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Brazil: Next Stop, Civil War

The correct name for what we are up against in Brazil is narcoterrorism. Violence has become a federal issue and the fight against violence, with or without formal intervention, with or without the Armed Forces in the streets, must also become a federal issue. Illusion has its limitations. At some point econometrics has to run into reality. Economics is not an abstraction. The use and application of all measurements such as C-bonds, the country risk, the exchange rate and other animals, is an artificial process – just like experiments in laboratories, performed under optimal conditions and with no environmental interference. It was inevitable, this contamination of political newscasts by police newscasts. Same thing with the conjugation of crime statistics and the economic indexes in the business pages. Corporate manuals and rituals would not allow this here, but it has been happening in the international press, forced to see our country as an integrated phenomenon, with no random segmentations. It is not a coincidence that, in the last few days, the New York Times, BBC-World, the Walt Street Journal and the Economist – the latter two with worldwide clout in economic and business affairs – have dedicated plenty of space and time to talk about the escalation of violence raging in Brazil. We fool ourselves again, and dangerously, when we avoid calling a spade a spade and take refuge in minimalist and fictitious classifications. What we are up against is a generalized, pre-civil war insurrection. `Organized crime’ is idle talk and false rumors. The correct name to use is narcoterrorism. Full Story

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