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  •  There are not many diaries here... (4.00)
    ...on Latin America.  I would definitely like to see that change.  

    Lula has fallen in the polls, but he still leads all rivals in recent polling.  The latest had him at 30% and Serra at 24%.  And good resource for polling is Angus Reid Consultants (world-wide polling search).  Just type a country in the keyword search to find the polls you are looking for.

    As for my other point, it really depends on the country.  Argentina and Uruguay for example, have very few indigineous peoples and are primarily descended from Europeans.  Most are Italian or Spanish, but there are a sizable number of German, English, Irish (Che was part Irish), and Eastern European descendants.  Brazil and Caribbean nations have large percentages of the population descended from African slaves, like the US.  But besides ethnicity, I was speaking more to the mix of cultures that all of the Americas share as a result of colonialism.  Apart from the indigenous peoples, which are numerous throughout Central America and northern South America, we are all living in adopted countries that our ancestors came to just a few hundred years ago or less.

    •  Brazil (none)
      was dominated by the Portugese.  I think it is their colonial history.  There was a large German settlement but it was farther south than Rio and I don't believe it played a bigger part in the settlement. When I was in Brazil 30 years ago, the arrogance of the upper classes was evident.  At that time polio vaccine was well known in the U.S. yet there was no infrastructure for immunizing children.  And guess what, the educated people we spoke to didn't care.

      Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities-Voltaire

      by hairspray on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 09:06:31 AM PST

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