stiglitz | The New School for Social Research – April 3, 2012
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 19, 2012

Rediscovering Government: Keynote Address by Joseph Stiglitz | The New School for Social Research – April 3, 2012
http://youtu.be/BR04oFR6zEg

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Noam Chomsky: Corporate Attack on Education – March 16, 2012
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 19, 2012

Noam Chomsky: Corporate Attack on Education – March 16, 2012
http://youtu.be/DbMP-cy1INA


Noam Chomsky talks of the longstanding hostility of the rich to truly educating the public so they don't realize they are victims of an economic system they need to replace with one that truly serves the public. March 16, 2012 Special thanks to Rev. Rhonda Rubinson of St. Philip's Church of Harlem for facilitating this production.


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Today, the top U.S. banking organizations are rotten to the core. No wonder that the entire U.S. financial system is being kept alive by artificial means, and the patient can have its final massive he
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 20, 2012

Ricardo: I just posted this info at the Elite Trader Economics Forum:


April 19, 2012

SouthAmerica: Today, the top U.S. banking organizations are rotten to the core. No wonder that the entire U.S. financial system is being kept alive by artificial means, and the patient can have its final massive heart attack at any time.

Keiser Report: Vicious Circle of Bankster Huddles – April 19, 2012
http://youtu.be/CBxBtK-2XJc

In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert discuss huddles and cuddles with the Goombahs of Wall Street and the technical violations that cannot be called by name.

In the second half of the show Max talks to Rolling Stone journalist, Matt Taibbi, about the Wall Street mafia, their small and big time rackets and the process of writing these crime stories for a wide audience.


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Patrick Young, Executive Director of investment firm DV Advisors says although Italy's art protest should be treated as a joke...

'This is War!' Italy museum burns art to protest deadly cuts – April 19, 2012
http://youtu.be/jHj1ChIb9X8

Patrick Young, Executive Director of investment firm DV Advisors says although Italy's art protest should be treated as a joke, the problems it highlights are very serious.


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Here is a funnier joke for Wall Street and Patrick Young to laugh at, and there's a lot more jokes like that on the pipeline:

Argentina to seize control of oil company – April 18, 2012
http://youtu.be/iHc-XkZfcIw

Spain's government has criticised Argentina's decision to take over the Spanish owned oil company, YPF.

Argentina wants to exert control over its natural resources by taking a 51 per cent stake.


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By the way, we have been documenting the “Goldman Sachs the Pillage People” mafia family crimes for many years on this thread at the Elite Trader economics Forum:

Goldman Sachs is it a Cancer or just a Parasite of the US financial system?
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=195957

...April 9, 2010

SouthAmerica: ...As usual it was the rocket scientists that work for Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs was the real culprit advising Greece, and badly hurting them with their scam artist, crooked and incompetent advice.

And if you have the chance to read the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine (dated April 15, 2010) “How Wall Street Ripped Off Main Street” by Matt Taibbi – then you would find out that the scoundrels from Goldman Sachs did not screw only the Greeks, Goldman Sachs looted main street in many communities around the United States leaving behind massive corruption scandals and a wasteland of bankrupted communities.

"Goldman Sachs the Pillage People" is the most powerful Mafia family in the United States in every way, and more profitable than any of their peers:

1) Goldman Sachs the Pillage People

2) Lucchese

3) Bonanno

4) Gambino

5) Colombo

6) Genovese

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A few days ago a hacker accessed my email account to get information about me
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 21, 2012

Ricardo: A few days ago a hacker accessed my email account to get information, since then he started calling my friends to get personal information about me.


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Goldman Sachs is it a Cancer or just a Parasite of the US financial system?
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost3506547

April 21, 2012

SouthAmerica: A few days ago a hacker accessed my email account to get information, since then he started calling my friends to get personal information about me.


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Facebook - IPO
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...genumber=3

April 21, 2012

SouthAmerica: A few days ago a hacker accessed my email account to get information, since then he started calling my friends to get personal information about me.


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Note: My screen name on the Elite Trader Forum is: SouthAmerica

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Reply to Ederson, Joao da Silva and the other members of Brazzil magazine
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 21, 2012

Ricardo: Here are the web links to some of my blogs and published articles:
http://webaddressesformyblogs....of-my.html


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It looks like they decided to follow up on their threat....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 21, 2012

Ricardo: It looks like they decided to follow up on their threat....

