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    Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    A former Marxist guerrilla who was tortured and imprisoned during Brazil's long dictatorship was elected Sunday as president of Latin America's biggest nation, a country in the midst of an economic and political rise.

    A statement from the Supreme Electoral Court, which oversees elections, said governing party candidate Dilma Rousseff won the election. When she takes office Jan. 1, she will be Brazil's first female leader.

    With 99 percent of the ballots counted, Rousseff had 55.6 percent compared to 44.4 percent for her centrist rival, Jose Serra, the electoral court said.
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    For those who don't know Dilma is President Lula's hand-picked successor. So it seems the left-wing is still on a roll in South America.
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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    Source: MSNBC

    For those who don't know Dilma is President Lula's hand-picked successor. So it seems the left-wing is still on a roll in South America.
    Lula was insanely popular. 80+% popularity rating I believe.

    Plus in most South American countries the legacy of US meddling has driven most people to the left, making it very hard for a right winger to get elected without "help".
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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Lula was insanely popular. 80+% popularity rating I believe.

    Plus in most South American countries the legacy of US meddling has driven most people to the left, making it very hard for a right winger to get elected without "help".
    I don't think it's just "US meddling" that has helped drive people to the left in Latin America. The utter ruthlessness of the right wing military dictatorships when they were in power is probably a factor.

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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    I don't think it's just "US meddling" that has helped drive people to the left in Latin America. The utter ruthlessness of the right wing military dictatorships when they were in power is probably a factor.
    The "meddling" often took the form of training the death squads in tactics at the "School of the Americas" at Fort Benning. Most if not all the ruthless rightwing military dictators and their henchmen were alumni.
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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Lula was insanely popular. 80+% popularity rating I believe.

    Plus in most South American countries the legacy of US meddling has driven most people to the left, making it very hard for a right winger to get elected without "help".
    What in the world does "US meddling" have to do with left-wing or right-wing politics?

    The reason that South America tends to be left-wing is very simple: the HUGE amount of wealth disparity that exists there. Especially in Brazil, where you have glamorous gated mansions just a few blocks away from terrifying favelas with open sewers and no electricity.
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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Lula's policies weren't really more than center left anyway.
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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    One only has to look at the massive improvements in all of Brazilian society under Lula to see why his successor won this election. Socialism can work, and Lula has proved it.

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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    One only has to look at the massive improvements in all of Brazilian society under Lula to see why his successor won this election. Socialism can work, and Lula has proved it.
    Well I wouldn't say that exactly. Brazil still faces a brazillian hurdles

    They could become a world force, but the trick is they have to get control of their own recources, now I'm not talking nessecarily about nationalization, though if the people are pushed too far by corporations thats exactly where it'll go.

    But rather strict government enforcement of environmental protection clauses and making sure that their recources, specifically wood, is made into a renewable cycle.

    Brazil has enourmous potential, but before it can be tapped into. Education, and social upheaval must be a priority. And thankfully, I think thats the route this government seems to be taking.

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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    Source: MSNBC

    For those who don't know Dilma is President Lula's hand-picked successor. So it seems the left-wing is still on a roll in South America.
    It should be noted that President Lula has governed Brazil quite pragmatically and, all in all, the country has enjoyed economic growth and increasing prosperity during President Lula's tenure.

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    Re: Ex-guerrilla to be Brazil's first female president

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Well I wouldn't say that exactly. Brazil still faces a brazillian hurdles

    They could become a world force, but the trick is they have to get control of their own recources, now I'm not talking nessecarily about nationalization, though if the people are pushed too far by corporations thats exactly where it'll go.

    But rather strict government enforcement of environmental protection clauses and making sure that their recources, specifically wood, is made into a renewable cycle.

    Brazil has enourmous potential, but before it can be tapped into. Education, and social upheaval must be a priority. And thankfully, I think thats the route this government seems to be taking.
    O certainly Brazil has a long way to go and will face some very importance questions soon and in the future, but its made some damn good progress and perhaps one of the most important things its accomplished is that its people believe in the future of their country. As opposed to the US for example where many many people believe this country is headed toward hell, pessimistic attitudes aren't productive. Course I'm part of that as well to a degree.

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