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The Rivalry Between Mexico & Brazil

Mexico and Brazil have always been very peaceful countries. But, thousands of citizens in Mexico have moved to Brazil. Why? Well, I'll tell you. In Mexico, during 2002, the poverty rate was 50.00%. In 2006 the poverty rate was 42.90%. Finally, the poverty rate has gone up to 52.30% in 2012. "I can't live in Mexico anymore - Look at the poverty," this was what a poor Mexican woman told United News Papers. The poverty rate today is 51.3% which is over half the population.

Brazil on the other hand has a poverty rate of 21.4%, which is way lower than Mexico. With a stronger economy, more people want to live in Brazil so they can have a better life. The Brazilian economy ranks #8 in the economy GDP compared to Mexico which is 15th in line. The rivalry between Mexico and Brazil continues. Would you want to live in Mexico or Brazil?

Mexico, Brazil, and Cuba's Economic Systems Compared

Mexico and Brazil have similar economic systems. A mixed economy is where it is half command economy and half market economy. A mixed economy is more like our country. It is usually a federal democracy where the government watches over what you do in your business, but you can still choose what to do. This is the opposite of what happens in Cuba.

Cuba, on the other hand, has a command economy, different from Mexico and Brazil having mixed economies. A command economy is where the government chooses who produces goods, who they produce them for, and what items they produce. You could be a farmer and get turned into a businessman with no experience at all. In a market economy people choose who produces goods, who they produce them for, and what items they produce. The government has no control over what they do.

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What's it Like to Work in Cuba?

Industries in Cuba include petroleum, nickle, cobalt, tobacco, construction, steel, cement, agricultural machinery and sugar. These systems have been in place for many years. Cuba decides who works in what industries and who must take the toll of hard work and sweat on their forehead every day. Surprisingly, the minimum wage in Cuba is only $0.08 per hour. People usually work 44 hours a week.

If you do the math each month the citizens in Cuba that work only get $9.00 (225 Cuban pesos) per month. How would you feel if you had a big family and had to provide for more than two kids with only $9.00 each month? The government reduces 40% off their pay in a day if they are in the hospital for three days or more. The government does provide subsidies for food. This is life in Cuba.

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A Day in the Life of President Enrique Peña Nieto (Mexico's President)

President Enrique Peña Nieto was elected in 2012. He will serve as president for six years. Mexico has a democratic republic and will stay that way with Enrique Peña Nieto in office. Mexico is bi-cameral, which means two houses in the legislative branch. The voting age is 18 years old and is universal. Some political parties in Mexico are the National Action Party, Party of the Democratic Revolution, and the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

President Enrique Peña Nieto rules over 31 states and has one federal district. The president has direct control over the Mexian political system. The capitol city of Mexico is Mexico City. Mexico is part of the United Nations. It became part of the United Nations on November 7, 1945.

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Cuba's Little White Lies

In Cuba, they claim to have an unemployment rate of 2.7%. Even though the employment rate is 54.4% among adults. This shows that the government was afraid of what the other countries would think of them. IMPOSSIBLE!!! This shows that their dictator wants to look good. Their current dictator is Raul Castro who replaced his brother Fidel Castro in 2008.

Cuba is considered a Communist and Unitary country. It has 15 provinces and one special municipality. They got their independence from Spain on December 10, 1898. It is uni cameral, which means consisting of only one house in the legislative branch. The meaning of this is that since Cuba is a dictatorship, they do not want anyone saying "no" to their laws and bills. In a federal government, there would be two houses in the legislative branch so that they could vote on laws and see if they are right for the country. In Cuba, there is only one political party, so that if you are a citizen and you vote, the only person you can vote for is the Communist Party of Cuba, or Raul Castro.

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Protests in Brazil

In 2011, Brazil elected its first female president, Dilma Rousseff. People are protesting her leadership because they believe the government is corrupt and breaking down Latin America's biggest country. There is also an economic crisis. Below there is a picture of protesters showing how the president should be impeached and imprisoned. Ms. Rousseff refuses to resign. Protestors are angry and accuse the government of funding the Workers' Party and its allies using illegal money from oil companies.

When these Brazilian citizens protest, they make it loud, noticeable, with record breaking numbers of over 450,000 in Sao Paulo alone. People are fed up with Ms. Rousseff. Protesters accuse her of lying about funds to cover up the growing debt. If you were a citizen, would you want to protest? The scandals, lying, and huge debt make Ms. Rousseff a very deceptive person.

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