Brazil's New Hope

This year Latin Americans got mad as hell and decided not to take it anymore. Frustrated at the failure of governments to improve the lot of ordinary citizens, people took to the streets to demand change. In Argentina, protests early this year toppled provisional regimes like dominoes; in Venezuela, on any given day it seemed as if half the nation was rallying against the failed populist policies of President Hugo Chávez. But the most profound blow against politics-as-usual came in Brazil on Oct. 27, when voters chose former metal worker Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 57, to steer the world's fifth...

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