The dire situation in Venezuela, as it succumbs to years of socialist mismanagement, almost defies description. 

Like other well-known politicians, Lula's corruption, dating back at least a decade, is finally being exposed.

Brazilian investors, putting hope once again over experience, have doubled the price of the preferred stock of the Petrobras oil company since January, even as Petrobras sells off assets to pay down debts.

The Lula cancer is finally being excised. Whether Brazil will heal remains an open question.

The U.S. mainstream media claimed that new Brazilian President Michel Temer represents a "new start" for Brazil. But nothing in that country is likely to change for the better.

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