Facebook - IPO
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost3506809


It looks like they decided to follow up on their threat....

Goldman Sachs is it a Cancer or just a Parasite of the US financial system?
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=52

..."February 18, 2012

Oldtime: "...this has gone on long enough. At first we tried to discredit you and portray you as a crackpot. But now people are actually listening to you and taking the damaging information you post seriously.

We are watching you and can shut you down at any time.

This is your second warning.

Three strikes and you are out. "

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written by asp, April 23, 2012
ricy, the forum is all yours !!!
Reply to ASP
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 24, 2012

Ricardo: Thanks ASP.

I hope the people in Brazil wake up in time, before “Goldman Sachs the Pillage People” does a lot of damage in Brazil like they usually do regarding everything they touch.

I started a thread at the Elite Trader Economics Forum on April 11, 2010 called “Goldman Sachs is it a Cancer or just a Parasite of the US financial system?” since that time we have an ongoing discussion with 350 postings so far.

Late last year someone posted something saying that my postings were crossing the line, and that was my first warning.

On April 18, 2012 the same person, screen name Oldtime posted the following:

Goldman Sachs is it a Cancer or just a Parasite of the US financial system?
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=52

..."February 18, 2012

Oldtime: "...this has gone on long enough. At first we tried to discredit you and portray you as a crackpot. But now people are actually listening to you and taking the damaging information you post seriously.

We are watching you and can shut you down at any time.

This is your second warning.

Three strikes and you are out. "


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As I mentioned on the above posting, last week some hacker accessed my email account to get information about my friends and contacts, since then he started calling my friends to get personal information about me.

Whoever is doing this illegal activities, it's doing on behalf of “Goldman Sachs the Pillage People”, and it looks like they decided to follow up on their threats....and they are moving their illegal activities to the next level.

First, they did try to discredit me, then they tried to intimidate me, and now these criminals are capable of doing anything that they want....since these people think that they are above the law anywhere they operate, including in the United States.


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Goldman Sachs compared with Al Qaeda...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 24, 2012

Ricardo: I just posted this info at the Elite Trader Economics forum - An excellent discussion about the European economic and financial system and its relation to "Goldman Sachs the Pillage People".

April 24, 2012

SouthAmerica: The French politicians are waking up regarding “Goldman Sachs the Pillage People” - Marine Le Pen got 20 percent of the vote in the latest French election, and she chose “Goldman Sachs the Pillage People” as being at the core and being the main culprit regarding the implosion of the European economic system, and GS is the real cancer that is plaguing Europe.

French economy & Presidential elections-On the Edge with Max Keiser-04-20-2012
http://youtu.be/lSLIeoaTTjY


In this edition of the show Max interviews Gonzalo Lira from LiraSPG.com. He talks about the primary economic issues for France on the eve of the presidential elections both nationally and in EU.

Gonzalo Lira is an American novelist, filmmaker and economic blogger. Starting in 2010, Lira began contributing economic analysis to Zero Hedge, Naked Capitalism, Seeking Alpha and Business Insider; in Zero Hedge, one of his posts was the second most read of 2010.


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French Election 2012 Results: Marine Le Pen Shocks With 20% of the Vote
http://www.policymic.com/artic...f-the-vote


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The US$ 730 trillion dollars “derivatives nuclear weapon” market exploding and the resulting meltdown of the global economy
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, April 25, 2012

Ricardo: The global banking system is at the edge of the abyss...

Central Banks and the US Dollar
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=97

April 25, 2012

SouthAmerica: Max Keiser also interviews on this video economist Michael Hudson – Today, Prof. Hudson is among a hand full of American economists that is worth listening what he has to say.

Keiser Report: Beggars Without Borders – April 24, 2012
http://youtu.be/KYW5Lxm_Kjs


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April 25, 2012

SouthAmerica: On this video Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the US$ 730 trillion dollars “derivatives nuclear weapon” that can explode at any time, and destroy the entire international monetary system with a massive financial and economic global meltdown – as never seen before.

On my Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2012 and Beyond that I published on January 1, 2012 I did mention the US$ 730 trillion dollars “derivatives nuclear weapon” market that can explode at any time.

Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2012 and Beyond
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=233861


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