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The Brazil Summit is one of the most important events in the Chamber’s annual calendar. The discussion provided by the conference this year will highlight important issues that will play a major role in helping Brazil to overcome the challenges it faces today. Government officials, business leaders, members of the international financial community, and academia will have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate key developments affecting the Brazilian economy, as well as the current political, economic, and investment outlook for Brazil.
Paulo Guedes, Minister, Ministry of Economy Gustavo Montezano, President, BNDES
Speakers Bringing Sustainable Investment and ESG to Brazil
Jan Amrit Poser, Managing Director, Chief Strategist & Head Sustainability, Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd Marina Procknor, Partner, Mattos Filho Bayer Executive -(To Be Confirmed) Citigroup Executive - (To Be Confirmed) Brazil Economic and Political Outlook Joaquim Levy, Former Chief Financial Officer for the World Bank Group; Director of Economic Strategy and Market Relations, Banco Safra S.A. Caio Megale, Chief Economist, XP Investimentos Thiago de Aragão, Partner, ArkoAdvice Ismael Orenstein, Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets, PIMCO
Moderators: Drausio Giacomelli, Head of Emerging Markets Research, Deutsche Bank Paulo Vieira da Cunha, Partner, VERBANK Consulting, LLC
This event is organized by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Brazil-US Business Council, with the sponsorship of HSBC, J. Safra Group, and Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados.
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As we near the end of Women’s History Month, there’s no better time to celebrate the power that lies inside every girl and pay it forward to the next generation of inspiring young women.
That’s why I’m so thrilled that tonight POPSUGAR is hosting “Girl Talk: Knowledge Is Our Superpower,” a virtual event dedicated to girls’ education and empowerment and featuring the stories of the Girls Opportunity Alliance.
You’ll get to meet girls all over the world, hear a musical performance from Kelly Clarkson, and get advice about how to pursue your goals and support each other. Auli’i Cravalho will share why it’s so important for girls to dream big. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will discuss how girls can carve out their own paths, even when they’re the first or the only person to try something new. And Marsai Martin will teach a new course: Stepping Into Your Power 101. Along the way we’ll be joined by many other special guests, all in support of adolescent girls’ education around the world and our work with the Girls Opportunity Alliance.
I also can’t wait to introduce you to two remarkable students during the special: Sonali Pathak from India and Turipamue Kazohua from Namibia, who are both 15 years old and who joined me and Lilly Singh for a conversation about what their education has been like during the pandemic. Of course, these young women faced challenges to getting an education even before COVID-19, but organizations in the Girls Opportunity Alliance community have helped them to keep learning while remaining healthy and safe. Tonight you’ll learn about their challenges and their dreams, from Turipamue’s love for the debate club at her school to Sonali’s favorite karate lessons in her community.
These young women are going to inspire you as much as they inspire me—I know it. And the truth is, there are girls like them in every corner of the globe, who are eager to learn and absolutely determined to get an education worthy of their promise. So join us tonight, and then do your part to pay it forward to the next generation of young women. We’ve made it easy to do just that by releasing a new fundraising toolkit on the Girls Opportunity Alliance websitethat will help you to take action, from hosting a virtual trivia night to leading a solo fun run—and if you’re a parent, you can do this with your kids and show them what it means to give back.
You can watch the special tonight at 9 PM ET at POPSUGAR and TLC, or catch an encore presentation at 10 PM ET on OWN. So I hope you’ll spread the word and tune in to join us in celebration of all of the women and girls in your life and all around the world.
I hope this special hour of girl power motivates and inspires you to help us ensure the world knows that, as Sonali says, “girls are magic.” —Michelle
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Good morning! From our parents to finance gurus, everyone tells us to invest in our future. Read on to see how Norway is investing in the future for all of us, meet the Black Trumpian looking to carry the former president’s baton, learn about the ancient roots of gender fluidity and prep for the awards season by watching fantasy films everyone’s raving about.
Isabelle Lee, Reporter, and Nick Fouriezos, Associate Editor
That’s how President Joe Biden described gun control measures he’ll push in the aftermath of mass shootings in Boulder, Colorado, and Atlanta, Georgia, that killed 18 people over the last week. The proposals include stricter background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Will these steps win approval from a divided Senate? Vote on Twitter or here. (Sources: NYT, CNN)
2. Dodgy Data?
U.S. health officials have suggested that pharma giant AstraZeneca cited old data on the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, which it claimed on Monday was 79 percent successful against the disease. The firm said it would issue updated trial data. (Sources: WSJ, Bloomberg)
3. Comeback Chance
Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that a judge who convicted former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on corruption charges was biased, paving the way for da Silva to challenge incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in 2022 elections. Over in Israel meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in the country’s fourth election in two years, but faces tough negotiations with other parties needed to form a governing coalition. (Sources: Al Jazeera, Jerusalem Post)
4. Suez Crisis
A 1,300-foot container ship headed for the Netherlands has run aground in the Suez Canal, blocking one of the world’s busiest maritime arteries that connects Europe and Asia and causing a huge cargo vessel backup. (Source: BBC)
Ezell Holley, a 91-year-old Texas resident, had to move with his family to a budget hotel during the state’s recent freakish winter storm. To keep their spirits up, the family hung a sign outside their room door calling it the “Waldorf Astoria.” Now a real Waldorf Astoria hotel in Rome has invited Holley, who once visited the city as a GI in 1957, for a free stay after seeing his granddaughter’s Twitter posts.
