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Miriam Leitao

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog, www.miriamleitao.com, hosted at Globo online at www.oglobo.com.br. She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005. Close.

Miriam Leitao

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. more »

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February 21, 2007 9:34 AM

America Is a Sleeping Beauty

I believe in institutions. If I didn’t, I would call the U.S. the most dangerous country on earth. The U.S. has the most deadly war machine, the richest war budget and a fundamentalist president, capable of declaring war against real and imaginary enemies.

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May 18, 2007 7:57 AM

Samba & Jazz Will Outlive Neocons

If or when PostGlobal’s Amar Bakshi arrives in Brazil with his notebook and video camera, he will realize that there is no such thing in Brazil as a feeling against American culture or the American people. Here -- and everywhere, by the way -- there is growing disagreement with Bush’s government, its methods, attitudes and choices.

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October 14, 2007 9:52 AM

Hypocrisy Achieves Little

Seriously? It’s a waste of time! More than that: it seems to be another attempt of the US Congress to improve American image by pointing its fingers to other people’s mistakes. What about the American war against Vietnam? How many innocents died in that war? How can the world forget the My Lai massacre or napalm falling on children?

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January 4, 2008 1:44 PM

Dear Candidate: Latin America Isn’t One Country

The Question: The U.S. starts to choose a president this week. If you could send the candidates one message, what would it be?

Congratulations, candidate. You are already better than the president you are about to replace. Whoever you are, whatever you believe, you will inaugurate a new era with less fundamentalism in national security issues, with more responsibility toward environmental issues, with stronger multilateralism, with more empathy to other nations’ people. You are lucky. It will be easy to be wiser than the man in charge now.

“Change” should be your key word. This word, by the way, doesn’t belong to only one candidate. Things have to change in many ways, in many areas, for many reasons. Make a fair endeavor to be more cooperative in the international arena. On climate change issues, accept some responsibility for making a difference when analysts confront the old and new American commitments in the global arena. By coincidence – or luck – your power will coincide with the world’s negotiations toward a post-Kyoto agreement. You will be in the right place, in the right moment, to lead the process that will safeguard our lives on the planet.

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September 23, 2008 11:28 AM

Lessons America Can't Teach Us Now

American capitalism could still teach the rest of the world a few lessons - but it's increasingly teaching us what never to do if you are a country loyal to a free-market economy.

For instance:

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