Brazil: How Much Time?

Brazil and the U.S. signed an agreement last week that should go a long way toward making life bearable for the 25 million peasants in Brazil's poverty-stricken, drought-blasted Northeast bulge. Over the next several years, the two countries will pump $276 million into the area—$131 million from the U.S., $145 million from Brazil—to build roads, power plants, schools and irrigation projects. The question is whether the two Alliance for Progress partners have enough time.

In the primitive Northeast last week, the fast-growing Communist-influenced Peasant Leagues were on the point of open...

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