Cláudio Shikida's Posts

When will they send me away?
brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 14 May, 2004 at 05:08 AM | comments (1) | trackback (0)
I am not Larry Rother, but I share many of his views about the political party of our president. It's difficult to talk about alcohol and things like that. But Mr. Rother is absolutely right when he talks about the assassination of Celso Daniel and the failure of our aerospacial...
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How is the Democracy in Latin America?
politics | by Claudio Shikida | 03 May, 2004 at 04:51 AM | comments (0) | trackback (0)
The PNUD did a good job allowing us to download this inform about democracy and other socio-economic variables. If you are a researcher or if you are just worried about democracy in our continent (at least in the "latino" portion), this could be an excellent source of information....
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The Unpleasant Arithmetics...
brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 21 Apr, 2004 at 06:01 AM | comments (1) | trackback (0)
I am known to be not so optimistic about life in Brazil. But, consider this: (i) Policemen found 8 (eight) landmines in a drug-dealer's territory, that is, in a "favela" of Rio de Janeiro, capital. Here is one link to this. (ii) Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the...
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Shut up you, government!
brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 17 Apr, 2004 at 09:47 AM | comments (1) | trackback (0)
We know that Mr. Jorge Bornhausen was a virtual ally of many Brazilian guys in the government. Now, after years, he is in the opposition. That's the logic of the politics. I wouldn't be so naive to think that he is a truly libertarian (in Brazil, "liberal" is the synonimous...
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We don't need nuclear inspections because we are not so smart and we are innocent, believe me!
brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 07 Apr, 2004 at 08:16 PM | comments (2) | trackback (0)
Ok, I agree that nobody is guilty until you show me the evidences. But this is not the same as "the law doesn't apply to you until we have evidences". Am I right? I think so. That's why we have legal mechanisms to minimize the chance of a dangerous situation...
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Let's hide some technology
| by Claudio Shikida | 05 Apr, 2004 at 05:12 AM | comments (0) | trackback (0)
This is a polemical topic. Let's go back in time. Before the Iraq's war, Brazilian government made several statements reinforcing the role of the global mega-bureaucracy, the UN and related bureaus. However, just after going to the his new job, the Brazil's presidency, Lula made some negative statements about having...
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economics | by Claudio Shikida | 01 Apr, 2004 at 02:56 PM | comments (0) | trackback (0)
Who knows the family name "Shikida" could think of me as an enthusiastic "Fujimori-boy". Well, pal, you are totally wrong! My favorite Peruvian hero is Hernando De Soto. And he won the 2004's edition of the Milton Friedman Prize. See more about him here. This is the guy that brought...
Tri-Border: Why there?
politics | by Claudio Shikida | 20 Mar, 2004 at 05:29 AM | comments (9) | trackback (0)
Would you go to the tri-border if you could? Maybe not. You just go there because of money laundering, smuggling and, following some reports, by terror (if you are a terrorist, of course) or to know more about Guaranis (the native indians). Ok, the last one is interesting. But just...
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brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 07 Mar, 2004 at 10:36 AM | comments (0) | trackback (0)
I don't know if it's a new research, but it's an interesting one. They call it "Índice do Medo" (Fear's Index?). You can see the results for Brazil (and some of our main towns) here. You can see there that Brazilians don't seem to make association between skin color and...
business | by Claudio Shikida | 05 Mar, 2004 at 04:28 AM | comments (2) | trackback (0)
Embraer and Bombardier has another step in their commercial war. Now Embraer strikes back. See the small note here. More about this here. Before saying goodbye, I don't know if you readers know, but we had problems with the server. I've los many of my recent posts. Very bad... :(...
brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 21 Feb, 2004 at 03:54 AM | comments (1) | trackback (0)
Illegal payments to public officials are not good for the image of a country. So, what an economist would do with this? He would advise you to enforce the law, increasing the probability of being punished. Or, he could also say: "Let people buy and sell the good or service...
brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 20 Feb, 2004 at 10:54 AM | comments (1) | trackback (1)
José Genoíno, an important representant of Brazilian's government seems to be more realistic than his fellows. According to him, the affair involving one of the most important leaders of his party, José Dirceu, will be forgotten due to our great party: carnival. That's probably true (I wouldn't say he is...
brazil | by Claudio Shikida | 19 Feb, 2004 at 08:50 PM | comments (3) | trackback (0)
Há alguns meses, Mr. Stephen George me contactou. Acho que estava terminando minha tese de doutorado. Ele me falou de um blog interessante e me perguntou o que eu achava de poder participar do mesmo. Na época, infelizmente, não pude lhe dar uma resposta positiva. Bem, mas para tudo há...
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