Brazil

UN goals do not go far enough. Poverty should be wiped out, insists Tzedek

By Jessica Elgot, October 7, 2010

Since the champagne bottles popped on the eve of the new millennium, girls now outnumber boys in education in Bangladesh, tuberculosis has been almost eradicated in Peru and a newborn baby in Brazil is 50 per cent more likely to survive into adulthood.

But more families in Nigeria live in extreme poverty, Honduras is the only Latin American country where HIV rates are falling and nearly 80 per cent of people in rural India have no sanitation, leading to widespread disease.

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World Cup predictions

June 10, 2010

● DAVID PLEAT (Former Spurs manager)

"We will reach the semis at best. Other teams have benefitted massively from our Premier League and I think that it's an indictment that we have very few players coming through.

Winners: Argentina

Dark horse: Serbia

● JOE JACOBSON (Oldham Athletic)

"I can see England going far. They're capable of winning it as the manager has them playing a way which helps them. Rooney is a step up from anyone else in the squad but you can't look further than Spain at the moment."

Winners: Spain

Dark horse: Portugal

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Welcome for new UN Iran sanctions

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2010

American Jewish organisations and the Israeli Foreign Ministry have welcomed Wednesday's decision by the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

Betty Ehrenberg of the World Jewish Congress said: "The WJC applauds the passage of this latest round of UN sanctions. It demonstrates that the international community is less and less willing to tolerate a rogue state that has an abysmal human rights record and continues to threaten its neighbours and the Western world.

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Analysis: New nuclear deal is an Iranian triumph

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 21, 2010

Brazil's President Ignazio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have emerged as big global players after delivering a compromise over Iran's nuclear fuel following intensive diplomatic talks in Tehran.

Though not all its details are known yet, it is safe to conclude that this deal is even worse than the one it aimed to "improve" - namely, the uranium transfer deal that Iran first agreed to and then rejected last autumn.

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MP attacks Brazilian president

By Robyn Rosen, May 18, 2010

Denis MacShane, who led the all-Party enquiry in anntisemitism, has criticised the President of Brazil for posing in photographs with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Labour Rotherham MP has spoken of his “shock” and “profound sadness” in an open letter to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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Iran agrees nuclear deal with Brazil and Turkey

By Jessica Elgot, May 17, 2010

Iran has agreed to ship low enriched uranium to Turkey, but has said it will still continue to enrich uranium to up to 20 per cent.

After talks with Brazil and Turkey, Iran has agreed to exchange Iran’s stocks of enriched uranium in exchange for nuclear fuel rods, for use in scientific research.

Although nuclear weapons need uranium enriched to 90 per cent, the deal deprives Iran of its current stocks of enriched uranium, which could be used in future bomb production. Fuel rods cannot be processed any further than their current state.

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Interview: Alex Bellos

By Simon Round, April 29, 2010

In 2002, Alex Bellos published Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life to much acclaim.

Its appeal stemmed partly from its having been written by someone who had lived in Brazil and was a student of that nation's obsession with football, and partly because the subject is a sexy one. Now, Bellos is sharing with readers another of his passions: mathematics.

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Bnei Akiva offers students Brazil trip

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2010

British Bnei Akiva gap year students are to be offered the opportunity to work with Jewish communities in Brazil for the first time.

BA’s Hachshara programme, which prepares students for leadership roles, plans to send trainees to help run youth activities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Around 30 participants are expected to spend a fortnight in Brazil, probably at the end of next year’s programme in June 2011.

There are around 96,000 Jews in the South American country.

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The price we pay to see Brazil

By Martin Samuel, November 12, 2009

Has there ever been a more low-key build-up to a match between England and Brazil? Location, location, location: that is the problem here. Neutral venues at international tournaments aside, there are only two stadiums that should ever host this game: the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro or Wembley.

Unfortunately, the Brazilian national team is hawked around the world like the Harlem Globetrotters, and this is the price we pay.

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Keep a good focus on emerging markets

By Michael Ranis, October 28, 2009

China? Brazil? India? What has the world come to that these are the countries that seem to attract investments from all corners? Is the elevated status of emerging markets just a fashionable concept, or is this the embodiment of a massive transition?

Does it reflect on “the decline of the West” and a rise of new, far-away powers, or just some mirage that will soon fade?

Let us consider a few facts:

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