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January 08, 2012


Adam Gonnerman

100s of years of corruption can't be reversed in a few short years. I've been amazed at the progress Brazil has made since the 1990s, when my "relationship" with Brazil began. For a long while I thought nothing would ever change, but slowly we're seeing it.


There is no such thing as a "corruption crackdown" going on in this government. That would require that the government had taken an active role in the process of self-sanitization - hardly what happened is all those cases.


Combatting corruption requires a free press. That doesn't exist in Brazil. As an example, there has been an "Arab Spring" on the streets of Teresina, Piaui for a week, and an almost complete media blackout. Corruption will only end when corrupt officials know they are being watched. The PT is the dominant party in Piaui.


Portuguese (!) TV: http://tv2.rtp.pt/noticias/index.php?t=Policia-militar-dispersa-manifestacao-de-estudantes-no-Brasil.rtp&headline=20&visual=9&article=517168&tm=7

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