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Here comes the sun

If Brazil wants to be a leading light, it must be more forthright in its criticism of situations that only give Latin America a black eye, says Derek Sambrook

4 April 2014

While Rio de Janeiro's carnival, described as the greatest show on Earth, reached its climax this month, Comet Holmes, fleetingly the largest comet in the solar system in October 2007, reached the point in its orbit at which it is closest to the sun. 

As I write this, the government in Venezuela is experiencing the sound of fireworks in the street thrown by protestors rather than carnival revellers, some of them claiming parallels with Ukraine. As for feeling the heat, the government could be reaching its closest point before political conflagration. 

Venezuela is an embarrassment for all those moderate regional governments who eschew the radical politics of past times and which are practised by only a handful of countries now. 

Just as carnival in Brazil ended, Venezuela severed diplomatic and trade relations wi...

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