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Brazil border law an important step for Latin America, says ASUTIL

Gavin Lipsith – The Moodie Report, 7/29/2014

ASUTIL President Enrique Urioste has welcomed Brazil’s move to introduce border duty free legislation for the first time, despite a “frightening Monday” when the country issued its quickly postponed decree halving the inbound duty free allowance to US$150. 87 more words

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Brazilian banks ignore Rousseff rate plea

Francisco Marcelino – Columbus CEO, 7/30/2014

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s pleas to Brazilian banks to reduce borrowing costs are being overwhelmed by the nation’s faltering economy. 136 more words

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Previously Banned, Brazilian Funk Music Takes Center Stage

Emmanuelle Saliba – NBC News, 7/29/2014

American audiences recently got their first taste of a new – and contagious – Brazilian street dancing style that has evolved from music born in the slums of Rio de Janeiro decades ago. 102 more words

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Back to the future: Brazilian federal bill re-discovers sustainable cabruca cocoa bean production

Vladimir Pekic – Confectionery News, 7/30/2014

The cabruca system of planting cocoa trees under the canopy of the native forest has been in use for more than two centuries in the southern regions of Bahia, Brazil’s largest cocoa-producing state that accounts for around 60% of the country’s production. 101 more words

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Brazil dismisses IMF assessment of economic vulnerability

Cihan News Agency, 7/31/2014

Brazilian Minister of Finance Guido Mantega has rebutted a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where it rated Brazil among the emerging economies most vulnerable to external crises. 198 more words

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Brazil’s Bankers Mute After Santander Apology to Rousseff

Cristiane Lucchesi, Ney Hayashi and Francisco Marcelino – Bloomberg, 7/29/2014

With Brazil’s stocks rallying every time President Dilma Rousseff slides in the polls, the October election is all the market is talking about — behind closed doors, that is. 126 more words

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Banco Santander's Brazil Unit Fires Analyst, Others After Political Comment

Rogerio Jelmayer and Luciana Magalhaes – The Wall Street Journal, 7/29/2014

The Brazilian unit of Banco Santander SA has fired an analyst and other employees involved in the publication of a client note critical of President Dilma Rousseff’s economic policies. 127 more words

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