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The Black Republican from Maryland seemed destined for a Candace Owens-type rise after shooting a viral ad walking through a dilapidated Baltimore district and complaining about the city’s Democratic leadership. The attention earned her a spot speaking at Trump’s RNC Convention and more than $8 million in campaign contributions. While she eventually lost that race by 43.6 percent, Klacik sure knows how to draw eyeballs if she wants to mount a similar suicide mission on the presidential stage.
3. Dave Portnoy
The trolling founder of media company Barstool Sports has survived attempts to cancel him, plus landed a rare one-on-one with Trump. Portnoy also showed his populist appeal by switching to stock market hobbyism, leading what Bloomberg calls “an army of day traders” and giving him some cachet with the anti-Wall Street crowd that fueled the Gamestop stock surge. Ideologically inconsistent while consistently outrageous, perhaps nobody is more like Trump than the millionaire business bro. In March, Portnoy announced his candidacy in typically impulsive fashion, tweeting after seeing a poll that showed him with 0 percent support.
KARAOKE: STREETER VS. SPARKS
You're at the bar (in a post-COVID world) and Don't Go Breaking My Heart comes on. For today's March Matchup from The Carlos Watson Show, which of these singing superstars are you pulling in to be your karaoke duet partner:Sevyn Streeter orJordin Sparks? Watch both on the show and cast your vote.
ECONOMIC SECRETS OF SAVING FORESTS
Devastating floods in Australia have once again underscored the mounting dangers of climate change. Can these economic attempts to save the planet’s lungs — our forests — work?
1. Pay Countries for It
Norway pays developing nations that save their tropical forests $10 per ton of carbon dioxide avoided. And that’s double its earlier payments, as it tries to incentivize countries and communities to move away from income sources that encourage deforestation.
2. Cash Handouts Save Forests
Green shoots for the economy can go hand in hand with literal green shoots. Researchers have found that a cash payment program targeted at the rural poor in Indonesia also led to a 30 percent reduction in deforestation, as struggling communities tend to clear more farmland.
3. Solving the Forest-Food Conflict
But you don’t need to pay communities to prevent deforestation. Gambia is increasing agricultural productivity and growing forests. It’s doing so by transferring the stewardship of forests to local communities. Deforestation rates are two to three times lower when indigenous people and local communities own forests. Read more on OZY.
The revolution in sexual identities isn’t a recent phenomenon. In fact, traditional societies around the world have long accepted that gender is anything but binary.
They’re born male,dress like women and have relationships with men. From Mexico's Oaxaca region, they’re a centuries-old third gender. Discriminated against heavily in a conservative nation where homosexuality is frowned upon, a young generation of the Muxe — pronounced as “mu-shay” — is carving out a new identity. Read more on OZY.
India's community of hijras (transgender women and intersex people) once enjoyed respect as Hindu devotees of Lord Rama. But in a postcolonial nation influenced almost subconsciously by Victorian mores and a prudish reading of India’s past, today many are forced to survive off of sex work, and have been hit especially hard by the pandemic.
3. Yan Daudu
“Men who act like women” … that’s what yan daudu means in Nigeria’s Hausa language. For years, they were tolerated, even celebrated in some communities. Now, as the religious right gains strength across Nigeria, yan daudu are being pushed to the fringes of society, vulnerable to persecution.
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The legend of La Llorona — the weeping woman who killed her children to be with her lover — might well haunt you on big screens this year. A former Guatemalan military leader stands trial for the genocide of the Mayan people. But justice can take many forms, and the courtroom is only one of them. Marrying horror and fantasy with themes of social justice, this Guatemalan film is a powerful commentary about Latin American politics.
2. ‘Night of the Kings’
Deep inside an Ivory Coast forest sits a unique jail run by a prisoner. To survive there, a man called the “Roman” must weave fantastical stories for fellow inmates. It’s an allegory for the power of stories to help escape reality. Will this brilliant tale end in survival?
Two women fail to make it in the big city and return home to the promise of an inheritance — but back in their village, they get much more than they bargained for. Impetigorehasn’t won an Oscar nomination, but it could still propel Indonesian cinema to global attention the way Parasite did for South Korea’s film industry.
