Brazil is one of the most important but puzzling countries in the
world. A nation of 200 million people, it has vast natural resource
reserves, rich cultural traditions, a middle class undergoing
explosive growth, and social welfare policies that are models for
much of the world ('la bolsa familia,' which provides a guaranteed
income to poor families). And, after decades of authoritarian rule,
it is a stable democracy. Yet it is beset by problems that... more...