RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – First off, Happy 4th of July to all our American readers, and happy 'see-ya' day to our British readers. The relationship between empire and colony is usually a touchy subject but it seems the U.S. and the UK have handled it well as the years have passed.
Perhaps it is like my older brother and I, we started to get along much better after I grew larger than him. But that alone does not make for friendly relations, and Brazil and Portugal seem to get on well enough as well.
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