Rome, Greece, perhaps a dash of Genghis Khan: We all get the basics on empires in school. But that was only the tip of the iceberg, and there is much to learn from how other empires rose and fell. Today’s Daily Dose explores these forgotten empires, including their female rulers and the surprising lessons we can take away. Then we imagine what the empires of the future could look like, a journey that takes you from your wallet to the stars.
Isabelle Lee, Reporter
failure to erase
1. The King of Kush
Piye, the King of Kush in modern-day Sudan, invaded a splintered Egypt to become the first pharaoh of the 25th dynasty around 745 B.C. Under this century-long dynasty, the headdress bearing both the crown of lower and upper Egypt was created, while a strong government and revitalization of state religion led to a period of stability and growth. Subsequent Egyptian rulers tried to strike the Kushite Kingdom from the history books; thankfully, they failed. The Kushites survived another thousand years in Meroë, a port city ideally positioned by the Nile, where irrigated farms flourished next to lucrative gold and iron mines. The region carries so much cultural oomph that one necropolis in Meroë contains more pyramids than all of Egypt.
2. Buddhism in India
One of the bloodiest conflicts in Indian history erupted when the Mauryan Empire clashed with the small state of Kalinga in 261 B.C. The death toll, estimated in the hundreds of thousands, was so horrific that the once-sadistic Indian emperor Ashoka the Great converted to Buddhism and vowed never to conquer through bloodshed again. In addition to carving Buddhism’s pillars into stone across his domain, Ashoka sent missionaries to spread the religion far and wide, making him largely responsible for Buddhism’s status as the fourth most popular religion in the world with more than half a billion followers. The rise of Hinduism centuries later threatened to erase Buddhism’s origins in India, but the legacy of Ashoka’s turn from war to peace lives on.
Sundiata Keita, whose legend some scholars say inspired the Disney film, founded the Mali Empire, which grew to become one of Africa’s wealthiest. It began when Keita led a revolt against a Sosso king in the 1200s, then grew rich by seizing trade routes across West Africa, including the prized cities of Djenné and Timbuktu, which had enormous cultural wealth on display in elaborate mosques and massive libraries. But it was their coin that made the most noise, with one legend holding that the empire’s generous ruler, Mansa Musa, handed out so much gold during a pit stop in Egypt that the metal’s value crashed for several years. Despite that colorful mythology, Disney still insists its animated film was based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In response to which I quote Mansa Musa … err, I mean, Mufasa, when I say: “Remember who you are. ”
The years between James Cook’s “discovery” of Hawaii 1778 and it becoming the 50th U.S. state in 1959 were turbulent ones. In the early 19th century, King Kamehameha I instituted a monarchical government. White, property-owning non-natives later overpowered native Hawaiians to seize control from the monarchy and petition for American statehood. Native Hawaiians held out until the Spanish-American War, when the U.S. needed a military base in the Pacific. It only took a simple majority to vote to annex the former kingdom.
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There are high school “rebels, ” and then there are badass women rebels like Zenobia, the third-century queen who achieved more than other kings did over entire lifetimes despite her brief reign. Known as the “warrior queen,” Zenobia ruled the Palmyrene Empire (in modern-day Syria), challenging the authority of the Romans by conquering the Levant and Egypt and even making a play for the East Roman Empire. Today she is lauded as a nationalist hero, even if her reign was cut short when she was defeated by Rome’s Emperor Aurelian.
Contrary to most of her pop culture mentions, Cleopatra was much more than the sum of her infamous affairs. Her rule was one of the quietest in Egyptian history for its lack of rebellions in the countryside. She navigated complex politics, commanded a sprawling army and navy, and regulated Egypt’s failing economy into relative prosperity. Her journey from child goddess to teenage queen saw her at one point control virtually the entire eastern Mediterranean coast while overseeing the last great Egyptian kingdom before her death at age 39. Ever since, she has had “one of the busiest afterlives in history,” writes Stacy Schiff in Smithsonian Magazine, her name attached to everything from an asteroid and cigarette brand to a video game and strip club.
The high priestess of the most important temple in the Akkadian Empire is credited with creating the writing format used in the Bible and even Homer’s hymns. Enheduanna wrote religious poetry praising the Akkadian gods — 1,700 years before Sappho arrived on the scene — and kept a detailed, poetry-styled journal about her personal frustrations and hopes. She is remembered as the “world’s first author” known by name. While her father, Sargon the Great, was technically in charge, Enheduanna used her position to create a legacy lasting far beyond both their lifetimes.
