Glad to see TB working in harmony on this issue. DL has just started non-stop service to Brazil out of DTW. Brazil definately needs their own rightful spot. Would be a nice place to be right now with this weather.
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Some info from an AP report on how Brazil has changed as Lula prepares to leave office:
"Since Silva’s first election in 2002, the middle class has grown by 29 million people — more than the population of Texas — creating a powerful new domestic consumer market. Another 20 million people — as many as in New York state — were pulled from poverty. The country that received a record $30 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund as it neared economic collapse in 2002 now lends money to the IMF, making up to $5 billion available for loans to other nations."
And also this:
"By the time Brazil hosts the Olympics, it is forecast to be the globe's fifth-largest economy, surpassing Italy, Britain and France."
I have voted "Abstain" on this issue. I was initially opposed to the forum but jbcarioca made a convincing case that unfortunately my travel/work schedule (and involuntary reroutings) during the voting period does not give me sufficient time to research. I am quite confident that there will be sufficient support from the other members to pass this vote without me.