Opinion: Is Brazil the Country of the Future? Don’t Bet On It

Is Brazil the country of the future? I’ve bet heavily on it, but expect to lose.

Opinion by Jeb Blount

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - I’ve got a lot riding on Brazil.

I moved here in 1991 for a brief four-year stay and ended up staying. I’ve built a family and a career here. Despite Brazil’s recent troubles, deep “saudades” for family and friends in the United States and Canada, and the damage recession is doing to my personal finances, I doubt I’ll leave. Rio de Janeiro is now home.

There is not only greatness in Brazil, but real, and nearly boundless, potential. Its people are generous, resourceful and by international standards . . .

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