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And, yes, I DO take it personally: More on Bush, Brazil, FTAA, Mercosur and the brain-dead U.S. media
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Sunday, November 06, 2005

More on Bush, Brazil, FTAA, Mercosur and the brain-dead U.S. media

in the previous post, i failed to cite outstanding examples of both bush's stupidity and the u.s. media's either abysmal or outright wilful ignorance of mercosur...
Bush also urged Brazil, the continent's largest economy, to use its considerable regional influence to prod into reality a U.S.-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas.

now, why the hell would brazil want to potentially alienate its mercosur trading partners by turning around and trying to persuade them to sign up for ftaa...? what the hell is this guy smoking...? yes, mercosur has had its problems but the one thing that does tend to unite the mercosur countries is not wanting to be lorded over by the u.s...
The development of Mercosur was arguably weakened by the collapse of the Argentine economy in 2002 and it has still seen internal conflicts over trade policy, between Brazil and Argentina, for example.

In December 2004 it merged with the Andean Community trade bloc (CAN) to form the South American Community of Nations. The prospect of increased political integration within the organization, as per the European Union and advocated by some, is still uncertain.

There are more than 220 million consumers in this region and the combined Gross Domestic Product of the member nations is more than one trillion dollars a year.

i say, stick to your guns and go your own way... all that talk of creating jobs and and lifting the region's 220 million poor to better lives is nonsense... just ask mexico (never mind that vicente fox is an ftaa supporter)...

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