The 12th century king of Dagomba, in present-day Burkina Faso, had no male heir. So he taught his daughter Yennenga all he knew, grooming her into his fiercest warrior. Legend has it that while she enjoyed her status as the leader of her father’s army, she wanted to be married and have children. The princess defied the king and her stallion carried her to the hut of a farmer, and together they had a son named Ouédraogo, after her trusty horse. And while Yennenga is beloved as a cultural icon and warrior, it is her faithful steed whose name and likeness appear throughout her native land, including the capital city of Ouagadougou.
It’s time for #RealTalkRealChange. Why do Black people distrust the medical system? Why do white doctors believe racist myths? Should there be all-Black hospitals? The racial inequities in America’s health care system have been on display more than ever in the past year, and they cry out for bold questions and creative solutions. In this special, we hear from policymakers, medical professionals and patients about what needs to change to fix this shame in our society.
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Some historians argue the Akkadian Empire failed more than 4,000 years ago because of an unsustainable conquest strategy. However, I blame it on the curse — the “Curse of Akkad,” levied upon the grandson of the empire’s founder, who thought it would be a good idea to raid the temple of a weather god. A poem written a century after the empire’s collapse recounted his fateful error, saying it led to clouds that refused to rain and farms that produced no grain. But while historians scoffed, Yale archaeologist Harvey Weiss published a theory in the early 1990s that the empire had choked from drought and famine rather than military missteps. It’s a lesson climate change deniers should take to heart: Nothing spells political collapse quite like a weather crisis.
Roman emperors are remembered for many things, but public relations isn’t typically at the top of the list. Still, some emperors were particularly adept at crafting a narrative … that is, until Nero took the self-aggrandizing a tad too far. While many of his predecessors were immortalized as gods after they died, Nero wanted the worship to start early, flirting with divinity while still alive by building his palatial “Golden House,” featuring a 120-foot statue of himself, and playing gods and goddesses onstage. His dance for deification ultimately got him killed in a swift and bloody civil war. Proving that while his people would likely have granted him immortality in death, he probably should have left the godly PR campaign to others while he enjoyed eternal slumber.
Sultans at the launch of the Ottoman Empire, which lasted from 1299 to 1922, had a general live-and-let-live policy when it came to religion: Conquered people could practice their own faiths as long they accepted the political rule of their Muslim caliphate. The policy was in part inspired by the Roman Empire’s lack of interest in proselytization. And, as a result, the Ottomans made massive leaps in science, art and medicine, while creating one of the longest-lasting empires known to man. They educated women, trained civil engineers, built an observatory to seek the stars and led the earliest experimentations with steam power, among other advancements.
Marcus Licinius Crassus was one of Rome’s richest men in 53 B.C., but his wealth was no defense against a band of clever, creative Parthians in what is now Iran. The Parthian forces charged in the middle of the Battle of Carrhae, wearing animal skins, banging on drums and making bizarre noises. Suddenly they dropped their skins ... revealing bright Chinese silks and distracting the Roman soldiers long enough to fire off a barrage of arrows that turned the battle in favor of the Parthians, who were outnumbered 4 to 1. Which proves that military leaders shouldn’t be afraid to include some theatrics in their playbook.
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Modern Middle Eastern regimes are taking a cue from the Roman Empire, using social media influencers and vloggers to wash over human rights abuses. From raves sponsored by the Saudi government to showcase a “cultural revolution” to controlling influencers by requiring them to purchase licenses, Arab leaders are mounting and directing public relations campaigns to enhance their public image. The formula has also been picked up by Syria, where travel vloggers extol the wonders of Damascus even as Bashar al-Assad retains power after killing his own citizens with sarin gas.
Friend me on Facebook. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat. Like and subscribe to my YouTube. Empires have always been rooted in maintaining influence over the masses, and the key to building a successful media empire is going viral on every available platform. For singer Jason Derulo, a freshly crowned king of new media, TikTok offers him the chance to become the next Will Smith, as he recently said on The Carlos Watson Show.
The tech giant’s empire, at least on the battlefield of grocery home delivery, is facing a new rival in Instacart. The popular app has the advantage of using local grocery chains’ existing inventories, rather than the extensive, yet still limited, products in Amazon’s warehouses. Plus, Instacart partnered last year with Walmart to offer same-day delivery. Jeff Bezos and his Amazonian empire may want to learn something from today’s Parthian equivalents and never underestimate an opponent, no matter how outnumbered they may seem.
4. The Empire Strikes Out
Elon Musk’s brainchild, SpaceX, had both a triumph and another setback this month. Its rocket, Starship, made a voyage into the atmosphere and then landed successfully, which is a pretty solid accomplishment. Only minutes after reaching the ground, it exploded, which is less than ideal. With Musk insisting that SpaceX’s first crewed Mars mission could launch as soon as 2024, his team will want to make sure their astronauts are able to safely put their best feet forward. We will find out soon enough if the Empire of Elon can go interplanetary.