The world is clearly in changing times, the wind of change is here whether anyone wants to recognize it or not. It is here with more to come at such a fast speed from an intense slow burn that anyone who doesn’t take it seriously or prepare for it will be blown away. As the citizens of Egypt & Tunisia call for change in their African nations that have somehow lost its African identity & association in the world lexicon discussing how this revolution will change the Arab world without acknowledgment of the birth of these nations in their African factor; many other African nations who are suffering the same issues in their need for change should pay attention to the precedents of blueprints past & present to determine their future for the opportunity to freedom & opportunity in the basic human pursuit of happiness.
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” —Frederick Douglass
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva‘s story is perhaps the type of romantic political story that many begging for change in the world would love to see. Perhaps Brazil with the largest population of Africans outside of the African continent can be a modern day blueprint on building a nation from third world status to a first world economic powerhouse by basically going to a nation’s roots & taking it back to basics with a balance of modern day technology. Brazil has shown some quick reformations in their economy through their understanding of the power of energy on many levels; whether that energy is in making them a dominating powerhouse in the world game of football or in the world game of politics & economics. All around the world same song. The era of hypocrisy in politics & foreign relations pitting the haves against the have nots is no longer acceptable to the majority .
“For years “Lula” was a dirty word at Brazil’s main stock exchange, the Bovespa in São Paulo. The mere mention of the fact that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former union-leader and once a ferocious anti-capitalist, had his eyes on the presidency was enough to send shivers through international markets. In the lead up to Lula’s historic 2002 election, Brazil’s currency plummeted as overseas investors fretted over what the country’s first working-class president might do to their balance sheets. Times have changed – and Lula knows it. “Ten years ago I’d walk past the [stock exchange's] front door and people would shake with fear. They’d say, ‘Where is that capitalist-eater going?” Lula joked last Friday, as he returned to the Bovespa to unveil the largest share offer in world history: the sale of $70bn (£45bn) worth of shares in the Brazilian energy group Petrobras…” READ MORE
“BRAZIL is famous for stunning beaches, carnivals and great footballers.But now the world is going nuts for something else – the country’s ECONOMY. In just ten years, the South American nation has been transformed into a financial powerhouse. The new kids on the economic block came of age over the weekend. The so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – were given more voting rights and seats at the International Monetary Fund, the organisation that oversees the global financial system.This marks Brazil’s emergence on the global stage. Bumper oil reserves and a booming agricultural sector mean the country’s economy could be bigger than Britain’s in five years. The economic revolution is feeding national confidence – Brazil is hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. Ruth Lea, economic adviser to City stockbroker Arbuthnot said: “Brazil has done terrifically well. It just shows how the power in the world economy is shifting…”READ MORE
“Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is on a roll. In recent weeks he’s shared a dais with Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy, and drew effusive praise (“My man!”) from Barack Obama at the G20 summit in London. He even had a photo op with Queen Elizabeth II. The former machine-tool worker, who spent decades picketing “savage capitalism,” is now the toast of bankers and boardrooms. “Don’t you think it’s chic that we are now lending the IMF money?” he joked at a press conference. Not so long ago, such scenes would have been improbable. With Brazil’s tender democracy, clawing poverty and an accident-prone economy, the country’s leaders were more likely to be queuing for a bailout than standing toe-to-toe with rainmakers on the international stage. After decades of false steps, Brazil has become a solid free-market democracy, a rare island of stability in a region of turmoil and governed by the rule of law instead of the whims of autocrats. Now Brazil is asserting itself as never before, but in a way that is markedly different from other big global players….” READ MORE
“The world’s most powerful woman will start coming into her own next weekend. Stocky and forceful at 63, this former leader of the resistance to a Western-backed military dictatorship (which tortured her) is preparing to take her place as President of Brazil…As head of state, president Dilma Rousseff would outrank Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, and Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State: her enormous country of 200 million people is revelling in its new oil wealth. Brazil’s growth rate, rivalling China’s, is one that Europe and Washington can only envy…” READ MORE
Brazil is now one of top & fastest growing economies in the world along with being at the forefront of the renewable energy movement. If a shoe shine boy with little education can take a nation from third world status to a first world economic powerhouse within 10 years & step down peacefully to be proceeded by a woman revolutionary who went from exile back home to her nation by the will of the people to continue the forward movement as yet another historical first, then so can Egypt, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Haiti & even the USA. Brazil went from depending on handouts & bailouts from other nations in the pursuit of their resources at the lowest market value to building itself up & taking ownership of their economy by taking control over their natural resources in determining what would be fair trade to them as the manufacturers. Great leadership is not determined by soci-economic class. If given the opportunity through the will & faith of the people, any nation can rise up to economic Freedom & Change! Let The Evolutions of Revolutions continue because all around the world same song for Change We (the people) Can Believe In!
“Brazil is the 10th largest economy in the world, representing 75% of Mercosurs GDP and accounting for around 1.5 % of world trade over the last 20 years. It is the main player in South America, with over half of the regions GDP and population. For the EU, Brazil is the most important market in South America. Relations go both ways – Brazilian exports to the EU have seen a steady increase and have doubled in 5 years. But EU – Brazil relations go beyond economic trade; they share common goals on issues like climate change and other key environmental challenges. “