The American Empire in a Changing World


Thursday, August 23, 2012

''Brazil's defense industry booms''

From AFP

''Brazil, the world's sixth largest economy, was ranked as the world's eighth largest arms exporter in the 1980s but today languishes in 30th place, according to industry experts.

Brazil still boasts the biggest armed forces in the region, although they have been considerably weakened by a lack of investment in equipment for more than two decades.

President Dilma Rousseff, like her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has gone head-to-head with the armed forces over the establishment of a truth commission to probe rights abuses during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship.''

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