Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New life (?)

Here I am, right now becoming an European worker. It looks so different from where I came from. Brazil is indeed very different from here. But with all differences , Portugal is still a brother country to Brazil, having some similiarities too. Ok, Porto is a beautiful city, as you can see beside.
It´s clean, organized and crimeless - at least to a Brazilian like me.
But Portugal have something in common:
- Portugal is the country that has the smallest development rate in EU; If Portugal is getting behind all other EU countries, Brazil is getting behind all develloping countries too.
- Portugal suffers from State in excess (the worst citizens per public employees rate among all countries of EU), just like Brazil where all young people wish to be a federal employee.
- The parties that really change roles with situation and opposition are socialists and social-democrats, just like Brazil.
- There´s a referendum asking if the public wants the government to fund and support all abortion clinics and make abortion free for all women, despite the strong catholic creed of the popullation (newspapers cleary induce the public to the `yes´ choice, as it was a question that only matters to oneself). In Brazil Lula`s is trying to impose a new law disguised as `procriation freedom to the women` (yes! it reminds that old eugenic campaigns..) to make abortion free.

But despite all similiarities, what I think is that Portugal is approaching to the abyss but there´s a lot of people seeing it and denouncing it. In Brazil it seems that the blindness is in such degree that there`s no hope at all.

For me, I hope it will be really a new life. Cheers and a happy new year!

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Tags: social-democracy | socialism | porto | Portugal | Life | Brazil

2 comments:

ziva said...

Luis I wish you and your family all the best in your new home. I hope you will continue to blog.

Matt said...

Happy New Year! I hope it is much better than 2006.