Mr. G G ,
Being serious here .... what has Brazil done for the rest of the world ??
I'm sure it's a great country , but with all the negativity you toss at the US , what has your country done that you would view as better than the US in terms of service to the rest of the world ?
And I AM being serious..
What negativity I toss towards the US. Because I remind you there was a Vietnam War? Because I remind you about Iraq? And what has the US done for the world? You really think you saved the world from Hitler. No doubt you helped a lot, but not alone, not without the Russians and not without the blood of hundreds of thousands of soldiers from different nationalities, including 25,300 Brazilian soldiers...
I NEVER said Brazil was so much better than the rest or the US. But OK you asked, here is a small list:
It is the fifth largest country
by geographical area, occupying nearly half of South America, the fifth most populous country, and the fourth most populous democracy in the world.
All the gold
you have on the US which came from England in last stance came from Brazil, through Portugal...Santos Dumond:
The REAL inventor of the airplane, the wrist watch and other devices. The true father of aviation...
During WWII: Brazil permitted
the US to set up air bases in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte, where the city of Natal received part of the U.S. Navy's VP-52 patrol squadron. Also, the U.S. Task Force 3 established itself in Brazil, including a squad equipped to attack submarines and merchant vessels which tried to exchange goods with Japan. If you saved the world, well we helped...
Brazil is the world's tenth largest economy
at market exchange rates and the ninth largest by purchasing power parity... Major export products include aircraft, coffee, automobiles, soybean, iron ore, orange juice, steel, ethanol, textiles, footwear, corned beef and electrical equipment
. The country has been expanding its presence in international financial and commodities markets, and is regarded as one of the group of four emerging economies called BRIC...
Brazil's large territory comprises different ecosystems, such as the Amazon Rainforest, recognized as having the greatest biological diversity in the world
; the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado, which together sustain some of the world's greatest biodiversity. In the south, the Araucaria pine forest grows under temperate conditions. The rich wildlife of Brazil reflects the variety of natural habitats; however, remains largely unknown, and new species are found on nearly a daily basis... Scientists estimate that the total number of plant and animal species in Brazil could approach four million
Brazil is a political and economic leader
in Latin America. Brazil is endowed with vast agricultural resources
.... AGAIN: Brazil has a moderate free market and export-oriented economy. Measured nominally, its gross domestic product surpasses a trillion dollars, the tenth in the world and the second in the Americas; measured by purchasing power parity, $1.9 trillion, making it the eighth largest economy in the world and the second largest in the Americas, after the United States... Brazil has the second biggest industrial sector in the Americas.
Proven mineral resources are extensive
. Large iron and manganese reserves are important sources of industrial raw materials and export earnings. Deposits of nickel, tin, chromite, uranium, bauxite, beryllium, copper, lead, tungsten, zinc, gold, and other minerals are exploited. High-quality cooking-grade coal required in the steel industry is in short supply.
The owner of a sophisticated technological sector, Brazil develops projects that range from submarines to aircraft and is involved in space research: the country possesses a satellite launching center and was the only country in the Southern Hemisphere to integrate the team responsible for the construction of the International Space Station (ISS). It is also a pioneer in many fields, including ethanol production.
Brazil, together with Mexico, has been at the forefront of the Latin American multinationals phenomenon by which — thanks to superior technology and organization — local companies have successfully turned global. These multinationals have made this transition notably by investing massively abroad, in the region and beyond, and thus realizing an increasing portion of their revenues internationally.
A pioneer and leader in the manufacture of short-fiber timber cellulose, Brazil has also achieved positive results within the packaging sector, in which it is the fifth largest world producer. In the foreign markets, it answers for 25% of global exports of raw cane and refined sugar; it is the world leader in soybean exports and is responsible for 80% of the planet’s orange juice
, and since 2003, has had the highest sales figures for beef and chicken
, among the countries that deal in this sector...
A performance that puts agribusiness in a position of distinction in terms of Brazil’s trade balance, in spite of trade barriers and subsidizing policies adopted by the developed countries
Brazil is also a pioneer in the fields of deep water oil
research from where 73% of its reserves are extracted. According to government statistics, Brazil was the first capitalist country to bring together the ten largest car assembly companies inside its national territory...
In general current Brazilian foreign policy reflects multilateralism, peaceful dispute settlement, and nonintervention
in the affairs of other countries...
The Brazilian armed forces are the largest
in Latin America.
In arts, important modern artists
Anita Malfatti and Tarsila do Amaral were both early pioneers in Brazilian art...
The festival of Carnival
(Portuguese: Carnaval), with its spectacular street parades and vibrant music, has become one of the most potent images of Brazil; an annual celebration held forty days before Easter and marks the beginning of Lent. Carnival is celebrated throughout Brazil, with distinct regional characteristics, but the most spectacular celebrations outside Rio de Janeiro take place in Salvador, Recife, and Olinda, although the nature of the events varies. Other regional festivals include the Boi Bumbá and Festa Junina (June Festivals).
According to the World Economic Forum, Brazil was the top country in upward evolution of competitiveness in 2009
, gaining eight positions among other countries, overcoming Russia for the first time, and partially closing the competitiveness gap with India and China among the BRIC economies. Important steps taken since the 1990s toward fiscal sustainability, as well as measures taken to liberalize and open the economy, have significantly boosted the country’s competitiveness fundamentals, providing a better environment for private-sector development...
I won't even mention the music. Thanks for who cited it, though!
Oh, I was forgetting:
"Panem et circences" = bread and games.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOHa_jcckFQ
The (Roman) way to keep people numb.
(Sorry again Mr GG, nothing personal, i just can't help it tonight)